Thank you to the members of the Inland Empire Blues Society for voting
our first Historic Wallace Blues Festival the
Best Blues Event of 2012.
As one observer said, "It was like winning Most Valuable Player
and Rookie of the Year at the same time."
We hope to stay worthy of such praise.
So for our second Wallace Blues Festival, we did not want to disappoint.
We will have TWENTY PERFORMERS downtown on three stages over
two days for an outragious Blues Festival that you will never forget!
As plans advance, follow along to see the new acts
as they are booked. Since our town of 784 individuals has been dubbed
The Center of the Universe, it is only fitting
that this year we span the globe for entertainment. Thus we currently
have performers lining up for your enjoyment from
England, The South,
Boise and The Inland Empire.
Originally we had planned to feature
The Blues Cousins from Russia, but they were recently
forced to cancel their second Pacific Northwest Tour. So we replaced them
with the Ian Siegal Band from England in keeping with our universal meme.
And then a personal emergency within the
Terry Evans Band caused us to replace this
Mississippi blues band with the Seth Freeman Band from Arkansas.
Our line-up has now stablized at twenty blues artists from around the world;
they are being added to this internet presentation as rapidly as possible.
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. 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
We found an Idaho boy who now has a national reputation and is a phenomenal
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.
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
originals. 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 2011 Blues Guitarist 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)
Two of their outdoor YouTube videos are presented below, but a
42 minute TV LIVE concert, recorded Feb 20, 2013, is also available in
a separate window.