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Ted Drozdowski 

When: Thu., Dec. 22, 6 p.m. 2011
A gifted musician and a formidable scholar on all things blues, Ted Drozdowski has dedicated his life to keeping down-and-dirty juke-joint music alive, whether writing on the topic, helping to organize blues festivals, or most notably, reeling off blistering slide-guitar explosions with his raucous two-piece, Scissormen. A consummate showman, he’ll grab your beer bottle, cellphone, prosthetic leg or whatever catches his eye, and use it in place of his slide — just because he can. That’s if he’s not stomping on top of the bar at the time. Drozdowski’s passion for the music is so tireless that it caught the attention of renowned roots-music documentarian Robert Mugge, whose 2010 film Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues follows Scissormen as they tour through the heartland, playing everywhere from theaters to dive bars. Drozdowski’s Frist performance will be a rare solo set, but don’t let that dissuade you: As Rolling Stone critic Anthony DeCurtis put it, “Drozdowski is a guitarist of spellbinding invention and intelligence” — and even sans drummer, he chugs along like a runaway freight train.
— Jack Silverman

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