ZORA YOUNG with special guest WES MACKEY
The Rockfish Grill welcomes Chicago Blues Diva, Zora Young
8 PM Thursday, Sept 7. Cover is $8 @ the door.
Despite the prominent presence of celebrated blues artist Howlin' Wolf in her family tree, singer Zora Young grew up singing not blues, but gospel. Even when the Mississippi native shook off her roots at the age of seven to relocate with family to Chicago, she attended the Greater Harvest Baptist Church and continued to sing gospel. It wasn't until later that she switched over to R&B, and evolved into a powerhouse blues vocalist with three decades of experience behind her.
She has performed with a long list of artists, including Junior Wells, Jimmy Dawkins, Bobby Rush, Buddy Guy, Professor Eddie Lusk, Albert King, and B.B. King. Her recording credits include collaborations with Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim, Mississippi Heat, Paul deLay, and Maurice John Vaughn, among others. Her own recordings as a solo artist include releases from the labels Deluge, Black Lightning, and Delmark. Young has also performed on television and on-stage. She is a veteran of more than 30 tours of Europe, and she has been a featured performer many times at the Chicago Blues Festival.
"Young sings with an inner strength that holds fast and proud to her longtime allegiance with the blues…she has the same sort of smoldering soul ache that once informed the wailing of Big Maybelle- no small praise." - DOWNBEAT
Over the course of a long and diverse career, Wes Mackey
has moved from sideman to frontman, from the dusty honky tonks of Augusta Georgia to first class venues around the world.
Mackey learned to play the guitar from the seasoned old blues players of the Deep South where he was born and raised, and he is glad to have been part of that great bygone era. It was 40 some years ago that he began working in small local juke joints and eventually found himself playing in bands that backed up greats like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed.
Mackey has been a master of many styles of playing, but in 2003 he decided to return to his blues roots and released the album, "Second Chance". To his surprise it reached the top of many Canadian charts including CUIT of the Toronto Blues Society and was chosen by Real Blues Magazine as one of the Best Canadian Releases for 2003.
His latest CD, "Mr. Blues", has been receiving rave reviews. John Valenteyn of Toronto Blues Society says “Wes Mackey's second album is an extremely satisfying CD … highly recommended. See Magazine also says `it's an early runner for 2006 top ten lists in Canada” and the song Angelgirl was nominated as a semi-finalist in the highly respected International Songwriting Competition.
When you see Wes Mackey perform you know that he is in his element and that he loves every minute of it. QUAI DU BLUES in Paris says “..he has that rare quality only truly great blues artists have: to create an immediate and unforgettably intimate connection with his listeners..”