Iron Post anniversary celebration scheduled
URBANA — Three-time Blues Music Award nominee Kilborn Alley will be joined by singer-guitarist Michael Ledbetter from the Nick Moss Band to help celebrate The Iron Post's 13th anniversary on Saturday.
The show will begin at 9 p.m.; the cover is $10 per person.
Ledbetter, a young cousin on the Hudie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter family tree, is known for his high-energy singing and guitar playing. He comes with a different musical pedigree than anyone else singing the blues today.
He did formal voice study and performed in opera for eight years in the Chicago area before turning to the blues. Part of his story is that he first sang the blues when he went on stage with Kilborn Alley at a show in his hometown of Elgin, and that is what got him noticed by Moss.
"The shocking thing was, Michael didn't just get up and sing some standards with the band; he knew Kilborn Alley songs and was eager to sing them," reads a news release from the band. "The outcome was a fast friendship with the guys in Kilborn Alley. Together they form part of a very slim generational cohort in music that has first loyalty to classical Chicago blues."
The Champaign-based Kilborn Alley's members are Andrew Duncanson, Josh Stimmel, Chris Breen and Ed O'Hara, with Abraham Johnson from time to time.
Kilborn Alley, which formed in 2000, has been nominated for 10 international blues music awards, winning the "Sean Costello Rising Star in the Blues Award" in 2009 and the "Best Blues Song of the Year" for "Better Off Now" in 2010, both from the critics and readers of Blues Blast magazine.