Date: April 4, 2020
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre
Ticket Details: $30
Duration: 75 minutes

The blues began deep in the American South with legends like Lead Belly, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, and provided the foundations for a generation of rock acts, from Janis Joplin to the Rolling Stones. Echoes of the blues continue into the 21st century.

Our four musicians all draw from the deep well of the blues. Musician and music writer Nick Bollinger talks to them about how the blues has inspired them, and each will perform songs that capture something of its spirit and power.

Zoë Moon is daughter of the legendary Taj Mahal. She sang on the Grammy Award-winning TajMo tour and alongside sister Deva Mahal on her Run Deep Tour (including Byron Bay Bluesfest). The Zoë Moon band makes regular appearances on the Wellington music scene.

You may have seen and heard Coco Davis in the musical Daffodils a few festivals back, or heard her gothic album of revenge blues, Old Haunts, produced by partner Tom Rodwell. His guitar playing and vocals are based in the blues, but also influenced by spirituals, calypso and improvisation. “Beautiful tunes, beautiful groove.” His new album Housewrecking will be available this year.

Darren Watson has spent most of his musical life immersed in the blues: in the 80s, he was the principal songwriter and frontman for rhythm & blues outfit Chicago Smoke Shop. He then went on to produce six blues-based albums of his own. His latest drew the comment, “Anyone who thinks only Americans can authentically sing the blues should
listen to this album… the finest acoustic blues CD this reviewer has heard in quite some time.”

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