Bay Area Guitarists Join Forces to Pay Homage to the Great Blues

Guitarist Henry Kaiser is one of the Bay Area’s most intriguing artists, whose quest to find new sounds and musical experiences once led him to the South Pole where he allegedly used said geo-marker as a guitar slide to playing Antarctic blues.

He is also one of the most prolific, having performed on over 300 albums during his versatile career.

Rome Yamilov is a Russian-born, San Jose-raised blues guitarist known for his work with South Bay harmonica champion and bandleader Aki Kumar.

The two guitarists have joined forces on “The Lenoir Investigation”, an intriguing new offering from music label Little Village.

The album is a tribute to JB Lenoir, the Mississippi-born singer-songwriter guitarist who made his mark on the Chicago blues scene in the 50s and 60s. It’s great to see Kaiser and Yamilov giving a thumbs up to this Blues Hall of Famer, whose career was cut short when he died of injuries sustained in a car accident at the age of 38 in 1967.

The album is out May 20 on littlevillagefoundation.com.

Kaiser and Yamilov will premiere the work in concert June 2 at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. The performance is one of five world premieres presented that evening by the artists of the Little Village label. Other artists performing that night are Deshawn Hickman, Charlie Hunter, Diunna Greenleaf, Marina Crouse, Maurice Tani and Mike Schermer.

Show time is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20 to $24, freight.org.

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