[Slowhand] How good a musician would you have to be to have Eric Clapton, Keith Richards?

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Thu Mar 16 19:19:45 EST 2006


Thursday March 16, 2006


Legendary guitarist Sumlin headlines Ice River Festival

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So how good of a musician would you have to be to have Eric Clapton, Keith
Richards and Bob Margolin all appear on your CD? Better than good, according
to Dave Ferris of Howling Dog Productions, which is bringing famed guitarist
Hubert Sumlin to Owego for one night only as the headliner for this
weekend's Ice River Blues Festival.

"The word 'legendary' is thrown out there all the time," Ferris said. "But
in this case, it is absolutely the truth."

Sumlin got his start at the side of no less a bluesman than Howlin' Wolf and
went on to leave a permanent stamp of greatness on the world of blues. The
aforementioned CD, About Them Shoes, is Sumlin's critically acclaimed most
recent recording, released in 2003.

But if the chance to see a guitar legend isn't enough, the Ice River Blues
Fest is teaming up with Teleman Vintage Guitars to present the Ice River
Vintage Guitar Show, which will coincide with the Festival.

"This is a beautiful marriage of doing the guitar show with this concert,"
Ferris said. "They approached us and asked if they could piggyback on our
show. There will be people playing and demonstrating; everything and
everybody is going to be there."

The guitar show is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
at the Owego Treadway Inn. Admission is $6.

Sumlin will take the stage at the Treadway at 8 p.m. Saturday. Advance
tickets at $17.50 are available at The Jailhouse Restaurant in Owego
(687-9811) or at the Owego Treadway (687-4500). Tickets are $20 on the day
of the show.

Ferris said the guitar show is a first for the region and will bring
together dealers from New York, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas to
display, buy, sell and trade guitars, amps and effects. The concert will be
the icing on the cake.

"If you are a guitarist, you can't miss this," he said. "It's going to be
pretty wild."

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