Somerset’s very first “Blues, BBQ & Arts Festival” will be held at the Judicial Center Plaza in downtown Somerset on Saturday, September 13, from 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
The Lake Cumberland Blues Society, in conjunction with the City of Somerset and the Carnegie Community Arts Center, will provide an exciting day of activities for children and adults. The Festival will be free to the public, with the Blues Bands starting at 2:00pm.
The headliner for the Festival is award-winning Shaun Murphy of Nashville, Tennessee, voted as Best Female Blues Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year (2013) by Bluesblast Music Awards. Murphy has performed and toured with Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, Bruce Hornsby, Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey, to name a few. She has also performed with The Moody Blues, and has made television appearances with Herbie Hancock and John Hiatt. She was also a member of the legendary band, “Little Feat,” for some 16 years.
Murphy was noticed by Motown Records early in her career, along with Meatloaf. She was known as “Stoney” at that time. The two were signed by Rare Earth Records, a division of Motown Records as “Stoney Meatloaf.” After the pair split, Murphy remained under contract for a period of time.
While living in Los Angeles, she began recording and touring with Eric Clapton. She also sang, recorded and toured with such notables as Michael Bolton, Coco Montoya, Alice Cooper, Maria Muldaur, as well as Bob Segar and The Moody Blues, described as a “blue-eyed soul singer,” She is credited for singing backup vocals for Bob Seger’s tour, which resulted in Seger’s live album “Nine Tonight.” Murphy will definitely make her mark in Somerset by giving meaning to “Singing the Blues.”
The next outstanding group will be Lightnin’ Rod and the Thunderbolts. The band is headed up by Rod Wilson, local Award-winning Recording Artist and band leader. His band consists of Roy Edmiston, Drummer, Shannon Link on Bass, Joe Kleycamp on saxophone and, of course, “Lightnin’ Rod” on Guitar and Vocals. In addition, Bob Hopps will be joining the band and playing keyboards. Hopps played with the Fifth Dimension and The Association. He also participatged in music sessions for Capital Records, and toured with Merle Haggard and Vern Gosnin.
Wilson has received acclaim around the world, and won the Gold Artist and Grinde Awards for his music and vocals. He has had two Number 1 chart-toppers in two different musical genres. In 2004, his song, “Dreamful of Blues,” was Number 1 MP3 song in the General Blues category. This song was from his CD, “All-American Blues.”
His “Sugar and Spice” Music Video was used for the 2010 NME (First for Music News) Award Show.
Wilson has shared the stage with members of The Allman Brothers, Bob Segar, the Steve Miller Band, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Boz Scaggs, Steppenwolf, Chuck Berry, Robert Cray, Mitch Ryder and many others. In 2004, with the release of “All-American Blues,” radio stations around the world were playing Wilson’s music. After “All-American Blues” became popular, another release, “After the Storm” (2008) was picked up by radio stations in many countries and received great reviews and airplay. “After the Storm” was mastered by Robyn Robins, the former keyboard player with Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, who has over 60 Gold and Platinum albums to his credit.
Wilson has appeared on television and radio throughout the U. S., and has worked on projects for Van Morrison, U2, and the Bee Gees.
TERABLU is a London, Kentucky band that has been performing for many years on stages throughout the United States. Tera Seville has been singing a variety of music since the age of 7. At the young age of 14, she shared the stage in Kingsville, Texas with the legendary singer/songwriter and Grammy winner, Sammi Smith on Smith’s Number 1 hit, “Help Me Make It through the Night.” Tera spent several years in Nashville and entertained at The Nashville Palace and many other venues before moving to California.
Once in California, Tera made the rounds entertaining at piano bars, clubs and on stage with orchestras singing the “Old Standards” and “Big Band” music. She won 1st place in the Super Star Contest in Southern California.
This talented entertainer has appeared on TV and radio. She has performed in Denver, Colorado at “Top Blues” venues and major festivals. Known as “Sass with Class,” she delivers the Blues with her band, TERABLU, in a way that will delight the audience with her interaction with the musicians and other “Blues Lovers.” Shaking her hair and moving all over the stage, this talented singer will have you laughing and singing along with her.
Jimmy Seville is Tera’s husband and plays the guitar for TERABLU. He has an extreme knowledge of music and has been playing for over 20 years. He has an ability to “rock your inner soul” with Blues that will set the listeners on fire. His energy on stage is contagious, and his fans advise onlookers to “watch his fingers to see if you can follow them playing, as he is sure to give a performance that will blow your socks off.”
The TERABLU Band will be accompanied by Travis Bertram, an outstanding local drummer who plays at the “Open Blues Jam Sessions” that are held every other Thursday night at the Carnegie. He is a great addition to the band, and will entertain the audience with his talent. TERABLU sings songs that are representative of the original Delta Blues of yesterday and the stories that are the basis for them.
The “Thursday Kinda’ Blue” Band consists of a group of outstanding local musicians who jam together and have been playing around Pulaski County for years. Doug Holsomback is a guitarist and vocalist, Ron Mace plays Bass; the well known “Sears Family Band” (David on guitar and keyboards, Landon on fiddle and Tammy, singer) will thrill the crowds with a variety of songs. Jimmy Eastham, City Councilor, is also a guitarist, who will also play and sing; Jeff Taylor will get “down and out” with his throaty Blues voice. Once Taylor gets into the song, fans have said “we feel like we are on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.” Local musician, Travis Bertram, will be playing the drums. This band will surprise guests at the Festival with their varied styles of ”Playing and Singing the Blues.”
The schedule for the bands is as follows:
2:00 pm – Thursday Kinda Blue
3:30 pm – TERABLU
5:00 pm – Lightin’ Rod Wilson and the Thunderbolts
7:00 pm – Shaun Murphy
The Festival will have activities for children, art by local artists, BBQ by several different Master Chefs, funnel cakes, string potatoes, cotton candy, souvenirs, CDs and more. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers, friends and family, and plan to have a fun day in Somerset, Kentucky. Again, this festival is free, with over 20 vendors participating.
Sponsors and donations are needed, and all inquiries should be directed to Diane Giddens at the Carnegie Community Arts Center, 107 N. Main St., Somerset, Ky. – 606-677-0333.