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Blues Masters at the Crossroads. Produced by Acoustic Sounds, a global audience returns year-after-year to worship the blues at Blue Heaven Studios in Salina, Kansas. For the first time we're presenting six sets recorded live in 2014 at Blues Masters at the Crossroads Oct. 17-18.
Rip Lee Pryor looks an awful lot like his old man, the renowned bluesman Snooky Pryor. Snooky, long-time Blues Masters concert historians will recall, was the closing act for the very first Blues Masters Sept. 18 and 19, 1998. Needless to say, that family connection is special to us and having Rip in the 2014 Blues Masters lineup was special.
Rip's childhood was wrapped in rhythmic blues; his adult life focused on career success.
"I was just infatuated with what my dad did," Pryor says. "I just tried mimicking his records."
Like his dad, Rip blows a mean harmonica. But, this Pryor is his own man - carrying on his dad's tradition while creating a new one. With an acoustic guitar, harmonica rack and an amplified foot, he's a one-man band kicking off the show.
Pryor toured for a time, years ago with his father, and set out to hone his own career. He retired from a job in carpentry, battled cancer, then returned full-time to the music scene in 2011. An all-around man, Pryor's songwriting is fresh and his confident use of a few of his dad's songs helps cement his ties to the early days of post-war blues.
|2. Crazy ‘Bout You, Baby|
|3. Hold Me In Your Arms|
|4. Nobody But Me|
|5. Pitch A Boogie Woogie|
|7. One Way Out|
|8. Keep It To Yourself|
|9. You Gotta Move|
|10. Sloppy Drunk|