Carl Weathersby, from Meadville, Miss., has a strong St. Louis connection touring from 1979-81 with St. Louis-area guitarist Albert King before working for the next 14 years with Chicago-area harmonica player Billy Branch. Since 1996, he's released three albums as a leader; the most recent, the restless Feeling on Evidence
, garnered Weathersby W.C. Handy Award nominations for Male Blues Artist of the Year, Artist Most Deserving Wider Recognition and Best Guitarist. These days, he mixes R&B influences and even a touch of reggae into his sets.