Music Maker 25: 'Blues Revue': Cool John Ferguson, Alabama Slim, Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen, Pura Fé & Cary Morin; Music Director: Timothy Duffy
Music Maker founder Timothy Duffy directs the house band for Saturday evening's "Music Maker Blues Revue," the organization's signature traveling showcase. Left-handed lowcountry electric bluesman Cool John Ferguson started in gospel groups, building a reputation for outstanding live performances characterized by his upside-down guitar technique. He has earned high praise from the legendary Taj Mahal, who likened Ferguson to Jimi Hendrix and Django Reinhardt. Another blues authority, octogenarian Alabama Slim, recorded his debut album, The Mighty Flood, in 2007; that album and its 2010 follow-up Blue and Lonesome proved well worth the wait, each a robust collection of history and heartache. Joining them are longtime New Orleans singer Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen, blues polymath Pura Fé, and inimitable guitarist Cary Morin.