Friday, 15 May 2009

US embassy hosts evening of blues and country in Sofia

Lilly Drumeva reports that the US embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, presented on 13 May an evening of American blues and country music with Lilly of the West and Texas blues legend Steve James (left). Sherry Keneson-Hall, cultural attaché at the embassy, opened the show at 7.00 p.m. with a speech of welcome.

Lilly of the West, just back from a Swiss tour, played some of their new repertoire featuring Yasen Vasilev (guitar), Ivan Penchev (fiddle), Michail Shishkov (upright bass), and Borislav Bojadjiev (percussion). Steve James performed songs from his new album, Short blue stories, accompanying himself on Dobro guitar and resonator mandolin.

Both acts joined to end the evening on a high note with 'I’ll fly away' and 'The Tennessee waltz', to rousing applause. Read Lilly's full report, with photos of the event, here.