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Get ready for an authentically swampy and raggedly stomping juke joint affair that is deeply-rooted in the rich musical legacy of the Mississippi hill country blues of the Delta. It’s old school, but it’s got that beat and electricity that’s gonna make people move!
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The live concert format allows Kashmar to really stretch out instrumentally and strut his stuff as he runs down a program featuring fan favorites off his two critically-acclaimed Delta Groove releases. Featuring Pontiax drummer Tom Lackner, bassist Steve Nelson, pianist Jimmy Calire, and former William Clarke guitarist, John Marx.
Featuring: B.B. King, James Cotton, Derek Trucks, George Thorogood, Warren Haynes and many more! “The Blues Rolls On” is another defining moment in Bishop’s long career – a crowning achievement and welcome reminder for all of us that the blues is still alive and well.
Los Fabulocos simmers up a spicy and tantalizing blend of traditional Spanish and Mexican music, blues, R&B and rockabilly, delivered with sincerity, honesty and passion. It’s a special brand of roots-oriented music that shares much in common with the south of the border styling of such pioneering acts as Los Lobos, the Hacienda Brothers and the Texas Tornados.
Jackie Payne and Steve Edmonson demonstrate once again their mastery of the fine art of timeless rhythm & blues, delivered with style and flair that recall the classic sounds of Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and Bobby “Blue” Bland. With special guest Mitch Kashmar.
“Today” showcases Zito’s music in a distinctly contemporary setting, without any gimmicks or artifice. The earthy essence and intimacy of Zito’s voice and the driving intensity of his music are perfectly captured, creating a recording that sounds simultaneously comfortable and familiar, yet urgently fresh and vital.
An electrifying live album performed by blues veterans in a new super group, spearheaded by Tommy Castro and Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise founder, Roger Naber. “Command Performance” brings the energy and excitement of this decade’s hottest blues ticket from the high seas to the land! Includes special guests Marcia Ball, Curtis Salgado and Elvin Bishop.
With a proven track record that includes two Grammys and a W.C. Handy Award for their previous work with Taj Mahal, the Phantom Blues Band have cooked up another inspired, soulful platter that serves up a savory and zesty blend of gospel, soul, R&B, funk, reggae, jazz and blues.
Together with guitarist Shawn Starsky, who brings with him an arsenal of creative talent and fresh ideas, and Grammy Award-winning producer John Porter at the helm, Jason Ricci & New Blood have created a visionary and sonically explosive masterpiece that is sure to shake your foundations.
Rod Piazza returns, along with the newly rechristened Mighty Flyers Blues Quartet, for “ThrillVille,” an album that Rod says, “…is one of the toughest and strongest records I’ve ever made.” Rod delivers an album full of spontaneity and diversity that is the perfect mixture of spirit, enthusiasm, creativity and experience.
“Left Coast Blues” is the impressive debut release by one of the youngest and most promising blues bands currently performing in the Pacific Northwest. The Insomniacs have successfully blended together an irresistible and potent mix of vintage swing, blues and classic rock ‘n’ roll, designed to reach out and appeal to both a broad and youthful audience.
“Still Making History” spotlights Ana’s growth and maturity as an artist, emphasizing her songwriting skills alongside her sensual vocals and masterful guitar. The end result is a deeply personal and inspirational work by a courageous artist, possessed with both a passion and a vision to share music that’s destined to make history.
On “Big Plans,” veterans of the Mannish Boys lend their full support with a perfectly chosen program of seldom heard covers and strong original material. Features special guests Jody Williams, Mitch Kashmar, Rick Holmstrom, Rob Rio, Larry Taylor and more!
The legendary Gulf Coast guitarist goes back to his roots to explore the rich history of Louisiana, Texas and the West Coast on classic material by Lowell Fulson, Ray Charles, Lonesome Sundown, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Frankie Lee Sims and more. Special guests include Al Blake, Rusty Zinn, Fred Kaplan, Rob Rio, Jeff Turmes and Richard Innes.
One of the most progressive blues releases in years. Goldwasser taps into a deep wellspring of influences, from blues and soul, to world music, to rock and beyond, while at the same time remaining deeply rooted in the blues tradition. Guests include Phillip Walker, Kirk “Eli” Fletcher, Alex Schultz, Alastair Greene, Souhail Kaspar and more.
Successful bands have been built around less combined talent than any one member of the Phantom Blues Band, but when mixed, stirred and left to simmer, these guys come together into one of the tightest, sharpest, most top-heavy R&B bands in the music today. Includes special guests Taj Mahal and Jon Cleary.
This tight-as-a-drum road tested band entered the studio at the height of their powers. Featuring the one-two punch of Payne’s sweet Southern soul-drenched vocals along with Edmonson’s slashing West Side Chicago meets Texas-style guitar, “Master of the Game” showcases 10 powerful originals, augmented by fresh arrangements of great songs by Johnnie Taylor and Bobby “Blue” Bland.
On “Wake Up & Worry,” Mitch Kashmar continues to evolve as an artist. He moves in interesting new directions with fresh songs and also finds inspiration and new angles in the classic material of Little Walter and Johnny “Guitar” Watson. Featuring Junior Watson, Rusty Zinn, John Marx, Alastair Greene and more!
This double CD extravaganza features special guest performances by blues legends Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Roy Brown, Kim Wilson, Junior Watson and a rare vocal debut by Hollywood Fats! The historical live recordings on the second disc make this the first release by the original Hollywood Fats Band since their debut album, “Rock This House,” over 30 years ago!
“Last Call” exhibits Slim’s knack for writing strong and catchy original lyrics and his deep love of swinging jazz. Featuring special guests Kirk Eli Fletcher, Kid Ramos, Jeff Ross, Armando Cortez, Nick Moss, Carl Sonny Leyland and more!
Long has the uncanny ability to create and perform original material that sounds as if it came from a long-lost cache of vintage recordings by one of the classic bluesmen – it’s music completely unique and new, while at the same time hauntingly familiar. It’s no gimmick, no pale imitation. This is the music that John Long has lived his whole life to create.
“Live & in Demand”, captures the Mannish Boys at the top of their game at the 2005 Winthrop Blues Festival, rolling out their dynamic, non-stop, old-style ‘blues revue’ featuring acclaimed veteran bluesmen Finis Tasby, Johnny Dyer, Kid Ramos, Franck Goldwasser, Leon Blue, Randy Chortkoff, Richard Innes and Tom Leavey.
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Piazza and his Mighty Flyers get back to the roots of what drew them into the blues in the first place, while at the same time investigating the funkier side of things by bringing in a lineup of very special guests including Phil Guy, Johnny Dyer, Finis Tasby, Kid Ramos, James Gadson and more! With strong originals and well-chosen covers this is Piazza’s most rootsy, adventurous album ever.
Powerfully soulful vocals, incendiary harp, and great original songwriting from one of the West Coast blues scene’s strongest performers. Sit back, turn it up, and make the ‘discovery’ for yourself – Mitch is the real deal. Featuring Junior Watson along with special guests Arthur Adams and Abu Talib!
The Hollywood Blue Flames literally burn their way through a set of fresh originals, sprinkled with well-chosen covers on their debut CD, “Soul Sanctuary.” This is blues with both a history and a future – and it’s as fresh as today. It doesn’t get any better than the Hollywood Blue Flames. With special guest Kim Wilson.
The Mannish Boys are the closest thing to a blues “super group” you’re likely to find this day and age. Assembled from the very top echelon of West Coast blues veterans, this group is more top-heavy with true blues talent than many blues festivals. Features special guests Roy Gaines, Paul Oscher and Mickey Champion.