A five week long, cross-country tour featuring some of the best known and most respected figures in rock and blues has been set to celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix. Presented by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. “Al” Hendrix, Jimi’s father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix together with Gibson Guitar, this year’s Experience Hendrix Tour represents a dramatic expansion beyond last year’s seven sold out performances.
Featured artists who will be performing music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix include blues giant Buddy Guy, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson, Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos as well as Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
Hubert Sumlin, the Mississippi-born guitarist who worked with both Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters as well as the Memphis-based Eric Gales, Mato Nanje of Native American roots band Indigenous are also part of the tour as is Chris Layton, the legendary Double Trouble drummer who rose to fame backing Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Most remarkably, Mitch Mitchell (drums) and Billy Cox (bass), the same Jimi Hendrix Experience rhythm section that played behind Hendrix at such landmark rock festivals as Woodstock and the Isle of Wight will return again to celebrate the guitarist’s enduring legacy.
Various combinations of these artists will perform such Hendrix signature songs as "Purple Haze," "Hey Joe," "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and “Red House” and are sure to make the concerts very special events for both new and veteran Hendrix fans.
This year’s Experience Hendrix tour is an exciting prospect for Billy Cox whose history with Jimi Hendrix dates back to their days in the Army together. He commented, "It's a thrill for me to play Jimi's music for audiences now as it was in the early 1960s. The Experience Hendrix tours have shown how timeless this music really is."
Janie Hendrix, CEO of Experience Hendrix noted, "Everyday, we see how Jimi's musical legacy continues to transcend generational and cultural boundaries. This tour is our way to give live audiences a concert experience that reflects the genius of his unifying spirit. Part of our mission is to share Jimi’s music with audiences of all ages and these tours continue to play a key role in fulfilling that vision."
The first Experience Hendrix Tour featured Guy, Shepherd, Sumlin, Paul Rodgers, Santana as well as Mitchell, Cox and others and launched in 2004 and playing three sold-out performances in Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. The success of these performances led to a seven city 2007 tour that concluded with two sold out performances at New York’s Beacon Theater. John McDermott, who manages the Jimi Hendrix music catalog on behalf of Experience Hendrix L.L.C. also serves as the producer of the Experience Hendrix tours, remarked, “With each successive tour, we’ve been able to showcase some of the most accomplished musicians in the world. The concerts bring together Buddy Guy and Hubert Sumlin, two legendary blues artists that Jimi admired together with the finest young guitarists performing today. We’re proud to bring Jimi’s music back to the concert stage in such an exciting context.”