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Band: Mississippi Shakedown, Rufus McBlack
Date: Saturday, June 18, at 9 p.m.
Venue: Alabama Music Box, 12 S. Conception St., alabamamusicbox.com
Tickets: $10 available through the venue’s website
Last April, the Azalea City celebrated the return of the SouthSounds Music Festival. Formatted as a multiday showcase at Alabama Music Box and The Merry Widow, SouthSounds once again brought a number of longtime favorites and impressive newcomers from across the Southeast to the streets of downtown Mobile. Two bands that were featured in the SouthSounds revival will be returning to overtake the Alabama Music Box stage for the evening.
For years, Mississippi Shakedown has been a duo specializing in progressive, edgy blues. Pulling inspiration from enigmatic Mississippi blues greats such as R.L. Burnside, this fiery twosome has spent years pulling new generations into the blues while infuriating blues purists with an eclectic modern blues sound that refuses to follow the rules. Those looking for an alternative to traditional blues should venture into the hellacious sonic landscape that Mississippi Shakedown created in the live environment.
Rufus McBlack is a new SouthSounds alumnus who will be sharing the stage with Mississippi Breakdown. This group takes its name from a combination of the members’ names: Rufus Ducote, Johnny McCann and Clay Blackwell. Ducote’s string talents have been witnessed through solo gigs as well as shows alongside the likes of Grayson Capps. Together, this trio has released its first studio effort, “Deep Cabin: The Birth EP.” This release seeks to spread the band’s “post-punk, doom chill, crack jam, love flow” upon the unsuspecting masses.
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