The 2014 edition of the Experience Hendrix Tour will feature a rather diverse lineup of six-stringers. The guitar-centric tribute to Jimi Hendrix will feature Buddy Guy, Bootsy Collins and Zakk Wylde, along with a busload of other guitar legends including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, Eric Johnson, Serbian blues-rocker Ana Popovic, Doyle Bramhall II, Mato Nanji of Indigenous, and Los Lobos co-frontmen Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo.
The tour is set to kick off March 11 in Dallas and run through April 3’s Detroit show. Full list of dates after the jump.
Other than Wylde and Popovic, the other artists have played the tour in the past. John McDermott, one of the tour’s organizers, told Radio.com that while Wylde, Hildago, Guy, Zappa and Collins may be an odd combination, the goal of the tour is to show the scope of Hendrix’s musical influence.
“We try to follow the roots to the fruits,” McDermott said. “Before he passed away, we had [blues legend] Hubert Sumlin, who was a favorite of Jimi’s. We have Buddy Guy, who is a favorite of Jimi’s. We like to have a variety of [younger] players to show how broad and deep the influence is. ”
While Wylde spends most of his time on the road playing to all-metal audiences, it’s not all that surprising that he signed on for this tour given his fandom (one of his sons is named Hendrix). As for the other tour rookie, Popvic, she first came to the attention of Hendrix fans via a cover of “Belly Button Window” on the 2000 tribute album Blue Haze. “Ana is somebody who we had seen, we saw a performance of ‘If 6 Was 9,’ which was great, so she was a no-brainer for us,” McDermott said.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who has been doing the Experience Hendrix tours since they started in 2004, says he’s looking forward to having both Popvic and Wylde on the bill this time around. “I’m always curious to see when they bring somebody new in, what songs they’re going to choose and what their interpretation is going to be of Hendrix’s music.”
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— Brian Ives, Radio.com