Allman Brothers Founding Member Recruits Local Musicians

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By Wade Tatagelo

Herald-Times / Thursday, June 25, 2015

One of the original members of the Allman Brothers Band has recruited a couple of local musicians for a newly announced show in Florida. Venice’s Berry Duane Oakley and former Bradenton Beach resident, Damon Fowler, will be part of Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band’s next gig on September 19 at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton. The lineup for that performance is Trucks (drums), Oakley (bass/vocals), Fowler (guitar/vocals) and Al Poliak (keyboards). Oakley, who performs throughout the region with his band Skylab, has known Trucks pretty much his entire life, joining him and the rest of the Allman Brothers Band members at the podium when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Oakley’s dad, also named Berry Oakley, was the bassist/vocalist in the original Allman Brothers Band and played with Trucks on such classic albums as “At Fillmore East,” “Eat a Peach” and “Brothers and Sisters” before being killed in a motorcycle accident in 1972. Prior to the Allman Brothers retiring last year, Oakley Jr. sat in with the band during several Beacon Theatre gigs in New York.

“Standing on that stage, looking down the line that my father helped build is such an honor and joy,” Oakley told me in 2013. “It’s hard to put in words but once you’re up there on that stage, it’s like being home.”

Fowler, now living in Lakeland, is signed as a solo artist, and as a member of Southern Hospitality, to national blues label Blind Pig, but has been known to jam with Oakley in recent months at Hoosier Bar in Osprey. Fowler has been given a long list of songs to learn, many of which are already familiar to him. He would only reveal that several Allman Brothers classics, which he has known for years, are on the list. They include “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’”, “Hot ‘Lanta” and “Whipping Post.”

“I’m very excited and honored to be a part of this project,” Fowler says by phone before a performance this evening with his power trio in Cleveland, Ohio. “As a guitar player, I always dreamed of playing with someone like Butch Trucks. Growing up in Florida and listening to the Allman Brothers and that great list of guitar players that have come up through that umbrella, it’s really special to be a part of that tradition.”

Peterson Brothers Debut on Blue Point Records

A Summer Celebration – The Peterson Brothers Release Their First CD on Blue Point Records

Talented, young musicians Glenn and Alex Peterson release their first recording, The Peterson Brothers on Blue Point Records. The eleven tracks display the brothers’ diverse influences, some first forays into their own compositions and some solid adaptations of traditional and contemporary works. The brothers recorded with veteran producer Michael Freeman to achieve a sound which is both original and respectful of the blues. The release date is August 4, 2015. (www.petersonbrothersband.com)

Young bluesmen take up the torch for a musical tradition…the crop of younger black blues musicians who can take the tradition and transform it with their own identity is relatively slim…emerging up-and-comers include…The Peterson Brothers of Austin.”

The Washington Post

For the past five years, since Freeman saw their debut performance at the Pinetop Perkins 97th Birthday Celebration at Antone’s in Austin, Texas, The Peterson Brothers have performed for enthusiastic fans at clubs and blues festivals across the country, including the prestigious Chicago Blues Festival and The King Biscuit Festival in Helena, Ark. They have also opened shows for B.B. King, Los Lonely Boys, Michael Burks, Pinetop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Marcia Ball, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Buddy Guy invited them to share the stage with him during one of his shows at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in Austin and Willie Nelson had them open his show, the brothers being the only nonrelated act on the bill.

Bastrop blues siblings got their mojo workin’… as long as youngsters like the Petersons keep the flame burning, the genre will never die.” – The Austin Chronicle

Glenn and Alex live near Austin, in Bastrop, Texas the sons of supportive parents Glenn Sr. and Deanna Peterson. There they live as any normal teenagers would, going to school where they consistently receive high grades, play in the school band and do volunteer work. Every other waking hour is spent playing their instruments and working towards their dream. “Music for us is like soccer or football for someone else,” Glenn explained. “We just love what we do and this is our life.”

Glenn, 18 years old, plays guitar and sings lead, delivering the blues with a heavy influence of funk in his rhythm guitar playing. Through a smooth, jazz-influenced style he combines a traditional blues approach to his leads reaching inspiration from blues greats BB King, Albert King and Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Hubert Sumlin, T-Bone Walker and Lightnin’ Hopkins and borrowing from contemporary players like Robert Cray, Michael Burks, Ernie Isley, Eddie Hazel and jazz icons Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell.

Alex, 16 years old, plays 5-string bass, violin and sings. He holds down their sound with supportive bass lines then breaks out with distinctive melodic riffs, often with a funk and jazz style that transcends his young age. Like his brother, he has a wealth of knowledge about his instrument and the musicians who have influenced him. They include Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller, Jacob Pastorius, Larry Graham, Bootsy Collins, Ron Carter, Ray Brown, Quintin Berry, Louis Johnson, Adam Blackstone, Stanley Clarke, Rocco Prestia Bob Stroger, and James Jamerson.

Together the brothers discovered the likes of B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf and Stevie Ray Vaughan at an early age around the house. The bond between the brothers is apparent. “It comes naturally to us,” says Glenn. “We just seem to know and feel what the other is thinking instinctively.”

Blue Point Records is Michael Freeman’s independent record label. Freeman’s credits are extensive and include Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith’s Grammy and Blues Music Award winning album Joined At The Hip.

They delve into both traditional and contemporary blues, “old school” and contemporary R&B;, Soul, – some Rock – and a hint of Jazz. Elements from each of those styles can be found in both their choices of material and performances today. It was very apparent that if they stayed the course and worked at their craft, they could become a prominent and exciting part of the new and young generation of up and coming artists with roots in the blues,” says Freeman. (www.bluepointrecords.com)

Guitar Interactive Magazine features Alastair Greene

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Guitar Interactive Magazine highlights all that is happening in the Rock world today. This month, Issue No. 33, features Alastair Greene. Ron Thor is the cover story and bluegrass music is the month’s focus. Click the link below and read about Alastair’s life with Alan Parsons and watch the exclusive interview that accompanies the article. All on-line; all at your finger tips; all free!

GUITAR INTERACTIVE MAGAZINE, ISSUE 33.

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Tina Terry to Speak at SYNC UP 2015

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will soon begin. And when it does, it’s important not to forget the annual Sync Up Conference. A free industry conference presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Sync Up brings together leaders in music, film and digital media for education and networking events – all designed to help independent artists navigate the ever-changing landscape of new media. This year the conference has been moved to the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. A state-of-the-art education and performance facility located at the gateway of the Treme neighborhood.

Sync Up Music will host sessions  on the mornings of the Friday and Saturday of both weekends of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Sync Up Cinema (organized by the New Orleans Video Access Center and the New Orleans Film Society) will present film screenings and workshops on the Monday-Wednesday between Jazz Fest weekends. And once again, Launch Fest – which connects technology start-ups with venture capital – will take place on the Thursday between weekends.  

This year Tina Terry will be sitting in on the Booking Agents Roundtable to be held on:
May 2, 2015
9:00 am – Registration Opens
10:00 am – Panel Discussion Begins
It’s long been said that getting a booking agent can be harder than getting a record deal – especially these days, now that even indie releases are getting Grammy nominations. So, what does a musician – whether a newcomer or a veteran – need to have before a booking agent will take them on? And once an artist signs with an agency, that means they’ll never have to hustle for gigs ever again and their performance fees will always be in the mid-five figures – right? Maybe, maybe not. We’ve assembled a group of agents with long experience working with up-and-coming as well as established acts, including many from Louisiana. 
Tina Terry, Tina Terry Agency (Charlotte, NC)
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music (Whitefield, NH)
Page Stallings, Vice President, Blue Mountain Artists (Charlotte, NC)
Pat May, Crossover Touring (Portland, ME)
Jon Bell, New Frontier Touring (Nashville, TN)

Being a free event, seating is limited. Advance registration is required.
Link to register for Sync Up Music: http://www.jazzandheritage.org/sync-up/registration.

The conference will be streamed in live video at www.WWOZ.org

Sync Up MUSIC Highlights At a Glance
Music Publishing: A keynote interview with Matt Pincus, CEO and founder of Songs Music Publishing, which with artists like Lorde, DJ Mustard and Q-Tip is one of the hottest boutique publishers in the business.
Touring: Two panels featuring booking agents with long experience helping up-and-coming as well as established acts build profitable careers on the road.
Independent Distribution: A keynote interview with David Macias, co-founder and CEO of Thirty Tigers, who is helping independent artists top the charts and score Grammy nominations while owning their own masters.
Crowdfunding: A panel with local artists who can share lessons from working with various platforms, including Indiegogo, Pledge Music and Kickstarter.
Case Studies: Sturgill Simpson and Aaron Watson, two artists who have hit the big time on self-released records, will be the subjects of special presentations.
Digital Distribution: Top leaders from Bit Torrent will discuss why their platform – once known only for file sharing (stealing) – is now the first choice for rappers like Curren$y and rock stars like Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
E-Commerce: The drummer Stanton Moore shares his creative ideas for making money over the Internet.
Music In Film: Music coordinators for three TV shows that are filming right now on the streets of New Orleans will explain how best to get local music into their shows.

 

Jason Ricci to Perform at 2015 Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame Induction

We would like to announce that Jason Ricci will perform to honor this year’s 2015 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductees which takes place in Cleveland, OH on April 18th.   Jason will be a part of the performance tribute to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He will join Zac Brown, Tom Morello and others in this tribute performance.

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PRESENTERS AND PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR 30th ANNUAL ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY ON APRIL 18

 

Paul McCartney,  Beck, Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith,  Dave Grohl, John Legend, John Mayer, Tom Morello and Fall Out Boy Scheduled to Appear at Ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio

 

Show to debut on HBO Saturday, May 30

                                                                                        

CLEVELAND (March 18, 2015) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed special guests for the 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Cleveland’s historic Public Hall. They include: 

          Paul McCartney inducting Ringo Starr

         Stevie Wonder inducting Bill Withers

         Patti Smith inducting Lou Reed

         Peter Wolf inducting the Paul Butterfield Blues Band

         Fall Out Boy inducting Green Day

         John Mayer inducting Stevie Ray Vaughan

         Steve Cropper inducting the “5” Royales

Performers include Beck, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Tom Morello, John Legend, Jimmie Vaughan and others to be announced.

 

Tickets to the ceremony are sold-out, but a limited number of VIP packages are still available by calling (216) 515-1232 or emailing development@rockhall.org. The broadcast will premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  

 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland will also celebrate the 2015 Inductees with a new expanded 2015 Inductee exhibit scheduled to open in April honoring this year’s Inductees: the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Bill Withers, Ringo Starr and the “5” Royales.

 

For more information on the 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony activities visit www.rockhall.com.

Alan Parsons’ guitarist, Alastair Greene, answers Prog Rock & Blues Rock Calling

Alastair should be out playing with the biggest bands in the world, I believe it’s just a matter of time.
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Alastair Greene was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California and has been the resident guitar hero of this sunny seaside town for many years. That is, up until five years ago when he was asked to join the Alan Parsons Live Project, who he has been touring the world with since. Greene’s band, a blues rock trio aptly named Alastair Greene Band, was recently signed to Eclectic Groove Records and released the critically acclaimed blues rock album TROUBLE AT YOUR DOOR in June of 2014. In addition to playing Alan Parsons Project hits in arenas around the world and touring with his own band, Greene recently filled in for some prime tour dates with Starship, featuring <stronghttp://>Mickey Thomas.

Greene has just returned from a sold out show in Tel Aviv, Israel with Alan Parsons and is set to embark on tour again with the British prog and pop legend this March. Tour stops will include shows in Canada, England, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy (tour dates listed below).

Santa Barbara, California has been home to many well known music business figures over the years. One of Greene’s earliest supporters was legendary tone-guru and Santa Barbara resident Seymour Duncan, who said early on, “Alastair is a guitarist I enjoy listening to, whose style includes the fire of Texas Blues.

Chris Shifflet of the Foo Fighters, who spent his early days in Santa Barbara, said recently, “I’ve known Alastair since we were kids, and he’s always been a ripping guitarist. Glad to hear he’s still going strong.

The Alastair Greene Band was formed in 1997 and has remained a blues rock trio much in the vein of early Gov’t Mule, Cream, and Rory Gallagher. Their new album, TROUBLE AT YOUR DOOR, recently garnered the attention of Johnny Winter‘s former booking agent, Tina Terry. The Alastair Greene Band was signed as one of the flagship acts to the Tina Terry Agency in January 2015 (tour dates TBA).

Imagine a meld of Cream, Johnny Winter, The North Mississippi All-Stars, Jimi Hendrix, and Santana, and you will have some idea of the music laid down by the Alastair Greene Band. Surely one of the finest Blues Rock bands on the scene today.” – Blues in Britain

Greene first met Alan Parsons doing a session for a country rock band at Parsons’ home studio in 2003. A few months later, Parsons called upon Greene to contribute guitar solos to his 2003 release, A VALID PATH. The only other soloist on this record was, as Parsons comedically told Greene, “Oh, just some guy named David Gilmour.

How does a blues rocker feel about touring with a prog rock legend such as Alan Parsons, or a pop rock band such as Starship, or his own blues rock trio, the Alastair Greene Band?

Greene puts it simply. “I’ve always enjoyed so many different types of music and feel lucky that I’ve had the opportunity to play a lot of it. My roots are in blues, southern, and classic rock, but I’ve always loved so many other types of guitar playing. Getting a chance to play a wide variety of music with such high caliber artists really keeps me on my toes and keeps me growing as a player. I welcome a good challenge. As long as I’m playing my guitar, I’m a very happy camper.

http://www.alastairgreene.com/

ALAN PARSONS LIVE PROJECT MARCH 2015 TOUR DATES

Mar 12   Le Grande Theater              Quebec City, Canada
Mar 13   The Oakville Center             Oakville, Canada
Mar 14   The Oakville Center             Oakville, Canada
Mar 18   Shepard’s Bush Empire      London, UK
Mar 20   Volkhause                             Zurich, Switzerland
Mar 22   Ruhr Congress                     Bochum, Germany
Mar 25   Linear 4 Kiak                         Milan, Italy
Mar 26   Gran Teatro                          Padova, Italy
Mar 27   Teatro Obihall                      Florence, Italy
Mar 28   Auditorium Concilazione   Rome, Italy

Zac Harmon signed to Blind Pig Records

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Blind Pig Records has announced the signing of award-winning guitarist, organist, singer, and songwriter Zac Harmon. His distinctive style combines the best of old-school soul-blues artists with modern lyrics and themes that bring the blues into a new century.

Said Harmon, “I couldn’t be more excited to be with Blind Pig. A label that’s put out some of my favorite blues records of all time. To be part of that team is a special kind of thrill for me.”

The first release under the pact, Stand Your Ground, is contemporary music that proves just how alive and relevant the blues is today. Addressing issues straight from today’s headlines, Zac presents them in a fresh original style built on the best blues tradition. And he has some incredibly talented musicians helping him. Guests include Bobby Rush, Lucky Peterson, Anson Funderburgh and Mike Finnegan. Zac’s first CD in six years, Stand Your Ground, will be released in the early fall.

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Harmon played guitar for Z.Z. Hill, Dorothy Moore and Sam Myers before moving to L.A., where he established himself as a successful session musician, songwriter, and producer, working with the likes of Evelyn “Champagne” King, the Whispers, the O’Jays and Black Uhuru.

Zac was introduced as a true torchbearer for the “next generation of the blues” in 2004 when he won the Blues Foundation’s prestigious International Blues Challenge (IBC) title of “Best Unsigned Band.” Two years later, Harmon won the Blues Music Award for “Best New Artist Debut” for The Blues According to Zacariah.

Since then he’s become one of the blues’ strongest live performers, thrilling fans everywhere from Memphis to Mumbai. With Stand Your Ground he finally brings that excitement to a brand new CD, his bluesiest ever.

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Legendary Blues Harmonica players converge with HARMONICON: The Ultimate Harmonica Experience

Sugar Blue “…an extravagantly lyrical harmonica player” – New York Times

Billy Branch “can effortlessly segue from vintage Little Walter to thoroughly up-to-the-minute funky blues without dropping a beat.” – Bill Dahl, author and music critic

Jason Ricci “…is one of the best harmonica players of his generation.” – Adam Gussow, Blues Access Magazine

 

Award winning artists Sugar Blue, Billy Branch and Jason Ricci have launched HARMONICON. The ultimate harmonica experience. The new harmonica driven blues ensemble is dedicated to advancing the heritage of the harmonica art form. HARMONICON is an amalgam of two legendary players (Blue and Branch) with Ricci, a relative new comer to the Blues world. HARMONICON spans generations and gathers traditional fans as well as new recruits to the genre of Blues driven harmonica music.

*Grammy Award Winner Sugar Blue was raised in Harlem, New York, where his mother was a singer and dancer at the fabled Apollo Theatre. He spent his childhood among the musicians and show people who knew his mother, including the great Billie Holiday, and decided that he wanted to be a performer. In a career spanning decades, Blue has played and recorded with Willie Dixon Stan Getz, Frank Zappa, Johnny Shines, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones,… That’s his harmonica blasting on their platinum disco hit “Miss You” from the Some Girls album.

 

*Three time Grammy Nominee, Billy Branch was discovered by Willie Dixon, the “father of modern Chicago Blues,” while Billy was still in college. Willie encouraged Billy to finish his college education, which he did, but instead of going to law school after receiving his political science degree, Billy began touring with the Willie Dixon Chicago All Stars. This gave Billy the unique opportunity to travel and work as an understudy for the legendary Carey Bell who was planning to leave the All Stars and form his own band. When Carey took his leave, the young Billy Branch took his place, touring with Willie Dixon for six years. In addition, he has won multiple W.C. Handy Awards from the Blues Foundation, an Emmy Award, an

Addy Award (this is like an Oscar for TV ads), two Chicago Music Awards, and numerous humanitarian achievement awards.

*Raised in Portland, Maine, Jason Ricci started playing music in punk bands at the age of 14. After discovering a love of the harmonica and Blues music, he turned his attention in that direction. In 1995, Ricci moved from Portland to Memphis, TN, where shortly thereafter he placed first in the Sonny Boy Blues Society contest at 21 years of age. Later that same year Ricci recorded his first album, Jason Ricci. In Memphis, Ricci began playing with David Malone Kimbrough, son of blues great Junior Kimbrough, and also sat in with R.L. Burnside. In 2014 he entered the studio with Johnny Winter for his final album, Step Back. This album is the proud 2015 Grammy Nomination for Best Blues Album of the Year. Jason is considered one of the finest harmonica players of the new generation.

 

HARMONICON is in rehearsals and will be available beginning in May 2015.

Alvin “Youngblood” Hart & Damon Fowler Join Tina Terry Agency

Alvin “Youngblood” Hart

The cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray! Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor.

Since the release of his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic BIG MAMA’S DOOR, Hart has relayed his eclectic musical message around the world. A devout follower of the “no barriers” approach carved out by veteran performers like Gatemouth Brown and the late/great Doug Sahm, Hart aims to delight the masses and points to challenge the so-called blues purists.

Website: AlvinYoungbloodHart

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Twitter: @MotivSpkr6L6

Damon Fowler

After spending much of the past year touring with the band Southern Hospitality, Damon Fowler is back with his third solo project for Blind Pig Records, Sounds of Home. Damon chose swamp blues master Tab Benoit to produce and record him at Tab’s rural Louisiana home studio, and their collaboration has resulted in Damon’s strongest effort to date.

On the strength of his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, the Florida native started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise.

Website: DamonFowler

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Alvin “Youngblood” Hart

Official Website: ayhmusic.com

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The cosmic American love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray! Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor.

Since the release of his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic BIG MAMA’S DOOR, Hart has relayed his eclectic musical message around the world. A devout follower of the “no barriers” approach carved out by veteran performers like Gatemouth Brown and the late/great Doug Sahm, Hart aims to delight the masses and points to challenge the so-called blues purists.

BIG MAMA’S DOOR was reviewed with blessings by Playboy with the prospect that Hart “had the power to bring the blues to Generation X” also stating that “Charley Patton would approve of Hart’s version of Pony Blues, and the cover of Gallows Pole is the coolest since Led Zeppelin’s.”

Based on the strength of his record debut and the allure of his live shows, Hart received five nominations at the 1997 W.C. Handy Blues Awards. He was nominated for Best New Artist, Best Acoustic Artist, and Best Traditional Blues Artist and his album (BIG MAMA’S DOOR) was nominated for both Acoustic Album of the Year and Traditional Album of the Year. He received the award for Best New Artist. Hart also received two Living Blues Awards that same year. The anticipated sophomore release of TERRITORY in 1998 gave a rousing tribute to all forms of American music and received the Downbeat Magazine Critics’ Poll Award for Best Blues Album (though TERRITORY is not a Blues album).

The summer of 1999 found Hart teaming up with celebrated producer Jim Dickinson to begin recording START WITH THE SOUL, a record hailed as a new-breed Southern Rock classic and one that piloted Hart’s return to the “sacred garage.” START WITH THE SOUL was chosen by the New York Times as one of the top 10 releases of 2000, as well as the BBC’s Blues Record of the Year.

In 2001 Hart shared Living Blues Magazine’s best guitarist honors with fellow road dog Big Jack Johnson.

The 2003 release of DOWN IN THE ALLEY garnered a Grammy nomination. Despite critics’ recurring attempts to suggest Hart was “best enjoyed when performing solo,” Hart continued to diversify his audience by extensively touring as a member of Job Cain, a hard-rocking side project he assembled with guitarist Audley Freed (Cry of Love/Black Crowes) and Nashville musician Robert Kearns (The Bottle Rockets/Lynyrd Skynyrd). In August of 2003, Hart was invited to fill in for Taj Mahal for five nights in Tokyo as a member of Kip Hanrahan’s Conjure, the world’s longest running jazz poetry ensemble. Assembled to lend musical support to the words of Bay Area poet Ishmael Reed, Conjure featured the talents of tenor sax giant David Murray and original Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli. Hart remains a member of the revolving cast and recorded with the group on BAD MOUTH.

In 2004, Hart received a Grammy for his philanthropic contribution to the compilation BEAUTIFUL DREAMER: THE SONGS OF STEPHEN FOSTER. All of the proceeds from the recording benefited American Roots Publishing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving American regional culture through literature and art.

In the summer of 2005, fortified in the wake of much recognition and determined to defy any stereotypes attached to his artistry, Hart released the self-produced (and personal favorite) MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER a rock guitar free-for-all, paying homage to fallen and missing rockers like Phil Lynott and Sly Stone. Hart’s songwriting, singing and electric guitar prowess are all championed on this project and showcase the versatility he continuously strives to offer his fans and profession.

In 2006, Hart collaborated with several Memphis area musicians in the Craig Brewer cult hit film “Black Snake Moan” by both serving as a guitar tutor to the film’s leading actor, Samuel L. Jackson, and recording a duet with the film’s female lead, Christina Ricci, for the films riveting soundtrack. In the fall of 2006, Hart was invited to hit the road for two months with Rock-n-Roll legend Bo Diddley for what turned out to be Diddley’s final coast to coast tour.

In April of 2007, Hart’s extended and varied interests led him to influence his local educational arena by participating on a tour of Mississippi high schools as a member of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

Hart then joined fellow notable string playing colleagues Corey Harris, Don Vappie, Keb Mo and Guy Davis and contributed to the uniquely progressive 2007 OtisTaylor record RECAPTURING THE BANJO.

Later that year, Hart was called upon to contribute his doyen knowledge of blues music to the Denzel Washington-co produced and directed film “The Great Debaters.” Based on a true story about the black historical Wiley College debate team, the release of the film coincided with a nationally stepped-up effort by urban debate leagues to get hundreds of inner-city and financially challenged schools to establish debate programs.

As an avid roots music performer and connoisseur, not only did Hart fit the bill to record predominately on the films dynamic soundtrack, Hart also proved a natural onscreen fit for the role of a juke joint musician. Songs for the GREAT DEBATERS SOUNDTRACK were comprised of remakes of traditional blues and gospel songs from the 1920s and 1930s and were hand-picked by Denzel Washington from over 1000 selections.

A personal career highlight occurred in the summer of 2008 when Hart met the late Irish guitar legend Gary Moore. Moore invited Hart, a lifelong Thin Lizzy fan, onstage to jam with himself and original Thin Lizzy drummer, Brian Downey. In the Spring of 2009 Moore requested Hart’s band as the opening act on a tour of Germany. Moore was seen offstage most every night with friends, cheering Hart’s band along during their set.

In 2010 Hart joined forces with friends Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes) and Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tri-State Coalition) to form “The South Memphis String Band”. The fun-loving and regaling trio was quickly dubbed by the media as an “acoustic super group”. Recorded in a borrowed radio station studio while the band was on its first road trip, their debut record HOME SWEET HOME was received with rabid enthusiasm. The 2011 Blues Music Awards (The Blues Foundation) nominated the record for “Best Acoustic Album”. The group released a second album “Old Times There” in the spring of 2012. A third album is scheduled for release sometime in 2015.

The singles “Watching Brian Jones” and “Helluva Way [For a Man to Make a Livin]” were released on a 45 with Big Legal Mess records in November of 2014. A full LP is scheduled to follow.

When not touring solo or plugged in with his revered rock trio “Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory,” Hart enjoys researching, collecting, repairing and modifying obscure musical equipment.