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The Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival Contest Winner

THE ELUSIVE AND UNEXPOSED DONNIE BIGGINS EMERGES FROM PACK TO SATIATE HIS HOMEGROWN FOLLOWING AT THE INAUGURAL CHICAGO BLUEGRASS & BLUES FESTIVAL

Unexpected to festival organizers, the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival’s “Last Banjo Standing” play-in contest has been a hit. With over 75 bands entered and over 25,000 votes cast, it’s clear that the indie roots music scene is far from dormant. Midwest musicians, don’t fret, as there’s clearly no need to include a DJ Set in your… Continue

Posted on October 23, 2008 at 11:51am — 2 Comments

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What Instrument(s) Do You Play
Guitar, Voice, Other
About Me
Donnie was brought up spending countless hours in his room listening to John Lennon and the Beatles. Once he discovered Wilco, he then went on a Jeff Tweedy hiatus for four years. He bought his first guitar when he was a Junior in High School and taught himself to play and sing by sophomore year of College at Indiana University. It was in Bloomington, IN, when he discovered the genius of Woody Guthrie, which led him into Bob Dylan. He spent two summers in a house alone in Bloomington with no entertainment besides his guitar, Bob Dylan cd's and a Bob Dylan Poster. After staring at the poster for two years, he finally began writing his own music and bought a set of harmonica's this past January. He has written more than a collection of songs and he feels that he writes songs that all males and females can relate to. But he is also trying to write about the America of today. He will flat out tell you that he is disgusted with the way America has been through out half of his life and now he is starting to put those thoughts to paper. So don't just listen to the songs he's written, but listen to the words that he is saying and find the meaning to which you, yourself, discover within the song. Everyone is unique in their own way and everyone expresses it and discovers their talents differently. He hopes you can find a way to relate through his music and thanks you for listening and providing him with this chance of a lifetime.
What bands are you or have you been in?
The Shamboney's
What city are you from?
Oak Park, IL
MySpace Page
http://www.myspace.com/donniebiggins

http://www.cbgbfestival.com/blog/2008/10/19/biggins/

LIKE BOB DYLAN MET JEFF TWEEDY IN A BATHROOM STALL AND NO ONE WAS THERE TO LISTEN….UNTIL NOW
October 19th, 2008
THE ELUSIVE AND UNEXPOSED DONNIE BIGGINS EMERGES FROM PACK TO SATIATE HIS HOMEGROWN FOLLOWING AT THE INAUGURAL CHICAGO BLUEGRASS & BLUES FESTIVAL
Unexpected to festival organizers, the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival’s “Last Banjo Standing” play-in contest has been a hit. With over 75 bands entered and over 25,000 votes cast, it’s clear that the indie roots music scene is far from dormant. Midwest musicians, don’t fret, as there’s clearly no need to include a DJ Set in your repertoire to move the masses.
After 15 grueling days of viral voting and myspace pleas, the votes have been tallied and the festival organizers and artists have spoken. Picking out of the Top 5 vote-getters caused more duress than one could ever ask for, but…… Donnie Biggins, an unpolished and unapologetic singer/songwriter that swears by the inspiration provided by solitude and a Dylan poster, will be opening up the Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival on the Main Stage this November.
Alongside an array of acts far more established and polished, Donnie sang like no one was listening and provided an artist bio that read like a journal entry you’d be embarrassed for your friends to read. While he’s surely not the first songwriter to pen a song about Barak Obama, he might be the first to avoid sounding contrived or trite in doing so.
So with a MySpace page void of videos showcasing his talents and a mere handful of public appearances under his belt, it’s hard to say what we can expect come November 22nd. But whatever Donnie has to say that day, you can count on the fact that he’ll mean it.
And for fans of Squeeze-Bot, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and Off the Wagon Bluegrass Band, there’s good news around the horizon. Too good to turn down, and a bill too full to add to this year, each of the four fellow top-five finishers have been offered a spot on the 2009 Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival lineup. And thus far, Squeeze-Bot and Josh Phillips have already accepted our offer and joined on for next year. So if you know the rest of these great artists, make sure they don’t turn it down!

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At 6:46pm on October 23, 2008, mike whybark said…
And there they are! Will check 'em out.
 
 
 

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