Scott to join Kilborn Alley for show
URBANA — Jackie Scott, a blues singer from Hampton Roads, Va., will perform with the Kilborn Alley Blues Band at its 14th anniversary party at 9 p.m. Saturday at The Iron Post, 120 S. Race St., U.
Kilborn Alley singer Andrew Duncanson said his band has played in many places over the years and met many fine players.
"But when it comes to bringing home a great musician to share with our C-U friends, our very first thought is: Jackie Scott," he said. "It has taken a couple of years to arrange this, and we are very proud to introduce East Central Illinois to this extraordinary performer."
With her band The Housewreckers, Scott gained national attention with the 2009 release "How Much Woman Can You Stand." The album and the follow-up "Going to the Westside" netted Scott three Blues Blast magazine award nominations.
Scott works regularly with famed Howlin' Wolf saxophone player Eddie Shaw, having played on his 2013 "Still Riding High" release and bringing him in on her ongoing "Blues in the 757" project.
Though she lives in Virginia, Scott's path through Chicago blues has taken her to the main stage of the Chicago Blues Festival and to a longterm role as a teacher and mentor in Chicago's "blues in the schools" program.
"There is a lot of talk in the blues about 'real deal' and 'old school' but Jackie will put you in a booth in a smoky club in 1957, and you won't want to get up out of that seat until you've heard the last note," Kilborn Alley drummer Ed O'Hara said. "We are looking forward to hanging back and letting her tear things up."
Tickets will be sold at the door for $12, and $10 for people who have a current membership card in the Prairie Crossroads Blues Society.