by Bill Forman
“I had the pleasure of just spending the evening before with her, and it was like spending an evening with my grandmother,” said Whitesell. “And the next night, all of a sudden here's this grandma onstage and getting the whole audience going. That was great. You know, the trains passed by as she was singing a song about trains, and the audience goes nuts.”
It’s the sort of special moment that could really only take place at Blues Under the Bridge. And while the festival’s newly announced 2013 lineup doesn’t feature anyone’s grandmother, it’s otherwise pretty diverse. The July 20 event will include sets by JustUs League, DB Rielly, Slide Brothers, Blues Caravan, John Hammond and Watermelon Slim.
You’ll also want to set aside the evening of the 19th, when festival headliner Watermelon Slim and local blues giant Big Jim Adam will be playing a free Blues Under the Bridge 2013 Kickoff Party at the Mining Exchange.