Mike Morgan & the Crawl

Website: www.mikemorganandthecrawl.com

Mike Morgan was born in Dallas on November 30, 1959, and grew up in nearby Hillsboro, Texas. Morgan displayed an avid interest in music as a youngster, listening intently to the impassioned soul sounds of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett on local radio stations. He received his first guitar while in the third grade, but didn’t begin to take playing seriously until he discovered Stevie Ray Vaughan’s album, Texas Flood, in 1985.

“When I heard Stevie’s first album, that was it,” Morgan recalls. “I already knew how to play the guitar, but Stevie showed me a lot of things I didn’t know. After that, I dove headlong into playing the blues.”

As his prowess on the guitar developed, it became clear that he was not merely a Stevie knock-off, but rather an original player with a sound and style all his own. Mike moved to Dallas in 1986 and soon hooked up with experienced vocalist Darrell Nulisch (formerly with Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets) to form The Crawl (named after an old jukebox hit by guitar great, Lonnie Brooks). Darrell had a tremendous knowledge of blues and a deep collection of blues records, and he exposed Morgan to the music of the Chicago blues scene and many of its key players.

Mike Morgan and The Crawl quickly made a name for themselves as one of the best contemporary blues bands in Texas, writing original songs that were on a par with the classics they chose to cover. After Nulisch left the band in 1989, Morgan set out to find a vocalist who would fit his desire for a broader-based R&B sound. He found the perfect match in Kansas City native and blues veteran Lee McBee, whose smoky, seasoned vocals were reminiscent of the legendary 1960s soul singers Morgan listened to while growing up. The fact that McBee was also an accomplished and revered harmonica player added more fuel to The Crawl’s fire.

Mike and Lee’s collaboration proved popular with blues fans and appearances at the Benson & Hedges Blues Festival, the Dallas Blues Festival, the Atlantic City Blues Festival, and the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival soon followed. As the profile of the band continued to rise, Mike’s friend Anson Funderburgh recommended them to Blacktop Records owner Hammond Scott. Scott first saw the band at a show at The George Street Grocery in Jackson, Mississippi. He was so impressed he met with the band at their hotel immediately after the show to discuss signing with the label.

Mike Morgan and The Crawl found a national audience with the release of their debut recording, Raw & Ready, in 1990. Backed up by extensive national and international touring, Mike Morgan and The Crawl continued to amaze their fans throughout the 1990s by releasing five highly regarded albums, Mighty Fine Dancin, Full Moon Over Dallas, Ain’t Worried No More, Looky Here!, The Road, and I Like The Way You Work It. Morgan even kept a high profile during some downtime away from the band in 1994 by recording Let The Dogs Run, a highly acclaimed record that paired him with fellow Dallas guitarist Jim Suhler.

Meanwhile, praise for Morgan and the band came flooding in. Guitar World Magazine called Morgan “a genuine blues guitar hero!!”

Blues Access Magazine raved, “Mike Morgan and The Crawl crank up an irrepressible mix of fresh gritty blues and romping Stax/Volt-era soul.”

New Years’ Eve 1999 saw an end to the Morgan /McBee era of Mike Morgan and the Crawl. As Lee ventured out to do his own band back in his home state of Kansas, Morgan decided it was high time he took over as front man. After years of great frontmen such as Lee McBee, Darrell Nulisch, Chris Whynaught, and Keith Dunn, Mike was ready to take on the new challenge.

In 2000, Texas Man, Mike’s first vocal outing was released on Severn Records. Texas Man met rave reviews and was followed up in 2004 by Live in Dallas. Stronger Every Day was released by Seven Records in 2007 and had guest appearances by Lee McBee and Randy McAllister.

Mike did not tour much after 2006. While he still played local gigs and a few scattered tour appearances, he spent most of his time with his other love, motorcycles. As the sales manager of a Mesquite, TX-based motorcycle dealership, he was not able to tour often, but always found time to play and jam around DFW..

“Basically I didn’t write any new songs between 2007 and 2018,” says Morgan. “I just quit writing and I got into that work slump. I came home from work, turned on the TV, had dinner, maybe a drink, and went to bed. The difference was I got to sleep in my own bed every night and I got paid every day I worked. I didn’t have to cold call bars in far-flung places, no booking hotel rooms, and no rushing around the country trying to get to gigs on time. In comparison, a regular day job was almost a vacation.”

When that shop closed, Mike once again felt the draw of the music business. He landed a new job at another motorcycle shop but he now hopes to get out and tour again.

“When the motorcycle shop shut down, I made myself start writing again,” says Morgan. “Once I got going I came up with a bunch of ideas for songs. I do plan on touring if it makes sense financially,” says Morgan. “I want to tour. I want to play. The last time we went out was a midwest tour with 12 or 13 nights in a row back in 2019. We made money on that tour, but it’s very hard to get that many dates together anymore. And that was before Covid. People think you’re just partying out on the road but it’s supposed to be WORK. If I have to sit around a hotel room for days between gigs I’d rather be at the motorcycle shop, making money every day, and sleeping in my own bed.”

In addition to his own band, Mike has been working with some of his old friends, Anson Funderburgh and Shawn Pittman, as The Texas Blues Guitar Summit. Fresh off an incredible European tour in 2022 and just signed to M.C. Records finds Mike is reinvigorated and feeling the call of music once again. His new CD on M.C. Records is expected out in September 2022. With his years of experience, knowledge, skills, and talent, we can look forward to a lot of great new music from Mike Morgan and the Crawl.

Robert Kimbrough Sr.

Website: https://robertkimbroughsr.com/

Robert Kimbrough Sr. is the youngest son of the great blues legend Junior Kimbrough. Robert grew up in North Mississippi where blues music was a part of everyday life inside and out of his father’s juke joints.

Robert continues his father’s musical legacy of Cotton Patch Soul Blues, a form of blues that was created by his Mississippi family and recently made famous by The Black Keys and Buddy Guy who have both released CDs of music written by Junior Kimbrough.
 
Robert has 5 full length CD releases garnering a great buzz from the blues world’s best magazines like Living Blues. Robert’s 2019 release, I Been Fixed won AMG’s, Artist’s Music Guild, Album of the Year.

Robert has also been featured in many interviews and blues shows like Moonshine & Mojo Hands (episode 2).

Robert has played his blues all over the world headlining festivals both big and small from Switzerland to Argentina. Robert also hosted his 5 th annual Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival this year in Holly Springs, MS where he currently resides.

Look for Robert and his band on the road this year bringing his original juke joint style of blues to America and the world.

The Kimbrough Brothers

The Kimbrough Brothers are the sons of the great blues legend David “Junior” Kimbrough and have been continuing his musical legacy for decades.

All three grew up in Junior’s famous juke joints and specialize in a distinct style of blues created by Junior Kimbrough called Cotton Patch Soul Blues.

The Kimbrough Brothers began creating music together years ago with David Kimbrough Jr. on guitar, Robert Kimbrough Sr. on bass and Kinney Kimbrough on drums.

They have played many of the country’s biggest festivals and blues venues. They also have their own festival called The Kimbrough Cotton Patch Soul Blues Festival that just celebrated its sixth year.

Sadly, in early 2020, David Kimbrough Jr. passed, and the surviving brothers have chosen to carry forward as a duo [bass & drums] in honor of David’s memory.

The Kimbrough brothers have countless musical releases as individuals with Robert Kimbrough Sr. winning Artists Musicians Guild’s Album of the Year and Kinney Kimbrough playing drums on Hank Williams Jr’s new Black Keys release just to name a few.

The Kimbrough Brothers reside in Holly Springs, Mississippi which has been their family’s stomping ground going back before Junior’s famous Juke Joints which are featured in multiple movies including Deep Blues and You See Me Laughing.

Robert and Kinney continue this rich musical legacy and love sharing the Cotton Patch Soul Blues.

Blackcat Zydeco – Featuring
Dwight Carrier

Website: https://blackcatzydecomusic.com/

Dwight Carrier popularly known as, “The Black Cat” has become one of the most exciting Zydeco Accor-dionist of this era. He is deeply rooted in the “Carrier” family tradition, where music has always been a pas-sion and implemented into much of their families past time. He embraces both his family tradition as-well as his Cajun Creole Culture. Dwight has always had a unique style that infuses his zydeco, blues, country and R&B influences.

Growing up in the small town of Church Point, La in a time where rap music was gaining momentum, Dwight’s friends would laugh when he and his brother Joseph chose not to take that route. Initially, Joseph played the accordion while Dwight played the drums. It was after many relentless hours of practicing with his brother that Dwight grew restless. He yearned to play the accordion. It was with much practice, passion and determination that Dwight not only learned to play the accordion but was he able to play it well. He and Joseph switched instruments and it Dwight Carrier & the Zydeco Rockers was created.

In 1988, at the age of 14, Dwight recorded his ‑R&B 45 LP entitled “My Baby Left Me”, earning him local status, playing frequently on the zydeco circuit at trailrides and dance halls in and around the state of Lou-isiana. He realized that his friends were no longer laughing, but instead, were asking him to teach them to play.

In 1991, Dwight Carrier was asked to become a member of the Creole Zydeco Snap Band headed by Creole & Blues musician Warren Ceaser. He accepted the opportunity and became the groups’ accordionist. Dwight traveled with the band extensively around the world and for several years making appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. On the 1995 CD entitled “The Crowd Pleaser”, Dwight released two more recordings, “Zydeco Coteau (Going Down South)” and “Zydeco Shuffle”.

After taking an extended absence from music, Dwight was able to work his way back into his music, play-ing with his uncle Zydeco Legend, Roy Carrier & the Night Rockers. He is has also had the privilege of playing with cousin Troy “Dikki Du” Carrier & the Zydeco Crew, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Hugh Robertson & Zydematics, Tony Trahan & Blue Krewe just to name a few while still being the front man for the Ro Doggs. Dwight “Black Cat” Carrier and The Ro’Doggs released their debut full length CD titled “It Ain’t My Fault” in early spring of 2009.

Dwight is one of the few Zydeco musicians with the ability to travel to a city, pick up a band of local musi-cians and produce a sound equivalent to that of artist working together for years. The ability to do this, al-lows him the ­flexibility to perform in places that may otherwise, not be economically feasible and still able to share traditional zydeco along with treating people to a great time. Dwight is a party band leader and his shows have been rated high energy fun. “The Black Cat”, is not the typical zydeco artist as, he draws from a wide variety of influences bringing it all home to the most exciting danceable night you’ll ever experi-ence! He looks forward to playing that “Old Thyme Zydeco”, with just an accordion and a rubboard.

Dwight has been able to share his musical talents all over the world including places such as; Italy, Sicily, Paris France, Central America and many parts of Canada. His influences include everyone from Clifton Chenier to James Brown with a little old time Zydeco and R&B for good measure. The “Black Cat” has recently returned from a nationwide tour with 2013 Grammy Nominated Artist, Andre Thierry. He has also performed with; “The Red Rocker” (Sammy Hagar), former bass/guitarist for James Brown “Robert Wat-son” and world class musician, Bobbie (Spider) Webb to name a few.

Bennett Matteo Band

Website: https://www.bennettmatteoband.com/

Bennett Matteo Band (BMB) is a collective of brilliant musicians led by guitarist and writer Gino Matteo and vocal powerhouse Jade Bennett.

Extremely improvisational while having their feet planted in roots music, BMB are a breath of fresh air to the music world. BMB’s experimentation and refusal to take themselves seriously has made every show an experience.

Gino Matteo is carving the spot he deserves as a “force of nature” in the roots world. Sensational guitarist, songwriter and powerfully emotional live performer, he empowered the Sugaray Rayford hit machine for nearly a decade. Gino has destroyed countless audiences here in the US and abroad with his powerful wit, gut ripping playing, and incredibly gifted musicianship.

His explosive, spontaneous, and original live show stands with the most legendary of blues players. Gino, along with the gutsy soul-power vocals of his lovely and talented wife Jade Bennett, have been heating up the blues circuit across the western US and internationally. This hard charging dream team brings a raw and soulful interpretation to roots music, moving it forward progressively and creatively.

Crystal Thomas

Website:  dialtonerecords.com

Crystal Thomas is big and she’s bluesy, and she’s raw. She can grind a note and use it any way she wants to. After all, she grew up listening to Muddy and Jimmy Reed and Johnnie Taylor and rapped a little, too. Raw and gritty music is in her blood.

And she loves her musical life. Crystal sang before she talked. She sings in her car at red lights. And she belts it out in church, in juke joints, and not long ago in Japan, Spain and Hong Kong – wowing the crowds. This woman’s voice makes you glad you are alive even if your girlfriend dumped you.

Ask Crystal about where she came from. She’ll lean back and smile and tell you about growing up in Mansfield, Louisiana in the deep country. She remembers her favorite hog turned into supper. Mostly, she remembers playing DJ while her family played cards and learning the trombone in fifth grade because her brother had given up on it and her mom didn’t want to pay for another instrument.

Having Crystal step out front with a super-star band that includes Lucky Peterson on keys, he allows her to lean into the mic and sing with abandon. Lucky has played with everyone. Otis Rush, Etta James, Bobby Bland. Brothers Johnny and Jason Moeller offer up guitar and drums – Johnny finding time between tours with the Thunderbirds and Jason with the cred that comes from backing artists from the Thunderbirds to Jewel Brown and Little Joe Washington. Bass player extraordinaire, Chuck Rainey, starts the list with Aretha, Fats Domino, Barbara Streisand, and quite literally hundreds more. Crystal takes full advantage of the grooves they lay down and even plays a little trombone here. Something she did working with Johnnie Taylor just before he passed on. Johnnie didn’t know she sang until near the end. He’d decided to take her to Malaco to record but ran out of time. Thankfully, Dialtone finally made that record. Hallelujah!

Scott M. Bock
Living Blues Magazine

Big Al & The Heavyweights

Website: www.bigal.net

The band started in 1995 as the Unknown Blues Band with founding members Warren Haynes and Al Lauro. Both met in country outlaw David Allan Coe’s band and formed the UBB as a side project because of their love of Roots Music. Big Al and the Heavyweights, got a big break when Dan Aykroyd featured one of the band’s songs, “House Party”, on the House Of Blues Radio Show. The band has appeared on the show four times. Big Al & The Heavyweights music can also be found on Mardi Gras Records, “Ultimate Mardi Gras” Cd along with such esteemed artists as the late great Professor Longhair, Rebirth Brass Band, Rockin Dopsie and The Olympia Brass Band. You may have heard the band on the nationally syndicated radio program, “Beale St. Caravan”. The new cd, “World Full of Trouble” was recorded in Slidell at Suite Mix Studios and produced by George Curreau, noted for his work with guitarist Brian Stoltz from the Funky Meters.


The band’s new EllerSoul Records release, World Full of Trouble features special musical guests Bob Margolin on guitar (who was a member of the legendary Muddy Waters band and is currently on The Last Waltz Tour) and harmonica superstar and former band mate, Jason Ricci. The recording offers an unconventional performance of American roots music, reflecting the band’s influences of funk, blues, jazz, zydeco, and country. The Cd has been in heavy rotation on XM’s Bluesville and was # 10 on the Living Blues Radio Charts and #6 on The Roots, Rhythm and Music Charts. Recently, XM’s Outlaw Country channel has been playing Real Mother Trucker from the CD.


The band has built a solid reputation for their no holds barred shows through years of extensive touring. This is one that you don’t want to miss!

Waylon Thibodeaux

Website: www.waylonthibodeaux.com

“Waylon Thibodeaux is a master at his instrument! He is a true and authentic voice of South Louisiana. He genuinely embodies what the old folks in the old country used to call a real ‘Music-man’” ~
Anders Osborne

“It’s a mixture –it’s Cajun, but not too traditional, it’s Zydeco with a pinch of New Orleans’ sound, a small pinch of South Louisiana “Swamp Pop”, a taste of Country and a little Rock ‘n’ Roll that’s sure to get you on your feet and dancing.” – Waylon Thibodeaux


Out of the Bayou and off Bourbon Street, Louisianan musician Waylon Thibodeaux struts his rocking blues roots side with Here We Go Again out on January 17, 2020, on famed Rabadash Records headed by John Autin, with distribution by Clay Pasternack Inc/CPI DIST. Radio promotion will be handled by Al Moss at Al Moss Promotions in Nashville.


Here We Go Again is Waylon’s third album with Rabadash, and for a change, the native Louisianan wanted to explore his Blues side with some of his original songs. “I call it blues with a Cajun accent,” laughs label owner John Autin. It was recorded and produced by Autin at his studios in New Orleans with musical guests Johnny Sansone, Josh Garrett, and Autin on keys. John called on Benny Turner, brother of Freddie King, and other more Blues-based musicians to help flesh out the sound. “Waylon’s happy tenor voice, and fiddle playing doesn’t belie a down, and dirty blues feel, but I think in a way we have created something quite new and interesting and unequivocally “WAYLON.”
Songs that talk about bad luck on “Smoke Signals,” personal decisions “Fail, Fail, Fail” and time sliding away, “Funny How Time Slips Away,” are all on Here We Go Again and the gumbo rue magic is in Waylon’s fiddle and tenor vocals. He is always working on expanding his sounds through guitar pedals to create different textures in his music. Everyone loves a steamboat whistle sound from a fiddler, right? His thoughts on “The Riverboat Song”: “I’ve seen the steamboats pass by the Riverwalk in New Orleans, and that whistle has always intrigued me. It’s a very loud, obnoxious sound, but it gets the job done to warn people of the passing of the steamboat.”


Waylon’s influences run wild like the Mississippi River from Cajun to Swamp Pop, blues to rock to country, but not many know he started as a drummer playing the old country music. Then one fateful night, when he was a kid, he saw Bob Wills on TV with fiddler Johnny Gimble, and down the road, the young Thibodeaux went; “I wish I’d had the chance to tell him how much he influenced me.” Then he started to dig around a little more, and he discovered Stephan Grappelli from Paris and Rufus Thibodeaux (no relation) of Neil Young’s band, then up to Nashville for some Conway Twitty then back to Pete Fountain in NOLA.


Waylon Thibodeaux (pronounced Thib-ah-doh) was born on the Bayou, down in Houma, LA, which is located about 100 miles southwest of New Orleans. At the age of eight, he picked up the violin, and by 16, he was crowned Louisiana State Fiddling Champion. He spent decades (started at 13) on Bourbon Street playing in various bands along the famed avenue in the clubs. The only equivalent to this type of musical culture would be Lower Broadway in Nashville, TN, where top touring and session players are known to play the city’s honky-tonks.


Over the years, Waylon has played festivals and shows in Canada, France, and South America and is a member of Voice of The Wetlands All-Stars, a group of some of Louisiana’s best musicians, advocating awareness on the eroding wetlands that run along the state’s coastline. Members include Voice of The Wetlands founder Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, and Cyril Neville. During a show at the Democrat National Convention in Minnesota, Waylon sang with Randy Newman on his 1974 song, “Louisiana 1927,” that vividly recalls the great flood that hit the area, and that was a wow moment for him.


Having played New Orleans Jazz Fest, French Quarter Festival, and every other Louisiana Music Festival in between, they all seem to center around music and food, and Waylon has a gumbo recipe that is to die for. He has no formula on file, but he puts it all in an iron pot; “Start with a chocolate-colored rue, throw in the onions, peppers, and the sausage…” and he compares cooking gumbo with being in a band, “the lead singer is the sausage cause he’s such a ham!” he laughs.


When Waylon pulls out his white custom-made electric fiddle from Sal DiGerano out of Metairie LA, you know it’s time to hit the dance floor with Here We Go Again!

Rory Block

 
2019 Blues Music Award winner for Acoustic Artist of the Year.  6 time Blues Music Award Winner.

Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), 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. The New York Times declared: “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.”

Born in Princeton, NJ, Aurora “Rory” Block grew up in Manhattan a family with Bohemian leanings. Her father owned a Greenwich Village sandal shop, where musicians like Bob Dylan, Maria Muldaur and John Sebastian all made occasional appearances. The rich and diverse Village scene was a constant influence on her cultural sensibilities. She was playing guitar by age ten, and by her early teens she was sitting in on the Sunday jam sessions in Washington Square Park.

During these years, her life was touched – and profoundly changed – by personal encounters with some of the earliest and most influential Delta blues masters of the 20th century. She made frequent visits to the Bronx, where she learned her first lessons in blues and gospel music from the Reverend Gary Davis. She swapped stories and guitar licks with seminal bluesman Son House, Robert Johnson’s mentor (“He kept asking, ‘Where did she learn to play like this?’”). She visited Skip James in the hospital after his cancer surgery. She traveled to Washington, DC, to visit with Mississippi John Hurt and absorb first-hand his technique and his creativity.

“This period seemed to last forever,” Block Recalls nearly forty years later.” I now realize how lucky I was to be there, in the right place at the right time. I thought everyone knew these incredible men, these blues geniuses who wrote the book. I later realized how fleeting it was, and how even more precious.”

By the time she was in high school, her family had splintered in different directions. With nothing holding her down, she left home at 15 with her guitar and a few friends – heading for California on a trip marked by numerous detours and stops in small towns. Along he way, she picked her way through a vast catalog of country blues songs and took her first steps in developing a fingerpicking and slide guitar style that would eventually be her trademark.

She recorded an instructional record called How To Play Blues Guitar in the mid-60s (she was billed as Sunshine Kate on the original recording), but then took a decade off from music to start a family. In the mid- and late ‘70s, she made a few records that ran counter to her inherent blues instincts, and the result was frustration. “Eventually disgusted with trying to accommodate a business which never seemed to accept me or be satisfied with my efforts,” she says, “I gave up totally and went back to the blues.” The result was a record deal with the Boston-based Rounder label, which released her High Heeled Blues in 1981. Rolling Stone referred to the album as “some of the most singular and affecting country blues anyone – man or woman, black or white, old or young – has cut in recent years.”

Back in a groove that felt comfortable and fulfilling, Block threw herself headlong into an ambitious touring schedule that helped hone her technical and vocal skills to a razor’s edge, and at the same time nurture a distinctive voice as a songwriter. She stayed with Rounder for the next two decades, making records that simultaneously indulged her affinity for traditional country blues and served as a platform for her own formidable songwriting talents.

The world finally started taking notice in the early 1990s, and Block scored numerous awards throughout the decade. Her visibility overseas increased dramatically when Best Blues and Originals, fueled by the single “Lovin’ Whiskey,” went gold in parts of Europe. She brought home Blues Music Awards four years in a row – two for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year, and two for Best Acoustic Blues Album of the Year. Then in 1997, she won the Blues Music Award for The Lady and Mr. Johnson, a tribute to Robert Johnson, taking home Acoustic Album of the Year.

Today, after more than twenty highly acclaimed releases and five Blues Music Awards, Block is at the absolute height of her creative powers, bringing a world full of life lessons to bear on what she calls “a total celebration of my beloved instrument and best friend, the guitar.” Her newest project, titled “The Mentor Series,” is a growing collection of tribute albums to the blues masters she knew in person. Her recent release “Blues Walkin’ Like A Man/A Tribute to Son House,” will be followed by “Shake Em On Down/A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell,” due out in early 2011 on the Stony Plain label.

Sisters Of Slide & Austin Musician, Nakia, Joins The Tina Terry Agency For Worldwide Exclusive Representation

The Tina Terry Agency welcomes Rory Block & Cindy Cashdollars’ newest project, Sisters of Slide to our roster along with Austin musician, Nakia. Quality in music matters to us here at the Agency, and for that, we are excited to be representing these two astounding talents.

Rory Block & Cindy Cashdollar

Rory Block and Cindy Cashdollar have teamed up together and are touring as “Sisters of Slide”. Rory’s international status as one of the top female interpreters and authorities on traditional country blues and Cindy’s talents of being one of the most in-demand musicians in the American roots music scene for her musical role with so many greats (Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart, Albert Lee and the list goes and on) is what makes this package a must for booking! Together, they will change the way one appreciates the traditional art form of acoustic folk blues and roots music forever. “Sisters of Slide’ is American music history focused around American music purveyors.

http://roryblock.comhttp://cindycashdollar.com

Nakia

Nakia is no stranger to music in general, but he is a new comer to the blues music scene. Having graced season one of NBC’s “The Voice,” Nakia won the hearts of America with his grizzly voice and his ability to entertain. When Nakia moved from Chicago to Austin, his passion for music grew and caused a change in direction for his life adventure. He friended many Austin musicians who shared the art of quality and the understanding that unique talent was the prevailing key to success. Most notably, Sharon Jones who noticed Nakia’s talent, and invited him many times to join her stage before her passing. Alejandro Escovedo has also taken notice and has extended many invites to join his stage. It was meeting Clifford Antone that he came to know the true history and art of “the blues,” and was encouraged to pursue and record a ‘blues album.” It took time to digest all that Clifford had said and following his advice, he formed Nakia & the Blues Grifters less than 3 years ago and this path has lead him towards his truest life passion. 2018 marks the year that Nakia sets his focus full time on the art of American music and August marks the month of his first Blues release.

http://nakia.net

Please welcome Rory, Cindy and Nakia to the TTA family. Call us today to discuss booking logistics.