MOJO Magazine calls Ian Siegal
"one of the most gifted singers and writers
in contemporary Blues." He is also the only artist outside North America to
be nominated in the 2013 Blues Music Awards.
This is in the Contemporary Album of the Year category for
Candy Store Kid.
He is also the winner of these BRITISH BLUES AWARDS:
Male Vocalist of the Year in 2011, and Blues Band of the Year in 2010.
A detailed account of Ian's rise to European fame may be found at
- His career got under way in 2003/04 with two successive European tours
as the opening act for ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings.
- In 2005 he topped the Soul/Blues/Jazz charts in Holland.
- In response to fans requests for an acoustic album,
The Dust was released at the end of 2008.
- His Oct 09 release Broadside, an album that
is selling in more than 20 countries, finally gave Ian the top spot in
MOJO’s annual Blues album chart.
- Siegal’s May ‘11 release The Skinny
is an album recorded in north Mississippi with Grammy nominee Cody
Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars as producer.
- Ian has become established in Europe as one of the most natural,
exciting and vibrant talents on the scene today.
from The South
Another blues performer traveling to Wallace from far away is an amazing
newcomer possessed by the R&B demon shouters of the past,
a woman who will entertain your socks off,
"The fast-rising, hard-charging, 20-something, North Carolina born-and-bred
singer Nikki Hill has more than earned her evocative 'Southern Fireball'
moniker." (LA Weekly)
Now almost thirty, Seth Freeman
has played the guitar since the age of four. He was was taught by his
grandfather, his dad, and Jim Turner, and later by Paul Travis, one of the
leading instructors in Arkansas. Growing up in a musical family, Seth is a third
generation guitar player. Family reunions consisted of big circles of
musicians playing bluegrass and old gospel hymns. Seth used to teach guitar
in his spare time, but now spends most of his time on the road with his band.
In addition to guitar, Seth also plays the drums, bass, lap steel, piano,
mandolin, weissenborn and dobro.
Also listen to 13 audio tracks on Seth's homepage.
Stacy Jones Band continues to blow
fans away with their high-energy, genre bending performances.
Amazing vocals, incredible musicianship, outstanding songwriting and powerful,
dynamic arrangements. No wonder that they earned the Washington Blues
Society's 2009 BEST NEW BAND Award.
Stacy Jones not only impresses with a vocal richness beyond her years,
but is also a top-notch harmonica player as well as playing keyboards and
acoustic guitar. It's easy to understand why Stacy was honored as
the "Female Vocalist of 2010" by the Washington Blues Society.
The entertaining trio of Rick Bowen (drums), Tom Jones (bass), and
Jeff Menteer (guitar) provides the foundation for a strong ensemble sound
and the band's obvious joy of making music together is contagious.
from Boise Idaho
For our headliner, we found an Idaho boy who now has a national reputation and is
a phenomenal entertainer:
He was recently nominated for FIVE BMA awards for 2013:
Two of his music videos are in the playbox below,
four more may be found on his
- Soul Blues Album
- Contemporary Blues Album
- Soul Blues Male Artist
- B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
from The Inland Empire
We will also feature most of your favorite Inland Northwest bands as well,
Bakin' Phat and
Big Mumbo Blues Band.
Bakin' Phat, despite being made up of three veteran Inland NorthWest
musicians, won "Best New Band in 2012."
Big Mumbo Blues Band has been placed in the I.E.B.S. Hall of Fame having
won "Best Blues Band," among many other awards, so many times
that they have to now wait three years before they can again be nominated!
Seeing as how Wallace was voted the "Best Blues Event for 2012,"
it seemed only right that we should also present the 2012 Inland Empire Blues
Society's "Best Female Blues Performer."
Sara Brown loves performing
and has a passion for powerhouse vocals.
She has an infectious smile, unending energy, a voice that will excite you...
and there's no stopping all the talk about her shoes.
Stars from Last Year
was a huge hit last year at our first Blues Festival, so
we are excited to again have him play Wallace. Quite possibly
the most reputable musicians in the Inland Empire, Sammy Eubanks, Michael Hays
and Jake Barr deliver a quality performance every time they take the stage,
playing a variety of Blues, Country and Rock n' Roll Classics as well as
When you think of it, artists like BB King, Robert Cray, Little Ed
and Blues Imperials, Philip Walker, Kenny Neal and anyone that plays the
Blues has been honing their craft their entire lives. At the other end of
the spectrum, artists like George Jones, George Strait, Marty Stuart, Merle
Haggard, Lee Roy Parnell and anyone who has ever banged it out in a Honky Tonk
have been honing their craft as well. Sammy can stand on either stage and
has many times. It was recently stated, "Along the borderline between Country
and Blues, some genius arises. Delbert McClinton and Sammy Eubanks have the
same borderline genre."
Also a hit at the first Wallace Blues Festival,
The Fat Tones will return to
entertain our village at the center of everything.
The Fat Tones are Hall of Famers with the Inland Empire
Blues Society having won multiple awards multiple times. The Fat Tones'
Bobby Patterson won Best Blues Guitarist in 2011 as well.
"Bobby ... possesses world-class talent that he does not hold back when playing
live shows especially. ... Whether playing purely instrumental jams or
showcasing their trademark harmonic melodies and clever lyrics, The Fat Tones
bring it every time." (Matt Nagle, Tacoma Weekly)
last year certainly made our crowd happy!
Two of their outdoor YouTube videos are presented below, but a
42 minute TV LIVE concert/interview, recorded Feb 20, 2013, is also available in
a separate window.
After enhancing our 28th Depot Day celebration on May 11, 2013,
Anita Royce and The High Rollers
will return for their second Wallace Blues Festival performance. Last July,
she entertained Blues fans at the Red Light Garage.
The music of the High Rollers may be described
as "Rockin' Blues and Jump Swing."
They provide a high energy show with
Anita Royce's sultry vocals and guitar leads, Forest Govedare's soulful
guitar, with Jimi the Keys and his inspirational wit on the weighted
eighty eights. Art Donnelly on bass and Doug McQuain on drums are a
groovin' rhythum section. Anita has been called the Queen of the Blues by
At our first Bluesfest, the
Kenny James Miller Band
rocked the Metals Bar on Cedar from 9 to closing on Friday.
Originally hailing from Kalispell, Montana, this dynamic trio has torn
it up around the Northwest lately.
They were recently given the Best New
Blues Band Award by the Inland Empire Blues Society. They are loved for
their great live performances and original music. In 2011, they were a
Washington State Blues finalist for the International Blues Challenge
in Memphis; they won the Spokane Semi-Final Competition.
This band rocks the blues.
Inland Empire Blues Society multiple award winners, the
are Neil Elwell on
acoustic guitar, dobro, and vocals, and Ramiro Vijarro on fretless
bass, and vocals. The Doghouse Boyz continue to make their
brand of blues, jazz, folk and rock a welcomed and dynamic
sound for fans throughout Eastern Washington and Northern
Idaho. The Doghouse Boyz present original blues, as well as dynamic
renditions of old favorites and obscure tunes from "back in the day."
Last year, the Doghouse Boyz entertained folks in the Beer Garden
between Main Stage acts. This year, they will perform three times in the
No internet videos, but listen to original blues music on the
Doghouse Boyz webpage.
At our first blues festival, the three piece boogie blues band
Laffin' Bones entertained everyone
at the Smoke House Saloon & BBQ on Friday night. This year, they return for
another Friday engagement, this time in the Gazebo on Sixth Street facing
the the Smoke House.
This band was voted Best Blues Band 2011 by the Inland Empire Blues Society
for good reason. They always bring the party with foot stompin' rockin' blues
and incredible slide guitar from frontman Mr. Neil Elwell. Neil is joined with
Ramiro, the other half of the Doghouse Boyz, and drummer Tony Samuel
to form a group that makes you move. No recent videos, but click on the
album cover to hear selections from "Drive That Road".
Also a player in the Blues and Brews Patio last year,
Ray Roberson will make three
appearances Saturday on the Cedar Street stage. Ray and his associates have
either been nominated for or won everything that the Inland Empire Blues
Society has to offer. For example, they won Best Acoustic Blues Act in 2007 and again in 2012,
and Best Slide Guitar in 2012. Last year, Ray brought along Neil Beese ("BZ") on bass
to entertain us. This year, Miah Flores on drums will join them. Together as
Roberson, BZ and Flores they deliver
an original and passionate brand of no-frills blues. No internet videos, but
click on the album covers to listen to their music.
The charm of historic Wallace has always attracted talented musicians.
From 2000 to 2002, Cogwells
Saloon (now Smoke House Saloon and BBQ)
was known for a wide variety of folk and blues music on weekends.
Jim Tilden Brown,
known as "The BOSSMAN," played there at least twice.
Jim was known for getting the place hoppin' with his wit and
"rockin' boogie blues." We welcome him back to town to join the Doghouse Boyz
in the Beer Garden, and Roberson, BZ & Flores on the Cedar Street Stage as
they bridge the Main Stage intermissions.