NORWICH – “Talk about a diverse day of music,” said Chenango Blues Association President Eric Larsen discussing the lineup for the free show on Friday that will kick-off the 21st annual Chenango Blues Festival weekend. “This is going to be very entertaining.”
The tunes for Frontier Communications’ Free Friday begin at 6 p.m. at the tent stage of the Chenango County Fairgrounds.
This year’s Friday night entertainment features three performances; Pinecone Fletcher, Tinsley Ellis, and Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers.
Pinecone Fletcher is known as the king of the hobo blues, having spent many years of his life homeless by choice and hopping freight trains illegally to get from place to place. Brad Morrison - most well known for his work with Phish, and who is now working with the locally known Woodshed Prophets - discovered a man asleep and trespassing on his upstate NY farm. According to reports, Morrison invited the stranger inside for breakfast where Pinecone played “Mmm Mmm Good” in exchange for his meal and Morrison then offered to record what became Pinecone’s debut album, Hoboin’.
Since that time, Pinecone has performed with the likes of Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Pete Anderson, Honeyboy Edwards, Donnie Sumner, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.