Norfolk blues singer Jackie Scott has forged a link between Hampton Roads and Chicago, the American cradle of electric blues.
In a series of sessions at Norfolk's Clay Garden Studio, Windy City sax man Eddie Shaw created tracks with a who's who of the local blues and roots rock scene. Bill Kelly, Tom Dikon, Ron Fetner, Mark Hopkins, Bruce Gray, Henry M. Johnson, Bob Albergotti, Hugh "Chuck" Williams and Thomas Fisher are among the area musicians who created the new CD "Still Riding High" credited to Eddie Shaw & The 757 Allstars.
Shaw, known for his years with the Howlin' Wolf band, served as musical director for the sessions and plays throughout the disc. He worked closely with Scott on the project. She sings on two tracks on the new album.
"What do you call a man that has dedicated his life to continuing the tradition of the blues?" Scott asks in the liner notes to the disc. "From his humble beginning in Bolivar County, Miss., to his rise in the blues arena, Eddie Shaw is one of the undisputed kings of Chicago blues ... It's been 60 years of blues for Eddie Shaw and he's still carrying the torch. Now he shares with us ... his music ... his lyrics ... his way. On March 20, 2012, Eddie Shaw celebrated his 75 birthday and he's still riding high!!!"
Shaw and many of his Hampton Roads collaborators will be on stage Friday, July 6, at The Jewish Mother in Virginia Beach. The show, which celebrates the release of "Still Riding High," starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. Go here for more information.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times