18. Rawa Blues Festival
October 3rd 1998
Carey Bell (USA), Stan Webb`s Chicken Shack (Great Britain), Tony McPhee & Kasa Chorych (Great Britain/Poland), Irek Dudek-Shakin` Dudi, Dave Goodman & Obstawa Prezydenta (Canada/Poland)
Jan Kyks Skrzek & Silesian Blues Band, Sławek Wierzcholski, Gang Olsena, Tortilla Flat, Cree
Dead Camel (Czech Republic), Green Grass, Grand Gangsters, Robert Kuczek & Arek Korolik, Big John & Blues Experience, Łagiewniki Blues, Czerwony Kogutek, Who Knows
The winner of The Off Stage became the ad hoc made duo Łagiewniki Blues, with the lyrics describing everyday stories but written in the Silesian dialect.
The Main Stage hosted: Cree, that had real enthusiastic reception of the youngest auditory; Arek Korolik – still playing the acoustic country blues, Tortilla Flat and Obstawa Prezydenta with the Canadian guitarist Dave Goodman; Gang Olsena – celebrated the ten anniversary of playing rock and roll and rhythm & blues; Sławek Wierzcholski promoted his latest CD titled Polski blues.
One of the best parts of the main show was the concert of Jan „Kyks” Skrzek & Friends, in his maturist performance in Rawa Blues history. He played the tracks taken from „Modlitwa bluesmana w pociągu” – one of the most important Polish blues sessions.
Two different music faces showed Irek Dudek. He started with symphonic blues, but next he turned into Shakin' Dudi and reminded the audience a few tunes – the blend of rock and roll, blues and swing containg the humourous lyrics.
Blues fans could also see the second performance of Tony McPhee, this time with classic Polish band – Kasa Chorych. Stan Webb & Chicken Shack presented the wide range of genres: from the orthodox blues to psychodelic and blues rock, including the guitar masterworks of the leader. The show recorded by Polish TV was few years later released as the bootleg „somewhere in the world”.
That Rawa brought also the another important Chicago blues artist - Carey Bell. It was the beautiful, sometimes touching performance...