SAVOY BROWN – SATURDAY NIGHT HEADLINER
Savoy Brown is still rocking the blues for more than 50 years, tours in 2017 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band’s first album release.
One of the very first bands from the UK to re-invent the blues in the mid-sixties (post-The Rolling Stones), the group, led by guitarist Kim Simmonds, continues to perform, record and influence today.
Modern rock music had its roots in 1960’s with bands, such as Savoy Brown, laying the foundation by combining blues, rock and psychedelia. The band is a veritable history of music, and musicians, with multiple former members going on to form bands such as Foghat, or to play for groups such as Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, The Kinks and many more.
Founding member, Kim Simmonds, has a star on the Rock Walk of Fame and is recognized, not only by the blues fraternity, but also globally as one of the world’s finest blues/rock players. Says Kim, “I enjoy keeping the band on the road, keeping the music alive and giving people inspiration”.
Many of the band’s original songs continue to be played on radio, on TV and in movies. CSI, HBO’s Vinyl, and a recent Jimi Hendrix movie biopic, gave life once again to songs such as “Tell Mama” and “Train To Nowhere”.
These songs, and others (from over forty album releases), all hit the Billboard Top 100 while albums such as “Hellbound Train” made the band a major concert headline act.
The band has played on all the world’s finest stages, including the Royal Albert Hall, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall and both Fillmores.
Kim explained, “I still write new songs and rehearse everyday. I have a new album planned for 2017. If you don’t keep finding the muse, you lose it”.
The 2017 tour will feature songs from the first album, songs from the five-decade history of the band and songs to be included on the band’s upcoming album release later this year.
Walter Trout – SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINER
Walter Trout has never sounded so alive. The date is November 28th, 2015. The location is Amsterdam’s opulent Royal Theatre Carré. And the occasion is a live performance of the blues-rock legend at full-throttle. “We were rocking,” remembers Trout of the comeback concert captured on ALIVE in Amsterdam. “If people are expecting a laid-back show, that’s not what they’ll get. This is potent stuff…”
Yet for this lifelong road-warrior, a return to the stage was always the ultimate goal. And last summer, as Trout headed out on a comeback tour that blew the roof off venues from the Royal Albert Hall to Buddy Guy’s Legends club in Chicago, every fan in the house saw that the man wasn’t just back, he was better than ever. “That whole tour was kinda triumphant for me,” Trout reflects. “Just to be back, after what I went through. But also to be playing with a renewed energy and commitment.
“I’d gone through a few years of symptoms,” he continues, “where I’d get hand-cramps, dizzy spells and chronic fatigue onstage. It was a struggle. On this last tour, I wasn’t struggling. We were having a great time. We couldn’t stop. ‘‘ALIVE in Amsterdam captures the atmosphere.”
It’s true: listen to ALIVE in Amsterdam and you’ll experience the same white-knuckle ride as the fans who filled the Royal Theatre Carré. It’s fitting that the Amsterdam show starts with an introduction by Trout’s wife and manager, Marie, who gave the bluesman the courage to fight on during his lowest points. “Having Marie on the album is very meaningful for me,” he says, “because she’s the one who kept me alive. She kept me fighting and wouldn’t let me give up.”
Trout himself hits the stage like a wrecking-ball, opening with an scorching burst of solo guitar (“Sometimes, when I get up there, I have so much energy that I’m bursting out of my skin”). When he launches into the set, meanwhile, all bets are off. “We never have a setlist,” explains the frontman of his seat-of-the-pants interplay with drummer Michael Leasure, keyboards ace Sammy Avila and bassist Johnny Griparic. “We play very spontaneously, and I gauge it by the crowd and how the show is going.”
Trout says. “Instead I had to cancel an entire year of touring. That’s what the song on Battle Scars, ‘My Ship Came In’ is about: My ship came in and I missed it! I’d waited all my life for a record label to get behind me to that extent, and then that plan fell apart.”
Trout is now moving triumphantly forward in his 50th year as a guitarist. He is in the midst of a global tour with his band: keyboardist Sammy Avila, drummer Michael Leasure, and new bassist Johnny Griparic, who joined in time to record Battle Scars in Los Angeles’ Kingsize Soundlabs with Trout’s longtime producer Eric Corne. “I don’t take this lightly,” Trout declares. “Marie says that all of the people who donated to our fundraiser for my medical expenses” — which generated more than $240,000 – “bought stock in me and my liver. When I play for them now, I have a responsibility to give back and offer the very best that I have.”
Billy Price has been entertaining audiences in Pittsburgh, Pa., since the early 1970s. In April 2016, he was ocially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ’n Roll Legend at an award ceremony sponsored by the Cancer Caring Center of Pittsburgh.
Members of the Billy Price Band are Steve Delach (guitar), Tom Valentine (bass), Dave Dodd (drums), Jimmy Britton (keyboards), and Eric DeFade (tenor sax). Billy Price rst attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan.
Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan’s LPs, That’s What I’m Here For and Livestock. Price assembled Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band in 1977. Before their breakup in 1990, the band recorded four critically acclaimed LPs and developed a reputation as one of the most exciting touring bands in the U.S. With the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band, and solo projects, Billy Price has recorded and released a total of 15 albums, CDs, and DVDs.
His album This Time for Real, with recently deceased Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received a 2016 Blues Music Award by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee in the category of Best Soul Blues Album. A live album by the Billy Price Band, Alive and Strange, was released by NolaBlue/Vizztone Label Group in April 2017.
Hailed as the new Janis Joplin, even before she played the legendary rock icon in an off-Broadway musical, Dana Fuchs is a raspy-voiced blues-rock singer/songwriter whose versatile career has embraced music, theater, and film. Born in New Jersey in 1976, she later moved to the small rural town of Wildwood, Florida with her musically oriented family, where, at age 12, she began singing in the First Baptist Gospel Choir. Inspired by her parents’ Ray Charles and Hank Williams record collection, she moved to New York to sing the blues after leaving high school, where she teamed up with Jon Diamond, a seasoned guitarist who had previously performed with Joan Osborne. Together, they formed the Dana Fuchs Band, which built up a reputation as one of the best live acts on the city’s blues circuit, leading to Fuchs landing the lead role in the Eric Nederlander production of Randall Myler’s Janis Joplin musical, Love Janis. In 2003, they released their first album, Lonely for a Lifetime, through Antler King Records, but Fuchs put the band on hold until 2008 in order to concentrate on other commitments. She starred as Sadie in Julie Taymor’s 2007 Beatles-based musical romantic drama Across the Universe, singing two solos (“Helter Skelter” and “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road”), made a brief cameo in the 2008 ensemble piece New York, I Love You, and wrote and performed on the soundtrack to the Maggie Gyllenhaal movie Sherrybaby. After 2008’s Live in NYC, recorded at B.B. King’s, she toured with Ray Davies and Dickey Betts before releasing her second studio album, Love to Beg, via her own label in 2011. ~ Jon O’Brien, Rovi via Billboard.com
David Julia has been performing live since the age of seven,he has played festival’s, fund raisers and private parties, even sang the national anthem at an Orlando Magic Basketball game. He had an ongoing weekly gig at his home town restaurant for a year at age ten. He’s played all over the state of Florida by age twelve. Guitarist singer/songwriter David Julia is quite an accomplished musician at only fourteen years old.
The Ghost Town Blues Band
Beale Street’s latest success story and 2014 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE 2nd Place Winner is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and their rapping trombone player. Both Preston McEwen behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and chainsaw rhythms. With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Jeremy Powell on keys and finally Josh Roberts on lead guitar, the grooves go from funky to funk-nasty as the band gains more notoriety in the blues and jam circuit.
Ghost Town Blues Band is a modern blues band with an intimate knowledge of both blues, rock and improvisational jams. At the same time, the band’s raw energy and intensity is reminiscent of some of the best blues that rock n’ roll has ever offered. The band can turn on a dime from North Mississippi hill country grooves to classic electric urban blues and funk and Allman Brothers style jams. This Memphis-based, gritty, seven-piece has been touring the US and Canada since its inception in 2009, gaining a strong following within the Blues and Jam Band circuit.
“GTBB shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments. This is 21st century blues at its best.”
– Living Blues Magazine 2011
King Solomon Hicks
Solomon Hicks has been called ‘Lil’ B.B. King, East Montgomery and King Solomon by his fans from NYC, nationally and now internationally.
He is the real deal…the next best thing out of New York City. Solomon has been in the biz since age 13 as the lead guitarist and performer at the Cotton Club, with a 13-piece band. He recorded his first CD, Embryonic, at age 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band.
Solomon is a jazz and blues guitarist, singer, and composer. An eclectic musician, Solomon excels at a number of styles ranging from jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk and classic rock. He studied jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban guitar at Harlem’s School of the Arts, Boys Conservatory, Brooklyn Music Academy, Opus 118 Jazzmobile and Barry Harris’ Bebop workshops.
Mark Telesca is an American Songwriter / Singer / Guitarist and Bassist. He studied music at Florida Atlantic University and currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida. His “HOOK” oriented songwriting style and storytelling lyrics along with his expressive style of bass playing and powerful lead vocal is capturing the attention of music lovers everywhere.
Mark has released his first solo studio CD titled “Heavy Breathing” in January of 2015. It is currently on steady rotation on SIRIUSXM RADIO (Bluesville). The CD is receiving rave reviews and reached the #5 spot on “Blues Power Radio’s Top 30” Blues Albums. He has had three singles off the Heavy Breathing CD that has charted on Blues 411 Baker’s Dozen of Blues. “If You Got Enough Jack” has reached #5” Cross the Dog” has reached #2 and “I Don’t Need Your Lovin’ Anymore” has reached #1!!!
In January 2015, Mark took his band to Memphis, TN to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) and were semifinalists.
Mark has also started a career playing solo acoustic guitar focusing on Pre-WWII blues, Americana and his own original music.
He has since competed in his local IBC challenge as a solo artist. He has been fortunate enough to win himself another spot in to compete again in Memphis in January 2016. He will be representing The South Florida Blues Society.
As well as being a songwriter, singer, guitarist, and band leader, Mark is a touring bassist supporting many blues / rock artists. He is currently touring with “Blue Mercy” Featuring 2014 Blues Music Award winner and 2015 Blues Music Award Nominee Diunna Greenleaf.
Mark’s influences are: The Delta Blues, Gospel Music and Motown. Bass influences are James Jamerson, Donald Duck Dunn, Oteil Burbridge, Willie Weeks … Just to name a few.
Paul Gabriel is a Blues Music Award nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters Band, Mick Taylor, James Cotton, Robert Cray, Jaimoe, Gatemouth Brown, Buckwheat Zydeco, Matt Murphy, Johnny Winter, Delbert McClinton, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, Toy Caldwell, Roomful Of Blues, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Band, Lonnie Mack, Sugar Ray and The Bluetones, Mark Naftalin, Arthur Neilson, Shemikia Copeland, Bonnie Bramlett, Susan Tedeschi, Christine Ohlman, Sue Foley, Debbie Davies, Candye Kane, Tommy Castro, Joe Bonamassa, James Montgomery, Gov’T Mule, Orleans, Tower Of Power, Rick Derringer, Issac Hayes and many many more.
Although Teeny was born into blues royalty, (daughter of Tommy “Hi-Heel Sneakers” Tucker), one need only to hear Teeny to know that she has cultivated and developed her “gifts” into her very own uniquely compelling world-class package. As a child, this Dayton Ohio native began singing in the church choir. This experience, like so many other soulful success stories, undoubtedly began to chart the course of Teeny’s music career. The paths which would lead to her abilities to interpret with soulful, bluesy, and uniquely stylistic renderings was set.
The Rusty Wright Band
This Billboard Top 10 artist’s innovative sound is a hot rod fusing of Texas and Chicago-style blues, swinging boogie & Southern rock, and a pinch of Motor City grit.
John Blueshammer from Blue Monday Monthly once described the band as “tighter’n a tutu on a sumo,” but the Rusty Wright Band is much more than that. They project non-stop exuberance and energy, and their engaging onstage chemistry and superb musicianship bring people to their feet immediately. They have been called “one of the most entertaining Blues bands in the country today.” (Steve Simon, Founder of the St. John Blues Festival and Bluzapalooza Armed Forces Entertainment tours)
The band’s repertoire consists of original, rock-tinged blues that has been described by the El Paso Times as “a smart collection of adrenalized modern blues that showcases not only Rusty Wright’s considerable guitar chops but an obvious ability to fuse blues and rock in a way that draws from the former’s traditions and the latter’s high-voltage power.”
The Taylor Made Band
The Taylor Made Blues Band brings together four talented and respected blues artists whose love of and talent for the blues is infectious. The band was formed when singer “Michissippi” Mick Kolassa decided to start touring on a regular basis. Joined by David Dunavent on lead guitar and backing vocals, John Allouise on bass and vocals and Joe Eagle on drums, the quartet delivers rock solid blues in a show that keeps audiences coming back.
Playing a combination of Mick’s original songs, cherished blues classics and some surprising blues “uncovers” of songs not traditionally thought of as blues, the Taylor Made Blues Band keeps audiences enthralled by fitting the set to the fans to assure their enjoyment of the show. They are lively and animated in their performances, demanding the attention of the audience and assuring that the fans enjoy themselves.
Tom “The Suit” Forst
Eight years ago, Tom was a corporate Vice President of Cox Communications Group, who quit it all to pursue a full time music career. He had just paid the last college tuition bill for his four children, and that was the day Thomas Forst put the pedal to the metal on a life-long dream.
Since then Tom has gained acclaim as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter – performing and recording with well known musicians from The Johnny Winter Band, Saturday Night Live, Allman Brothers Band, Paul Nelson Band, Stephen Colbert Show Band, Popa Chubby and Grammy winning musicians & producers. As a performer he has opened for: Hoobastank, Slam Allen, Christine Ohlman, Marshall Tucker Band, Lucas Nelson (Willie’s son!), Atlanta Rhythm Section, 3 Dog Night, Gideon Luke, Grand Funk!
Now in 2017, Tom The Suit Forst has released his solo album, “On Fire,” presented by Norwalk, Ct-based Factory Underground Records. Produced by Grammy-winner Paul Nelson, guitarist to Johnny Winter, the blues-based rock album is comprised of eight highly personal originals and three classic covers.
And the question of how one Thomas Forst became known to the world as Tom The Suit Forst: “It was one of my first gigs, guesting with my son’s punk rock group. They called me up, I was still wearing a business suit in those days. As I walked out and starting playing, the crowd was chanting “SUIT SUIT SUIT!!!”
The Legend of THE SUIT was born.