[click "Play" to hear Susan's conversation with George Thorogood]

3520 Steve Gumble's 17th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival takes place September 17 – September 19 on the Main Stage in Town Park.

So what do you picture when you hear the word "blues?"

Do you imagine a slump-shouldered vagabond scuffling down a dusty Delta road? Or perhaps someone up there on stage with his band in a smokey Chicago club shouting over the noise of the crowd until the crowd stops making noise and listens? Do you imagine the hard-rocking sound, Chicago-style blues sound of George Thorogood and the Destroyers?

Happy birthday and long live the King. Riley B. King – B.B. to his friends – turns 85 on September 16, just two days before he closes out the 17th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in high style.

King's expressive signature style of fluid string bending and elegant vibrato has influenced every electric blues guitarist  and singer who followed in his long shadow. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is ranked #3 on Rolling Stone's list of the " 100 greatest guitarists of all time." (Behind Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman.)
[click "Play" for Cedric and Malcolm's interview with Susan]

Cedricandmalcolm When the dynamic duo of Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm performs on the Main Stage of the 17th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, expect a mixed bag of traditional to modern Mississippi hills Delta blues, funk, rock and Americana. Expect to be blown away by the heart, soul and passion of a sound deeply embedded in the roots of drum and fife and North Mississippi hill country.

Cedric, born in 1978 and raised in Holly Springs, Mississippi, is the grandson of the late, legendary R.L. Burnside and son the drummer Calvin Jackson. He is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world today. Growing up at his grandfather’s side, he began touring at age 13, playing drums for “Big Daddy” on stages around the globe. In 2006, Cedric was featured in the critically acclaimed feature, "Blue Snake Mountain," a tribute to Burnside, playing drums alongside Samuel L. Jackson.
[click "Play" for Susan's conversation with Matt Schofield]

Matt19(small) copy British blues guitarist Matt Schofield is on his way to the Telluride region for a FREE Telluride Blues & Brews pre-show, with still a few months left to go on a tour that brought him across the pond in June. The not-to-be-missed concert takes place Thursday, June 16, 5 – 7 p.m., Sunset Plaza, Mountain Village. Schofield's set on Friday, opens the Blues & Brews weekend.

Matt Schofield may not be a household name in the U.S –  yet – but the musician is clearly on his way. Over a relatively short career, Schofield’s prowess as a stringbender has taken him to 12 countries; seen him play with iconic guitarists such as Robben Ford; and brought him high praise in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings as one of only two living British artists in recording history to gain the top four-star rating. "In Schofield, the UK has produced the best blues guitarist from any country in decades,"  raved the LA Daily News.

by Lauren Metzger
Ah Haa School for the Arts

Shawna_rebecca I love when I can introduce new artists to this great community. Especially when their talent is immense and their medium is unique. Encaustic and wax has been a sought-after medium workshop request at the Ah Haa School for the Arts and I am proud to say we have answered the call! HOT WAX / COLD WAX will explore the differences and similarities between these two methods. This 3 day workshop, taking place October 8 -10, 2010, will be taught jointly by visiting artists Shawna Moore (encaustic artist) and Rebecca Crowell (who uses cold wax medium with oils) and is a unique opportunity to work side by side with these two renowned artists. Through this introduction, you will discover the brilliant colors, evocative surfaces and sheer pleasure that comes while painting abstractly with wax.

[click "Play" for Otis Taylor's conversation with Susan]

A-Otis_Clovis-Photo-by-David-Raccuglia Blues singer/composer, multi-instrumentalist Otis Taylor returns to town for the 17th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, September 17 – September 19.

Telluride Blues & Brews Festival founder/director Steve Gumble brought Taylor to town for the first time in the late 1990s and wound up becoming his manager.

“There are lots of performers playing the blues out there, but Otis is sort of reinventing it,” said Gumble. “I would describe his style as ‘hip blues.’ I have found the man’s appeal is universal: young people in the crowd like his consistent beat for dancing; older people seem to enjoy the authenticity of his lyrics on subjects ranging from personal to political. By stretching the boundaries of the genre, Otis is keeping blues fresh.”

IMG_7876 Telluride Inside... and Out witnessed two outstanding films to open the 2010 Telluride Film Festival: first, "Carlos," Olivier Assaya's 5 1/2 hour epic, the first film pick by Festival directors Gary Meyer, Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger. And then this morning, "Precious Life,"  written and directed by Shlomi Eldar.

"Carlos," tells the story of the notorious terrorist, Carlos the Jackal, from his early efforts in the cause of anti-imperialism in the Middle East (and beyond), to the preening caricature, looking for any country that will accept him.

"Precious Life" takes a different approach. Raida Abu-Mustafa, has come to an Israeli hospital from Gaza in the hope that her baby son may be saved from the immune system failure that claimed two of her daughters. Her efforts are complicated, not only by the physical barriers separating Gaza from Israel, but by the pressures of Israeli and Gazan attitudes, and of course the Israeli retaliation for rocket attacks out of Gaza.