The Very Best in Authentic Iowegian Blues
Ottumwa, Iowa – March 4th, 2021 – H&J Entertainment, LLC & CopperTopStudio Hut are proud to announce a brand-new concert series for 2021 featuring three of Iowa’s premiere blues artists, John-Paul “Jp” Jones, Ernie Peniston and Kevin Burt .
The Iowa Soul Brothers Revue (TM) began with the idea of showcasing the fact that Black Iowegian artists represent the blues legacy with the same authenticity as their neighbours to the south and east. When the great migration happened right before the Civil War, Black Americans from the southern states, many of them former slaves, brought their artistic talents and traditions to Iowa, creating an artistic and historical culture that is not only Black, but uniquely Iowegian.
The Soul Brothers Revue aims to show the world the unique talents of three of those native Black Iowegians, each of whom embody the state of Iowa’s long and distinct cultural history. The purpose of the Revue is also to present blues music as it was developed through Black Iowegian cultures and traditions, educating and entertaining audiences in equal measure.
Prof. Jp says, “As a native Black Iowegian, what’s important to me is presenting a combined 100+ years of performance experience, inspired by nearly two centuries of black family history native to Iowa.”
Kevin Burt says, “The opportunity to be a part of the Soul Brothers Revue means we can share with our music community and supporters something that has a strong connection to the past. It is also relevant to us today and can help shape the future of live performance for artists rooted in traditional Black music.”
Ernie Peniston adds, “What I really like about the collaboration is that we offer three different approaches to the blues. I can’t wait! This is going to be so cool!”
The live performances for Soul Brothers Revue are scheduled to run between May and October 2021 , with
further dates and locations to be announced. For further information on how to book the acts for your event or festival, please get in touch with Heather Dawn (contact details below).
John-Paul “ Jp” Jones
Born and raised in the Rathbun Lake Area, heavy blues recording artist John-Paul “Jp” Jones has been the leader of the John-Paul Jones Group for over 25 years. “Prof. Jp” is a Member of the American Federation of Musicians,
Black Rock Coalition, International Blues Foundation, Independent Singer Songwriters Association, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. John-Paul Jones Group has received rave reviews for the latest release of “Broke In Bridge City”, released in February 2021 on Eugene ’ s Trick Bag Records. https://johnpauljonesgroup.com/
For more than 50 years, Ernie Peniston has been a staple of Black Iowegian music, and while his family hail from the Lake Rathbun area of southeast Iowa, Ernie was born and raised in Muscatine on the Mississippi River. Ernie ’ s music invokes great blues, funk and soul artists including Bobby Rush, Stevie Wonder, Solomon Burke, James Brown and Ronald Isley. Ernie ’ s latest self-released CD entitled “ These Blues” is set for release in Spring 2021.
For over 25 years, Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest, dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique, which consistently gets him compared to
a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, and the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to the great B.B. King. Kevin ’ s latest release “ Stone Crazy” is out now on Gulf Coast Records.
For more information and booking enquiries contact Heather Dawn, H&J Entertainment:
Iowa Soul Brothers Revue (TM)
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