Wednesday, February 13, 2013

DOUBLE HEADER BLUES at Kamama Music Series

Mentone, AL.: Kamama Music Series at Kamama Gallery, 5951 Ala. Hwy 117, Mentone, Al., continues the Winter Season Series with a Double Headliner Blues Program featuring the latest member of the San Francisco Blues Hall of Fame Sharbaby Newport and the Shoals Blues Guru, veteran singer/songwriter Max Russell on February 21st at 7PM. SharBaby and Russell will be the featured artists in the eleventh performance of our house concert series at Kamama Gallery in Mentone. 
It was in 2005, when SharBaby came to a performance of the late Blues musician Willie King, that she would find a home in Alabama. King and SharBaby hit it off after meeting, and he invited her to play at Freedom Creek Festival. SharBaby and her husband decided to put down roots in Alabama, where she formed SharBaby and the Rhythm Blues Band. The band has released four albums so far and won several awards from the Indie Music Channel.
SharBaby and her band have managed to carve out a unique niche in the Blues scene, not only in Birmingham but worldwide. She played her first overseas event in Coín, Spain. Recently she toured the U.K., playing at several clubs around the country and will be on an international tour this March and April, stopping in France, Belgium and Luxemburg. And although that may sound glamorous SharBaby says that money and fame have always been secondary in her life-- being an independent artist is what fills her with passion and what has allowed her creative freedom.
SharBaby actively promotes the Blues to children and teenagers. She teaches beginning guitar to kids for the Alabama Blues Project in Tuscaloosa, a non-profit effort to keep the music alive and was given a "Master of Blues" certificate by the San Francisco Blues Hall of Fame in November of 2012. For more information on SharBaby and her upcoming performances, visit her website at
SharBaby will be accompanied by Maxwell Russell, Muscle Shoals' resident Blues Guru extraordinaire. A great songwriter and artist in his own right, Russell will play guitar and perform his own unique style of Delta Blues. 
Every first and third Thursday of each month, Kamama Gallery in partnership with Russell Gulley of TRG Enterprises presents some of the best original singer/songwriters, traditional and roots musicians that can be found from around the Southeast. 
KAMAMA has limited seating so reservations are recommended. Call Kamama at 256-634-3001. Admission is $10.00. Kamama’s Sandra Padgett will serve as host of the event. Also look for artists Debbie Bond, Ken Watters, and Pierce Pettis returning in the near future.

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