CLARKSDALE, MS (WKNO) - Pinetop Perkins was a wordl-renowned Blues piano player. For a longtime, he played with Muddy Waters. Later he started a successful solo career, brining in several Grammys and Blues Music Awards. Pinetop died in March of 2011 at 97. But a couple of years ago, Pat Morgan, who was Pinetop's manager, said he had no heirs and he wanted to share his success, so the Boogie Woogie master decided to start the Pinetop Perkins Youth Workshops at the Hopson Plantation.
Jack Gaffney might only be 13, but the Boulder singer-songwriter drew a crowd today as he played the piano and belted out contemporary rock cover songs.
The teen, who's been playing piano since he was four, is a seasoned performer who no longer gets nervous before a set -- even if he was playing in front of the hundreds strolling through the teen area at the Boulder Creek Festival and competing against older musicians in the annual teen Battle of the Bands Competition. | Read Full Article
Jack Gaffney, 12-year-old multi-instrumentalist celebrating
'Nothing to Be Afraid Of' album Release
Daily Camera | Lindsay Gulisano | 2/26/2010
With the tips he earns during performances, Jack Gaffney hopes to buy a drum set. He already plays the piano, cello, and guitar, takes music theory classes, and voice, classical piano, and composing lessons. He's even set to release his first album, with five original songs, this weekend at The Brick House on Pearl Street. | Read Full Article - PDF file