This Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, we’ll be playing one of America’s largest blues festivals: the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas on the banks of the Mississippi River. We’ve got early slots — 10 a.m. — and Garry Burnside, R.L. Burnside’s son, will be our special guest on Saturday. This is the 29thyear of this historic festival in this legendary blues town where Robert Johnson played on the streets, Sonny Boy Williamson II entertained with his “King Biscuit Time” radio show — which inspired the festival’s name — on KFFA daily at noon, and where Frank Frost and his wife ran their juke joint just steps from the festival grounds. It’s a pleasure to be performing on the same bill as Sonny Landreth, Guitar Shorty, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets, Bobby Rush, Delbert McClinton, James Cotton, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Paul Thorn and many other award-winning artists. There aren’t many authentic blues festivals like this in America any more. We hope to see you there.
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Living Blues Magazine
We have received so many great reviews on our album, Love is the Devil. But this one holds a special place for us because we have so much respect for Living Blues Magazine.
"With this hypnotic, modern approach to the spiritual purgation that is great hill country blues, Pork Chop Willie should turn some ears…Tracks like Too Many Cuts are strikingly original as the yearn of Tong's violin provides a fresh spin on an old formula…The debut album...is as raw as any hill country stomp and as haunting as the most backwoods Appalachian holler".
--Living Blues Magazine
The full review is in the August issue. Please check it out.
Love is the Devil, #1 on the AirPlay Direct Blues Chart all of June!
June 3rd was the official release date of Love is the Devil. It is now available at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and many other outlets. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the album.
“One of the best debut albums this year.” —Adobe and Teardrops, AdobeandTeardrops.Blogspot.com
“Brilliant new national debut release … Hill Country music and beyond, like you have never heard before … An absolutely wonderful album that very quickly rose to the top of my favorites list for 2014 ...” —John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network
“I'll be hard pressed to find another debut this year that impresses me as much as this album. All the right ingredients presented with great musicianship and passion. The roots, they be strong and entangled with tradition but with a unique freshness.” —Popa’s Tunes, PopaTunes.Blogspot.com
"Pork Chop Willie's music is hauntingly beautiful. Give them a pat on the back—this record is in my top 10 of the year." —Russell Hill's Country Music Show, Express FM, Portsmouth, UK
“The music has an almost brutal honesty about it … as well as an almost haunting quality in the band’s sound … Love Is the Devil has a timeless quality that will not grow old.” —Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue / Billtown Blue Notes
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us and this project.