Blues to the Point Festival

Popular blues festival features
national, regional and local groups

Fourteen bands scheduled
to play on two stages this year

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (September 2008) – The Amazing Rhythm Aces Band is a crowd pleaser wherever they play. Billed as this year’s headlining act for the Blues to the Point festival in Carrollton, Ky., they will bring their own style of American music to the stage.
A year after the band formed they recorded their first album, “Stacked Deck,” in Memphis in 1975. They enjoyed two decades of hits, such as “Third Rate Romance,” “Amazing Grace (Used To Be Her Favorite Song),” “The End Is Not In Sight (The Cowboy Tune).” The latter won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Group.

Blues to the Point
Sept. 5-6 at Point Park
in Carrollton, Ky.

Friday Schedule
5 p.m.: Blackstone
6:30 p.m.: Roy Gentry
7:30 p.m.: Lamont Gillispie & 100 Proof
9 p.m.: Sonny Moorman
10 p.m.: Might Lester

Saturday Schedule
Noon: Da Mudcats
1:30 p.m.: Remnants
2:30 p.m.: Phil Berkowitz
4 p.m.: To Be Announced
5 p.m.: Ricky Nye Inc.
6:30 p.m.: Hambone
7:30 p.m.: Tim Krekel & TKO
9 p.m.: Tyrone Cotton
10 p.m.: The Amazing Rhythm Aces
• Admission: Two-Day Pass $25; Friday only $12; Saturday only $20; Camping Permit $10.
• Information: Call (502) 727-1050 or visit: www.bluestothepoint.com

Throughout their long and varied musical career, they have toured with a variety of performers, including Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffet, the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. Audiences have always been attracted to their pop, country, blue-eyed soul sound.
The group disbanded in 1971 but teamed up again in 1995 for a newly recorded rendition of their best-known titles on “Ride Again.” Receiving a positive reaction, they began playing a few club dates here and there and recorded both live and studio albums.
As the headlining act for the Blues to the Point festival, The Amazing Rhythm Aces Band will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. The festival will be held Sept. 5-6 at Point Park on the Ohio River. Festival times are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, and noon until midnight Saturday.
The Aces are headed by baritone Russell Smith, a Nashville, Tenn.-born songwriter, said festival organizer Mark Davis. “We’ve tried to bring a mix of national and regional acts together,” he said.
The Aces are just one of 14 bands scheduled to play the festival. He and co-producer Clayton Dermon try to provide different types of blues music plus music that is more blues based other than just blues traditionals, he said. “We want it to be more of a family oriented event.”

The Amazing Rhythm Aces

Photo provided

The Amazing Rhythm Aces will
headline this year’s Blues to
the Point festival.

The festival has been in existence for 15 years. It has been produced by several individuals over the years, said Davis. Three years ago, the promoter couldn’t put the show on, so a year went by without it. Davis decided it was too good of a local attraction not to have again.
He teamed with Dermon and approached Carroll County tourism office about working out an arrangement to keep the festival running. He and Dermon agreed to produce the festival with backing from the Carrollton-Carroll County Tourism and Convention Commission office.
“This is the third time we’ve produced it ourselves,” said Davis. He always strives to have a mix of festival favorites, while trying to book new acts to perform. He tries to present returning favorites in a different light so that festival goers do not get too comfortable with their sounds and still find the acts interesting enough to return and see them.
When Davis gets comments about the festival, one of the first things he hears is what a beautiful location Point Park is for the festival, he said. People seem to enjoy the area and the music.

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