Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection

Robert Kimbrough Sr. BluesConnection

Robert Kimbrough Sr continues the Cotton Patch Soul Blues style created by his father, the legendary Junior Kimbrough. From an early age, Robert was steeped in the sounds and life of North Mississippi and its distinctive style of blues. Growing up, Robert listened, first-hand to Mississippi blues royalty that played with his father at home, at Junior’s Juke Joint Club, and the ever frequent weekend house party and porch jam session. The blues was simply part of everyday life as a Kimbrough. Robert continues his father’s musical tradition, along with some of his siblings. You can often find many of them sharing the stage on any given night in Mississippi. The Kimbrough name, along with the Burnside name, is part of a blues dynasty that remains strong today, bringing people from all over the world to see and hear them play.

The Cotton Patch Soul Blues style that Robert plays is a straight link to the music that his father originated in North Mississippi. It is a deep soul sound that can be linked back to his ancestors coming from the cotton fields, singing and ‘hollering‘ as they worked in the tall rows of Mississippi cotton. This distinct and somewhat underground style of blues is rooted in hypnotic, rhythms and dance-able grooves. The Black Keys released an entire album in 2006 of Junior Kimbrough cover songs called Chulahoma: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough. Up until the mid 80s, the only way to hear this music was to visit a church-turned-blues-den founded by Junior Kimbrough in Chulahoma, MS that unfortunately burned down in 2000.

Apache Brown Band

The Apache Brown Band brings Mississippi Hill Country, Delta, and Chicago blues up North.

Harlem Slim

Born and raised in uptown Manhattan, Tito Deler is the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. With a natural gift for music, Tito started playing piano at an early age and picked up the guitar by age eight. But it wasn’t until he was 38 that Tito found his true instrument, a steel body resonator guitar. He started writing music of his own, combining sounds from his New York upbringing with the style of pre-war Mississippi Delta blues. He released his first record, The Original Harlem Slim, which was named one of the top 15 albums by Other Music in 2012. 

Drawn to the Mississippi Delta blues of Willie Brown, Son House, Skip James and others, Brother Tito has played with various Mississippi bluesmen over the years.  In October 2015, Tito played a gig with Mississippi blues legends Jimmy "Duck" Holmes and Leo "Bud"Welch.  They embraced him as one of their own.  After that first meeting, Duck remarked, "Oh boy, Tito.  That Tito can play!" and insisted Tito come down to Mississippi to play the Bentonia Blues Festival, the oldest Blues Festival in the country.  He has returned to Mississippi several times a year to play in Bentonia as well as at roots and blues festivals in the South. The people of Bentonia have embraced Tito as an adopted son and Duck has started an annual Spring Juke at the Blue Front Cafe the middle of April to coincide with Tito’s birthday.

Blue Front Records is following up the success of its first two releases (It Is What It Is by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and Rose Hill by Mike Munson) with an album by Tito Deler, the Original Harlem Slim, recorded in his native New York City to be released mid-2019.

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