KPIG Festival at Montalvo

KPIG is one of my favorite radio stations, playing an eclectic mix of folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass and rock. On August 21, I went with some friends to the KPIG Songwriter Festival at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga. It was a great venue, and a chance to see some great acts.

Unfortunately, the headline act, the legendary Etta James, got sick and had to cancel. I had really been looking forward to seeing her. But we still got to listen to some terrific musicians.

Sonny Landreth, one of the best slide guitar players anywhere, played a terrific set of hot & spicy Louisiana rock and blues. I’ve been listening to his live album “Grant Street” a lot lately, and it keeps sounding better all the time.

We also got to see the great bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, and his fantastic harp playing. He played classic blues, some autobiographical songs, and even some intriguing Latin American blues.

We also caught angry Texas rockers James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards, and David Lindley, grizzled master of all things stringed. He played some of his customized guitars and told some hilarious stories about bad food on the road. I just hope I never meet an authentic Irish head cheese.

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