Saturday, December 12, 2009

Ronnie Earl

Ronnie Earl guitar Ronnie is a two-time (1997, 1999) W.C. Handy Blues Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year. He has served as an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, taught for five years at the National Guitar summer workshop in Connecticut, and has given private lessons. In 1995 Ronnie released Ronnie Earl: Blues Guitar with Soul, an instructional VHS tape that was then rereleased in DVD format in 2005. Ronnie Earl has played alongside such greats as B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, Otis Rush, Earl King, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy, as well as gifted young blues guitarists who he just might pull up on stage at a moment’s notice.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gina Sicilia

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Genres: Americana / Soul / Blues
Label: VizzTone Label Group
Management: Cindy Da Silva - da Silva Artists, Cindy da Silva


Young Philadelphia songstress Gina Sicilia exploded onto the scene in 2007, as her debut CD, Allow Me To Confess, was met with joyous acclaim by fans and critics alike. She was heralded as a distinctive new voice in the Blues, as well as an insightful songwriter and interpreter of neglected classics in the Rhythm & Blues canon.

In 2008 she was nominated for “Best New Artist Debut” at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis,  Tennessee, just as her sophomore release Hey Sugar proved her also to be a legitimate contender in the worlds of Classic Country and Americana.With her new 2011 release, Can't Control Myself, Gina broadens her stylistic palette, infusing even more Soul and Americana into her bedrock influences of Blues and R&B. This CD features seven new Gina Sicilia compositions, as well as three choice covers borrowed from Bobby Bland, Stevie Wonder, and Ike & Tina Turner.

Gina’s singing and songwriting continue to break new ground, showing remarkable depth, power, and seemingly unstoppable growth. Can't Control Myself was produced and engineered by Gina’s label mate, the insanely talented Dave Gross, who also played every instrumental track on the record except for trumpet, sax, and one lap-steel track. Now 25 years old, the genre-defying Gina Sicilia continues to smash pigeonholes into kindling and redefine the boundaries of soulful music.

The Rusty Wright Band

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Genres: Blues / Southern Rock / Jam Band
Label: Sadson MusicManagement: and Booking, Ross White, Sadson Music-810-496-3051

Forged in the Michigan factory towns that have served as a melting pot of inspiration for scores of legendary acts and tempered on stages the world over, RWB’s music has been described 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.” Blues Impresario Steve Simon called them “One of the most entertaining Blues bands in the country today,” and Rick Raven of Rev. Raven & the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys said "The Rusty Wright Band should headline EVERY show they are on. This band is THAT good. Best I've seen in years."
Make no mistake - this act is much more than a "guitar" band. Soaring Hammond B3 organ, bouncing piano runs and soulful vocal riffs volley to and fro across the stage in answer to Rusty's six-string challenge as he pushes his band to ever greater feats of improvisation as the band swings, rocks and croons its way through sets of music from the band's three CDs and two concert DVDs.

Formed in 2004, the Rusty Wright Band brings to the stage an electrifying, blues-infused tour de force of rollicking musical interplay that is as much fun to watch as it is to listen to. Fronting the band with Wright is his wife, vocalist/guitarist Laurie LaCross-Wright. As they harmonize together and trade vocals on verses, their onstage chemistry is both obvious and engaging, and their good-natured banter between songs brings knowing smiles to the faces of everyone who has ever been in a relationship.

The group's first album "Ain't No Good Life" [Sadson Music 2006] received excellent reviews and more than 5 years later continues to appear occasionally on the iTunes Blues charts across the globe. Their second album, "Playing with Fire" [Sadson Music 2009] enjoyed airplay in more than 100 countries, appeared on the regional Billboard charts, appeared on the iTunes Blues charts more than 135 times globally, and continues to receive airplay on Sirius/XM radio.

Their live performances are where RWB really shines though. Concert and festival tours have taken them through the United States, the US Virgin Islands, Canada, S. Korea & Japan ["Bluzapalooza IV" Department of Defense Armed Forces Entertainment tour], and Italy. They have twice represented the Detroit Blues Society in Memphis at the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge, [semi-finalists] making them the only act to win the world's largest IBC preliminary competition more than once. This five-piece "energized blues storm" takes audiences on a joyful, rolling tour of souped-up Americana as hints of jazz, southern rock, and even country find their way into a veritable blues stew dished up and served steaming hot with a healthy dose of Motor City flair and attitude. It's a vibrant, honest blending of sounds and styles that brings audiences to their feet and leaves them feeling good!



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