The Memphis Acoustic Music Association begins 2016 with old time blues!!!
Andy Cohen with Belmont and Jones
Saturday, February 6, 2016 8 pm
Otherlands Coffee Bar 641 S. Cooper
$12 Tickets are at Otherlands, The Booksellers at Laurelwood, and online at
Andy Cohen brings his friends Walter Belmont and Hepzibah Jones for a night of country blues and traditional roots music.
Widely regarded as a “ walking, talking folk/ blues/ roots music encyclopedia,” Andy Cohen is a virtuoso finger- style guitarist. Expect to hear blues rooted in Mississippi, North Carolina's Piedmont, Memphis, and Chicago , as well as some ragtime, gospel, and original tunes.
“One thing is for sure; the boy can play. There are few people around today who had a chance to pick it all up from the old generations, get this good at it, and continue to cherish and preserve the old traditions.” The Country Blues
“A few paragraphs can't do justice to the variety of delights discovered within guitar virtuoso Andy Cohen's Built Right on the Ground (Cohen’s tenth and most recent CD) The well-known, the obscure, and the weirdly wonderful are all here and it's more than evident that the traditional folk –blues, ragtime, country, and good time piano are all safe in these accomplished hands.” John Bottomley, Blues in the Northwest.com
The music of Walter Belmont & Hepzibah Jones goes back to the beginning when Ma Rainey, Memphis Minnie, and Kansas Joe McCoy were making records. Blues enthusiasts have fallen in line behind the duo’s unique approach to this most American of genres.
Bob Weinberg of Jazz and Blues Florida said, “The pair conjure early blues greats such as Memphis Minnie and Charley Patton. Both partners are strong, natural singers. Their repertoire ranges from familiar staples to obscure gems, and their originals sound authentic enough to have emanated from an old 78.”
Blues documentarian George Mitchell said, “Belmont and Jones, in my opinion, is the best traditional, downhome, country blues duo performing today. With every lick on his guitar, you can tell that Belmont has blues in his bones. Jones has one of the most beautiful blues voices I have ever heard.”