WESTERLY — "The Ladies of the Edge," a group of local vocalists, will sing background behind Darcel Wilson, next week when The Knickerbocker All-Stars — seasoned professionals from the original Roomful of Blues and Duke Robillard bands — will storm the Knick next Thursday with their signature jump blues brilliance, ahead of their gig at next weekend's Rhythm & Roots Festival.

The Rhythm & Roots pre-show party will include performances by Ray Norcia, Brian Templeton and Stonington native Johnny Nicholas who will open for the all stars, along with Los Texamaniacs.

"The Ladies of the Edge," vocalists from the Chorus of Westerl, include Nan Young, Erma Basila and Joanne Arnold. The Knickerbocker All Stars have released four albums; "Open Mic At The Knick;" "Go Back Home To The Blues;" " Texas Rhody Blues" and "Love Makes a Woman," which was nominated for a Blues Music Award.

Members of The Knickerbocker All Stars — which over the years has included blues heroes like Al Copley, Curtis Saglado, Malford Milligan, Dave Maxwell, Rich Lataille and Monster Mike Welch — have played with such notable musicians as Freddie King, Robert Cray and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

 — Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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