If you are a fan of music, food or both, then this weekend should find you at the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival at Stephens Lake Park. Performers include The Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, the incomparable Mavis Staples, local favorite Chump Change and many more. Here is a list of books to whet your appetite.
“The Rough Guide to the Blues” by Nigel Williamson
This book gives you the complete lowdown on all the grittiest singers, bottleneck guitarists, belt-it-out divas and wailing harmonica players that made the most influential music of the last century. From music legend B.B. King to folk hero Robert Johnson, the guide includes detailed profiles of hundreds of artists and critical reviews of their best albums. (From the publisher’s description.)
“Can’t be Satisfied: The Life and times of Muddy Waters” by Robert Gordon
Muddy Waters, considered one of the fathers of Chicago blues, is credited with saying that blues had a baby, and they called it rock ‘n’ roll. Gordon unearths details of Waters’ early career and explores the life and music of this man who inspired a generation of musicians.
“BBQ 25” by Adam Perry Lang
An essential barbecue bible for beginners, this is a collection of 25 popular grilling recipes using accessible and quality ingredients. Clear instructions, short ingredients lists and tips for everything from shopping for the best meats to mastering common techniques make this a great basic barbecue cookbook.
“100 Grilling Recipes You Can’t Live Without” by Cheryl and Bill Jamison
With five chapters focusing on meats alone, this is the ultimate barbecue book. This comprehensive volume also includes instructions for making grilled foods from around the world.