A little more than two years ago, we brought you the story of Eddie Stout and his more-or-less one-man blues label, Dialtone Records, which specializes in recording often-forgotten Texas blues artists.
At the time, Stout had just signed Cornell Dupree, a veteran of the Atlantic Records house band who’d played with Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon and hundreds more. Dupree died before his Dialtone release came out, but Stout hasn’t stopped combing the margins of the music scene to find undiscovered — maybe under-discovered would be a better term — talent. His latest find is an insanely energetic harmonica player who calls himself Birdlegg. Birdlegg’s album for the tiny label — cut with members of Gary Clark Jr.’s band and the Fabulous Thunderbirds — will have a pre-release party to coincide with the first Eastside Kings Festival on Sept. 15 at four venues, Club 40, White Swan, 1808 Club and JT’s Body Shop. The way Stout tells it, he aimed to put together a single gig and wound up with so many willing participants he got a festival, which will also feature Dialtone mainstays such as Hosea Hargrove and the Bells of Joy. Living Blues magazine is expected to cover the event.
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