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DOWN THE BLUES HIGHWAY

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BADASS STORM ALERT

HURRICANE ON THE HORIZON

Hurricane Ruth

Ruth LaMaster earned her “Hurricane” nickname because people had difficulty believing that her powerhouse vocals could be coming out of such a small woman.  Ruth grew up in Beardstown, IL. Her father’s Glendale Tavern was her music school. “The bar featured live blues, jazz, and all kinds of music. My dad was a drummer. At age three, I was sitting on his lap keeping time on the ride cymbal, while he played, during Sunday jam sessions” LaMaster said.

                       
LaMaster has performed with John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Taj Mahal, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Sam & Dave, Fenton Robinson, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Royal Southern Brotherhood, and Ronnie Baker Brooks.  Her vocals are deeply rooted in traditional blues, but she can also rock the house. LaMaster has opened for Heart, Judas Priest, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, and Steppenwolf, to name a few.

Blues great, Willie Dixon, once called her “the only hurricane I can appreciate.” She’s got the power of Big Mama Thornton, the fire of Janis Joplin, the boundless stage energy of Tina Turner, and soulfulness of Aretha Franklin all rolled into a petite package.

                         

“You’re the only hurricane I can appreciate.”

— Willie Dixon

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SCOTT HOLT

 

Singer/Guitarist/Entertainer/Songwriter Scott Holt has been carrying the Blues torch his entire career. At 19 years old, Holt jumped on the fast-track by joining his friend and mentor Buddy Guy in 1989. "I'd never even been in a band before," Holt says. "so all of a sudden, there I am at 20, leaving home for Chicago with my guitar, my amp, a suitcase and my passport. I had no idea of when or even if I was ever coming back home."

Holt was at Guy's side for a decade. "Before I started making a little money, I would sometimes sleep on the pool table at Legends. I always thought with all the "ghost-notes" floating around in there from Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Albert Collins and of course from Buddy, that maybe I would soak it up in my sleep! I learned so much from Buddy. He never seemed to get tired of my questions, and I asked a lot! He is one my heroes and one of my dearest friends, all at the same time. To this day, what he can do never ceases to amaze me." And Guy remains an enthusiastic supporter of Holt.

In addition to his tenure with Buddy Guy, which included recording GRAMMY winning record Slippin' In, 2 appearances on Austin City Limits, an appearance in the major motion picture THINGS TO DO IN DENVER, Holt's 7 solo records' have established him not only as a six-string virtuoso but also as a penetrating and soulful storyteller. Holt calls it "creating a soulful communion; getting to a place where the sound that my band and I make are like an embrace; warm, human and uncorrupted by technology." Through the countless hours and miles on the road, Scott has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in the world.

                    

Scott has a saying; LOUD IS GOOD. He explains his philosophy this way; "When I talk about 'loud is good,' I'm not talking about turning everything up - it's not necessarily high volume. It's about more of a 'spiritual loudness' or 'intenseness' something that is felt as well as heard. Not something to be shrill or hurt someone's ears but something they can feel inside!"

The spirituality of music is an important aspect of who Scott is as an artist. "So often music is treated as something that's disposable, or as a tool to sell jeans or beer. Music is more than that. Music is one of God's great gifts to us. It's a unique language that transcends borders and barriers. It transcends cultures and customs and allows us too communicate with each other at the level of our hearts instead of our minds. My goal, as an artist, is not only to entertain but to enlighten and inspire."

Aside from Buddy Guy, Scott's single biggest musical influence is Jimi Hendrix. "I didn't hear Jimi's music until I was 19 but from that moment on I knew where I was headed." he recalls. "I begged my parents for a guitar and they gave me one for Christmas." With the help of a Hendrix-savvy instructor Holt was on his way, developing the rudiments of his style. You can hear echoes of Hendrix's stinging vibrato and wah-soaked stringing in all of Scott's work. Scott even had the opportunity to record with Hendrix's last band, Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell on his second record, Dark Of The Night. "That record was a highlight for me!" Eddie Kramer (former Hendrix engineer) produced the disc and it even features Scott, Mitch and Billy doing a version of Voodoo Chile (Slight Return). "After we recorded it I asked Mitch when he last played that song and he said '30 years ago' with Jimi! I'll always be proud of that."

While blues remains at the core of his being, he is constantly evolving and exploring as an artist. He reflects, "I am a bluesman through and through. It's just who I am when recording or performing. It has been an afrmation over the years as I play my music for audiences and have them receive it and embrace it as enthusiastically as the music of the Masters that we play. If you listen," Holt continues, "you'll always hear the blues in the foundation of my playing, but my mentors and guides, the greatest bluesmen, like Buddy, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, were always changing, experimenting and evolving. I've tried to maintain that philosophy and attitude towards my own music, just create the music and let people call it what they want."

Scott most recently co-wrote and played guitar on the latest Foghat release-the Tom Hambridge produced UNDER THE INFLUENCE as well as singing on two tracks, including the first single, UPSIDE OF LONELY. In addition, while working with Roger Earl and Bryan Bassett of Foghat, the three decided that they were having so much fun playing together that they should form another band! They began writing additional material and rearranging their favorite songs from other artists and christened the project EARL & THE AGITATORS. They released an Earl & the Agitators EP in early 2017 and are planning on releasing a complete album in the future.

Scott has recorded and/or performed with B.B. King, Albert Collins, Junior Wells, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Foghat, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Buddy Miles, David Bowie, Double Trouble, Doyle Bramhall II, Joe Louis Walker, Lonnie Brooks, Chris Duarte, Albert King, Steve Miller, Larry Coryell, Larry Mitchell, & Little Feat, among others.

              

Scott has performed at The Chicago Blues Fest, The Windsor International Blues Fest, The Ottawa Blues Fest, The London Blues Fest, The Mt. Baker Blues Fest, The Mont Tremblant Blues Fest, The Eureka Springs Blues Fest, The Bayfront Blues Fest, to name a few.

Scott has appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan Obrien, Austin City Limits, The Jon Stewart Show, Good Morning America and many more.

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MIKE ZITO TOUR RETURNS TO FLORIDA - LIVE IN ORLANDO
 

Born in South St. Louis, Mike Zito grew up in a working class home with a dire love of music. It was his escape and way out. After a decade working in a local guitar shop, Mike learned his draft from the ground up playing in clubs 7 nights a week. He fell in love with the Blues of St. Louis and the stories of the country singers. His first self-released album “Blue Room” hit the streets in 1998 and he has made 12 albums total over the years. He signed and recorded with Eclecto Groove Records and Ruf Records.

Mike is founding member of the supergroup “Royal Southern Brotherhood” with Cyril Neville and Devon Allman. In 2012, he formed his own group, The Wheel. Mike has produced albums for Samantha Fish, Laurence Jones, Albert Castiglia and others, he tours extensively in the USA, Canada and Europe and has been honored with multiple Blues Music Awards over the past 10 years. His love of life and pursuit of happiness is felt in every note he sings and plays.

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THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA

WHEN YOU’RE NOT DEAD

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Always  a great line-up

http://www.plazaliveorlando.com

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BEST SUNDAYS IN FLORIDA - EARL'S HIDEAWAY

http://www.earlshideaway.com

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DAMN FINE BLUES EVERY WEEKEND at The Alley

          

http://www.thealleyblues.com

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GREAT BLUES EVERY THURSDAY thru SATURDAY

Tallahassee, FL

http://www.bradfordvilleblues.com

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FLORIDA FESTIVALS

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For a more complete listing of festivals, go to:

http://www.jazzbluesflorida.com/Festivals

http://bluesfestivalguide.com/

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http://www.blues.org

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http://www.blues.org/hall-of-fame

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FLORIDA BLUES SOCIETIES


Blues Society of Northwest Florida
Pensacola, FL
https://www.facebook.com/BluesSocietyNWFL

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First Coast Blues Society
Jacksonville, FL
www.firstcoastbluessociety.com

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North Central Florida Blues Society
Gainesville, FL
www.ncfblues.org

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Orange Blossom Blues Society
Orlando, FL

www.obbs.org
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South Florida Blues Society
Coral Springs, FL
www.soflablues.org

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Southwest Florida Blues Society
Matlacha, FL
www.swfbs.org

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Suncoast Blues Society
Tampa, FL
www.suncoastblues.org

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The Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast
Port Saint Lucie, FL
www.bluesalliance.org

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Volusia County Blues Society
Port Saint Lucie, FL
www.volusiacountybluessociety.com

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BLUES SOCIETIES IN THE U.S.

http://www.blues.org/affiliates/affiliate-list

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http://www.obbs.org

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