11 a.m., Oct. 17
Nathan James & Ben Hernandez
RIYL: Blind Lemon Jefferson, Booker T and the MGs, Blind Boy Fuller, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Blake, Blind Willie McTell, the Paladins, the Beat Farmers, Robin Henkel, Billy Bacon & Forbidden Pigs
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- "The genesis of Malachi Henry" · April 11, 2018
Influences: The Blind Boys of Alabama, Leon Russell, Dr. John, Booker T and the MGs, Blind Boy Fuller, Big Bill Broonzy
Nathan James & Ben Hernandez is a roots blues duo featuring James on vocals, guitar, tincane, etc., and Hernandez on vocals, harp, jug, washboard, and more. James started out as guitarist for the Blues Pharohs, then joined Billy Watson's band at age 18. He played in bands with Johnny Dyer and Jamie Wood before leaving his native Fallbrook to join the James Harman band, with whom he started touring at age 19.
With Ben Hernandez, the duo took first place at the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Their album Hollerin’ won Best Blues Album at the 2008 San Diego Music Awards.
By 2017, Hernandez had formed a new group called Malachi Henry & the Lights.