Tuesday Open Lines

Only one more day to file your application to the Board of Elections if you want to run for an office this year.  There are seats open on City Council, Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education.  A few new people registered yesterday for election / re-election:  Edward Wilson, James C. Kearney, Sr., Terry Garrison, Emeron J. Cash, Sr., and Vernon Brown.  See our running list here:  http://homeinhenderson.com/2012/02/28/candidates-filed-so-far-in-local-districts/

Last night, PBS aired the White House Red, White & Blues Concert that was filmed last week. 

BB King, Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Keb Mo and many others come to the White House in a celebration of the blues. Take a look inside the rehearsals and hear what artists had to say about being at the White House and the magic that is blues music. As President Obama said, “this music speaks to something universal. No one goes through life without both joy and pain, triumph and sorrow. The blues gets all of that, sometimes with just one lyric or one note.   (additional footage courtesy of WETA)

Backstage at the concert music duo, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks were on hand in the East Wing, for our “In Performance at the White House: Red, White & Blues” concert.

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are American music royalty. Tedeschi has an iconic voice and has toured with B.B. King, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. Trucks is a prodigy — who Rolling Stone has twice named one of the best guitarists of all time. The two married in 2001 and formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2010.

They were on hand for the Red, White & Blues event at the White House this week, where they sat down for a backstage performance in the East Wing. 

Keb Mo is a singer, songwriter, and blues guitarist. He’s a three-time Grammy award winner. And in 2006, in the final episode of The West Wing, he sang “America the Beautiful” at the inaguration of President Matt Santos.

Last week, he sat down inside the White House to reprise that performance. Check it out:

Warren Haynes is one of Rolling Stone‘s 25 greatest guitarists of all time. He’s earned a powerful reputation for his fiery blues work with The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead and the Dave Matthews Band  and also distinguished himself as a songwriter and leader of his own group, Gov’t Mule.

Haynes was at the White House last week for the Red, White & Blues event, and he sat down for a backstage performance in the East Wing.  

Watch as he sings “River’s Gonna Rise,” and tune in for the entire “In Performance at the White House” concert on http://www.pbs.org/inperformanceatthewhitehouse/

At the In Performance at the White House: Red, White & Blues event, President Barack Obama sings Sweet Home Chicago.

Your assignment for the comments below:  Write a blues song for Henderson and Vance County

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