American Strings - Ronnie Baker Brooks and Billy Branch
February 12 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 in advance $25 at the door
Content: All Audiences
Singer and guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks, and singer and harmonica artist Billy Branch will appear on the next American Strings program, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University and the Majestic Theatre.
Brooks and Branch are contemporary Chicago Blues recording artists and performers. Chicago blues is a style of music that started in Chicago, Illinois in the 1950’s. Its instrumentation is very guitar and harmonica heavy, with the harmonica amplified, and a particular style of vocals. It features other instruments in varying configurations, such as saxophone, electric bass, drums and piano.
Brooks is the son of Chicago blues legend Lonnie Brooks. He toured with and appeared on albums with his father for years, and has had a successful recording and performance career of his own. He has been deemed “blues royalty,” by blues journalist David Brais, who has described Brooks’ particular style of Chicago blues, as true to the original torch bearers of the genre, such as Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, and B.B. King.
Branch is a three-time GRAMMY nominee and appears on more than 250 recordings under his own name and with artists including Keb Mo, Johnny Winter, Kodo Taylor and Taj Mahal. He will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame later this year.
Hosted by OSU Director of Popular Music and Performing Arts, Bob Santelli, each segment of American Strings is comprised of a conversation, audience Q&A, and performance by successful artists from a variety of genres, making for a one of a kind opportunity to appreciate and know better the great American music tradition.