Folk/Blues Beat: McClinton, Savoy-Doucet, Bryan Sutton

First-ever Chicano Blues Fest features Little Willie G.; Neuwirth takes a Latin turn on Havana Moonlight.

Delbert McClinton, Chris Duarte, Trish Murphy and Chris Perez are scheduled for this weekend's San Antonio Sunfest. … The Savoy-Doucet band will headline the festival Internationale De La Louisiane, running through April 30, in Lafayette, La. …

Bluegrass guitarist Byran Sutton has been lighting up the charts and the screen. … With his debut recording climbing the Gavin Americana radio-play chart and stellar appearances on discs by Dolly Parton and Ricky Skaggs raising his profile, guitarist Bryan Sutton joins greats of traditional and progressive bluegrass when he plays with Bela Fleck, Vassar Clements and Sam Bush on an "Austin City Limits" bluegrass special, which begins national airing April 29th. (, announced it will deliver free promotional downloads from member labels of the Association For Independent Music, in conjunction with the 2000 AFIM Convention, May 3–7, in Cleveland.

The lineup for the first-ever Chicano Blues Festival — Sunday, May 14 in Signal Hill, Calif. — will feature Hightone Record artist Little Willie G., whose Make Up for Lost Time was produced by Los Lobos' Dave Hidalgo, who cites Little Willie G.'s '60s band, the Midniters, as an influence. Also scheduled are guitarist Kid Ramos and the Blazers.

Jake Jacobson's photo exhibit "Musical Instrument Makers of America," organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, is currently on display through June 4 at the Georgia Mountains History Museum, in Gainesville, Fla. It's the first stop on a national tour for this show documenting Jacobson's two years of travel and more than 250 visits to instrument-makers.

Singer/songwriter and multimedia artist Bob Neuwirth is back from Havana, where he's been working on his upcoming album, Havana Moonlight, with veteran composer Jose Maria Vitier. Vitier's previously provided the score for the Oscar-nominated "Fresa y Chocolata (Strawberries And Chocolate)" and the "Misa Cubana (Cuban Mass)," which was performed for Pope John Paul II's 1998 visit to Cuba. Havana Moonlight is due May 9, on Diesel Motor Records.

Folk-rocker Tracy Chapman will play at opera star Luciano Pavarotti's seventh annual Pavarotti & Friends for War Child benefit concert, in Modena, Italy, this summer. Last year, Pavarotti was joined by Ricky Martin, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and B.B. King.

Germany's Bear Family Records ( is issuing a five-disc retrospective on folk-music originators the Weavers. The Weavers, 1949–1953 is due May 16.

Rhino Records announces that The Very Best of T-Bone Walker, the latest release of its ongoing "Blues Masters" series, will hit store shelves on June 20. The collection of the guitarist's work from 1945–57 includes "Stormy Monday" and "T-Bone Shuffle." Later in the summer, look for The Very Best of Lightnin' Hopkins and The Very Best of Freddie King (both Aug. 15).

Willie Nelson will be hosting his annual July 4 picnic back where it all started, in 1972, in Dripping Springs, Texas. This year the lineup includes Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver, the Cadillac Voodoo Choir and others.

— staff report