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San Diego CA | Blues
The Paladins from San Diego, California are the preeminent blues/rockabilly band in America. Founded in the early 1980s by guitarist Dave Gonzalez and his high school friend and double bass player Thomas Yearsley, they have recorded nine studio albums.
The Paladins started out as a rockabilly band during the rockabilly craze of the early 1980s. Their tagline at the time was "Western & Bop", as they played a combination of rockabilly and vintage country. Their lead singer and rhythm guitarist was Whit Broadly. With this lineup they did their first recording, a contribution to a 1982 local compilation album, Who's Listening?, and a song two years later on The Best of L.A. Rockabilly, a 1984 Rhino Records LP. Their first LP, The Paladins, was produced by Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and was released in 1987 on Wrestler Records. Their second album, Years Since Yesterday, produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin and Mark Linnet, was released on Alligator Records in 1989 and had sold more than 20,000 copies by the end of the year; the band shot a music video for the title song at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California for $30,000. Spending most of their time on the road, by 1989 they had already toured with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lobos, The Blasters and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. They toured abroad as well; in the summer of 1989, between recording sessions for the third album, they played in Europe for the month of June, including shows at the Peer Music Festival in Belgium and the World Music Festival in London.
In 1990 the Paladins released their third record, Let's Buzz, "an invigorating blend of rockabilly, blues, rhythm-and-blues and country" recorded in the Los Angeles studio of 1970s soul star Leon Haywood (who also played keyboards on the album), produced again by Steve Berlin and Mark Linnetand released by Alligator. Acclaim came with a nomination at the 1990 Entertainer Music Awards (San Diego County) for Best Rock 'n' Roll, Original Music, for which they were a critics' favorite (they lost out to Beat Farmers).[ They won the award two years later, a year after winning the San Diego Music Awards. Touring continued relentlessly at home and abroad; in 1991, for instance, they toured Australia for three weeks.Shows were reviewed as fun, lively performances where band members would solo, swap instruments and even occasionally encourage audience members to play instruments.
The Paladins appeared to have come to an end in 2004 when Gonzalez wanted to focus on different musical interests after having formed the Hacienda Brothers. Thereafter a number of live albums and a live DVD were released with the band sometimes described as being "on hiatus."
While touring with his current band, the Stone River Boys, Gonzalez joined Yearsly and Brian Fahey at the Ink & Iron Festival in Long Beach, California in June 2011 for a Paladins reunion concert, the band's first US concert since 2005.
Englishman Tom Walbank was born in the town of Wells,1969, in the county of Somerset. Raised in Totnes, Devon, he discovered blues in his teens, beginning harmonica (which remains to this day his main instrument).He studied the harp style of main influence Sonny Terry and played constantly through his twenties after moving to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here he joined blues trio 32-20 and then, with guitarist Steve O' Connor, the acoustic blues duo Hot Tamales.After meeting and marrying his wife, Leia Maahs, he moved to California in 1997. He also started playing guitar around this time in the style of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Son House and Big Joe Williams.Moving to Tucson in 2000 he started playing constantly in the local bars and clubs, establishing himself as a force on the local music scene, either solo or with guitarist Doug Smith or with Dimitri Manos and Mike Bagesse, aka the Ambassadors.He has recorded ten albums and appeared on twenty others, usually adding harmonica. In 2009 he scored the movie Good Boy. He has won best blues band in Tucson five times, best blues band in Arizona once and (with pianist Arthur Migliazza) best blues duo in Tucson once, representing Tucson in Memphis in the International Blues Challenge both times.
Mike Eldred Trio
These boys are no strangers to the roots music scene in Hollywood. Eldred was last seen and heard as a founder/writer/guitarist with former Stray Cat Lee Rocker, in Lee Rocker's Big Blue, while Angel and Bazz have been the faithful "keepers of the backbeat" for the critically acclaimed Blasters. All three mugs have favorably graced the pages of Guitar Player, Guitar World and other respected musician magazines, as well as rave reviews from the LA Times.
The bands latest CD features 13 original songs and special guest appearances by Ike Turner, Scotty Moore, Kid Ramos, and Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos.
Eldred has been called "The best unknown guitarist in America" by more than one reviewer, and continues to amaze with the bands newest CD "61 and 49". "Mike Eldred is among the rare breed of young guitarist who is not afraid of blurring lines in American Music. By bending all of his favorite musical styles, Mike has created his own original voice in modern electric guitar playing. HE'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT, BABY!"
... Brian Setzer
Phoenix AZ | Blues
Bob Corritore is one of the most active and highly regarded blues harmonica players on the scene today. His style passionately carries forward the old school of playing that Corritore learned as a young man directly from many of original pioneers of Chicago Blues. His sympathetic, yet fiery harmonica playing is featured on over 50 releases to date, on labels such as HighTone, HMG, Blue Witch, Blind Pig, Earwig, Ruf, Putumayo, Random Chance, and the VizzTone Label Group and the great Delta Groove label, which he is currently signed to. Many of Bob's acclaimed releases have been nominated or winners for various Handy, Grammy, and Blues Music Awards and Blues Blast Music Awards. Bob is also widely recognized for his many roles in the blues, as band leader, club owner, record producer, radio show host, arts foundation founder, and occasional writer. His amazing website www.bobcorritore.com and his weekly e-newsletter reflect a life thoroughly invested in the blues.
Born on September 27, 1956 in Chicago, Bob first heard Muddy Waters on the radio at age 12, an event which changed his life forever. Within a year, he was playing harmonica and collecting blues albums. He would see blues shows in his early teens, including attending a Muddy Waters performance at his high school gymnasium. He would cut his teeth sitting in with John Henry Davis on Maxwell Street until he was old enough to sneak into blues clubs. He hung around great harp players such as Big Walter Horton, Little Mack Simmons, Louis Myers, Junior Wells, Big John Wrencher, and Carey Bell, and received harmonica tips and encouragement from many of them. He would regularly see the Aces, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Billy Boy Arnold, John Brim, Sunnyland Slim, Smokey Smothers, Eddie Taylor, and in many cases became personal friends with these blues veterans. Corritore worked with Tail Dragger, Big Moose Walker, Willie Buck, Louis and Dave Myers, and Eddie Taylor in the late 70s and early 80s. He also produced his first recordings during that time, taking unheralded harmonica greats such as Little Willie Anderson and Big Leon Brooks into the studio to produce their now classic debut albums.
In 1981, Bob ventured southwest to live in Phoenix, Arizona. Within months, his Chicagoland friend Louisiana Red joined Bob, and the two played together around Phoenix for about a year until Red went to live in Germany. For the remainder of the1980s, Bob worked in Phoenix and througout the Southwest with Big Pete Pearson, Buddy Reed, Tommy Dukes, Chief Schabuttie Gilliame, and an emerging Janiva Magness in one of her earliest bands. In 1984, Bob supplemented his performances with a blues radio show called Those Lowdown Blues on KJZZ, which is still going strong. In 1986, former Howlin' Wolf drummer Chico Chism moved to Phoenix at Bob's invitation to start a 20 year partnership that lasted until Chico's passing in 2007. In 1991, Bob opened the now famous Blues and Roots Concert Club, The Rhythm Room. Having a club created yet another catalyst for Bob's musical projects. He would often invite great artists to come to Phoenix, and Bob's band, the Rhythm Room All-Stars would back these visiting artists on shows and in recording sessions. Bob's archives of these sessions are now famous, and include sessions with Bo Diddley, Little Milton, John Brim, Jimmy Rogers, Henry Gray, Pinetop Perkins, Henry Townsend, Honeyboy Edwards, Big Jack Johnson, Ike Turner, Smokey Wilson. Lil’ Ed, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Nappy Brown, R.L. Burnside, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Sam Lay, Barbara Lynn, John Primer, Eddy Clearwater, and numerous others.
In 1999, Bob released his first CD as a national recording artist, combining some of the highlights of his vaults. The CD was called All-Star Blues Sessions, and was released on the HighTone record label to great fanfare. This momentum created a long series of CDs on HighTone with Bob in the harmonica player/producer role. Bob started breaking into the national circuit in festival appearances with Henry Gray and Louisiana Red. Bob co-produced harmonica ace Kim Wilson's 2001 release of Smokin' Joint which got a Grammy nomination the following year. In 2005, Bob brought the Rhythm Room All-Stars featuring Big Pete Pearson to The Marco Fiume Blues Passions Festival in Italy, which opened a whole new world of European interest in Bob's harmonica artistry. This led to return visits to Europe for various festivals and performances, as well as an ever-growing world-wide fan base. In 2007, the Mayor of Phoenix officially proclaimed September 29, 2007 to be "Bob Corritore Day" in honor of Bob's musical contributions to his community. Also that year, Bob received a "Keeping The Blues Alive" award from the Blues Foundation. Bob's 2007 collaboration with Dave Riley, Travelin' The Dirt Road, was nominated for a Blues Music Award. Bob also contributed harmonica work on the 2008 Grammy®-nominated CD/DVD by Pinetop Perkins, On The 88s. Bob 's prolific activity with the Blue Witch record label as label producer/harmonica player garnered him additional notoriety. Bob signed with the great Delta Groove record label for a 2010 release that solidified Bob's strong standing as a major player in today's blues world. In 2011 he was nominanted for a BMA (Blues Music Award) and a Living Blues Award for best harmonica player and his CD Bob Corritore & Friends / Harmonica Blues won a BMA for Best Historical Blues Release. Also In 2011 the State of Arizona awarded Bob a Certifiate Of Recognition for his work in blues music. 2012 brings about the release of Tail Dragger & Bob Corritore / Longtime Friends In The Blues, as well as the Corritore produced Mud Morganfield / Son Of The Seventh Son (the nation debut CD of the eldest son of Muddy Waters!) and a guest appearance by Mud and Bob on the Mannish Boys release Double Dynamite. Bob performs regularly accross the country and around the world with numerous projects including Dave Riley & Bob Corritore, Tail Dragger, Mud Morganfield Blues Band, The Rhythm Room All-Stars, Henry Gray, Sam Lay, Bob Margolin, Diunna Greenleaf, The Bob Riedy Blues Band, and others. Bob has also become well known for organizing multi-artist showcase sets and events featuring traditional blues revues. Look for Bob to continue his active work in presenting traditional blues harmonica playing to the world stage.
John, “Juke Joint Johnny” Strasser was born in Lakewood Ohio in 1950. He joined the harmonica club when he was in sixth grade and has been playing ever since. In his junior high years he taught himself to play slide guitar and saxophone. While he was still in high school, he formed several folk and rock groups and also became interested in blues and jazz.
In the late sixties he put together a group of young musicians named the Erector Set. One of the first bands to revive the horn section back into rock and blues, the Erector Set became a major musical force in northern Ohio. The band made several television appearances and played at legendary clubs in the Cleveland area such as LaCave and The Heritage House. They opened for many national acts including Blood, Sweat and Tears and War. In 1972 Johnny moved to Tucson, where he rapidly became well known in the Arizona music scene. While based in Tucson he toured throughout the southwest playing nightclubs, roadhouses and beer joints from California to Louisiana. He has appeared several times at the nationally known Tucson Blues Festival as well as the June Bug Blues Festival in Payson Arizona and the Silver City Blues Festival in New Mexico. In 2001 he was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall Of Fame and the Tucson Musicians Museum in 2007. His musical style ranges from gut bucket rock and Chicago style blues to ’40s & ’50s jump and cool west coast swing. His recordings have received airplay in The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Slovenia, Macedonia and Australia. Throughout his career he has shared the stage with many blues greats including, Bo Diddley, Luther Allison and Charlie Musselwhite. In 2005 he founded The Juke Joint All Stars. The group toured Europe in 2006 and in 2007 Johnny repeated the trip with Grams and Krieger. While in Europe he appeared at the world famous Banana Peel blues and jazz club in Ruiselede Belgium.
Tucson AZ |
Solamerica, from Tucson based singer/songwriter Mike Hebert is pure paradise for lovers of 1960's latin lounge music and culture. Mike's previous group was the Kings of Pleasure, a retro swing band that enjoyed national success releasing three internationally distributed CD's with performances at jazz festivals and top nightclubs throughout the country. The band's music made it onto several swing compilation records as well as a film soundtrack and several radio and TV commercial jingles. Mike's lifelong love of latin music finally led to this project where he pays tribute to the likes of mambo king Perez Prado, Carlos Santana and Sergio Mendez among many others.
Bad News Blues Band
Mike Blommer: guitar, vocals, songwriter is co-founder of the Bad News Blues Band. He received the 1999 TAMMIES Award for Electric Guitarist of the Year and in 2000 was named Electric Guitarist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Alex Flores: Tenor saxophone, vocals, songwriter is co-founder of the Bad News Blues Band. In 2000 Alex was awarded the TAMMIE (Tucson area music awards) for Horn Player of the Year.
Mike "Johnny Guitar" Blommer
Alex "The Reverend Vegas" Flores
"Hurricane" Carla Brownlee
"Mighty" Steve Grams
Glenn "The Hit Man" Velardi
The Rockabilly Strangers
Las Cruces NM | Rockabilly
The Rockabilly Strangers play a mix of Rockabilly, Americana, Surf, Blues, Jump Blues, Swing, and Western Swing. The ultimate goal is to have fun, entertain, and introduce audiences to different styles of music. They strive to be a local favorite in the southwest, and to continue playing local festivals, private parties, car shows, corporate events, weddings, and night clubs.
This group started out in Michigan in 2006, then reformed and relocated to New Mexico in 2010.The current line-up is captivating audiences and receiving local praise in the southwest, featuring musicians: Chris Smith, Charlie Fernandez and Michael Fernandez. The band is showcased at local venues in Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX They have shared the stage with groups like: The Paladins and Wanda Jackson. In just a short time in the southwest the group has played countless live shows and music festivals. In 2012, a third CD was released titled “Gas in the Tank” showcasing mostly original music, and some music from the other CD releases. Gas in the Tank received radio attention and aired on KXCI Community Radio Tucson, AZ 91.3 FM. Most of the songs from this CD can be found on Reverbnation: currently they are ranked the #1 rockabilly act in Las Cruces. The band continues to grow and reach audiences throughout the southwest, and plans to continue rocking for many years to come.