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26, 27, 28 July marked the Craponne Festival at Craponne sur Arzon. This great festival hosted a very interesting range of artists from Texas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Italy, United Kingdom and France!

All musical styles were represented – Bluegrass, Cajun, Americana, Southern Rock, Rockabilly, Swing, New Country, Triple X -Traditional Country or not.

Craponne Organizing Team 2013

Craponne Organizing Team 2013

In short, something for everyone! Despite somewhat capricious weather with a few showers here and there on Saturday night and Sunday, the faithful festival audience responded. Blandine Pelin, the new president for the past two years, has again called on Johnny Da Piedade, the producer and host of the Big Cactus Country who had the pleasure to present this major event for the 16th consecutive year!

Johnny Da Piedade

Johnny Da Piedade

The festival started with The Swing Commanders British band. Some of you may have seen the poster of the festival’s American Journey in 2011. Their dynamic hyper show immediately captured the Craponne public especially with the arrival on stage of a couple dancing Jive Rock’n’Roll. Not very young, but they set fire to the stage.

The Swing Commanders

The Swing Commanders

Audy Blaylock

Audy Blaylock

For fans of bluegrass music was nirvana! First, with the incredible performance of the famous Audie Blaylock and his musicians with great talent!

Frank Solivan and The Dirty Kitchen

Frank Solivan and The Dirty Kitchen

And same goes with Frank Solivan and The Dirty Kitchen leaving the audience speechless with their Bluegrass at a very high level. Well, then there was the discovery of the Festival. More like rocking Country with John David Kent and his powerful show, Sam Riggs and Night People’s New Country was a real surprise of the festival with a warm and modern repertoire.

Sam Riggs and Night People

Sam Riggs and Night People

The great Italian artists, the Starliters group, gave us their authentic Hillbilly & Rockabilly touch. And it did fly. Cajun female trio Whiskey & Women rather accustomed bar environments captivated the audience.

Starliters

Starliters



Whiskey & Women Photo: Emmanuel Marin

Whiskey & Women Photo: Emmanuel Marin

On the French side, Mister Jay and his band caused a sensation with a superb performance worthy of a Brad Paisley made in France! Ditto for Norfolk AC, aka Cyril Amblard, a native of Clermont Ferrand. His performance gave us a concert tinged Americana sound, complete with covers of his idol, Bruce Springsteen, including the famous “Born In The USA”.

Norfolk AC

Norfolk AC

The Ambassador of true Country music, appeared dressed as George Strait. His name is Will Banister and his powerful voice, gave us a style almost identical to that of a “Merle Haggard” “Alan Jackson” or “George Jones” – total triumph for Will Banister intonations!

Will Banister

Will Banister

A little Mexican warmth and femininity came with singer Tex Mex Stephanie Urbina Jones who was also really liked. The madmen and Cajuns, The Pine Leaf Boys, are not about to forget their Festival closing, so the public was asked to rehearse with reminders.

Stephanie Urbina Jones Photo: Emmanuel Marin

Stephanie Urbina Jones Photo: Emmanuel Marin

Pine Leaf Boys

Pine Leaf Boys

In recent years, the Craponne Festival has provided a show with Southern Rock-like bad boys. This year the proud representatives of southern Rock Country was the quartet The Pear Ratz!

The Pear Ratz

The Pear Ratz

A big sound from its former singers of a metal band, they mixed good Texas Southern Rock and pure country music with many sounds likening to Waylon Jennings. But then all groups were good, I hear you say? Yes, very good. There was the excellent JB and The Moonshine Band, a group of Texas musicians with kindness and friendliness equal to their technical level. They interpreted all their greatest hits including the excellent No. 1 of the Texas Music Charts “The Only Drug”!

JB and The Moonshine Band

JB and The Moonshine Band

The show from JB and his band, is certainly one of the two best concerts of this mega festival, with the Maverick course. I will not forget the headliner, everyone looked forward to – The Mavericks. They made their entrance as a group of rock stars! But the result was more than perfect in every way. Their show was very tailored and included all very festive classics including many titles from the last great album for the delight of the public! A concert to meet expectations in the tradition of what the festival is – great Country.

The Mavericks

The Mavericks

The organizers, elated by the success of this 2013 edition, are planning to get some sleep now and see you next year for the 27th edition to be held on 25, 26 and 27 July 2014!