I probably saw less blues and R&B this past year than in prior years. One of the top blues act I had the pleasure of seeing was San Francisco based earl Thomas who brought a raspy, deep soul, church-rooted vocal attack backed by a crack rocking blues band to the Pennsylvania Blues Festival in July. Not only did his vocals hit you in your gut, but his old school showmanship was quite compelling as well. Here was some terrific music with both substance and form. Here is another image from that great show.