Pinetop and Honeyboy Set to Make History in Dallas

On November 7, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. two of America's greatest treasures, Blues legends and Grammy Award winners Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, 95, and David "Honeyboy" Edwards, 93, will perform for over 4, 000 students as part of The Blue Shoe Legends Program in Dallas, Texas. This event will gives students a rare opportunity to glimpse into the past and experience when and how the Blues was born.

In a world of ever-shrinking music budgets in academia, this event gives students a rare opportunity to experience the arts through this unique performance.

"This is the largest event of this kind ever held. At 93 and 95 years of age, we've only got one shot at this and the time is now!" Michael Dyson said, 23-year-old Grammy Award winner and co-founder of The Blue Shoe Project.

"We are at a crucial point in American History, and the time is now to listen to the wisdom that has been bestowed upon us by the Legends."

The Blue Shoe Legends Program, an educational initiative of The Blue Shoe Project, is an exciting live and interactive storyteller performance event that brings legends and high profile artists of the music industry into an educational setting to share their lives, experiences, music and wisdom with students.

Pinetop Perkins, two-time Grammy Award winner and National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow began playing blues in 1927 and is widely regarded as one of the best Blues pianists. He has created a style of playing that has influenced three generations of piano players and will continue to be the yardstick by which great Blues pianists are measured.

Honeyboy Edwards is one of the most sought-after Bluesmen in the world for his eyewitness accounts of Blues history as it happened. Honeyboy, who remembers playing in Deep Ellum near downtown Dallas in the 1930's recounts the death of his friend and legendary Bluesman Robert Johnson who also recorded in Dallas.

Pinetop and Honeyboy received Grammy awards this year for the album Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen - Live in Dallas, produced by The Blue Shoe Project.

About The Blue Shoe Project

The Blue Shoe Project is a Texas-based donor support charitable non-profit organization founded with the mission of educating the coming generations on the importance of Blues music. Since its inception in 2004, over 30, 000 students have experienced programs presented by The Blue Shoe Project.

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