The Music

York County Blues Festival Musical Lineup

      • 1:50 – 2:05  Deej SG & Co. (pre-show & show opening jam) 
      • 2:05 – 2:50  Bonnie Edwards & The Practical Cats 
      • 3:05 – 4:00  Memphis Lightning
      • 4:15 – 5:15  Mike James Blue Lions
      • 5:30 – 6:45  Thornetta Davis
      • 7:00 – 8:30  Paul Nelson Band
    • NOTE: Times listed may vary slightly +/-5 minutes.

HEADLINER: Paul Nelson Band

Paul Nelson is a Grammy Award Winning American musician recognized as one of today’s top guitarists! Nelson not only has the distinction of being the hand- picked fellow guitarist to the legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter, but has toured the world over performing and recording alongside an endless “who’s who” list of top artists. Paul has played with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Slash, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Robben Ford, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, James Cotton, Joe Perry, Susan Tedeschi, Joe Walsh, and more… Nelson received the Grammy Award for his work performing on and producing Winter’s “Step Back” release on Megaforce/Sony winning “Best Blues Album of the Year”. This highlighted his already long list of Grammy Nominations as well as the BMA “Blues Music Award” for “Best Blues/Rock Album” reaching #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and staying at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts  for weeks. He is also a recipient of the Blues Foundation’s KBA “Keeping The Blues Alive Award”.

CO-HEADLINER: Thornetta Davis

Thornetta DavisCrowned “Detroit’s Queen of the Blues” in 2015, Thornetta Davis a multi-talented International Singer and Songwriter from Detroit MI, USA is the Winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards, including sweeping the 2017 and 2018 DMA’S. Thornetta has been exciting and wowing audiences all over the world. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more. Backed by her great band of Detroit Musicians.

Deej SG & Co. – Come early! Deej has something special this year that will begin with a 10-minute “pre-show” jam with Bonnie Edwards & The Practical Cats, then culminate in the show opening song, an original Blues tune that Deej wrote for a “special circumstance” let’s say… Be there as we set the mood for the return of this great event with this first-ever delivery of Deej’s light-hearted, Zappa-esque tune! Particularly unique to this act is the fact that Deej is an “older learner” who began studying lead guitar in 2010 at the age of 50 and has developed his own original from scratch without learning covers or directly imitating any of his influences. That means everything you hear from Deej’s guitar will be a creation out of his own heart and soul… Let’s see where he takes it this year!

Bonnie Edwards and The Practical Cats – Bonnie’s dedication to the art of performing and her love of singing are the driving forces of her career. With her gutsy blues vocal style and dynamic stage presence, She puts her heart and soul into each of her performances. Formed in the late 1970’s , Bonnie and the Cats have toured Nationally and across Europe playing numerous large venues and small clubs. They’ve opened shows for many National Acts including Dr John, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Eddie Kirkland, Jimmy Rogers, Savoy Brown, and many more. In 2003 They won the Maine Blues Society “Road To Memphis” competition and participated in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Today The Practical Cats continue the tradition of providing their style of Blues, Jump Swing, Jazz, Vintage R & B, and Original music for “Maine’s Number One Lady of the Blues”, Bonnie Edwards!

Memphis Lightning brings their own brand of ol’ school Rock & Roll and down and dirty Blues to the stage. Memphis Lightning was born out of tradition with a pedigree second to none. Having played with Blues Legend Eddie “Blues Man” Kirkland, Memphis Lightning are the real deal. Their energetic performances will bring you back to the days when the Juke joints were rocking and Blues was King. At 12 years old Darren “Lightning” Thiboutot was playing ol’ school, rock solid, tasty guitar on stage with the late Great Blues Legend Eddie Kirkland, and Buddy Guy. In recent years he was selected by The Maine Blues Society to represent the state of Maine in the International Blues Challenge Youth Show Case. His Dad is Grammy nominated and international touring and recording artist Darren “Big Red” Thiboutot who has recorded and/or played with artists such as Eddie “Bluesman” Kirkland, Pinetop Perkins, Lazy Lester, The Hoodoo Kings, Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal, Sonny Landreth, G.E. Smith, Clyde Stubblefield, T-Bone Wolk, Richard Bell, Christine Ohlman, Lucky Peterson, Troy Turner, Big Jack Johnson, Cub Koda, Colleen Sexton and others. You’ll enjoy this show… guaranteed!

Mike James Blue Lions – Mike and his band are also back for this 3rd annual event. Mike has a long history as a long time sideman to Bo Diddley and other luminary blues artists including Roy Buchanan and Cub Coda.  Mike is the founder and director of some Maine’s finest blues and R&B groups including the Red Light Revue and currently the Blue Lions that play hard-hitting Texas electric blues delivered with a brass knuckle guitar approach. The bands play blues by Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, Bobby Bland, Johnny Guitar Watson and Guitar Slim.


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