The Allis After Hours American Roots Series is one of the best opportunities in Milwaukee to catch a glimpse of the rich history of our city and state’s roots and blues music and musicians. Throughout the month of May at the Charles Allis, drop by at 6pm each Thursday for one special musical guest.
This week, Allis welcomes Michael Ammons and the Water Street Hot Shots. Hailing from Sheboygan, this talented group play a wide range of traditional blues, folk and jug band songs from the golden age of the 20s and 30s, with a few originals thrown in for good measure. Blues Review writes, “An appealing performer with a keen awareness of early blues styles, Michael Lee Ammons leads an old-fashioned revivalist and jug band out of the seeemingly unlikely locale of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. But it’s not so unlikely afterall: As Ammons’ liner notes point out, many Southern blues recordings of the 1920’s, including those by Charley Patton and Son House, were actually waxed at Paramount’s studio in nearby Grafton, Wisconsin, in a wooden structure one historian described as “probably the most secluded recording studio in the country.” Ammons’ love of history permeates this release and brings the music to life in a way that, at its best, goes past mere nostalgia.”
Before the band heads to the Allis, catch details on WMSE today from Charlis Allis’ John Sterr on the Blues Drive with Terry Havel. 5pm CST on 91.7 FM or stream live or in the archives at WMSE.org. More info on the Allis After Hours acoustic series can be found here.