Augusta Blues Festival featuring Mel Waiters, Latimore, Sir Charles Jones and The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett are bringing the soulful sound of blues to the Bell Auditorium on March 12, 2011 at 7pm. Tickets are available at georgialinatix.com, by phone at 1-877-4AUGTIX or at the James Brown Arena Box Office.
Mel Waiters - Waiters began attracting wider audiences on the R&B circuit and in 1996 and again two years later he won the Jackson Music Award. He enjoyed chart success with ‘Hit It And Quit It’ from his 1995 debut I’m Serious. Influenced primarily by Teddy Pendergrass, Waiters’ smooth vocal style and his leaning towards slow, soulful ballads continued to bring him steadily more attention and his fourth album Material Things made the Billboard Top 100 R&B charts. Relaxed and unpretentious, Waiters’ material and his approach to it has made him a popular and much-heard radio attraction.
Latimore - Deep-voiced Latimore's sultry mid-'70s output for Miami's Glades label was a steamy marriage of soul and blues. Initially billed as Benny Latimore, the Tennessean began recording for Miami mogul Henry Stone in 1965, and his late-'60s Dade singles are solid deep-soul. Dropping his first name on Glades, Latimore finally found stardom in 1973 with a jazzy reading of T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday." He topped the soul lists in 1974 with the anguished "Let's Straighten It Out," a simmering soul/blues hybrid, and encored with the incendiary "Keep the Home Fires Burnin'" the next year. Most of Latimore's Glades sides were produced in Miami by Steve "Every Day I Have to Cry" Alaimo, and when he wasn't cutting his own hits, Latimore acted as a house pianist for parent TK Records. Latimore moved to Malaco during the '80s, his appeal undiminished.