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Cherry on the road

Cherry with Morgan Freeman minutes after coming off stage at his Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Cherry with legendary songwriter Dan Penn hanging out near Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Alabama

Cherry with Steve Cropper after opening up for him and The Animals

Cherry onstage performing at the Silverstone British Grand Prix

Cherry recording at Abbey Road Studios guesting on Bernie Marsden's new record

Cherry hanging out in Nashville before performing at Red Rooster's Writer Night

Cherry & the band recording their BBC Radio 2 session at Maida Vale

Cherry with Bernie Marsden & Paul Jones after performing at Paul's charity gig at Cranleigh Arts Centre

"Great voice Cherry Lee!" Imelda May


Cherry with Aled Jones after coming off stage at Proms in the Park

"Thanks for supporting me, great music..." Albert Lee

"Cherry got the blues, that's why I wrote her name on my hand!..." Seasick Steve

"Real great touring with you Miss Cherry, thank you so much..." Mud Morganfield (Muddy Waters Jnr)

"Cherry, you sure can howl girl!" Hanging with Howlin' Wolf's two daughters and niece after performing at Howlin' Wolf Festival in West Point, Mississippi

Backstage with the Walter Trout Band after supporting him on his UK tour

Cherry backstage at Kentish Town Forum after performing onstage with The Quireboys

Onstage with Brad Webb & Blind Mississippi Morris at BB King's on Beale St, Memphis

Onstage at the 2010 Howlin' Wolf Memorial Festival in West Point, Mississippi

Onstage at the 2010 Howlin' Wolf Memorial Festival in West Point, Mississippi, band from l-r Grammy-award winning Billy Earheart, David Parker, Kelvin Holly (Little Richard, Pegi Young), Mike Chain, Cherry & Keith Shaddix.

Cherry onstage with her US band at the 2011 Market Street Festival in Columbus, Mississippi.

Backstage with US blues legend Super Chikan at the 2011 Market Street Festival, Columbus Mississippi
 

Well, well, well! What a year 2011 was! From performing at some of the biggest blues festivals in the UK including the Great British R'n'B Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, Cropredy Convention, a return trip to Shetland Blues Festival, touring with Robin Trower, Mud Morganfield, a guest appearance onstage with Walter Trout at The Stables in Wavendon, to flying back out to Memphis to perform at BB King's on Beale Street and the Market St Festival in Columbus, Mississippi with her US band, Cherry had a year to shout about!
A great end to 2011 was being personally asked by Paul Jones to perform with the house band at his annual Christmas charity show at Cranleigh Arts Centre on 20th December! Paul also got up and played harmonica with Cherry on 'The Man Next Door' which also had the fabulous Marcus Bonfanti join Cherry onstage too! See the pic below of Cherry backstage with Paul and Bernie Marsden from Whitesnake who also performed. Footage available to view here - http://youtu.be/2T6Ype281i0 thanks to Roger Allen.


"I want to say a humongous THANK YOU to you all for supporting me in 2011" says Cherry, "each year has got bigger and better and the feedback has been fantastic. It's been a jam-packed 2011 and i'm so ready for what 2012 has to offer me and the guys. We've got the new album coming out in February and i'm excited to see what response we get from it...it's our best work to date so I hope you all enjoy! Also want to say a BIG thank ya'll to my band - Max, Robbie, Nick and Flow who continue to inspire me everyday...we'll see you all in 2012! It's going to be a corker! HAPPY NEW YEAR YA'LL! Have a happy and healthy one..."

While Cherry and the boys finish off the album over the festive break, their next gig won't be until Sat 28th January where they'll be opening up the Jaks stage at the Skegness Rock 'n' Blues weekend. More details and tickets available here - http://www.bigweekends.com/your-break/73624
The diary is already filling up for 2012 so be sure to check the gig page to see where Cherry will be next!
All that's left to say is thank you again for your support and here's to 2012!