Welcome to the Annual Blythe River Blues Festival website!

This years event was a big success, all of the bands were exceptional. At the bottom of this page please leave a comment on what you liked and suggestions for improving next years show.

Acts that appeared at the 2012 Blythe River Blues Festival in order of appearance!

Paul Winer (Quartzsite’s Boogie-Woogie Bluesman)
Paul not only owns a bookstore off Interstate 10 in Quartzsite, and draws cartoons for newspapers. He is a talented, entertaining performer. Before moving to Quartzsite – Paul was a travelling bluesman who rubbed elbows with the likes of Jay Leno and many more. Paul’s performance at a show in Quartzsite was legendary and a definite crowd pleaser. We are very lucky to have “Sweet Pie” grace the Blythe River Blues Festival stage.

Blythe’s own South Main Street Blues Band
With Lead Guitarist Tom Farrage, John Boyd vocalist/harmonica player, Gary Mays guitarist/bassist and singer drummer Joe Sundes were awe inspiring. If I hadnt been told this was their first show I never would of known. Bet the next show they will be even better.

Bernie Pearl is a blues guitarist from Los Angeles, who learned the art from some of the greatest blues legends to come out of the Mississippi Delta. His band has backed B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughn, to name a few. His latest CD, Sittin on the Right side of the Blues, is a tribute to his working with the late great Lightnin’ Hopkins for over a decade). Bernie is a true connection to America’s great blues history. Check out a video of him in the right sidebar or click this YouTube search for more of his performances.

The 7th Sons were conceived in late 2010 and have appeared with Savoy Brown, Johnny Winter and others. Bill McFadden the bands drummer is a Blythe native, many are anxious for his return and to see him play with this great band. We have a video of The 7th Sons to the right, but more can be found on YouTube. The top 6 videos in this search result shows just a small taste of what the 7th Sons have to offer.

Bluesman Deacon Jones added to 1st Blythe River Blues Festival lineup!
An accomplished blues artist, composer and arranger, as well as a widely acknowledged master of the Hammond B3 organ, DEACON JONES served for over 18 years as band leader for blues legend John Lee Hooker, having earlier performed in a similar capacity for Freddie King and Curtis Mayfield. His original composition, We’ll Meet Again, was the featured single on John Lee Hooker’s 1996 Grammy Award-winning platinum CD, Chill Out.

Deacon studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and at the University of Chicago. He has toured and recorded with numerous jazz, blues and rock luminaries including Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Joe Cocker, Joe Louis Walker, Carlos Santana, Buddy Miles, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Hank Ballard, Noel Redding, Mic Fleetwood, Marva Wright, Willie Dixon and Stevie Ray Vaughn.(Source: http://www.deaconjonesbluesband.com/)

Fran Banish got his first guitar at age 6 and began to perform professionally at 14. He jammed with many Chicago Blues masters while studying classical guitar at Northwestern University. He recently recorded an all blues CD with former Buddy Guy band members and considered one of the best blues guitarist around. We have one of his videos also in the side bar, but Fran Banish has a YouTube channel with some great videos here.