Cherry has just returned from her 6th trip to the USA spending time with her Mississippi musicians as well as travelling to areas she had been meaning to visit for some time including hippy Haight Ashbury in San Francisco, the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park, horse riding in Monument Valley and camping in Sedona, Arizona. She was invited to Alabama towards the end of her trip where she met up with Kelvin Holly, guitarist with Little Richard and Pegi Young (Neil Young's wife). Kelvin played with Cherry at the 2010 Howlin' Wolf Festival in West Point Mississippi and his wife owns the former Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, now known as Cypress Moon Studios, they're pictured below.

Cherry is set to record next year in Muscle Shoals, this time she was making new friends and contacts and soaking up the incredible history made in the one and only Muscle Shoals. She also got chance to go to Fame Studios and also to meet legendary songwriter Dan Penn who has had countless hits over the years including The Commitment's Dark End Of The Street and Aretha Franklin's Do Right Woman, Do Right Man. It was quite a day in Alabama!


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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