Andy Fairweather Low makes a welcome return with his Hi Riders to lead a cast of singers from home and abroad in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music: The Songs of Chuck Berry at this year’s Southern Fried Festival of American roots music in Perth.
The show on Thursday 27 July in Perth Concert Hall launches the tenth Southern Fried Festival which takes place in venues across Perth city centre until Sunday 30 July.
The guitarist’s guitarist, Andy Fairweather Low’s CV reads like a who’s who of music; Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Roger Waters, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and many more. From the early days of Amen Corner to solo hits including Wide Eyed and Legless, this man always delivers.
A prime architect of rock ‘n’ roll, a massively influential singer-songwriter who was covered by and inspired both The Beatles and The Stones and an artist who fused rhythm and blues and country into his unique sound, Chuck Berry shaped much of the music we hear today.
Lining up to explore his extensive songbook are award-wining Canadian soul singer and songwriter Cyndi Cain, bluegrass, folk and country band Flats & Sharps, “the English Bob Segar” Steve Gibbons, Southern Gothic all-country blues singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah, American country singer-songwriter Angaleena Presley, country music legend Doug Seegers, ex-Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart and Welsh pianist and accordionist Geraint Watkins.
Andy Fairweather Low said:
“It is beyond words to sum up the effect that Chuck Berry’s guitar playing and life have had on my life and guitar playing. Listening to Radio Luxembourg on my transistor radio, the intro to Johnny B Goode blasting out, I was done! Finished!! No - born!!! When I then got to hear Memphis Tennessee I have to tell you I couldn’t figure out what was going on - musically or emotionally … like I said beyond words.
So I am honoured to be asked back to the Southern Fried Festival (the best run festival I have been involved with). Together with my own band The Hi Riders who will be the house band and with some great guests involved it will be a fantastic evening to honour Chuck. Chuck’s 1973 Red Cadillac El Dorado is on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of African / American Culture & History but his music will always be in my soul.”
Andy Shearer, Southern Fried festival director said:
“We’re really excited to open this year’s festival with this fantastic celebration of an American music icon – even more so since we’ve got a world-class musical director in Andy Fairweather Low and his 8-piece soul revue to anchor proceedings. We’re also really pleased with the quality and diversity of the featured artists who cover a lot of musical styles and will showcase the breadth and enduring appeal of Chuck Berry’s music and influence, and highlight his love of country music as well as the rock’n’roll and rhythm’n’blues he’s best known for.”
Nick Lowe, Loudon Wainwright III and Beth Nielsen Chapman headline the tenth Southern Fried Festival which also features a celebration of Canadian artists; North Star: Scotland sings Canada.
The Southern Fried Festival also includes smaller gigs across city centre venues, an open mic session, a free outdoor stage, a daytime acoustic stage and various fringe events plus a generous serving of the famous Southern Fried soul food.
The Southern Fried Festival is funded by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
For tickets and info contact Horsecross Arts box office on 01738 621031 visit www.southernfriedfestival.co.uk. Make sure you are a Southern Fried Facebook and Twitter buddy for all the backstage chat.