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DOWN THE BLUES HIGHWAY
LONG TALL DEB IS COMING TO ORLANDO!!!
Friday, October 16 - LIVE at Doc's Streetside Grille
Save the date for a very special Blues experience!
Long Tall Deb - featuring Colin John & the Mr. NoMoney Band
“Long Tall Deb raises attitude to a new latitude. Her songs cook with more smoke and sauce than all of Memphis, and her soul will break your back. Colin John’s guitar flogs you with a cotton branch 'til you bleed honey. Together they ride a no-brakes rhythm section locomotive to a time when the rooms were red, the music was black and the untold tales waited patiently for the coming of the voice worthy of the telling. Get ready. Here she comes.”
~Terry Abrahamson, Grammy-winning songwriter for Muddy Watters, George Thorogood and Joan Jett.
Long Tall Deb featuring Colin John combine a genre-bending and refreshingly original new sound on their new VizzTone EP “Streets of Mumbai” (releasing in the US August 21). The richly-textured sound incorporates world influence with a soul-blues base picked up on their travels throughout India, Hawaii and the American South.
Together with bassist Melvin Powe, they are joined together on their US promotional tour with old friends and special guests The Mr. NoMoney Band from Italy: Fabio “Mr. NoMoney” Ioannisci on piano and Giusseppe Tortorelli on drums. Their shows feature forward-thinking, next-generation music crowned with an old soul.
Their live performances are simultaneously engaging and incendiary and they connect with each other and audiences around the world in a positive, uplifting and inspiring way. Clearly, they love what they do and love the audiences for whom they entertain.
Recent notable performances include opening theater shows for BB King and Robert Cray, and playing to standing ovations for enthusiastic club and festival audiences in India, Nepal, and across the United States, Canada and Europe.
COREY HARRIS BAND LIVE IN ORLANDO
A TRUE BLUES ANOINTING
OCTOBER 31 - at Doc's Streetside Grille
a ZSHOWZ production
Corey Harris was born in Denver, Colorado to parents from Texas and Kentucky. He is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout the North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, travelling throughout the southern U.S. In his early twenties he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music. His 1995 recording, Between Midnight and Day, is a tribute to the tradition of acoustic blues. Subsequent recordings, such as Greens From the Garden (1999), Mississippi to Mali (2003), and Daily Bread (2005) show Harris’ maturation from interpreter to songwriter. Some of his imaginative compositions are marked by a deliberate eclecticism; other works stay true to the traditional blues formula of compelling vocals and down-home guitar. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music.
He has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L.Burnside, John Jackson, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Mattews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, Natalie Merchant, and others. His additional recordings include Fish Ain’t Bitin’ (1996), Vu-Du Menz (with Henry Butler, 2000), Downhome Sophisticate (2002), Zion Crossroads (2007).blu black ( 2009 ),DC Blues (2010),Father Sun-Mother Earth(2011),Fulton Blues (2013),True Blues (with Taj Mahal,Shemeka Copeland,Guy Davis,Alvin Hart and Phil Wiggins-(2013).
In 2003 Harris was a featured artist and narrator of the Martin Scorcese film, “Feel Like Going Home,” which traced the evolution of blues from West Africa to the southern U.S. In 2007, he was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship – commonly referred to as a “genius award” – from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The annual grant, which recognizes individuals from a wide range of disciplines who show creativity, originality and commitment to continued innovative work, described Harris as an artist who “forges an adventurous path marked by deliberate eclecticism.” That same year, he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine.
Live from Turtle Island (2015), Fulton Blues (2013),True Blues (2013), Father Sun, Mother Earth (2011), DC Blues (2010), Blu.Black (2009), Zion Crossroads (2007), Daily Bread (2005), Mississippi To Mali (2003), Downhome Sophisticate (2002), Live at Starr Hill (2000) Vu-Du Menz(2000), Greens From The Garden (1999), Fish Ain’t Bitin’ (1997), Between Midnight And Day (1995)
"SOLID GROUND is my best album to date," says the 44-year-old bandleader simply. "I put more time, love, blood, sweat and tears into this recording than any of the others. I love every song on it and the result is a musical variety that I hope touches something in everyone."
RUF Records Founder, Thomas Ruf proclaimed, "We are thrilled to have Albert Castiglia join the RUF Records family of artists. Albert is an energetic powerhouse on stage and the funniest guy in the world off stage. We had a ball on the Blues Caravan tour together. Thank you, Samantha Fish and Mike Zito, for turning me on to his amazing talent and personality."
Castiglia is an artist who sings from the gut, shoots guitar licks from the hip and writes songs that articulate ones hopes, fears and heartaches. ? Recorded at Fat Rabbit Studios in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, this album isn't just solid, it's special. There are plenty of thrills in the musical execution, with Albert leading the band on vocals and guitar, backed by the veteran team of Matt Schuler (bass/vocals), Bob Amsel (drums), Jeremy Baum (B3/piano/wurlitzer), Lou Bevere (guitar/vocals) and Debbie Davies (guitar/vocals) – plus Dave Gross on multi-instrumentation and production.
A quick look at the 14 tracks presented on SOLID GROUND illuminates tales of a life both bitter and sweet. "Triflin'" hits listeners with Albert's soulful fretwork, while his vocals spin tales of troubles ("We all have our share of problems, damn near every day…"). Woman trouble is a recurring theme, whether it's on the defiant bounce of "Keep You Around Too Long" or the shattered slow-blues of "Have You No Shame" ("I saw you last night under them parking-lot lights, wrapped up in someone else's arms…"). But alongside personal issues, there are also songs plugged into the wider social context, as Albert implores us to seize the day – or, as he puts it, "Put Some Stank On It" – and bemoans the war-torn modern world on "Love One Another" ("It seems like hate is on the rise, it's enough to bring tears to my eyes…").? A shape-shifting artist with an eclectic vision, Albert's songwriting is equally convincing on the Latin-tinged instrumental, "Little Havana Blues (Arroz Con Mango)" as the sunny strum of "Celebration," and even when he takes on the Stones' mighty "Sway," he makes it his own. He's just as magnetic when he strips down the sparse acoustic slide-blues of "Hard Time." ("I was born in a broke-down Chevy," he sings. "Now I feel like it's on me heavy. I was raised in a dirty junkyard, my only friend was this guitar...".)
Albert Castiglia arrived on the International radar after Buddy Guy's iconic harp-blower, Junior Wells, heard the young bluesman sing and invited him into his solo band for several world tours. The gig was a shop-window, and though Wells sadly died in 1998, Albert stayed busy, joining the great Atlanta vocalist, Sandra Hall, for national tours in the late-'90s, while he held his own in onstage jams with artists ranging from Pinetop Perkins to John Primer. He has been named "Best Blues Guitarist" by Miami New Times, the respected alternative music magazine and honored by Roots Music Report with a Top Blues Album of 2011 and 2012. Castiglia was born in New York and raised in Miami to an Italian father and Cuban mother and combines all influences to create his unique style of modern day blues with a traditional core.
Previous albums include:
BURN (2004); THE BITTERSWEET SESSIONS (2006); A STONE'S THROW (2006); THESE ARE THE DAYS (2008); KEEPIN ON (2010) and LIVING THE DREAM (2012).
THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA
WHEN YOU’RE NOT DEAD
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BEST SUNDAYS IN FLORIDA - EARL'S HIDEAWAY
DAMN FINE BLUES EVERY WEEKEND at The Alley
GREAT BLUES EVERY THURSDAY thru SATURDAY
Daytona Beach Blues Festival
Winter Garden Music Festival
October 9 - 11
October 15 - 18
Camping with the Blues
October 23 – 25
Venice Blues Festival
Bradenton Blues Fest
For a more complete listing of festivals, go to:
FLORIDA BLUES SOCIETIES
Blues Society of Northwest Florida
Nature Coast Friends of Blues
Homosassa Springs, FL
North Central Florida Blues Society
Orange Blossom Blues Society
South Florida Blues Society
Coral Springs, FL
Southwest Florida Blues Society
Suncoast Blues Society
The Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast
Port Saint Lucie, FL
BLUES SOCIETIES IN THE U.S.
P.O. Box 560041
Orlando, FL 32856
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