The Chris Kleeman Band is Vermont’s best-kept blues secret. From his first record produced by B.B. King and his 2002 appearance with King at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Kleeman has kept the blues alive and well. His blues are multispectral, rolling from stinging slide guitar to deft rag-time; from the southern styles of Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell all the way up that big river to the blues of Chicago and Muddy Waters and Elmore James, with the Piedmont blues of people like Blind Boy Fuller and Brownie McGhee thrown in. While blues-based, his trio also incorporates high-powered instrumentals along with influences from many genres.
Next up in the 2014 Twilight on the Tavern Lawn concert series is Philadelphia-based Americana and acoustic blues duo Beaucoup Blue on Sunday, July 13. The seven-concert series continues every other Sunday through August 24. All concerts begin at 6 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain.
The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available. For more information, call (802) 387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.