Skeeter Brandon and Highway 61 (#517)

A soulful singer and his band belt out the blues.


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Skeeter Brandon’s voice has been described as a “soulful roar, which is husky, fierce, menacing and sweet as honey,” and Highway 61 backs him up with some of the Carolinas’ finest blues/R&B musicians. Max Drake is one of North Carolina’s most recognized and respected blues guitarists. And the rock-solid rhythm section features bassist Chris Grant, an original member of the band, and Russ Wilson, considered by many to be the best swing drummer in the region.

Mixing their unique original material with classics by such legendary artists as B.B. King, Otis Redding, Albert King, and Ray Charles, Skeeter Brandon and Highway 61 demonstrate that the blues is not only alive and kicking, but rockin’ and rollin’ as well. The band’s performance was taped at the W.C. Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY.