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Blue Wing Blues Festival's fourth year keeps Upper Lake hopping
Written by T. Watts
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
UPPER LAKE, Calif. – It has been this correspondent’s pleasure to witness the four season metamorphosis of the Blue Wing Blues Festival from a neighborhood musical gathering to a full-fledged, world-class entity.
Saturday night’s opener was Boogie Piano Queen Wendy DeWitt. As reported 16 months ago when she last played the Tallman Hotel’s Concerts With Conversation series, DeWitt is a gifted stylist. She is fluent in the styles of the great masters of blues and boogie piano. The list includes Otis Spann, Memphis Slim, Big Maceo, Joe Duskin, Meade Lux Lewis, Little Brother Montgomery, Pete Johnson and a host of others.
Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood on drums performed at the Blue Wing Blues Festival on Saturday, August 7, 2010. Photo by T. Watts.
T. Watts is a writer, radio host and music critic. Visit his Web site at www.teewatts.biz .
Blues piano/vocals, Queen of Boogie Woogie
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Wendy has performed backing up:
Big Time Sarah