Big Head Blues Club: 100 Years of Robert Johnson


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How do you throw a 100th birthday bash for the most influential bluesman that ever lived? If you're Big Head Todd and The Monsters, you gather some of the greatest living blues musicians and record 100 Years of Robert Johnson (March 1, 2011—Ryko/Big Records), a stirring new tribute album featuring 10 potent interpretations of some of the most vital and durable music of the past century.

Big Head Blues Club, as the ad hoc ensemble is calling itself, features, in addition to the Colorado-based quartet—guitarist and vocalist Todd Park Mohr, bassist Rob Squires, drummer Brian Nevin and keyboardist Jeremy Lawton—special guests, blues legends B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, David “Honeyboy" Edwards and Charlie Musselwhite, as well as keepers of the blues flame Ruthie Foster, Cedric Burnside, and Lightnin' Malcolm.

Recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, and produced by Grammy award winning blues producer Chris Goldsmith (Blind Boys of Alabama), 100 Years of Robert Johnson will be released in early 2011, and supported by a national tour ("Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts") featuring many of the participants in the sessions. A complete list of the tour dates is included below.

Blues at the Crossroads: The Robert Johnson Centennial Concerts" Tour Dates:

  • Jan. 28 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
  • Jan. 29 Costa Mesa, CA Orange County Performing Arts Center
  • Jan. 30 San Diego, CA (2 shows) Anthology
  • Jan. 31 Santa Barbara, CA Campbell Hall / UCSB
  • Feb. 04 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre
  • Feb. 05 Dallas, TX Lakewood Theatre
  • Feb. 10 Ann Arbor, MI Hill Auditorium / U of M
  • Feb. 11 Chicago, IL Orchestra Hall
  • Feb. 12 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre
  • Feb. 13 Meridian, MS Riley Center / MSU
  • Feb. 16 Chapel Hill, NC Memorial Hall / UNC Chapel Hill
  • Feb. 17 North Bethesda, MD The Music Center at Strathmore
  • Feb. 18 Boston, MA Berklee School of Music
  • Feb. 24 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
  • Feb. 25 Princeton, NJ McCarter Theatre
  • Feb. 26 Blue Bell, PA Montgomery County Community College
  • Feb. 27 New Bedford, MA Zeiterion Theater
  • March 4 Milwaukee, WI Potowatomi Casino
  • March 5 Omaha, NE Holland Performing Arts Center
  • March 6 Minneapolis, MN Orchestra Hall
  • March 8 Urbana, IL Krannert Center—Tyrone Festival Theatre

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