August 23, 24 & 25, 2018

Eric Lindell and the Grand Nationals

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Eric Lindell was on the ballot in two categories for the first round of the 2016 Grammies
Best Americana Roots Performance -  For the song "Since June" by Eric Lindell
Best contemporary blues album : For the album "matters of the Heart" by Eric Lindell

Blues Music Awards 2007 | Change the Weather - Best New Artist Debut | Nominee

Eric Lindell is accomplished on guitar, harmonica, keyboards and bass, and has performed with many of the Crescent City's top musicians since bursting on the scene in 2005, when he first appeared at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

His live shows draw as much attention as his material - as one critic puts it, "Eric Lindell has turned heads everywhere he's gone, almost instantly becoming the talk of the town wherever his musical journey has taken him." His combination of sweet, blue-eyed soul with foot-stomping R&B, swamp pop, funk and blues has won him critical and popular acclaim across the country, with reviews and features in Relix, OffBeat, The Chicago Sun-Times, Harp, Guitar Player, Down Beat, The New Yorker, The New York Press and many other national and regional publications.

Lindell's music has been described by USA Today as “pumping soul into funk, blue and roots-rock.” (April 23, 2009).

The Chicago Sun-Times called Lindell “a tremendous raw talent…with a fully realized musical vision.” (January 20, 2008).

The Los Angeles Daily News stated “Lindell serves up bluesy blue-eyed soul smothered with a big heap of New Orleans funk… The shuffling interplay of electric guitars, percolating organ and Creole horns never fails to make you feel like dancing all the way down Canal Street.” (January 27, 2008)

Lindell's musical style borrows from 1970s blues-rock, soul, and R&B. His style has also been called "blue-eyed soul", a common shorthand used for Anglo blues singers that has been applied to artists including Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates fame) and Van Morrison, among others.

Eric Lindell and Company - Will McMains | Donnie Sundai | Christopher Fitzgerald

 

 

 

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Samantha Fish

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37th annual Blues Music Awards 2016
Contemporary Blues Female Artist | Nominated
Best New Artist Debut 2012 | Winner 

Samantha Fish knows that all too well, and it’s been evidenced in the music she’s made her entire career. While she’s well known as a purveyor of blues, having been lauded by such legends as Buddy Guy, the Royal Southern Brotherhood and Luther Dickinson, her real love is simply raw, scrappy rock and roll. “I grew up on it,” she insists. “Working with Luther on my last album further instilled that spirit in me. It made me realize just how much that basic, unfettered sound means to me, and how well it ties into soul music, R&B, country and so many other forms of music that are essential even today.”

Huffington Post | February 25, 2017

Feast Your Eyes On This! We are excited to announce that on Thursday, March 2nd The Huffington Post will be premiering the CHILLS & FEVER video. It was fun working with Kansas City’s Outpost Worldwide on this creative and chilling video. Samantha Fish and her friends had a blast and we all get to share […]

Guitar World Premiere’s “CROW JANE” from Samantha Fish’s new breakthrough release from CHILLS & FEVER | February 25, 2017

“Chock full of swampy guitars, New Orleans-style horns and fronted by Fish’s powerful, blues-tinged vocals, I can’t think of a better representation of this story of regret.” Guitar World

 

 

Toronzo Cannon

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18th annual Blues Music Award Nominations 2017
Best Album & Contemporary Album - The Chicago Way
Contemporary Blues Male Artist | Best Song - "Walk it Off" written and performed by Toronzo Cannon - The Chicago Way
Blues Music Awards 2014 | Rock Blues Album - John the Conquer Root - Nomination

Throughout the history of Chicago blues, the intensely competitive local club scene has served as a proving ground, where only the best musicians rise to the top. Iconic blues artists from Muddy Waters to Howlin’ Wolf to Koko Taylor to Hound Dog Taylor to Luther Allison all paid their dues in the Chicago blues bars before making their mark on the world. The same holds true today, as newcomers look to living legends like Buddy Guy, Eddy Clearwater and Lil’ Ed Williams for inspiration in taking their music from Chicago to fans across the globe. Now, Chicago-born-and-raised blues guitarist /vocalist/ songwriter Toronzo Cannon is ready to write his own story as he claims his place as one of the city’s most popular and innovative blues musicians.

CHICAGO BLUES. COM
"In a lot of ways, The Chicago Way is Cannon’s rebirth. This album represents a cosmic shift in his thinking, his writing, and his playing. He speaks more fluently now and his words are sparse, yet concise, and effective. Yes, he can scream with his guitar, but now he can move us with as much or more immediacy when his guitar whispers. For all his advancement and improvement, Cannon has not lost one iota of emotional content; if anything, he has gained immensely."

GET READY TO ROCK RADIO REVIEW 2016
"Toronzo Cannon is a valuable addition to the Alligator catalogue, in as much as he’s a contemporary blues man with old school values who has the ability to communicate outside of the realm of cliché. A conversation with the blues never sounded so fresh and honest." ****½

ELMORE MAGAZINE 2016
"The word ‘electrifying’ characterizes every single tune in both his incendiary guitar soloing and heartfelt vocals."

The Chicago Sun-Times
“The Bridgeport resident (and CTA bus driver) was immersed in the world of blues by hanging around Theresa’s Lounge. Today he’s one of Chicago’s new greats."

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Charlie Musselwhite

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LEGENDARY BLUES HARP PLAYER
Blues Hall of Fame | Mississippi Blues Trail Marker Honoree
Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame Honoree
2013 Grammy Award Winner | Best Blues Album
2015 Blues Music Awards | Blues Instrumentalist | Winner
 2014 Blues Music Awards | Traditional Blues Album & Blues Instrumentalist - Harmonica | Winner
Blues Blast Magazine | Man of the Year

Fifty years of nonstop touring, performing and recording have reaped huge rewards. Charlie Musselwhite is living proof that great music only gets better with age. This man cut his (musical) teeth alongside Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and everyone on the south side of Chicago in the early 1960’s – thank your lucky stars he is still with us telling the truth with a voice and harp tone like no other.
Charlie Musselwhite may be the only musician to get a huge ovation just for opening his briefcase. Fans know that’s where he keeps his harmonicas and they’re about to hear one of the true masters work his magic on the humble instrument.

Harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite’s life reads like a classic blues song: born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and schooled on the South Side of Chicago. A groundbreaking recording artist since the 1960s, Musselwhite continues to create trailblazing music while remaining firmly rooted in the blues. His worldly-wise vocals, rich, melodic harmonica playing and deep country blues guitar work flawlessly accompany his often autobiographical and always memorable original songs. Living Blues says, “Musselwhite’s rock-solid vocals creep up and overwhelm you before you know it. He plays magnificent harp with superb dexterity and phrasing. The results are amazing.”

Over the last 43 years Musselwhite has released over 30 albums. Three of those — 1990s Ace Of Harps, 1991’s Signature and 1993’s In My Time — were recorded for Alligator Records and remain among his best-selling titles. Now, Charlie Musselwhite returns to Alligator with The Well. With musical flavors from Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago, The Well is steeped in the music of Charlie’s youth — country and city blues as well as rockabilly and gospel — the music that inspired his signature sound. The fresh, new songs speak from his decades of experience, hard living, and his triumph over adversity.

TOURING BAND:
Charlie Musselwhite: Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar | June Core: Drums | Steve Froberg: Bass Guitar | Matt Stubbs: Guitar

 

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Southern Avenue

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"...the spicy, vivacious new sound of Memphis soul" Elmore Magazine

“Southern Avenue is simply the best band in Memphis ...coolest music to come out of Memphis in years." | Memphis Flyer

Southern Avenue features five young but seasoned musicians who came from diverse musical and personal backgrounds to create music that spans their wide-ranging musical interests, while showcasing the powerful chemistry that the group has honed through stage and studio experience. Southern Avenue encompasses Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson, respectively a soulful, charismatic singer and a subtle powerful drummer; guitarist Ori Naftaly, an Israeli-born blues disciple who first came to America as an acclaimed solo artist; versatile jazz-inspired bassist Daniel McKee; and the band's newest addition, keyboardist Jeremy Powell, an early alumnus of Stax's legendary music academy.

The seeds for Southern Avenue's birth were planted when Ori Naftaly, who'd grown up in Israel with a deep-rooted passion for American blues and funk, came to Memphis in 2013 to compete in the prestigious International Blues Challenge. That experience led to Naftaly moving permanently to Memphis and successfully touring the United States with his own band.

Southern Avenue is a Memphis street that runs from the easternmost part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville, the original home of Stax Records. Southern Avenue is also the name of a fiery young Memphis quintet that embodies its home city's soul, blues and gospel traditions, while adding a youthful spirit and dynamic energy all their own. “If Memphis is a genre, this is it!” proclaims American Blues Scene and Rock 103FM calls Southern Avenue - “The most talked about band in Memphis.”

Their self-titled debut album is a breath of fresh air with its own unique blend of gospel- tinged R&B vocals, roots/blues-based guitar work and soul-inspired songwriting. And Southern Avenue’s upcoming release on the fabled Stax label is a testament to the young combo's talent and vision.

"If Memphis Music Is A Genre, This Is It!" - American Blues Scene

"Most talked about band in Memphis." - ROCK 103FM Memphis

 

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