The lineup for the 2023 rendition of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival was recently announced. It’s a stacked lineup with top stars from the past, present, and future. While the lineup is great there are some additional artists we feel are deserving to play at the festival.
Here are 10 artists we’d love to see play at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.
Walter Trout has been a staple in the guitar and blues rock scene for decades and remains one of the most prolific artists in the game. Seeing Trout perform on a stage like Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival would be a feather in the cap. There are few artists out there that deserve the opportunity more.
King King has been one of blues rock’s finest acts since its inception and frontman Alan Nimmo may be one of the most underrated guitarists out there. King King has built out nice success in the UK but it would be great to see them come to the U.S. and perform at Crossroads to get them exposed to a new audience. King King’s style fits really well with the artists at Crossroads and it could serve as a worldwide coming out party for one of the best bands around.
Hannah Wicklund has been performing live since she was 9 years old and puts on one of heck of a live performance. Wicklund is just in her mid 20s but her debut album back in 2018 was one of the more impressive debuts you’ll hear. With a platform like Crossroads, Wicklund could really expand her audience to a new group of fans that would love her music and guitar playing.
Anthony Gomes’ career has been on fire in recent years. Back in 2018, Gomes’ Peace, Love, and Loud Guitars was voted Blues Rock Review’s #1 album of the year. His most recent release, High Voltage Blues, was voted the #3 album of 2022. Gomes has been grinding for many years and is seeing the fruits of his labor. A platform like Crossroads would serve as a great opportunity to get in front of a new group of appreciative fans.
Philip Sayce is one of the world’s greatest guitar players, but still deserves more attention. Back in 2013, Sayce did get the opportunity to take the stage solo at Crossroads in Madison Square Garden for three minutes. Sayce won the Play Crossroads Competition getting selected from over 3,000 entrants. However, it would be great to see Philip play Crossroads with a band behind him.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Kenny Wayne Shepherd is well established but he’s never actually performed at a Crossroads Guitar Festival. His style fits in well and he’d be a logical choice to perform at one. As one of the top modern day blues rock acts and guitarists out there it’d make a ton of sense to see him at Crossroads.
Sister duo Rebecca and Megan Lovell have really built a name for themselves over the past decade. Still independent artists, they’ve done a fantastic job cultivating an audience while really using social media to their advantage. Their style works so well with the artists that traditionally play the festival and they’d be a great choice for an act that represents the present and the future.
Larry McCray has been on the scene for decades but it’s only been in recent years that he’s really started to get out to more people. Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith produced his most recent album, Blues Without You, which was voted Blues Rock Review’s #1 album of 2022. Many people don’t know that McCray was actually the first artist to record the legendary song, “Soulshine.” His career is on the rise and Larry would be a perfect fit for Crossroads.
Dan Patlansky has earned Blues Rock Review’s #1 album of the year twice and cracked the Top 20 Albums of the year on numerous occasions. Hailing from South Africa, Patlansky is one of the world’s top blues rock guitarists. While Patlansky did have a short stint in New Orleans, in the early 2000s, he’s still flying under the radar stateside. Patlansky has been building an audience in the UK and Europe but performing at Crossroads could really help his career take off in North America.
Joanna Connor started her career in the 1980s and after 40 years in the business she landed her first #1 Billboard Blues album with 4801 South Indiana Avenue. Joanna is a top level guitarist and has several videos showing off her guitar prowess that have gone viral and racked up millions of views. Still, Joanna deserves more attention on a wider scale and Crossroads is the perfect opportunity for that.