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Blues at Bethel Woods

Featuring Performances by: Rory Block & Cindy Cashdollar, Midnight Slim Revival, & Eric Gales


Rory Block - was born in Princeton and grew up in Manhattan. Her father, Allan Block, ran a sandal shop in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, and the influence of the Greenwich Village folk music scene, such as Peter Rowan, Maria Muldaur, and John Sebastian, tempted Block to study classical guitar. At the age of 14, she met guitarist Stefan Grossman, who introduced her to the music of Mississippi Delta blues guitarists. Block began listening to old albums, transcribing them, and learning to play the songs. At age 15, she left home to seek out the remaining blues giants, such as Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis, and Son House, and hone her craft in the traditional manner of blues musicians. After retiring temporarily to raise a family, Block returned to the music industry in the 1970s with middling success until signing with Rounder Records in 1981, who encouraged her to return to her love for the classical blues form. Since then she has carved out her own niche, releasing numerous critically acclaimed albums of original and traditional songs. Block has won five W. C. Handy Awards, two for "Traditional Blues Female Artist" (1997, 1998) and three for "Acoustic Blues Album of the Year" (1996, 1999, 2007).

Cindy Cashdollar - is a nonpedal steel guitar and Dobro artist. She grew up in Woodstock, New York where she perfected her skills by playing with bluegrass musician John Herald, blues musician Paul Butterfield, and Levon Helm as well as Rick Danko of The Band. Cashdollar received five Grammy awards while playing for eight years with Asleep at the Wheel, and has also backed such noted performers as Bob Dylan, Leon Redbone, Redd Volkaert and Ryan Adams as a member of his band The Cardinals. In 2003, the Academy of Western Artists recognized Cashdollar as Instrumentalist of the Year Award in the Western Swing Music genre. In 2006, she toured with Van Morrison promoting his country and western album, Pay the Devil. Cashdollar plays steel guitar on two of the tracks on Morrison's March 2008 studio album, Keep It Simple. She is also an eponymous member of Dave Alvin's 2009 project, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women.

Midnight Slim Revival - became known as the house band for Imus In The Morning during the years on WFAN Radio, NY and MSNBC TV. In 2005, Fred joined the Levon Helm Band, resulting in the CD/DVD : Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol 1 and eventually becoming the opening act at the " Midnight Ramble" with Little Sammy Davis at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY where Fred played guitar alongside, Hubert Sumlin, Garth Hudson and Donald Fagan to name a few.  Fred and his band have opened shows for Johnny Winter, James Cotton, Otis Rush and Solomon Burke. He has played guitar with Tom Jones, Harvey Brooks, Gavin Degraw, Joey Degraw and Delbert McClinton. Fred has also recorded with Buddy Miles, Harvey Brooks and Garth Hudson to name but a few. Midnight Slim Revival is Fred Scribner’s band, they closed out Blues at Bethel Woods last year.

Eric Gales - Gales picked up the guitar at age four. His older siblings, Eugene and Manuel (Little Jimmy King), took to teaching him many songs and licks at a young age, in the style of Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, B.B. King and others. In 1985, the young Gales began to play at blues competitions with his brother Eugene backing him on bass. In late 1990, Eric and Eugene Gales signed with Elektra Records, and together with drummer Hubert Crawford released 1991's The Eric Gales Band and 1993's Picture of a Thousand Faces. Guitar World Magazine's Reader's Poll named Eric as "Best New Talent", in 1991. During this time he scored two rock radio hits, "Sign of the Storm" (#9 U.S. Mainstream Rock) and "Paralyzed" (#31 U.S. Mainstream Rock) and had spots on television programs such as The Arsenio Hall Show. In 1994, Gales performed with Carlos Santana at Woodstock '94. In 1995, Eric Gales teamed up with both of his brothers to record an album under the band name of The Gales Brothers. Left Hand Brand was released in 1996. 2001 saw Gales return with his album That's What I Am on MCA Records. Gales has released the albums Crystal Vision, The Psychedelic Underground, The Story of My Life, and Layin' Down the Blues on the Shrapnel Records label. Relentless (2010) was followed by Transformation (2011) and Live (2012). In 2004, he contributed a cover of "May This Be Love" to the album Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix. In 2008, he, along with other guitarists, participated in the touring tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Experience Hendrix. In the winter of 2010, Gales returned to the touring circuit in Europe with TM Stevens on bass guitar and Keith LeBlanc on drums. The tour was billed as VooDoo Chile and featured works of Jimi Hendrix as well as original material from both Gales and Stevens. In February 2013, Magna Carta released the Mike Varney produced Pinnick Gales Pridgen, featuring Gales on guitar and vocals, dUg Pinnick on bass and vocals, and Thomas Pridgen on drums. The 13 track album featured one cover song, "Sunshine of Your Love", originally by Cream.

Fred Scribner is a former member of the Levon Helm Band and is known as the driving force behind Little Sammy Davis. Fred is being inducted into the New York Blues Hall Of Fame on May 4, 2014. In 2011, Fred founded the Sullivan County Blues And Music Festival, becoming an annual event for the past three years at The Sullivan Hotel in Rock Hill, NY, until 2015 when Fred went out on his own to partner up with Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

In the early 80's, Fred and his band - Midnight Slim started the first blues jam in Middletown, NY where local guitar god - Bill Perry would come sit in along with a Shy Young Kid inquiring about Guitar Lessons( Slam Allen) and the Son of one of Fred's Hero's - (Larry Coryell) Murali Coryell. Fred joined up with Helm before Levon started singing again after a bout with throat cancer. Fred was present when the idea for "some concerts at the Barn" materialized into the now legendary "Midnight Ramble " shows right out of Helm's own home. Fred appears on Midnight Ramble Vol. 1 and went on to perform live on Imus In The Morning on MSNBC with the Famed Ex - "Band" Drummer/Vocalist.

In 2002, Little Sammy Davis was the subject of a short documentary by the great director - Arlen Tarlofsky, Little Sammy Davis, the movie premiered at the MGM Screening Room in NYC then the Silver Springs Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival, and finally at the London Film Festival.

Scribner's band with Little Sammy Davis was known as the original house band for the Imus in the Morning show during the I-Man's reign on MSNBC. and WFAN New York and nationwide. Fred has appeared on Broadway with Imus on Broadway and donated his time performing on the Tomorrows Children's Fund, Imus Ranch, and S.I.D.S Radiothons all thru the 90's up until 2000. Fred has performed with Gavin Degraw as well as Joey Degraw and plays guitar on Joey's - "Midnight Audio," "Say Something Strong" and an inspired performance with Gavin at a tsnunami benefit back in 2004.

Little Sammy Davis and Fred Scribner are in the Blues Archives in Clarksdale, Mississippi and won Living Blues Magazine's Comeback Artist of the Year and W.C. Handy Nominee in '96 for the Delmark CD I Ain't Lyin' which Fred produced and played on.

Fred has played guitar behind Delbert M'clinton, Tom Jones, Donald Fagen, Harvey Brooks, Hubert Sumlin, Maria Muldaur and has recorded with Buddy Miles, Harvey Brooks, The Mannish Boys and many more. Fred has opened shows for Otis Rush, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, J Geils, Solomon Burke, Joan Osbourne, James Cotton and many others.

Since 2009 Fred has been performing with a trio -Midnight Slim & Michael T, featuring the amazing organ master/vocalist Michael Torsone playing blues, classic rock, jazz and funk.




All dates, time, ticket prices, and acts are subect to change at any time without notice. All ticket prices increase $5.00 on the day of show. 

  • Oct 29 , 2016
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