THE best of traditional and contemporary blues comes to The Cross Keys in Alcester this Sunday, April 14, for Jack Blackman’s Tuery Sessions music night.
Perry Foster, nicknamed ‘The Big Daddy of British Blues’ was born in 1945 and learned to play listening to recordings of Big Bill Broonzy, Lead Belly, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee on the radio.
In the 1960s, he travelled to London and hung out with Cyril Davis, Long John Baldry and Alexis Korner at the legendary Eel Pie Island Hotel in Twickenham which led to a brief spell on the road with The Yardbirds.
Perry later formed The Delta Blues Band which would feature some of the biggest musical stars in rock – notably Robert Plant, later of Led Zeppelin, as well as Chris Wood of Traffic.
The second featured act is Trevor Babajack Steger.
As founding member of acclaimed blues-rock band BabaJack, he has played some of the UK’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Trevor now lives on his narrowboat, stepping out on his own to perform his own brand of blues, drawing from his love of early rural blues, punk and world music, using slide guitar, harp and stomp box to create his unique sound which is both exciting and real.
The gig is free and starts at 6pm.