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New Addition to the Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival: John Hammond!

It's one thing to be good, and another to be lucky.  This year's Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival is both.  Blues legend John Hammond had a concert date fall through, and Garth Newel immediately received a call from his booking agency to see if we could find a spot for him on our Saturday, June 11 line up.  We did, and he's coming!

Tickets are now selling fast!

It will be John's third trip to Garth Newel, and it comes on the heels of receiving one of the industry's highest honors earlier this month.  On May 4, John Hammond was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.  The next night he won Acoustic Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards ceremony in Memphis.

A Grammy Award-winner in 1985, John Hammond received his 6th Grammy nomination in 2010 for Rough & Tough, his 33rd album since his 1962 self-titled debut.  Solo and acoustic, he plays National Steel, Guild 12-String and Stubbs 6-String guitars and harmonica - just as he will at the Virignia Blues & Jazz Festival.

"John's sound is so compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica, it is at first impossible to imagine improving it....  He's a great force of nature.  John sounds like a big train coming.  He chops them all down." - Tom Waits

John Hammond has performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix (discovered while playing in John's band), Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John and many more.  He remains one of the world's premier acoustic blues artists.

John Hammond will take the stage on June 11 after performances by the Bert Carlson Quartet, Tizer, and just prior to Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blow-Out and Duke Robillard Band.  What a line up!  Tell your friends!
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