A unique line-up performing original songs. Raw and simple with a deep love for American Roots Music. These musicians have broad taste and an open mind, so a lot of musical influences come through.
grew up in Dallas, Texas. As a little girl, Dede would sing along to whatever she could find, but it was the rawness of Blues and Gospel that shaped her talent the most. Classically trained on the violin, it was always clear that her voice was her first instrument. Moving to Austin, Texas, she earned a degree in Philosophy, then followed her heart and let the music lead. In Austin, Dede began singing professionally and has shared the stage with Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Leon Russell, Tommy Shannon, and Harry Belafonte. Performing in the USA and all over Europe, Dede Priest continues to forge ahead with successful shows
mainly known as a bass player, Jasper has found a new passion: playing drums! Over the last ten years, Jasper has toured extensively in the whole of Europe. He has worked with numerous great artists like Preston Shannon, ‘Sax’ Gordon Beadle, Monti Amundson, Philip Walker, Candye Kane, Sherman Robertson, Terry Evans, Long John Hunter, Eddy Clearwater, Paul Oscher, Doug Jay, Boo Boo Davis, Byther Smith, Boyd Small, and many others. Right now, he is the regular bass player the Jimmy Reiter band.
Jan has toured Europe as a guitar player with USA artists like: Smokey Wilson, Byther Smith, Burton Gaar, Roy Roberts, Larry Garner, Boo Boo Davis, Erskine Oglesby, Jody Williams, Roscoe Chenier, Clara McDaniel, Boyd Small, Billy Jones, Hosea Leavy, Percy Strother, Harrison Kennedy, and many others. With Boo Boo Davis, he has performed on all major European festivals like North Sea Jazz, Jazz a Juan, Montreux Jazz Festival, and Peer Bluesfestival.
Ernie Payne was an African American musician from Louisiana’s Acadia Parish. His family was large and everyone learnt early to pitch in and help with chores and household duties. Their strict, religious, hardworking ethic thought ‘music’ essential to a quality life, but hardly something to pursue as a way to earn a living.
“Somebody singing is my first memory. Music celebrated and music mourned. Everybody in my family loved some kind of music and they shared it with me. My music attempts to carry on that idea of brotherhood and sharing.”
At the core of almost every song are Payne’s vocals which are extremely strong, yet soothing. The stories told in the songs are intimate and visual and as he is singing he makes the listener feel as if he is talking to them personally, directly and one on one. Ernie’s debut CD (Coercion Street) was released on Black and Tan Records in April 2004. The record was played all over the world and it got rave reviews in among other BLUES WAX and BLUES REVUE. During his European tours Ernie visited Holland, France, Ireland, Belgium and the UK. He was invited to do several support shows for ROBERT PLANT both in the UK and the USA.
Ernie spend almost his entire life on writing and improving his songs. He always dreamed of performing and touring and just when this finally started to happen, his health didn’t allow him to do it very long. It was really sad that he got sick and was not able to travel anymore. Ernie died in September, 2007.
Ernie’s Bio in his own words:
“I was born in Louisiana, U.S.A. Raised in Evangeline Parish and East Texas. Late blooming baby boomer, nurtured by godfearing baptists and creole catholics and the powerful fun of the second line drum. I’m trying to serve the blackness well.”
Way back in the South, turnip greens were considered a simple daily fare for the countryside folks. This same simplicity is also to be found in the music of Turnip Greens. Turnip Greens are five seasoned musicians from Arhus, Denmark. Their music is a unique blend of several musical styles from the southern states of the US.
They are influenced by Tom Waits, Dr. John, Delbert McClinton, Elvis, The Meters, B.B. King, Solomon Burke, Daniel Lanois, Ry Cooder, Doyle Bramhall II, Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Muddy Waters, The Black Keys and many more. Without a doubt the geographical distance between Denmark and the US is the reason for the fresh and original approach to the music. At the same time you hear exactly where they are coming from and in the music you hear a deep respect for ‘the masters’ and ‘the tradition’. Also vocal harmonies play an important role in their music. With a repertoire that consists of mostly original material
Turnip Greens are making their way into the roots & blues music tradition of New Orleans. The band performed on several major European festivals like Bluesnacht Idar-Oberstein (D), Blues Balls Festival in Luzern (CH), Austrian Blues Masters, Stadfest Steyr (A) and Blues Autour du Zinc in Beauvais (F).