Celebrating the best Blues of our Community
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Blues Fest Lineup - 2019

Featured performers

Laurie Morvan - California's Rockin' Guitarist with a C-U connection - Laurie Morvan website
Brandon Santini - Memphis harp standout - Brandon Santini website
Lucious Spiller - Born in Missouri, raised up in Arkansas - Lucious on Facebook
Lucious video at 2018 Juke Joint Fest!
Demetria Taylor - Daughter of legendary Chicago bluesman, Eddie Taylor - Demetria at Blue Chicago

We'll also add a couple of our top local bands
and several acts on the acoustic & solo/duo stage

Blues all day - 2:00 to 10:00 pm

We're hoping the BluesCENTRAL Dancers will be involved again this year.

Laurie Morvan Band
History

Laurie Morvan Band made their ­first big splash on the national blues scene in 2008 at the International Blues Challenge (IBC). They made IBC history by reaching the fi­nals of both the live band and CD competitions at the same event.

Other accolades include:

  • Winner Blues Foundation Award for Best Self-Produced CD
  • Nominated Best New Artist 2018 Independent Blues Awards
  • Winner Blues Festival Guide’s Blues Artist on the Rise Award
  • Half-hour TV special, airing nationwide Big Ten Network, fi­lmed live at the Elnora Guitar Festival

Laurie’s unique, fi­ery guitar style has been highlighted in feature articles in the world’s top guitar magazines:

“Morvan singes the strings with fast, clean chicken pickin’, reaches heights of lyrical ecstasy through liquid bends, and kicks the rhythm in the pocket with propulsive comping” Guitar Player.

Reviews

“Laurie is one hell of a great guitarist ... put it on your must do list!” Blues Blast

"Morvan has all the soulfulness of Bonnie Raitt and the swaggering, muscular guitar tone of Stevie Ray Vaughan... a high-energy ending to another great guitar festival at Krannert Center." News-Gazette, Champaign, IL

Brandon Santini
Bio

There are many different opinions as to what the future of the blues harmonica will be. Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history. His name is worthy of conversations that include James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling, Charlie Musselwhite and other frontline harmonica players by combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield. Raised in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Brandon purchased his first harmonica in 1997 at the age of fifteen when his mother took him to the local music store upon his request. He founded the Blues Music Award nominated band Delta Highway in 2003 and relocated to Memphis where he absorbed the sounds and culture of the Delta and North Mississippi Hill Country, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King did decades before him.

Live & Extended! is Brandon’s third album released in January 2015 by VizzTone Label Group. The scene is Quebec’s upscale concert venue, le Petit Impérial, on a Sunday night in July, in the middle of the exuberant Festival D’été de Quebec. The packed house responds quickly as Brandon Santini and his tight touring band hit the stage with all the raw blues power and impact of the 1970s-era Paul Butterfield or James Cotton Blues Band. The band feels the energy and responds with over an hour of the hard-hitting harmonica-driven blues that’s been causing fans and critics alike to tap Santini as one of the most quickly-rising blues stars of his generation.

For Brandon Santini, “It’s all about the vibe of your surroundings. With a great live audience fueling you it’s a lot more inspiring and allows you to give more to the audience.” He has steadily built his fan base with two previous albums, and tours regularly. His A-Team road band includes Timo Arthur on guitar and backing vocals, Nick Hern on bass and backing vocals, and Chad Wirl on drums.


Lucious Spiller
Biography

Born and raised in St. Louis, Lucious Spiller discovered at an early age that God had blessed him with a special gift. Music permeated his home, and he absorbed it all. His father gave Lucious a guitar when he was four and taught him his first chords. Hailing from the Spiller family, Lucious continues the legacy of contributing to and enhancing the blues musical experiences of countless people across the country and the world. His grandfather and great uncles, “The Salt and Pepper Shakers” are founders of “Black Prairie Blues” and have a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail in Macon, MS Blues Trail. His early memories include watching his father Lucious Spiller Sr, and his uncle "Magic Sam" playing at his home. He spent family reunions in Chicago at the home of his aunt and uncle, Hilda and Houston Harrington, watching his cousins “Chief” Eddy Clearwater, Vernon, and Joe Harrington, and many other blues greats perform and joke in the back yard.

Relocating to Arkansas at the age of 18, he forged his way through the ranks with an energy and fervor that to this day remain undiminished. He attended Philander Smith College in Little Rock and graduated with a degree in Elementary Art. In classes, symposiums, his teaching position at Griot Arts Youth Program, and his live shows around the country, Lucious teaches all ages about the roots of the blues and shares his gift for bringing music to life and making it relevant to all ages. As the legendary “Sunshine” Sonny Payne remarked during Lucious’ performance and interview on "King Biscuit Time" on KFFA radio, “I think he knows what he’s doing, because what he’s telling you, he’s giving you a dose of authentic, we’re talking AUTHENTIC blues. We’re not talking about run of the mill. We’re talking about what they lived…they’re passing on to you.”



Demetria Taylor
Biography

Demetria Taylor, the seventh child out of eight from the family of late Blues Legend Eddie Taylor Sr. Taylor who is now 38, is helping keep the legacy of her father (along with other Blues Greats) alive.

Born in Chicago in 1973, Demetria was born into a Blues family. Not only was her father a Blues Artist, but her mother, Vera Taylor was also a Blues Vocalist. Demetria can recall distant memories when many Chicago Blues Legends would visit their house. Some of those artists were: Floyd Jones, Carey Bell, Sunnyland Slim, Johnny Littlejohn, Sam Lay, Willie Kent, Taildragger, Eddie Shaw, Johnny B Moore and Magic Slim. Growing up in a Blues Home, she could be found listening to some of her biggest influences such as: Etta James, Bessie Smith, Big Mama Thornton, and, most importantly, ”The Queen of the Blues” Koko Taylor (No Relation to the Eddie Taylor Family).

“I love Koko so much. She’s sweet, she’s intelligent, and she gives me encouraging words,” Demetria says.

Demetria's vocals has a wide range that can tear the roof of the house and bring angels down to earth. She enjoys singing the trademarks of her personal heroes but yet make the song belong to her. For instance she'll make you “knock down all the windows and kick down all the doors” with “Wang Dang Doodle” and prove to you that she's “Got What it Takes” because she is a “Hoochie Coochie Woman.” Demetria also likes to do some of her family's classics like “Take Your Hands Down” and “Bad Girl” (after her father's hit “Bad Boy”), and mom’s “Look Out.” She says, “I’m the new kid on the block, and I respect all the musicians and singers out there.”

Demetria started playing drums at age 14, coached by her older brothers Larry and Tim. She would play in family shows across the city of Chicago which featured Vera(mother), Larry,Tim, Eddie Jr.(guitar playing brother).Plus, you can trace her roots to the gospel choir at Trinity All Nations Church (on Chicago's Southside).

"Demetria is the youngest Taylor offspring and latest to break out as a blues star on her own, following her father, (long time guitarist with the great Jimmy Reed); mother, vocalist Vera Taylor; great uncle, Chicago soul/blues icon Jimmy Burns; Brenda and Edna Tayloy (sisters/vocalists), Larry Taylor (brother/drummer /vocalist), Milton Taylor(Drummer) and brother, the guitarist Eddie Taylor, Jr" (Waterfront Blues Festival Website)

“I put God first and everything else will work out,” says Demetria, who is raising her eight children with her husband Chris in Country Club Hills, Illinois. “I feel that singing is something I was born to do. When I picked up the mic, the more I sang the more strongly I wanted to do it. I sing from the heart. Sometimes on the stage my eyes tear up as I feel the music I’m singing. I love to listen to all types of music, but the blues caught my ear. I’ll never give up my dream.”

Demetria has toured across the world, just recently returning from a tour in Japan. Demetria has also performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, House of Blues, Rosa's Lounge, Green Dolphin, Kingston Mines, B.L.U.E.S, Buddy Guys Legends and Blues Heaven.

Demetria is now a Delmark recording artist, she just recently released her debut CD titled “Bad Girl”.

“My mom used to sing around the house,” says Demetria. “She had the most beautiful, soulfulest voice you’d ever want to hear, it sounded like a hummingbird, it was so clear. She always told us girls, ‘It’s in you, you just got to bring it out.’ I was born to sing the blues.”



Contact info: prairiecrossroadsblues@gmail.com [Save the Date Featured Performers]