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DEL CASTILLO has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music that is being referred to as “Nuevo Americano”. Between the release of their first CD back in 2001, to their 2012 release, “Infinitas Rapsodias”, has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music “Album of the Year” Awards, “Band of the Year , ASCAP’S “Best Independent Group of the Year ”, and Austin Music Pundits “Best Live Act ”. Del Castillo has worked with Willie Nelson, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and George Lopez to name just a few.

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DEL CASTILLO began as a CD project for family back in the winter of 2000 and has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues, and World music.

Between the release of their first CD, Brothers of the Castle back in 2001, to their 2006 release, Brotherhood, Del Castillo has received an astonishing 18 awards including SXSW/Austin Music “Album of the Year” Awards for Vida (2002) and Brotherhood (2006), “Band of the Year (2003)”, ASCAP’S “Best Independent Group of the Year (2005)”, and Austin Music Pundits “Best Live Act (2004)”.

Rolling Stone calls Del Castillo “tumbling brilliance on nylon-string classical guitars” with “eruptions of technique and taste (that) conjure images of Eddie Van Halen fronting early Santana (with an assist from the Gipsy Kings).

Film Director Robert Rodriguez attended a Del Castillo concert in 2002 and a great friendship developed between the two. Rodriguez then enlisted the group to contribute music to the soundtracks of his movies, such as “Spy Kids 3D”, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”,“Sin City”, and “GRINDHOUSE”, and perform with him at the premieres. Rodriguez was so impressed with Del Castillo that he wanted to record with them, so together, they formed CHINGON and recorded an amazing electric rendition of the Mexican classic song, “Malaguena Salerosa”. Quentin Tarantino loved it so much that he re-did the ending sequence of “Kill Bill Vol. II” to fit the song into his movie.

By 2004, Del Castillo was touring nationwide across the country playing with such diverse acts as Styx, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, Don Henley, Los Lobos, and Willie Nelson and continued tour non-stop through 2006. They have performed at three of Willie Nelson’s 4th Of July Picnics, and at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, and they have made numerous national and local TV appearances.

Willie Nelson enjoyed Del Castillo so much that he re-recorded his song “I Never Cared For You” with the group (which is included on Del Castillo’s Brotherhood CD) and calls it “his favorite version”. Nelson has become a good friend of the band as well and the two look forward to touring together again soon.

During 2008, the band began playing major festivals all over the country and even Canada and widening its audience at a much more rapid rate. At California’s famous Strawberry Music Festival, they were deemed the highlight of the festival and broke the merchandise sales record. Immediately after their incendiary debut performance at the Vancouver Folk Festival in Canada, they were selected to play the headlining stage for 2009.

Rick and Mark del Castillo were recently selected in December 2008, by Gibson Global, to be two of only about SIX guitarists in the world to launch their new state-of the-art Dark Fire Gibson Les Paul guitar line.

The band continues to tour throughout the country, thriving on performing live and building new audiences, and songwriting and recording are a priority during breaks in their tour schedule.

AWARDS/HONORS

Album of the Year –“BROTHERHOOD” – Austin Music Awards/South By Southwest (2007)

Best Latin Traditional Band - Austin Music Awards/South By Southwest (2007)

Best Latin Traditional Band – Austin Music Awards/South By Southwest (2006)

Best Independent Group of the Year – ASCAP Latin Music Awards (2005)

Best Latin Traditional Band – Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2005)

#1 Best Live Act by Austin Music Pundits – AMP Awards (2004)

Best Latin Contemporary Band – Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2004)

Best Latin Music Video 2003 for “Suenos Madrigales” from “DEL CASTILLO LIVE” DVD – Austin Music Network Music Video Awards

  • 7 major awards at Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2003):
  • AUSTIN BAND OF THE YEAR
  • BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “VIDA”
  • BEST DRUMS: Mike Zeoli
  • AUSTIN SINGLE OF THE YEAR: “VIDA”
  • BEST COVER ART: “VIDA”
  • RECORD PRODUCER: Rick del Castillo – “VIDA”
  • MEXICAN TRADITIONAL – DEL CASTILLO

Best World Music Band and Best Mexican/Traditional Latino Band – Austin Music Awards / South By Southwest (2002)

Honored by the Austin Latin Music Association. Live performance filmed for “Sonidos del Barrios” TV series. (2002)

Best Latin Rock Band – “Primetime Tejano” TV/Austin (2002)

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES/MEDIA

Outlaw Trail Concert – Paramount Theatre, Austin (2008)

Dan Rather Reports: Latino Invasions On Hdnet (2007)

Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin (2006)

Wakarusa Festival – Lawrence, Ks (2006) · Headlined Kgsr T-Shirt Party – Austin (2006)

Latin Nation Tv (2006)

Willie Nelson’s 4th Of July Picnic – 2 Nights: Carl’s Corner/Ft. Worth (2006)

George Lopez Show / ABC-TV (2005) – featuring Rick, Mark, and Alex

Black Tie and Boots Ball – Washington, DC during Inauguration week (2005)

American/Latino TV (2004)

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic – Ft. Worth (2004)

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival – Dallas (2004)

Kill Bill, Vol 2 Premier. Performed in Chingon with Robert Rodriguez – Los Angeles (2004)

House of Blues with special guest appearance by Robert Rodriguez – Los Angeles (2004)

Headlined KGSR’s Spring T-Party – Austin (2004)

“Chingon” Evening with Robert Rodriguez and Bruce Willis & The Accelerators – Austin (2004)

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic – Ft. Worth (2003)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico Premier. Robert Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas and Cheech Marin performed with the band – New York (2003)

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over World Premier. Robert Rodriguez performed with the band – Austin (2003)

LATV, in conjunction with debut Los Angeles showcase performances at the Roxy and Conga Room (2003)

2003 Convention of the National Council of La Raza – Austin (2003)

NATIONAL TOURING

2007-2008
National touring throughout the U.S. and in Europe, including many major music festivals such as the Sierra Nevada Music Fest, California Worldfest, and Great Woods Music Fest (Canada).

2006
National tour: shows with Los Lonely Boys/Indigenous/Styx/deSol/Don Henley. Performed at corporate event for Cartier in Geneva, Switzerland. Set attendance records at The Glenn and Antone’s in Austin.

2005
Headlined at the Mexico Now! Festival in New York and at the Open House Arts Festival at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC celebrating the Center’s 34th Anniversary. National headline tour, including Las Vegas/Kansas City/St. Louis/Nashville/Virginia Beach/Syracuse/Santa Fe/ Albuquerque. Shows with the Neville Brothers in Austin, and with Buddy Guy in Des Moines.

2004
Headline shows in New York/Atlanta/Memphis. Shows with Ozomatli in Tucson/New Orleans/ Orlando/Washington, DC/Detroit/Chicago/Minneapolis/Albuquerque/Santa Fe; with Los Lobos in Des Moines/Dallas/Austin/San Antonio/El Paso.

PRODUCT RELEASES

DEL CASTILLO

  • “DEL CASTILLO” CD (2009)
  • “BROTHERHOOD” CD (2006)
  • “DEL CASTILLO LIVE” DVD (2004) — Filmed and edited by Robert Rodriguez
  • “VIDA” CD (2002)
  • “BROTHERS OF THE CASTLE” CD (2001)

GUEST APPEARANCES

  • “KILL BILL, VOL. 2″ soundtrack CD (2004). Includes “Malaguena Salerosa” by Chingon (Del Castillo, Robert Rodriguez, and others).
  • “MEXICO & MARIACHIS” CD (2004). Music From and Inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s “El Mariachi” Trilogy. Includes “Spanish Castle Tango” by Del Castillo; incidental guitar by Rick and Mark del Castillo, vocals by Alex Ruiz, and percussion by Rick Holeman on various songs.
  • “MEXICAN SPAGHETTI WESTERNS”/CHINGON CD (2003).
  • “ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO” soundtrack CD (2003). Includes “Dias de los Angeles” by Del Castillo; incidental guitar by Mark and Rick del Castillo, and vocals by Alex Ruiz on various songs.

(Del Castillo member participation in parenthesis)

“KILLING SNAKES”
Film in progress. It is the story of hard-living polo players set amid a Southwestern love triangle, incorporating border issues, drugs, and DVD piracy. A short film shot in Texas, Santa Fe, and Spain has been completed for presentation to investors and distributors.

  • Rick del Castillo is co-writer, co-producer, and composed the soundtrack score, which was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios.
  • New and existing Del Castillo songs are on the soundtrack.
  • Rick del Castillo, Alex Ruiz, and Albert Besteiro appear in the film as actors and performers.

Click Here to view the KILLING SNAKES trailer

“THE CRY”
Indie supernatural thriller based on the 500-year old Latin American legend of La Llorona, an anguished vengeful spirit acknowledged by 28 million believers. (Announcement of release plans is forthcoming.)

  • Del Castillo with Patricia Vonne recorded the traditional song “La Llorona” for the opening and end credits.
  • Del Castillo songs featured on the soundtrack: “Talkin’ To Ya” (from Brotherhood CD), “Don Nicolas” and “Suenos Madrigales” (from Vida CD)

Click Here for THE CRY website | Click Here to view THE CRY trailer

“KILL BILL, VOL. 2” (Film and Soundtrack CD)

  • “Malaguena Salerosa” (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar, Alex Ruiz/vocals, Rick
    Holeman/percussion)

“ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO” (Film and Soundtrack CD)

  • “Eye Patch” (Rick del Castillo/guitar, percussion; Alex Ruiz/vocals)
  • “Guitar Town” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
  • “Church Shootout” (Rick del Castillo/guitar, drums)
  • “Dias de los Angeles “ (written, performed, produced by Del Castillo)
  • “Mariachi vs. Marquez” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
  • “Coup De Etat” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
  • “El Mariachi” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
  • “Siente Mi Amor” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
  • “Cuka Rocka” (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar)

“MEXICO & MARIACHIS “
– Music From and Inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s EL MARIACHI Trilogy (Films and CD)

  • “Alacran y Pistolero” (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar, Alex Ruiz/backing vocals, Rick
    Holeman/percussion)
  • “Severina” (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar)
  • “Theme from El Mariachi” (Rick del Castillo/guitar, Rick Holeman/percussion)
  • “Back To The House That Love Built” (Acoustic) (Rick del Castillo/guitar, Rick
    Holeman/percussion)
  • “Spanish Castle Tango” (Written, Performed, and Produced by Del Castillo)
  • “Once Upon A Time In Mexico” (Main Titles) (Rick and Mark del Castillo/guitar, Rick
    Holeman/percussion)

“SPY KIDS 3D: GAME OVER” (Film and DVD)

  • “Game Over” (Rick del Castillo/guitar)
  • “Isle Of Dreams” (Rick del Castillo/guitar

Chicago Blues All-Stars

Chicago Blues All-Stars

Chicago Blues All-Stars new album Red, Hot & Blue now available on iTunes :)

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Chicago Blues All-Stars

Chicago Blues All-Stars

Chicago Blues All-Stars

Website: http://www.chicagobluesallstars.com

Location: Chicago, IL

Genre:

Blues, Rock, Experimental

Members:

“Killer” Ray Allison, Chicago Slim, Anji Brooks, C.C. Copeland, Bible Black, All-Star Horns

Facebook Fan Page:

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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

Manager: Odysseus E. Johnson III M.Div.

 

 Chicago Blues All-Stars – “Red Hot & Blue” (Preview)

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

Label: Dudebuddy Productions (Independent), Schwilly Family, THE STICKS&STONES LABEL

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BLUES 66 “Sweet Betty” Music Video (Live Recording)


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Kristen and Route 64 at Harbor Blast

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

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“I Hate Myself for Loving You” sung live by Route 64 Band – by Joan Jett


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DENAE GARDNER
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

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Welcome to America – Denae Gardner

 

 

 

 

 


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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. Members “KILLER” RAY ALLISON and DANIEL “CHICAGO SLIM” IVANKOVICH, whose musical stylings reflect their lifelong commitment as blues disciples, lead CBAS. Both “Killa” and “Slim” bring outrageous showmanship and musical talent on and off the stage.

JOHNNY COTTON’S ALL-STAR HORNS are masters of their craft as they bring the funk every night, and SCOTT “LI’L SCOTTY” DIRKS has a minimalist approach influenced by the pantheon of harp greats. JOHNNY B. GAYDEN holds down the bottom with a sound that’s larger than life, while drummer JERRY “BAM-BAM” PORTER locks in the beat with a precision only to be rivaled by ROOSEVELT “MAD HATTER” PURIFOY’s ability to fuse deep grooves with brilliant melodic ideas. Chicago Blues All-Stars round out their talented roster with the amazing vocals of their feature singers: DEITRA FARR, SHARON LEWIS, and PAT WINTERS.

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, A.C. Reed, Rolling Stones, Otis Rush, Sugar Blue, 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.

DANIEL “CHICAGO SLIM” IVANKOVICH (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.

JOHNNY COTTON’S 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.

SPECIAL GUESTS . . .

SCOTT DIRKS (HARMONICA/VOCALS): Award winning blues historian, instrumentalist & producer. “Li’l Scotty” authored “Blues With A Feeling-The Little Walter Story” and produced Lurrie Bell’s breakthrough “Mercurial Son” for Delmark Records. A walking compendium of blues history and lore, Dirks’ minimalist approach keeps alive the memory of Little Walter, Big Walter & Sonny Boy.

JOHNNY B. GAYDEN (BASS/VOCALS): Johnny B’s music career as a first-call studio bass player is one that most musicians can only dream about. He recorded nine CDs and numerous DVDs with Albert Collins. The band won a Grammy Award for the Alligator recording “SHOWDOWN” with Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland and Robert Cray. Johnny is a nine-time W.C. Handy Award nominee as an Instrumentalist.

JERRY PORTER (DRUMS): Throughout his lengthy career as a professional drummer, “Bam-Bam” has worked with a wide variety of top-tier artists, such as Eddie Clearwater, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells and Big Mama Thornton. Jerry’s versatility and professionalism have established him as one of todays most in-demand touring drummers.

ROOSEVELT PURIFOY JR. (KEYBOARDS/VOCALS): “Mad Hatter” has stunned and thrilled audiences with his amazing ability to fuse deep grooves with brilliant melodic ideas. Over the past two decades, he’s been producer, arranger and instrumentalist on over 200 album sessions for Alligator, Delmark, Point Blank and Rounder records. Hatter’s fusion of traditional blues, contemporary gospel and modern R&B creates a singular sound that’s like none other in the business.

FEATURING . . .

DEITRA FARR (VOCALS): Deitra Farr is considered one of today’s top vocalists, according to Living Blues Magazine (May 1997). Fiery, energetic, she has been nominated for Traditional Female Blues artist of the year by the W.C. Handy Awards, Female Blues Artist of the year by the Living Blues Critics Awards, the British Blues Connection Awards, and the Les Trophees France Blues awards. Deitra is contribution writer to Living Blues Magazine, with her “Artist to Artist” feature.

SHARON LEWIS (VOCALS): Sharon has played every major blues festival in the world. In addition to being a featured vocalist with CBAS, Sharon is a Delmark recording artist and regularly tours internationally with a Who’s Who of the blues.

PATRICIA WINTERS (VOCALS): An accomplished vocalist, Pat spent years performing as a featured singer with pianist JoJo Brown, and the late jazz great Oscar Brown Jr. She’s frequently performed in community stage productions and was cast in the starring role of Betty-Mae in the Off-Broadway production of “Sweet Pea’s, House of Prayer”.

 

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Blues Diva Sharon Lewis first hit the stage on May 5, 1993 with a blues/rock band called Under The Gun. She and “Gun” premiered May 5, 1993 at Buddy Guy’s Legends to a throng of family and friends.

Sharon’s commitment to the blues has paid off handsomely, as she’s developed into one of Chicago’s hottest blues acts, and has twiced performed at the largest Blues Fest in the world – The Chicago Blues Festival.

These days, she frequents as a headliner at most all of Chicago’s major blues clubs, including Blue Chicago, B.L.U.E.S., Buddy Guy’s Legends, House of Blues, Kingston Mines & Rosa’s Lounge. Additionally, she’s also a featured attraction with Chicago Blues All-Stars, a band boasting a line-up that features a virtual who’s who of the blues in the Windy City.

Sharon & her band have performed with legendary blues artists as Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Denise LaSalle, Robben Ford, Coco Montoya, Billy Branch, Melvin Taylor, and Sugar Blue to name only a few.

Her first major international tour in 1998 fired up the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Holland and Belgium with The Next Generation Band. During this tour she recorded with Carl Wyatt (Living In Exile: Singing The Blues) on Blue Road Records, Luxembourg.

After a year’s hiatus from performing, Ms. Lewis returned in 2001 to open with Billy Branch & The Sons of The Blues at Chicago’s Rooster Blues and immediately reclaimed her status as one of Chicago’s next generation blues vocalists.

In March 2001 (the “Best Tour”) Sharon returned to Europe for an extensive Czech Republic tour and again garnered raves as the “Vocalist of the Month” in Liberca, Czech Republic. Highly acclaimed reviews for this tour sparked a 2002 Tour (the “Very Best Tour”) with a revamped Next Generation Band – Jan Korinek and GROOVE. With GROOVE she toured extensively in the Czech Republic and Poland, opening for Robben Ford and enjoying equal billing status with Robben and Michael Urbniak (New York) at a two-day festival in the Czech Republic.

In September 2002 she received a Reader “Critic’s Choice” commendation. Ms. Lewis’ debut CD “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright” (with Under the Gun) was enthusiastically received upon its release this July.

http://www.reverbnation.com/sharonlewis

Genres: Blues / R&B/Soul / Electronica
Label: Delmark, Sleeping Dog, Azure Music Group
Management: Yellow Rose Productions

 


Reverend Doctor D

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“The Right Reverend, Doctor D”, Chicago blues veteran with an imposing 7-foot frame. He’s destined to become a legend, if he isn’t one already.
Ivankovich understands what it’s like to be the underdog. Achieving All-State and All-American honors as a hoops baller and shot-caller, Ivankovich was one of the most highly recruited players in the States. With over 500 scholarship offers, he decided to play for Northwestern University while working towards his BSM/MD in the prestigious Honors Program In Medical Education. Then . . . disaster. A horrific knee injury ended his dreams of playing for the NBA and the Yugoslavian Olympic team.
With newfound time on his hands, he listened to his heart and turned to music for inspiration, transitioning from classical violinist to fire-breathing blues guitarist. Within months, he was playing on-stage with some of his musical heroes. Ivankovich went right to the source of the blues on Chicago’s South Side. He jammed, performed, and recorded with Chicago legends, Eddie Taylor, Homesick James, Snooky Pryor, Lefty Dizz, Johnny Dollar, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Dion Payton, Magic Slim, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. Including a stint as bandleader for legendary bluesman, Otis Rush.
At the Checkerboard Lounge on 43rd Street, he befriended and made a lifelong connection with players that he would eventually tap for the Chicago Blues All-Stars. Names like “Killer” Ray Allison, Jerry “Bam-Bam” Porter, Johnny B. Gayden and Roosevelt “Mad-Hatter” Purifoy. While a student at Northwestern, WNUR-FM, one of America’s premier non-commercial stations broadcasting from the University, took note. While trying to find the classroom for “Intro to Geography”, he took a wrong turn. It turned out to be all too right, bringing him to the door of the WNUR on-air studios. The music director lamented that the Blues Show needed a host or faced cancellation. Fate dropped that opportunity right in his lap.
The name, Daniel Ivankovich, didn’t have the right ring for Chicago blues, so he created the on-air personality, The Right Reverend, Doctor D. “Out Of The Blue” became the premiere Chicago blues program and was syndicated in over sixty markets. This led to on-air stints at commercial outlets WCKG-FM in Chicago and WQHT-FM in New York. He worked as producer and program developer for MJI Broadcasting in New York. He strides into hospital lobbies in a sweet black leather cowboy hat and goatee. He understands the pain his patients suffer, having personally undergone thirteen knee surgeries himself. Because of this, a unique ride was necessary for comfort as well as street credibility while navigating the rough & tumble streets of the ‘hood’.
Dan Ivankovich is a well-known public figure. In March 2010 he was featured on the American Spirit segment in Katie Couric’s CBS evening news in addition to numerous segments in both print and broadcast media. After the devastating earthquake in January 2010, he traveled to Haiti on his own expense to treat the countless victims pulled from the rubble, taking special interest in the spinal cord injured patients he found laying in makeshift tents. Through a series of miracles and moxie, he cut through mountains of red tape and personally escorted two such patients, Bazelais Suy and Josette Delisca, back to the States for top-notch care, a feat that was covered by newscasts all over the country and will soon be documented in an international story by the Associated Press.
Several documentaries are currently in the works chronicling his life story and humanitarian missions. With all of his variable expertise, there is a connecting thread. Whether squeezing a blue note out of his six-string, preaching on the day’s relevant social issues, or wielding a scalpel with skill and precision, the street rules his reality. Dan Ivankovich does it all with a street-savvy hipness and honesty, integrity that’s nearly extinct in today’s climate of inequitable health care policies, greed, corruption, and injustice.
He’s bluesman, healer, shaman & philosopher, and, as Bo Diddley said about Ivankovich’s blues alter ego, The Right Reverend, Doctor D, “one of the craziest %$#@! I’ve ever met. He ain’t from this planet.”

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