The Leavenworth Blues Festival is headed for prime time. The reality TV show, “Chasing the Dream” is sending a camera crew to the Leavenworth Sept. 13-14 to film Randy Scott, a bluesman from Detroit on tour with his latest album, “Out of the Blue.” Scott and his band play Sept. 14 at the Festhalle.
Festival organizer Dave Winters said he’s not sure when the show will air, but the show is broadcast nationwide on most of the major carriers, including Dish TV, DirecTV, Time Warner, AT&T, Verizon and Cablevision.
The show chose Scott for his interesting comeback in the music industry. He spent years struggling to break out as a blues artist in Hollywood but quit for a day job at a computer company. Nine years later, he wandered in to a Guitar Center store and started playing. A store manager heard and suggested he enter the 2010 King of the Blues competition. He won. Since then, it seems that Scott’s fortunes have changed. He was named “best upcoming artist” last year by Ameriblues.com and earned endorsements from several guitar and sound equipment companies. Produced by multi-Grammy winner Pete Anderson, “Out of the Blue” was met with positive reviews this spring.
Scott is just one of the headliners at the Leavenworth Blues Festival, which expanded to two days this year. Also on the bill: The Randy Oxford Band, a seven-piece main stay in the Seattle blues scene; Sammy Eubanks, a seven-time winner of the Inland Empire Blues Society’s “best male vocalist” award and The 44’s, a three-piece dirty-blues band from Los Angeles that’s gotten a lot of airplay on Pandora and internet radio.
The festival nearly sold out in its first year with more than 1,400 in attendance last fall. Weekend passes and day tickets are $20-$45 and are available through tickettomato.com. For more information, check out leavenworthblues.com.