Doc MacLean`s "Cross Bones Blues Tour"
25th November 2017 @ 20h00
Sat, 25 Nov 2017 @ 20h00@ Die Ramstal, New St, Nieu-BethesdaCross Bones.
Blues. Life. When you roll the bones you could come up snake eyes. Or you could score big. That's what the Old Man used to say. And now: Africa. This map has places on it with names you can't pronounce on Sunday. Africa. Solo, I'm pushing back out into the desert. The Great Karoo is calling. I've got maybe twenty thousand km of road in front of me here, and I've rolled the bones all over this map. Fifty shows. No place too large, too small, too grand or too humble. I'll bring the Blues to your town.
Diesel fuel and cheap red wine surf the summer heat. Life leaks out around the edges. Death wanders aimlessly. At night, it's cool neon, electric wire. To Have and Have Not. To breathe in and out. It's healing music, the blues. But the blues is also this journey: close to the wire. A journey through life. A place where all things are possible, or should be; where stories hang like dust in the air. Cross Bones.
CROSS BONES TOUR
Doc MacLean's second African tour, "Cross Bones Blues," finds him returning to many of the places he visited on his previous, "Zulu Skies" adventure. As if that Tour wasn't big enough, Cross Bones includes nearly 50 shows. From the gala Tour launch at the Canadian High Commission to the massive OppiKoppi Festival, to theatres, cafes, and wild little juke joints... This tour touches most parts of South Africa.
Telling songs and singing stories. This blues came from the Mississippi delta. But before that, it came from Africa. Passed down from mouth to mouth. More than music. A placement of the human spirit. Doc's mentors were the grandchildren of slaves and he keeps their gifts close to the heart, and close to the Bone.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Forty-five years ago Doc was playing Charlie Patton songs in Son House's living room. From back porch to big porch. The storyteller. An emotional remapping of contemporary delta blues. At one time Blues Revue Magazine called him the "Prince of Darkness." There's redemption here beyond the simple, acoustic medium– and an appeal that reaches well beyond the Crossroads.