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Memphis All-Stars Bring Beale Street to Kenlake
By Lew Jetton
AURORA -
Aurora, KY: The 30th Annual Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival is proud to feature “real deal” Memphis old school soul and rhythm and blues with The Memphis All Stars.  They are truly the definition of Memphis Music.  

For more than 30 years, they have been the “must see” band in the Memphis area for those who want to experience the authentic “Memphis Sound.”  They've also been favorites at festivals and other venues throughout the South and Midwest. 

Guitarist Greg Reding started the Memphis All Stars in 1983 after a storied musical career playing with Black Oak Arkansas, Stephen Still, and a stint as a session player with the legendary Stax Records and touring with Blues Great Albert King. 

Keyboard player and vocalist Robert Clayborne counts Stevie Wonder as a major inspiration and influence both professionally and personally. Since beginning his career in the mid 70s, he has backed such greats as Denise LaSalle, Tyrone Davis, Rufus Thomas, Yolanda Adams, Al Green and others before joining up with The Memphis All Stars.

Drummer Walter White first picked up the sticks at 5 and hasn't stopped playing since, spending years with several Gospel greats as well as The Drifters, The Coasters, and The Barkays as well as The Memphis All Stars.  

Bass player Henry Clayborne is known on the Memphis music scene as “Sly Diesel” although he's logged countless miles abroad too, playing with greats Little Milton, The Drifters, The Coasters, and Fred Sample and on TV shows including Solid Gold and 70s Soul Jam.

The 30th Edition of the Kenlake Hot August Blues Festival runs Friday and Saturday, August 23rd and 24th at Kenlake State Park in Aurora, Kentucky. Friday night's lineup features John Sutton, Alonzo Pennington and the Xtra Ordinary Gentlemen, and Jonathon Long with gates opening at 3 and music beginning at 6. . Saturday, August 24th, the gates open at 10AM, with music beginning at 11 with Olivia Faye, followed by Nightfish, The Gough-Martin Blues Band, The Beat Daddys, Boscoe France, Big Al and the Heavyweights, The Memphis All Stars, Reba Russell and Joanna Connor. A limited number of discount tickets are available at KenlakeBlues.com. Organizations which benefit from the Hot August Blues Festival include the Marshall County Rescue Squad, The Shriner's  Children's Hospitals and the Knights of Columbus. 

Published 09:56 AM, Thursday Jul. 18, 2019
Updated 05:45 PM, Friday Jul. 19, 2019

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