Delta blues guitarist / singer ANTHONY ‘BIG A’ SHERROD makes his Waterfront debut, following in the footsteps, and onto our festival stage, such Mississippi bluesmen and women as Jessie Mae Hemphill, Big Jack Johnson, James “Super Chikan” Johnson, Terry ‘Harmonica Bean’, Robert Belfour, and this year, LUCIOUS SPILLER and CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM.
Coming out of the rich blues environment of Clarksdale, Miss., SHERROD learned his craft at the knee of some of the area’s most influential players, including blues educator “Mr. Johnnie” Billington, who taught not only the music but the value of hard work and knowledge of the culture and history from which Mississippi blues emerged, a world where the musicians worked at hard, low-paying agricultural jobs.
SHERROD grew up in a musical home. His father, E.J. Johnson, a vocalist, performed with the gospel group The Golden Stars. At age 6, ANTHONY picked up guitar, and soon thereafter bass, drums and keyboards.
herrod was featured on bass, backing Alvin ‘Youngblood’ Hart, in the 2003 documentary film, LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES, and was featured as a bandleader himself in the 2012 film, ‘We Juke Up In Here.” The 33-year-old guitarist’s group, Anthony Sherrod & The Cornlickers, are the official house band of Clarksdale’s Red’s blues club – ‘the most famous juke joint in the world’.