Local blues fans must be in seventh heaven. Before Yamit Hagar came on the scene three years ago, pickings were relatively slim. The Tel Aviv Blues Festival last June helped to up the ante a couple of notches. That followed Hagar’s debut offering of Mississippi bluesman Robert Belfour in 2012, with a string of other highprofile roots bluesmen thereafter playing to packed audiences.
The Israeli blues market will receive another push in the desired direction when the next installment of the TA Blues Festival takes place. This time, however, the momentum churned up by four-day event (December 2-5), will be maintained by an additional seven days of shows in Jerusalem (December 6-12).
The stellar imports include a return to these shores by charismatic multiinstrumentalist Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and 70something Louisianaborn guitarist-harmonica playervocalist Lil’ Jimmy Reed and the Piedmont Bluz Acoustic Duo.