Leon Russell was the headliner for this the 5th annual Southern Shore Music Festival. Russell was recently admitted to the “Rock in Roll” hall of fame after 5 decades of performing. In 2010 Leon Russell recorded and toured with Elton John. It was just announced that he will be doing some dates later this year with Bob Dylan. Some of the songs played that had the crowd moving were “Great Balls of Fire, Walkin Blues, Rollin in My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Jumping Jack Flash>Poppa Was a Rolling Stone>Paint it Black>Kansas City and Lady Blue”.
Kicking the festival was Patty Blee an american roots singer. A 2 piece band with a back up singer that brought the sounds of Blues, folk and a little bit of country. Being from South Jersey this was just like a home show for her. Next up was Joel Plaskett and the Emergency. Well known north of the boarder and slowly getting to be known in the USA. A 3 piece band that plays Adult Alternative style of music.
Sharon Little an american song writer from Philadelphia Pa was sporting her new blue hair. little was the opening act for Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and T Bone Burnett last tour. She has here music played on CBS show such as NCIS, The Good Wife, Ghost Whispers, Numbers and CSI. Playing some songs from her latest cd Paper Doll. 3 years ago she had never been outside the states of Pa.,NJ. and Texas. Now there are only three states what she has not been too. She brings her Blue’s type sound voice through her rock/R&B music.
Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band keep things going. Jaimoe played with Otis Reading way back in 1966 and still playing today. He is well known for being one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers band and still tours with them today. His band today brings the sound jazz,blues and Rock in roll. The 3 piece horn section really brings out the jazz sound with this band. Jaimore is another one of the “Rock in Roll” hall of fame members at the SSMF festival this past weekend. Justin Townes’ Earle brought his 3 piece female band with him this time. Performing songs from his latest cd Harlem River Blues such as “Harlem River Blues, Mama’s Eyes, One More night in Brooklyn and Ain’t waiting.