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The joining of forces between award winning blues harp master Jason Ricci and singer/songwriter/guitarist JJ Appleton is one of the most unexpected and exciting blues music releases of 2015.
Containing original songs that nod to Delta blues and roots history, the album stakes a claim in modern Americana authenticity to bring raw, powerful emotions and world class musicianship in an acoustic format. Ricci’s fiery harp performances blend perfectly with Appleton’s deep, wry, truthful songs and fierce resonator guitar skills. The recording’s intensity is pushed even higher with upright bassists Tim Lefebvre (Tedeschi Trucks) and Neal Heidler (Eddie Harris) bringing fat-bottom grooves to the albums already supple tracks.
Appleton’s skill as a producer captures the charged atmosphere of the sessions, and with a “Dirty Memory” tours coming 2015/2016 fans can expect to see that energy and passion up close and personal.
Throughout Appleton’s varied musical career as a touring/recording artist and producer he has worked an eclectic roster including Keb ‘Mo, Kesha, Jamie Cullum, Ashford & Simpson, Maya Angelou and Leslie West. JJ was signed to Universal/UK as a rock artist and has toured extensively throughout the US and UK. Appleton says, “My first concert was Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, and soon after I witnessed the brilliant harp player Sredni Vollmer perform with Rick Danko. Those performances left a permanent mark that one day I would find a way to make an album and perform with a blues harp master.”
For years, Appleton has been a go to New York City session man, producer, bandleader and songwriter alongside members of Gov’t Mule, Tedeschi Trucks, Black Crowes, Lenny Kravitz and John Scofield bands. Now he steps back into the role of frontman alongside Ricci in this unique musical partnership.
With “Dirty Memory” Ricci and Appleton are keeping alive an American musical tradition, while bringing a 21st century sound and viewpoint to songs that speak to the heart and soul of Americana Blues.