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Reviews: 1988 Performances


Speakeasy - New York - Opening for Hubert Sumlin

Excerpt from: "Blues Letters - New York" by Helen Doob Lazar

Living Blues, May/June 1988, p 3

Hubert Sumlin appeared at Speakeasy on Feb. 13 and 14. He was joined on Feb. 13 by John Campbell for some beautiful acoustic blues. These two musicians had appeared together last summer at several festivals and it was a joy to see them united again.

Copyright 1988 Living Blues


Lone Star Cafe - New York - Doc Pomus Benefit for the Handicapped

Excerpt from: "Blues Letters - New York" by Helen Doob Lazar

Living Blues, July/August 1988, p 5

March 16 was a special benefit hosted by Doc Pomus to help an organization that takes handicapped individuals to musical and theatrical events. Guest performers included Johnny Copleland, Frankie Lee, Southside Johnny, Mick Taylor, Little Buster, John Campbell, Young Jesse Thomas, and Teo with his Allstars. Performers, club, and audience united that eventing to show some Big Apple spirit.

Copyright 1988 Living Blues


Under Acme - New York - Benefit for the Mississippi Blues Project

Excerpt from: "Blues Letters - New York" by Helen Doob Lazar

Living Blues, July/August 1988, p 5

Under Acme continues to have Wednesday blues jams with the Hudson River Rats. On March 25, they hosted a benefit for the Mississippi Blues Project. John Allison, son of musician Mose Allison, is raising funds to produce a film on Delta blues in conjunction with the University of Mississippi. The evening had an aural feast with John Campbell, John Hammond, and James "Son" Thomas. The club provided baskets of fried catfish and cornbread. It was the kind of evening you wished would never end.

Copyright 1988 Living Blues


Speakeasy - New York - Rory Block

Excerpt from: "Blues Letters - New York" by Helen Doob Lazar

Living Blues, September/October 1988, p 10

...the Speakeasy had an acoustic delight night with Rory Block and John Campbell. Speaking of Campbell, Hubert Sumlin was in town one evening and say campbell's name in the paper. They had played together several times at festivals throughout the country and Sumlin decided to surprise him at his gig. The performer turned out to be a different John Campbell and Sumlin ended up jamming with Spencer Davis at the Lone Star.

Copyright 1988 Living Blues


Benson & Hedges - St. Louis, MO - Mississippi Nights

Excerpt from: "Blues Festival Pays Tribute to Townshend" by Terry Perkins

St. Louis Post - Dispatch, October 14, 1988, p 8F

After a preview evening Monday held at 10 clubs around the St. Louis area, the Benson & Hedges blues concert series began in earnest Wednesday at Mississippi Nights with a tribute to local legend Henry Townsend.

The highlights of the evening, however, were the sets of John Campbell and the duo of Thomas and Liniger. Campbell, a native of Louisiana, flashed some intricate acoustic guitar work in the mold of greats such as Lightnin' Hopkins and Elmore James. And Thomas and Liniger brought down the house with some authentic renditions of ''Good Mornin' Little School Girl'' and ''Dust My Broom'' that seemed to come straight from the Mississippi Delta.

It was a great evening of traditional blues. And in addition to paying tribute to Townsend, it proved that the blues tradition lives on in a new generation of performers such as Campbell, Pierson, Edwards and Liniger.

Copyright 1988 St. Louis Post Dispatch


Copyright � 2004, Thomas Geiger
Revised: February 19, 2004