Lurrie Bell

“An incendiary fusion of Chicago Blues boilerplate and his own mercurial imagination, hyperkinetic energy, and dazzling technical dexterity.” David Whiteis – Chicago Reader

“If there is a Chicago blues child who perhaps epitomizes the blues life, it’s Lurrie Bell…the premier guitarist in the Windy City.” Boston Blues News

Born in 1958, the son of famed blues harmonica player Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell picked up his father’s guitar at age of five and taught himself to play. He was clearly gifted. In addition, he grew up with many of the Chicago blues legends around him. Eddie Taylor, Big Walter Horton, Eddie C. Campbell, Eddie Clearwater, Lovie Lee, Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Dawkins and many more were frequent visitors to his house. They all helped to shape and school him in the blues, but none as much as his father’s long-time employer Muddy Waters.


At seven years old, Bell left Chicago to live in Mississippi and Alabama with his grandparents. During this time he played mostly in the church, immersing himself in the passionate expressiveness of the gospel tradition. At fourteen he moved back to Chicago and continued to play in church as well as forming his first blues band while attending high school.


By seventeen Lurrie Bell was playing on stage with Willie Dixon. In 1977 he was a founding member of The Sons of Blues with Freddie Dixon (son of Willie) and Billy Branch. The band recorded three standout tracks for Alligator Records’ Grammy nominated Living Chicago Blues series. In 1978 Bell joined Koko Taylor’s band and stayed for several years, honing his chops and learning the ropes of being a traveling musician. He continued to work with his dad as well, recording the 1984 Rooster Blues album Son Of a Gun and several other titles for UK’s JSP Records. Not only was Bell recognized as an exceptionally talented guitarist and musician, his knowledge of different blues styles, his soulfulness and his musical maturity delivered write-ups in publications such as Rolling Stone and The New York Times.


Battling and defeating a series of personal demons kept him out of the studio and off the road for a long spell in the late 1980’s, but Bell persevered and re-surfaced in the mid-1990’s with a succession of four highly acclaimed records for Chicago’s Delmark label.


Since the onset of the new millennium, Bell’s profile has been steadily rising. 2002 saw the release of the CD Cutting Heads and in 2004 Alligator Records released Second Nature an acoustic duet record with his father Carey Bell that was nominated for a WC Handy Award Acoustic Record of the Year by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.


In 2007 Bell started his own label Aria B.G. Records and released Let’s Talk About Love, which has been called his most accomplished, deeply heartfelt album yet. On the strength of this record, he was voted Most Outstanding Guitar Player in the 2007 Living Blues Magazine’s Critic’s Poll, and in 2008 and 2012 he was named the magazine’s Male Blues Artist of the Year. Since 2007 he has received multiple Blues Music Award nominations as Best Guitarist and Best Traditional Male Blues Artist by the Blues Foundation.


2009 found him pairing up with Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch on the recording Chicago Blues: A Living History which garnered him his first official Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Blues Recording. In 2011 a follow-up was released; Chicago Blues: A Living History (The Revolution Continues) featuring Buddy Guy, Magic Slim, and Ronnie Baker Brooks.


In 2012 came the arrival of his second CD on Aria BG Records “The Devil Ain’t Got No Music,” a collection of acoustic blues and gospel songs that recollect the music he often played with his dad and at church in Mississippi and Alabama as a child. In January 2013 The Devil Ain’t Got No Music was honored with the Prix du Blues award from the prestigious French L’Academie du Jazz for the Best Blues Recording of 2012 and the title song (written by producer Matthew Skoller) received a nomination from the Blues Foundation for song of the year.


In 2013, Bell wanted to get back to the solid foundation of Chicago-styled traditional guitar blues for which he then recorded Blues in my Soul which features three new Lurrie Bell originals plus songs by Little Walter, T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Rogers, and Big Bill Broonzy and others. In 2016, and staying within that, Bell returned to the studio to record “Can’t Shake This Feeling”.


At last count Lurrie Bell has now appeared on over 50+ recordings either as leader or featured sideman. Lurrie Bell’s elegant and intense guitar playing and passionate vocals have made him a favorite at clubs and festivals around the world and have earned him a reputation as one of the “leading lights” in the future of the blues.

Altered Five Blues Band

Altered Five Blues Band makes music with a swaggering stomp of bruising, barrelhouse grit. According to Downbeat Magazine, frontman Jeff Taylor “sings powerfully” and “Jeff Schroedl’s live-wire guitar reaches the high bar of mixed invention and fluidity” . Blues Bytes Magazine declares the group features “the funkiest rhythm section outside of Memphis”.

A 2018 Blues Music Award nominee, the Milwaukee-based quintet will release its new album, Ten Thousand Watts, August 16 on Blind Pig Records. Recorded over four days in Nashville, TN and produced by three-time Grammy winner Tom Hambridge, the 12 tracks stir up a thunderstorm of original, roots-rockin’ music. The set kicks off with the burning boogie of “Right On, Right On” and is followed by “Too Mad to Make Up,” a roadhouse rocker about a relationship in peril. The title track then finds Taylor strutting his stuff, testifying his powerful passion. The audacious theme continues with “Mischief Man,” before the band cuts loose on “Great Minds Drink Alike,” a sure-fire hit with the bar crowd. “Don’t Rock My Blues” eases the tempo and captures a traditional vibe. The collection of succinct, tight-but-loose songs reflect the continuing evolution of the band’s deft songwriting, blended with the intuitive musical interplay of the longtime bandmates.

The new album arrives on the heels of back-to-back award-winning records. Cryin’ Mercy won “Best Self-Released Album” at the International Blues Challenge in 2015, and “Charmed & Dangerous” scored Song of the Year at both the Independent Music Awards and Wisconsin Music Awards in 2018. Both albums reached the Top 5 in the iTunes blues store and hit #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues Album Chart. Guitar World magazine called the song “Charmed & Dangerous” a “menacing, swampy blues,” and the track has been in regular rotation on SiriusXM’s Bluesville along with many other programs and playlists. The album’s third track, “Three Forks,” was inspired by legendary Delta bluesman Robert Johnson and features music, adapted with permission, from the seminal classic “Crossroads”.

Altered Five Blues Band now have five studio albums to their name, including Gotta Earn It (2012) and Bluesified (2008), both on Cold Wind Records. The group has performed at many renowned festivals and venues such as: Grolsch Blues Fest (Germany), W.C. Handy Blues Fest (Kentucky), Ann Arbor Blues Fest, King Biscuit Blues Fest, Baltic Blues Fest (Germany), Milwaukee Summerfest, Magic City Blues Fest (Montana), Fargo Blues Fest, B.B. King’s Blues Club (Memphis), Buddy Guy’s Legends (Chicago), and several appearances on local television. They will also return to Europe in the Fall of 2019 for shows in Switzerland.

Bassist Mark Solveson anchors the rock-solid rhythm section with drummer Alan Arber, who joined the band in 2017, and Raymond Tevich melds his crafty keyboard work to top off the group’s signature sound. It’s been said that “the blues is a feeling,” so when the Minneapolis Star Tribune states that the band is a “righteous blast,” you know they play it right.

Gumbo, Grits & Gravy

Gumbo, Grits & Gravy
Guy Davis, Anne Harris, and Marcella Simien

GUMBO, GRITS & GRAVY is a ‘gathering’, featuring three brilliant musicians with culturally and musically diverse backgrounds. As the name implies, Gumbo, Grits & Gravy is grounded in the roots of a hearty, home-cooked meal, the foundation of family and tradition, which is more often guided by maternal inspirations. Through this understanding, it is a celebration of a musical and cultural diversity that this trio hopes to document and spread to the world in 2019 and beyond.

The genesis of this project comes from a tour under the same banner headline that briefly toured many years ago. It featured Guy Davis, Laurie Lewis, and Christina Balfa, assembled by former agent/manager Cash Edwards. The inspiration for it today comes from ensemble groups like the Carolina Chocolate Drops, only with a little more contemporary flair. So fill your soul with flavors of this musical stew!

ARTIST BIOS:
Guy Davis: The Routes of Americana
Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message and music around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, from the Plains of Kansas to the tundra of Siberia. His work as a singer, musician, actor, writer, and music teacher have earmarked him as a renaissance man of the Arts.

What music and acting have in common, he explains, “is that I don’t like people to see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do. I want them to hear me and be uplifted.”

Davis’ much-praised 1995 debut, Stomp Down the Rider, on the legendary singer-songwriter label, Red House Records, marked the arrival of a major talent, earning acclaim for his deft acoustic playing, his well-traveled voice and his literate yet highly accessible songwriting. He’s barely rested since then, taking his music to television (The Conan O’Brien and David Letterman shows) and radio (Mountain Stage, World Cafe, E-Town, Woodsongs), as well as performing at theaters and festivals around the globe. He played the Ukraine in summer of 2014, just a week or so before the statues of Lenin were torn down. He even played for the visiting Queen of Denmark when he performed at a children’s home in Greenland. “I feel like I’ve only hit three corners of the world, with a lot more to go,” Davis says.

Truth be told, there just aren’t many who can deliver Americana in as interesting and entertaining a manner – or give acoustic traditional blues such a contemporary sound – as Davis, and it sure is a lot of fun hearing him explore the different sides of the genre. ~ The Blues PowR Blog

Davis somehow makes the term multi-talented seem woefully inadequate. ~ Jim Musser He has got a voice like Howlin’ Wolf dipped in honey. He is also an enchanting storyteller, able to deliver a shaggy-dog story while barking and simultaneously making train noises on a harmonica – a reminder of a time when the phrase “novelty song” didn’t necessarily have music-lovers running for the exits. He utilised ye olde food/sex metaphor in “Home Cooked Meal” and made it sound dirtier than you would have thought possible. He is fabulous. ~ The Scotsman

Anne Harris: Musical Diamond
Roots Music is an expressive art form, and nowhere can you find a more expressive musician than the mystic violinist Anne Harris. Rolling, blending and folding in a variety of musical influences from Celtic to Americana to Funk, she embodies a musical genre-morphing sound that is all her own. Anne is an internationally recognized instrumental talent that has captivated audiences around the globe. Her command of the stage is punctuated with a free reeling and coiling whirlwind of sound and visual excitement. Her gypsy-like stage presence is truly unforgettable and revolutionary in the ever expanding musical world that surrounds her.

The beauty of Anne’s ability to play the violin while dancing as gracefully as a swan and as powerfully as a shaman, moved me to joyful tears. Bearing witness to her performance left me completely awestruck and mesmerized. At times, she moves with a gentle ease, and then with sudden and wild abandon. Surely, it follows suit that she has had extensive training, but it appears to just spring naturally from her solar plexus. To watch her perform is hypnotizing. It was pretty much all I could talk about for several days. ~ By Julie Jenkins

Anne Harris plays violin like Buddy Guy wields his guitar. ~ By Robert Kinsler

Marcella René Simien: Swamp Soul Songstress
Wielding the torch of a veritable Creole dynasty, being born into one of the first Creole families to settle in St. Landry Parish, Marcella has now planted the seeds of her South Louisiana heritage deep into the bluffs of Memphis, TN — no small victory for a young woman just now rounding out her mid-20s.

Simien is a natural in the truest sense. Daughter of two-time GRAMMY award winning Zydeco luminary Terrance Simien, she was practically born onstage, and grew up thoroughly immersed in sound and performance. Yet, despite her almost fairytale-like upbringing, Marcella makes it her mission to forge her own pathways in the music business. A graduate of the prestigious Memphis College of Art, Simien boldly follows her heart. Her music is a dueling hybrid of classic Memphis soul and the freewheeling swagger of New Orleans funk, woven together with the sighing laughter of her ancestors: that Creole accordion. As outspoken and courageous as she is sensual and feminine, Simien holds a wisdom far beyond her years. With each honeyed undertone, every saintly holler, with each tinkle of the keys, and every pump of the squeezebox, she reinvents the mold and soldiers against boundaries, yet she never fairs to respect tradition.

Simien is one of the most soulful artists I’ve heard since the ‘glory days’ of Memphis soul music. Her sound and stage presence are constant reminders that soul music is still alive and well. ~ Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell

Marcella Simien heard it all as a youngster, no doubt, and once she doubled-down with the Memphis sound, she found a totally striking new attack on Southern Soul. ~ Bill Bentley

Monster Mike Welch

With over 25 years of touring and recording under his belt, Boston-based blues guitarist Monster Mike Welch is considered a seasoned veteran of the international blues scene despite his relatively young age.

Given the nickname “Monster Mike” by actor/Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd at the tender age of 13, Welch has since carved out a niche as a highly accomplished and in-demand guitarist. To date, Welch has released six albums under his own name, and in 2001, he joined the ranks of one of New England’s most beloved blues institutions, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, where he stayed until 2017, recording five albums and racking up multiple Blues Music Award nominations for the band in that time.

In addition, Welch has recorded with Shemekia Copeland, Ronnie Earl, Danielle Nicole, Duke Robillard, Johnny Winter, Victor Wainwright, Nick Moss, the Mannish Boys and Sugaray Rayford, among others. Welch left the Bluetones in 2017 to focus on his partnership with Mike Ledbetter, which led to seven Blues Music Award nominations and the formation of the Welch Ledbetter Connection within the first year.

Welch has received three consecutive Blues Music Award nominations by the Blues Foundation for Instrumentalist-Guitar beginning in 2016, a Boston Music Award for Best Blues Act, and is an inductee of the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame.

Mike’s project with Mike Ledbetter appropriately called The Welch Ledbetter Connection won the 2018 Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Album, “Right Place Right Time,” as well as the project winning 2019 Blues Music Award for Band of the Year. Additionally in 2019, Welch individually won Guitar Player of the Year.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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