May 10, 2013
I got an email tonight with news that should interest this forum. I was surprised by the lack of...well, folks who can play Little Walter's music in the named musicians towards the end of the email.
Here you go:
The 1st Annual Little Walter Music Festival
Alexandria, La - The inaugural Little Walter Music Festival was held Saturday, May 4, 2013, in the downtown Alexandria Amphitheater situated on the Red River, attended by nearly 1,000 blues fans.
Blues sideman and bandleader "Little Walter" Jacobs was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame with a presentation from LMHOF President Mike Shepherd.
Headlining the event was the "Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Little Walter Legends." Louisiana Blues harp artists, LMHOF member Henry Gray, LMHOF member Leon Medica, and a cast of outstanding blues musicians including Bobby Rhodes and The Ministry of Blues. Josh Hyde and the Hitchhikers, legendary guitarist Buddy Flett, Texas Bluesman Mike Morgan & the Crawl , Paula Rangell and Liz Neville.
"Little Walter" revolutionized the sound of the Blues harmonica through amplification just by clasping a microphone to the harmonica as he played.
Born Marion Walter Jacobs near what is now Spring Bayou Road in the small town of Marksville, La., he spent several years in Alexandria before making his way to Chicago. He eventually become a member of Muddy Waters band, where he helped create the electrified sound of the Chicago Blues.
The Little Walter Foundation was represented by Little Walter's daughter, Marion Diaz Reacco, family members and Foundation Director Phil Moy
Many, many thanks to event sponsors Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Jacob(s) Project Foundation Inc., Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority, LouisianaTravel.com, City of Alexandria and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and others too many to name.
Also a very special thank you to Paul Jacob and Dr. Greg Gormanous who made this event happen. We hope to see everyone again next year!
For more information about the Little Walter Music Festival, visit www.theheartoflouisiana.com
For more information about The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, visit www.LMHOF.org.
For information on the Little Walter Foundation, visit www.littlewalterfoundation.org
Photo credits: The Talk of the Town, Little Walter Foundation