Chicago BLUES ALL-STARS are a musical revue that features some of the most talented, entertaining and legendary artists on the scene today. Together they have created a singular sound that is uniquely eclectic, while drawing on all styles of Americana for inspiration. “KILLER” RAY ALLISON & CHICAGO SLIM, whose musical stylings reflect their lifelong commitment as blues disciples, lead CBAS.
The talent of these performers is only matched by those legendary artists that CBAS has shared the stage & recorded with domestically and internationally. Chicago Blues All-Stars have recorded with and worked along side legendary artists such as: Chuck Berry, Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, James Cotton, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Albert King, B.B. King, Magic Sam, Gary Moore, Ohio Players, Rolling Stones, Otis Rush, Koko Taylor, Big Mama Thornton, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan, Muddy Waters and Johnny Winter.
“KILLER” RAY ALLISON (GUITAR/VOCALS): First broke into music during the early 1970′s. Now a regular on the national touring circuit for over four decades, “Killer” Ray has been an integral tour-de-force in bands by James Cotton, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells and Muddy Waters. In 1998 and 2000, Ray was nominated for the W. C. Handy Award as an instrumentalist.
CHICAGO SLIM (GUITAR/VOCALS): Is a studio veteran of imposing stature. He cut his teeth at the tender age of 18, as the musical director for legendary bluesman Otis Rush. Slim’s shared the stage with Rock’n Roll Hall-Of-Famers Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan and Johnny Winter.
ALL-STAR HORNS: R&B veteran Johnny Cotton anchors this line-up, featuring some of the country’s hottest horn players. They’ve played with and arranged for a virtual Who’s Who of R&B/Soul. From legendary performers such as James Cotton, Junior Wells, Syl Johnson and Ohio Players, to modern rockers like Lenny Kravitz, Liquid Soul & Lubraphonic . . . All-Star Horns put the ‘unk in your funk.
Members: “Killer” Ray Allison / Chicago Slim / All-Star Horns / C.C. Copeland / Bible Black
Sounds Like: James Brown, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters
Label: Azure Music Group
This is the Hard Blues, the kind your Mama warned you about. Voluptuous, gritty, and aching for redemption, Blues 66 is an ass kicking 700 pounds of pure sex and chorizo. Leroy Lee and his brother Billy G form this groove-tight power duo that have been delivering their “Different Brand of Blues” to dive bars, biker parties, exorcisms, and backyard barbecues all over the Rocky Mountain West.
Members: Leroy Lee and Billy G.
Sounds Like: The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath
BLUES 66 “Sweet Betty” Music Video (Live Recording)
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The Chase Walker Band is the next generation of the blues. Comprised of three young musicians: 13 year old Chase Walker on vocals and guitar, 15 year old Savannah Sanchez on vocals and bass, and 13 year old Matt Fyke on drums, their soulful sound and performances polished well beyond their collective years bringing audiences to their feet. Chase, Savannah & Matt met each other while attending Chicago’s Blues Kids of America musicians camp and they have been playing together ever since. The Chase Walker Band’s influences of Texas, Chicago & Louisiana blues can be heard in the songs they play. Although this band is comprised of teenagers,they play like seasoned pros, having performed for cheering crowds in California,Chicago, Texas, and Pennsylvania and having been featured on television on more than one occasion. Don’t miss these kids!
Chase Walker Band performs original and cover songs. They are a tight three piece band that can fill up to a 90min set.
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Chase Walker – 13 year old singer / songwriter / guitar player
We are a Richmond Va area established band with a dynamic blend of music from the 60′s to today country/rock/blues blended with classic and modern rock. Add to it some of today’s contemporary artists, and you have the well rounded “ROUTE 64″ band! We will be your GO TO band for all the songs you know well, and some you have not thought about, or are not expecting to hear! Route 64 is your surrounding Richmond area choice! We are the band that isn’t shy about making a road trip! Please note the “similar” artists thing we put artists that are wonderful there but the truth is Kristen Johnson has her own style..give us a listen!
Members: Kristen Johnson Blanton Gordon Rob Moss Brian Legere Dan Gillespie
Sounds Like: Sugarland, Miranda Lambert, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Adele, Lady Antebellum
Manager: Blanton Gordon 804-938-2001
“I Hate Myself for Loving You” sung live by Route 64 Band – by Joan Jett
New Single and Music Video
“Welcome To America” Released June 18, 2012
4D recording artist Denae Gardner’s music is Country, is very fresh and current sounding, and her love and respect for Traditional Country is obvious. There’s no doubting that. Take a listen to her recent radio singles, the Bluegrass tinged “Heartache Train” and, “My Love Will Not Change,” or her new single “Welcome To America” a Rockin’ Country/Blues song released June 2012, and you can hear how unique her talent is. But, at the same time, the Idaho-based singer has a deep appreciation for what has come before her. She feels that’s important.
“You have to appreciate where music came from,” the stunning 20-year-old songstress says. “That’s a really big thing with me. That’s why I listen to so much of the old stuff. It’s all related. Music, as we know it today, came from Country and Blues. Obviously, I know they are different sounding, but I just love it all.”
It was the legendary band Led Zeppelin that was one of her biggest influences growing up, as she recalls.
“What really inspired me to want to get involved in music as a career was that I watched a live DVD of Led Zeppelin when I was in the eighth or ninth grade. Watching that DVD really inspired me, and then, I heard the music of Etta James. That’s when I knew that’s what I wanted to do the rest of my life.”
Gardner blends those sounds all together into a style that she calls “Rockin’ Country with a Blues/Bluegrass twist.” That style is very much in evidence on such tracks as her new single “Welcome To America” (Rockin Country Blues).
“Welcome To America”, Denae Gardner’s new single and music video released June 18, 2012 , impacting radio on July 8, 2012 is a departure from the usual popular Country fare of “love songs-meet-beer hall songs”. It is a message song, not preachy, just the straight dope about society in this current era. Gene Vail, Darrell Morris, and Denae Gardner are the writers of this moving song.
“Denae Gardner’s video and track “Welcome To America” is an eye opening, in your face look about what our country is and has become. With her lyrically graphic descriptions, this is one political song and video that are right on point. Done in the country music style, Gardner and her band are serious. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that she’s the Bob Marley of country music. This is an excellent video that is well shot, and the story it tells is profound. Her voice is very good, the band is excellent, and this could very well be a hit. The music and flow of “Welcome To America” are very moving as this singer tells it like it is with a very emotional delivery and great style.” ~Music Dish TV Worldwide
Gardner was out and about during mid-2011, putting names and faces together on her first radio tour. The tour, which took her to forty radio markets in a two month period, is a vital part of getting an artist noticed by radio. Denae says the importance of getting to know the Music Directors and On-Air talent can not be underestimated.
She definitely made quite an impact on the listeners and radio stations, as her single “Heartache Train” reached #87 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart. In some cases, live performances of songs she did on the radio tour, like “Sky Is Crying,” also netted airplay, as well.
With a new single “Welcome to America” set to impact radio, Denae is in this career for the long haul.
Denae wants to carry the torch for artists such as McEntire, Loretta Lynn, and Connie Smith, who kept the ‘twang’ in their music.
“It’s really important to me that we keep Traditional Country flavor in our songs. I grew up with Traditional and Classic music, and I really want to keep that strong.”
If you ask her about her biggest influence, you might be surprised. When asked what performer she would most love to sit down and seek their career advice, she said
“Hank Williams, III, hands down. I would love to sit down and have a conversation with him. I love what he stands for. I would love to ask him about how he has kept his sound so traditional.”
She also hopes to bring out the emotions in her music to the listeners, and if her music inspires them, she knows the feeling.
Denae says that as much as she loves recording, she really wants to take her music out on the road to the people. That’s where she feels right at home.
So, when listeners hear “Welcome to America,” on the radio, what exactly would Gardner want people to think about her?
“I want them to think that this girl has a deep passion for America. She is not afraid to venture away from the ‘love song-meets-beer hall songs’ that are so popular in Country music. She will sing about society and some of the things that we must deal with to keep our Country the wonderful land of freedom and hope that it was created to be. I hope people think that I have genuine talent. I hope they feel what I am doing, and that I am sticking to my roots. I just want them to appreciate it!”
Denae Gardner’s 4th single, “Welcome To America” was released June 18, 2012. The “Welcome To America” music video will be released at the same time.
Members: Brian Palmer, Diane Johnson, Chris Gunderson, Zack Tyr, Randy McKluskey, Scott Sumner
Sounds Like: Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, Deana Carter, Wynona Judd
Label: 4D Records
Manager: Don Tunnell
Welcome to America – Denae Gardner
Members: Natasha James, lead vox,guitars;James Harman/Dave Aguilar/Ian Lamson, lead guitar/dobro;Marius Pelsma,bass;Herman E,keys; Ronnie Rivera drums, Kerry …
Sounds Like: Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, *Susan Tedeschi*, Miranda Lambert, Gram Parsons
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Natasha grew up in CA, Mexico, and Europe where she played folk & blues,landing a steady gig in London. She co-wrote a tune with movie-score composer, Jeff Hunter, picked up by Warner Bros leading to a move to LA. After a stint in NYC, Natasha left the music scene, moving to Sonoma to raise her kids as a single mom. Later, a record deal literally dropped in her lap, which led to the CD, BAD JUDGEMENTS, spawning the hit single, “The Restless Kind”.
TEQUILA TIME was her follow up cd – review here in Billboard:
http://www.billboardpublicitywire.com/releases/TripleAAA/Americana/prweb2203574.htm),which rapidly ascended the charts of all genres. (NMW & RMR, FFAR), a toe-tapping emotional experience of Country, Blues, Rock and Tex-Mex. Tequila Time spawned 2 hit singles and remains in the Top Twenty RMR – Roots Country, in its’ 4th year, proving once again, this is an album with some serious LEGS.
In rapid succession, she quickly charted nationally and internationally in AAA, Country, AC, Top 40 and Roots Country genres, each single going into the Top 5 of the Hot 100. She won “Country Album of the Year” for Tequila Time, “Hot 100 Artists 2009″ from well-respected trade publication, Music Connection; “Best of the 2000′s: End of Decade Album” from Live 365/Womens’ Radio; “AC New Artist” from 2009 New Music Weekly, with FIVE Nominations; and was chosen “Producer’s Choice: Country Songwriter of the Year,” at the 20th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards.
Strongest territories: Germany, Japan, Netherlands.
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My Country Has The Blues, is the 3rd album from NATASHA JAMES, which has already spawned 2 hit singles on the Country Charts (NMW), the title track, My Country Has The Blues, the video of which was picked up by Microsoft for its’ Windows Media Page, and Room 203. The current single at radio is NASCAR Time, a duet with Tommy Thompson, formerly from the great Gregg Allman Band.
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Natasha James- Tequila Time
My Country Has The Blues