Blues From the Top: A Photo Essay

Posted on 8/12/2010 by Jim Stick

Photos by Michael McGrath. Narration by Jim Stick.

I saw these photos shortly after this year's Blues From the Top Festival which was held this June in scenic Winter Park, Colorado. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and these 17 outstanding photographs makes those words ring oh so true. I am taking this month off from writing to give you a visual tour through the lens of Michael McGrath of one of the most scenic festivals in the country--Jim Stick.

Michael McGrath's website info is at the end of the photo essay where you can find more amazing photos from this festival. A big thanks to Michael for graciously allowing these photos to be seen on American Blues News.

All photos ©Michael McGrath

First three photos--guitar virtuoso Walter Trout

The incomparable blues vocalist Danielle Schnebelen of Trampled Under Foot.

Danielle with big brother Nick Schnebelen--winner of the 2008 Albert King Award at the IBC Challenge in Memphis.

The next four photos are of Mike Zito. Mike and Cyril Neville won the award for Blues Song of the Year at this year's Blues Music Awards in Memphis for the title track to Mike's latest release "Pearl River".

Nick Moss with his precious daughter Sadie.

Sadie Moss with Curtis Salgado

JP Soars of JP Soars & the Red Hots--2009 IBC Challenge winners.

The future of the blues: Colorado's own eight year old Sonny Boy Aiden. The next time you run into Bob Margolin--ask him about this young phenom.

Speaking of the future of the blues: here is the very near future of the blues--21 year old Samantha Fish out of Kansas City. She plays with a maturity well beyond her tender years.

All photos ©Michael McGrath

Michael McGrath is a Denver area photographer. His work is featured in the Denver Post Reverb and is available at Twist and Shout Records. Visit his website by clicking here.

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Mon: Memphis Correspondent - Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms
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Pittsburgh correspondent and photographer, CR Bennett, will share the Pittsburgh scene with all of you. You may also see CR's pictures accompanying other writer's articles.

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