Eden Brent

Official Website: edenbrent.com

Nicknamed “Little Boogaloo” by her Mississippi mentor Boogaloo Ames, Eden Brent is much more than her signature boogie-woogie piano and juke-joint blues holler. She is a celebrated songwriter and dynamic performer, with numerous nominations and awards including eleven Blues Music Award nominations since 2009 and three BMA trophies. Her most recent Yellow Dog Records album, Jigsaw Heart was nominated for BMA Acoustic Album of the Year, continuing a streak of nominations for her last three albums.

Born in the heart of the Mississippi Delta in Greenville, to a family of riverboat captains and guitar pickers, Eden’s story could’ve been written by Tennessee Williams or any number of Mississippi’s colorful authors. The Greenville bridge is named for her grandfather Jesse, the Waterways Journal “Riverman of the Century”. Her father, Captain Howard, famous for his Hank Williams renditions and grand story-telling, is a bona-fide living “River Legend”, and her mother Carole was born a sharecropper but became a big band singer and fashion model, working at Chicago’s Chez Paris in the 1950’s.

A life-long piano enthusiast, Eden was surrounded by music and learned her first notes at age three. “Grandma could read and play beautifully,” Eden explains, “She taught me Middle C and my first simple tunes. I had an ear for music and was pecking out my brother’s recital piece before I was old enough to go to school.” Piano lessons were part of her education from primary school through graduation from the University of North Texas and beyond. “I always loved to play, but I hated to read and I really hated practice until I started hanging around Boogaloo. He put the music right in my hands.” She continues, “Daddy jokes he could’ve saved a lot of money on my college tuition had he introduced me to Boogaloo a few years earlier.”  The duo traveled and worked together for 16 years until Boogaloo’s death in 2002.

Eden is featured in three documentary films: Boogaloo & Eden: Sustaining the Sound; Forty Days in the Delta; 180 Degrees: Changing Lives in the Mississippi Delta, has appeared in print publications like USA Today and Garden & Gun, has been highlighted on national radio broadcasts including NPR Weekend Edition, House of Blues Radio Hour, and American Routes, and her music continues to delight both critics and live audiences alike.

Since launching her career, Eden travels the United States and abroad performing in festivals like Notodden, the Chicago Blues Festival, Cognac’s Blues Passions, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. She’s a frequent piano bar host aboard the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise and  has been a special guest aboard the American Queen Steamboat, a performance that celebrated her Mississippi River heritage.

She has released four solo albums: Something Cool 2003; Mississippi Number One 2008; Ain’t Got No Troubles 2010; and Jigsaw Heart 2014, and is currently on the Yellow Dog Records label. In addition to her four solo albums, Eden recorded The Brent Sisters Party Dress with sisters Jessica and Bronwynne, also songwriters. Released in 2012, the album is a collection of songs written by their late mother, Carole Brent.

Eden lives in her hometown with her husband Bob Dowell, a musician and arranger from the U.K., and their three very naughty dogs.

Guy King

Official Website: guyking.net

2017 Blues Music Award Nominee Guy King’s music is fresh and unique while maintaining a strong link to the musical masters that came before him. His natural musical abilities and his one of a kind blend of Blues, Jazz, Soul, and R&B, are some of what makes Guy King so special in the music world.

Born and raised in a small rural town in Israel, Guy first arrived in the US, on tour at the age of 16. Five years after he returned to the United States. After a short stay in Memphis and a stint in New Orleans, Guy headed north to Chicago in pursuit of greater things and a musical career.

In Chicago, Guy quickly gained recognition, and joined Willie Kent’s band, serving as his lead guitarist and band leader for a period of six years, until Kent’s passing in 2006, when Guy started his solo career, performing at the city’s top venues, such as Buddy Guy’s Legends, Andy’s Jazz Club, House of Blues, The Green Mill, S.P.A.C.E., B.L.U.E.S., Rosa’s Lounge and others.

Playing at a pace of 250-300 shows a year; Guy had the pleasure and honor of opening the shows of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and touring the world; performing in Japan, France, Belgium, Switzerland, England, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.

In 2009, Guy released his first solo album Livin’ It which was very well received by the public and media alike, and that has opened the doors for two more albums since; I Am Who I Am and It Is What It Is and By Myself.

In 2015 Guy was signed by Chicago’s Delmark Records to record TRUTH, which was released in February 2016. TRUTH reached #1 at the Roots music report Contemporary Blues Chart, #5 at the Living Blues Chart and have been receiving rave reviews worldwide.

Some of his appearances include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Festival (Helena, Arkansas), Blues on the Fox, The Paramount Theatre, Polanco Blues Festival (Mexico City, Mexico), Mississippi Delta Festival (Caxias Do Sul, Brazil), Basel Blues Festival (Switzerland) and many more.

Named as Chicago’s Latest Royalty by Vintage Guitar Magazine, he continues to perform, write and record new material with an ear sensibly tilted toward producing great music: taking the varied music he loves and recasting it in new directions.

Guy King was nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award in the “Best Emerging Artist Album” category.

James “Blood” Ulmer

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James Blood Ulmer is among the most distinctive and influential electric guitarists to emerge in the past four decades. Over time, Blood’s reputation has morphed from that of an avant–garde jazz visionary out of the Ornette Coleman school to elder statesman of the African–American musical vernacular encom – passing jazz, blues, funk, and whatever lies beyond.

Forging an unyielding synthesis of musical styles, vision and virtuosity, Ulmer has left an indelible mark on those keen ears who’ve dared to follow him to that intangible place where the fiercest, most holy music occurs.

Whether it’s art imitating life or life imitating art, the trials of James Blood Ulmer’s career have only made his art that much more potent. It appears he’s capable of channeling life’s experiences through his soul in order to lay it bare in the music. If he were never to record again, his reputation as an American music pioneer is already cemented in stone. One would think, however, that there’s a great deal more to come, because Blood lives the music, is the music and he’ll grow old bringing the music. And as always, that devout audience with big ears and keen instincts will be taking it all in.

Jason Ricci

Official Website: mooncat.org

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Jason Ricci is one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet today.  His music is listed in almost every top ten play-lists on college, blues and Internet radio. Jason is a ‘players player.’  His biggest fans are other musicians, from all genres. Jason Ricci is the spot light and on the lips of critics, artists and fans everywhere.  Through two plus decades of endless touring, TV appearances, recording and social media, Jason’s style of playing is so revolutionary and influential that there exists an entire new generation of players imitating his music, clothes, gear and even stage presence.  Jason has been an almost constant force for decades in the studio, festivals, club dates and press.  Through performing, song writing, teaching, harmonica prowess and activist in the fields of mental health and addiction, it is not an overstatement that this young man is currently changing the world his music and education.  His over blowing harmonica technics are second to none and his song writing, while based in deep blues, is contemporary, relevant and boundless.
With his personal demons well in check and a killer new band, The Bad Kind, Jason is back with a vengeance and taking no prisoners, from low down in the alley to out of this world!  The new recording, well that’s Jason, the moon cat.
RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
*Featured TV performer at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band induction in 2015
*Featured performer on Johnny Winter’s Grammy winning Cd ‘Step Back’ (2014)
*Multiple Blues Music Award Nominations: 2009-2017.
*Blues Blast Award Winner, 2010.
ARTIST COLLABORATIONS:
Jason has worked and/or recorded with Little Charlie Baty, Anson Funderburgh, Junior KimbroghRL Burnside, Nick Curran, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Cedric Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, Sue Foley and many others.

 

JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci

From a Dirty Memory to a Beautiful Slop

It was an unlikely phone call made in 2014 that brought Jason Ricci and JJ Appleton together. “You don’t have an acoustic album yet, let’s make one” said JJ. A few song writing sessions, a live to video and pro tools recording in NYC with Tedeschi Trucks bassist Tim Lefebvre, and the album Dirty Memory was birthed.

Cut to a multi-week long stay in the top 10 iTunes Blues charts and the Roots Music Report, headlining Festivals and venues from the tip of icy Maine, to steamy New Orleans – it was quite a run. It became obvious to Appleton, Ricci and their fans, that a new album was in order.

The duo took over bassist/producer Derek Nievergelt’s Brooklyn basement studio for two days. 90-degree heat and no AC. The swampy heat set the stage for what can only be described as 10 recordings dripping with raw grit, groove, acoustic soul and sweat: Their new album “Beautiful Slop”.

Ricci, a harmonica legend and winner of the 2018 Blues Award for Best instrumentalist/Harmonica, has broken another barrier melding perfectly his Sonny Terry on speed style with beautiful melodic, flowing riffs that consistently bring a smile or tear throughout the record. Appleton’s original songs and unique takes on some very unusual covers shows the duo’s penchant for keeping people guessing as to what they’ll do next.

The much anticipated October 2018 release of “Beautiful Slop” will be in conjunction with a 10- day tour throughout the Northeast, New England and Mid Atlantic.

ABOUT JASON RICCI:

* Featured perform/harmonica player on Johnny Winter’s Grammy award winning
CD “Step Back”
* 2018 Blues Award winner for Best instrumentalist/Harmonica, and multiple
Blues award nominee
* Featured performer at The Rock and Roll Hall of fame with Zac Brown and Tom
Morello for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band induction.
* He has worked and recorded with (NOT sat in with) Junior Kimbrough, RL
Burnside, Nick Curran, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Cedric Burnside, Joe Louis
Walker and many others.

ABOUT JJ APPLETON:

* Handpicked by David Bowie as guitarist for his critically lauded musical
“Lazarus”.
* Live television appearances on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning
America and Carson Daly show
* As a producer JJ has produced recordings for Kesha, Grace Gaustad, Erin
Bowman and Darius Rucker

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Joe Krown

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: joekrown.com

Joe Krown is a resident and is based out of the city of New Orleans. He is a New Orleans styled piano and Hammond B-3 player. He has been nominated twice and won a New Orleans Big Easy Award in the Blues category in April 2001. His blues trio, Sansone, Krown & Fohl won a 2004 Big Easy Award. Joe’s third compact disc, Buckle Up, was picked #4 CD, “Best of 2000CDs” in the Times Picayune, and “Best CDs of 2000” in OffBeat magazine. Joe was also selected “Best Keyboardist, Editor’s Choice” at CitySearch.com for New Orleans. Joe’s fourth CD, Funkyard was picked #4 CD in Gambit Magazine and #15 in the Times Picayune “Best CD’s of 2002” and “Critic’s Choice Best of 2002” in Offbeat Magazine. Joe’s CD, Livin’ Large (2005) clocked in at #11 in overall sales for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2005. His trio with Walter Wolfman Washington & Russell Batiste Jr. won a 2009 Offbeat Award for “Best R&B/Funk CD” (Live at the Maple Leaf) and a 2009 Big Easy Award in the “Best Rhythm & Blues Band” category.

He is currently touring all over the U.S. and the world as the organ/piano player for the award winning Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.

Available for limited dates only.

Matt Schofield

Official Website: mattschofield.com

 

British born and now US-based, Matt Schofield is a multi-award winning guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. Schofield is widely regarded as one of the most innovative British Blues artists of his generation. He has been rated in the top ten British Blues Guitarists of all time by Guitar & Bass Magazine, alongside legends Eric Clapton and Peter Green. Three consecutive wins for Guitarist of the Year and a win for Album of the Year at the British Blues Awards elevated him to their Hall of Fame.

Schofield’s prowess has taken his band to nearly 30 countries worldwide and has seen him trade licks with notable guitar heroes, including Buddy Guy and Robben Ford. The Los Angeles Daily News said, “In Schofield, the UK has produced the best Blues guitarist from any country in decades. Head and shoulders above the herd.”

Matt Schofield’s iconic tone and melodic, fluid style, along with his passionate and emotive live performances have made him one of the most sought-after and revered modern Blues guitarists.

In December 2018 Matt released “Blues Speak” – his highly acclaimed, best selling instructional course for TrueFire. As a clinician, Matt has taught from Tokyo to New York and all points in-between.

In honor of the 15 year anniversary of Schofield’s solo debut with his original Organ Trio, he has announced the release of a new Trio album for 2019.

Sisters Of Slide
Rory Block & Cindy Cashdollar

 

 

Rory Block

Official Website: roryblock.com

Internationally acclaimed blues artist Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. She has won 5 Blues Music Awards, been heralded as “a living landmark” by the Berkeley Express, “a national treasure” by Guitar Extra, and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” by Blues Revue. The New York Times declared: “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends” and the Blues Foundation stated: “Today she is widely regarded as the top female interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide.”

Cindy Cashdollar

Official Website: cindycashdollar.com

Dobro, steel guitar and lap steel player Cindy Cashdollar’s career has taken some surprising twists and turns that have led her to work with many leading artists in various genres; including Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Dave Alvin, Rod Stewart, Albert Lee, Asleep At The Wheel, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoleil, Daniel Lanois, Redd Volkaert, & Peter Rowan. Cindy’s unerring ability to perfectly complement a song or step out with a tasteful, imaginative, and exciting solo – and to do it in so many musical genres – has made her one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots music scene.

Trudy Lynn

Trudy Lynn was born Lee Audrey Nelms in Houston’s Fifth Ward, where she began singing as a teenager. After high school, Lynn went to visit her aunt in Lufkin, where a club called the Cinderella needed a singer. She decided Lee Audrey Nelms wasn’t going to cut it as a stage name. The club had a bunch of cartoon character names painted on the wall and she noticed “Trudy,” which she quickly paired with Lynn. “Lynn was something in those days,” she says. “Gloria Lynne, Barbara Lynn. I thought, ‘I’m going to be one of those Lynns, too, baby.'” Prior to striking out on her own, Trudy was the vocalist for such Texas greats as I.J. Gosey and Clarence Green, where Trudy spent five years as the vocalist for his band. Green was a stern mentor, but Lynn credits him with helping her become a professional. “He molded me well,” she says. “He’s still in me because of what he taught me. It takes that.” After leaving Green’s band, Lynn began performing on her own. Since joining forces with harmonica wizard Steve Krase and the Connor Ray Music label in 2014, Lynn has played curator for herself. She has written her own songs that blend nicely with the vintage songs, mostly about good times and bad men. “Each one of these songs means something to me,” she says. “I truly understand something about each one of them.” I’ll Sing the Blues for You is Trudy Lynn’s 12th solo album and the third release on the Connor Ray Music label following up on 2014’s Royal Oaks Blues Café, which hit #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart and 2015’s Everything Comes with A Price which spent 4 months on the Living Blues Radio Chart. Trudy is also a five-time Blues Music Award nominee and was inducted into the Houston Music Hall of Fame in 2015. I’ll Sing The Blues For You peaked at #6 on the Billboard Blues charts. Her 2018 release Blues Keep Knockin’ was recently named one of the top 50 Blues recordings of 2018 by Living Blues magazine. Additionally, Trudy is again nominated by the Blues Foundation for the “Koko Taylor Award” for “Best Traditional Female Vocalist” of 2018.