Robert Eskew Blues Band to jump start Woodbury music series

Robert Eskew

Robert Eskew Blues Band is scheduled to kick off the opening night of “Hills of Tennessee” a roots music series on Saturday, June 20 at Bird Song Studio in Woodbury, Tenn.

Eskew is a noted bluesman who grew up in rural Georgia. Taking to guitar at the age of 12 years old, Eskew feels at home with the old country blues singers and acoustic and electric Delta blues style.

He grew up listening to his grandmother’s old blues 78s which included Blind Boy Fuller, Big Joe Williams and Muddy Waters. But he also got a dose of gospel as it was his grandmother who said “no blues on Sunday, it’s the Lord’s day” and they would listen to Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Mahalia Jackson.

Eskew has played beside several musicians but one of note is the Grammy award winning Keb’ Mo. After meeting Eskew years ago at a Christmas party, Keb’ Mo invited him to join along and play with his crew.

Keb’ Mo says “when Robert digs down in his stuff and pulls out his guitar, man can he rip some Charley Patton! When I encounter young men like Robert, I’m encouraged.”

Since then he has worked with with Gary Nicholson, Jon Tiven and Bekka Bramlett and is currently finishing up a new solo album.

After Robert Eskew Band, the series continues with Rhythm Kitchen, Roy Schneider & Kim Mayfield, Mary Gauthier and Wisewater.

Bird Song Studio is located at 213 West High Street in Woodbury, Tenn. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. A suggested donation of $10 is suggested and tickets can be purchased here.

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