Blues In The 757 was touted as a grassroots effort to promote the blues among the live entertainmnet audiences in the 757 (the southeast part of Virginia's area code) and to encourage area musicians to continue to play blues...it became more than that.
Eddie Shaw, in an effort to help promote and continue the tradition of blues, came to Hampton Roads to record with area musicians. In addition to recording, he allowed them to record songs from his vast catalog. Although he has never received an award for his great lyrical wit, Howlin Wolf , his mentor, recorded 5 of Eddie's songs !!
Being able to record with a blues master was an honor for all involved and what was gained was timeless. Eddie's devotion to blues and the scarifices he made to come to the 757 helped to invoke a renewed interest in blues in Hampton Roads.
As a result of "Blues In The 757", Eddie along with all the musicians pictures here below were responsible for the cd project "Eddie Shaw & The 757 Allstars....Still Riding High".
Thank you Betsy Forbes Hodson & Joyce Marie Morrin for the photos !!!
Here's a few clips from the cd release party....
Tom Dikon, Bill Kelly, Henry M Johnson, Jackie Scott, Rich Ridolfino, Thomas Fisher & Bob Albergotti
Bruce Gray, Chuck Williams, William Ledbetter, William Garrett, Mark Hopkins & Ron Fetner