Here’s a list of the artists, including biographical information and video, who are scheduled to play at the 2013 Double Decker Arts Festival in Oxford on April 26-27.
Eric Deaton Trio — Friday, 7:30 p.m. (tentatively)
Eric Deaton moved from North Carolina to Mississippi straight out of high school in the late 1990s. He immersed himself in the world of hill country blues by playing at the world-renowned Junior Kimbrough’s juke joint. Apprenticing under the trance-blues masters such as the late Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside (and various other members of their extended families), Deaton received a “higher education” in the North Mississippi blues tradition. He played, lived and toured with other Mississippi blues artists such as T-Model Ford, Paul ‘Wine’ Jones and Big Bad Smitty. Deaton’s sound is firmly rooted in the electric juke joint style, with dashes of influence from early funkadelic and a nod to the blues’ West African roots. His albums include “Gonna Be Trouble Here” and “Smile At Trouble.” The Eric Deaton Trio is Deaton on vocals and guitar, Nate Robbins on bass and Kinney Kimbrough (son of Junior) on drums.
Blue Mountain: Friday, 9 p.m. (tentatively) — www.bluemountainband.net
Blue Mountain was formed in Los Angeles in the early 1990s. After the band released their first self-titled album on their own 4-Barrel Records in 1993, they signed with Roadrunner Records label and released their second album, “Dog Days.” After a five year hiatus, Blue Mountain reunited in the summer of 2007 and they released “Midnight in Mississippi” one year later. The band is preparing to part ways again to pursue separate projects.
University Of Mississippi Steel Orchestra: Saturday, 10 a.m.
Ricky Burkhead formed “UMISSO” (University Of Mississippi Steel Orchestra) in 1995. It is the first world music ensemble organized at the University of Mississippi. The are five instruments from the nine-member steel band family (tenor, double tenor, double second, triple guitar, and six bass) used in the band. The percussion section (engine room) consists of drum set, congas, brake drum, tube shaker, and other accessories. The group’s repertoire is comprised of Caribbean, jazz, funk, classical and popular music.
Chimney Choir: Saturday, 11:30 a.m. — www.chimneychoir.com
This Denver based group of multi-instrumentalists, writers and singers skillfully interweave genres resulting in a “folk meets world music sound, steeped in psychedelia”. Often changing instruments in between songs, they combine computer synths with traditional acoustic instrumentation and junkyard percussion. In 2012 the band released their first full-length album, as a recording of a live performance that took place in an old pipe organ chapel. Chimney Choir tours extensively in the United States and Europe and will be releasing a new album this summer.
Shannon McNally: 1 p.m, Saturday — www.shannonmcnally.com
Shannon McNally’s “Small Town Talk” is an album of songs by American songwriter Bobby Charles. The album was recorded with Charles’ approval and input before his death, offering a posthumous tribute to this wonderful artist’s career. “Small Town Talk” features guest performances by Derek Trucks, Will Sexton, Luther Dickinson and Vince Gill.
Stooges Brass Band: 2:30 p.m., Saturday — www.stoogesmusicgroup.com
Since 1996, the Stooges Brass Band has engaged audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds and contemporary hip-hop beats. They immerse crowds in a high-energy, cut loose vibe that is contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of city of New Orleans.
Kopecky Family Band: 4 p.m., Saturday — www.kopeckyfamilyband.com
This six-member band from Nashville, Tenn., undoubtedly captures the attention of their audience with their unmistakable power and presence. Their music is emotive, the lyrics evoking raw honesty. In 2012 the band began working on their debut full-length album, “Kids Raising Kids,” which was released in October.
J Roddy Walston and the Business: 5:30 p.m., Saturday — www.jroddywalstonandthebusiness.com
Growing up in Cleveland, Tenn., Walston was steeped in gospel and country music. Since 2004, the band has been based in Baltimore. Walston’s musical influences include Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Harry Nilsson, T.Rex and Leon Russell. J Roddy Walston has released five albums: “Here Come Trouble,” “LMNEP,” “Fierce Tiger,” “Hail Mega Boys and “J Roddy Walston and the Business.”
Lee Fields and the Expressions: 7 p.m, Saturday — www.leefieldsandtheexpressions.com
There aren’t too many artists making soul music today who had a release in 1969, back when R&B was first beginning to give the drummer some, but Lee Fields is an exception. Since the late 1960s, the North Carolina native has amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with numerous music legends. With a catalogue that ranges from James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig, Lee Fields has done it all. Today, with The Expressions—Truth & Soul’s house band, Lee Fields continues to evolve. Their latest full-length, “Faithful Man,” was released in March 2012.
Drive-By Truckers: 8:30 p.m., Saturday — www.drivebytruckers.com
Boasting a mix of Southern pride and erudite lyrics, Drive-By Truckers became one of the most well-respected alternative country-rock bands of the 2000s. The band is led by frontman Patterson Hood and features a rotating cast of Georgia and Alabama natives. History, folklore, politics, and character studies all shared equal space in the band’s catalog. After being on tour for some time, the band released “The Big To-Do” and “Go-Go Boots,” both of which were released by ATO Records. Meanwhile, New West Records combed through the band’s first decade of material to help compile “Ugly Buildings, Whores, and Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009,” which marked the band’s final release for the record label in August 2011.
(April 4, 2013)