Vanessa N. Collier is an American blues and soul saxophonist and songwriter, she has been nominated for five Blues Music Awards. Her influences include Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, The Wood Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ray Charles, Snooks Eaglin, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Professor Longhair, Cannonball Adderley. Collier is a Selmer endorsed woodwind artist. Collier was born in Dallas, United States and grew up in Columbia, Maryland, her interest in blues music started at the age of 11, when she played a solo on her saxophone over a blues progression in jazz band. Collier studied saxophone with Chris Vadala for a number of years, studying classical and many other styles of music. Collier went on to earn dual degrees in Performance and Music Production & Engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston, graduating in 2013. At Berklee's Commencement Concert, Collier was invited to play alongside Annie Lennox, Kathy Mattea, Willie Nelson. Collier worked with Kathy Mattea, Bill Cooley, Patrice Rushen, many more visiting artists during her four years studying at Berklee.
She toured in the U. S. and internationally backing Joe Louis Walker during 2012 and 2013. In 2014, Collier issued Heart Soul & Saxophone; the work drew comparisons to artists including Bonnie Raitt. The album was declared as "magnificent" on Dan Aykroyd's blues radio show and named "Best of 2014 Blues Breakers" for her album, her backing band on the recording comprised several former Berklee students. The album consisted of four cover versions; the former included "Bad News Bears", dedicated to a fellow saxophone player, Max Cowan, who had died at a young age. The album's finale was a cover of James Morrison's "Right by Your Side". However, one music journalist noted "this album only intersects with the blues on a few occasions"; the interest the release generated resulted in Collier having her national debut tour in late 2014. She followed this by becoming a top-three finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, reached the semi-finals of the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
In 2017, she released her second album, on Ruf Records. It had eight Collier compositions, plus cover versions of U2's "When Love Comes to Town"; the album was co-produced by Collier and Kevin Houston and her studio musicians included Charles Hodges on keyboards, Laura Chavez on guitar, TK Jackson on drums, Daniel McKee on bass. The release saw her tour in 12 countries, alternating between tour legs in Europe as a featured artist with Ruf’s Blues Caravan, returning to the U. S. and Canada with her own band, a tour in Brazil with Fred Sunwalk and The Dog Brothers. She performed at the Briggs Farm Blues Festival in Pennsylvania. Collier was nominated in 2017 for a Blues Music Award in the'Instrumental – Horn Player of the Year' category, she won first place in the'Lyrics Only' category of the 2017 USA Songwriting Competition. She undertook the second leg of her 2017 European tour with Ruf Records' Blues Caravan. Collier teaches around 30 students at her own studio and is active in the Blues Foundation's'Blues in the Schools' programs.
In 2018, Collier was nominated in two categories at that year's Blues Music Awards. She released her third album Honey Up in July 2018 at the Briggs Farm Blues Festival. Honey Up spent nine weeks on Billboard in the Top Blues Albums Chart. In 2019, she was again nominated in two categories at the Blues Music Awards. Official website
Samantha Fish is an American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist. Samantha Fish grew up in Missouri. Fish started out playing drums. Fish went to the Knuckleheads Saloon to hear touring Blues artists. After turning 18, she joined in with the singers and bands who were performing at Knuckleheads. In 2009, Fish produced Live Bait; the live album attracted the attention of a talent company. Ruf Records put together a record with Fish and two other female blues artists, Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde, titled Girls with Guitars; the three guitarists toured on the Ruf Records 2011 Blues Caravan in the U. S. and Europe. Fish continued touring with the Samantha Fish Band, featuring "Go-Go Ray" Pollard on drums and Chris Alexander on bass, playing in Europe and the United States. In 2011, Fish recorded Runaway with the help of her mentor Mike Zito; the album won the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist. Fish appeared on Devon Allman's 2013 album Turquoise in a duet covering the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks' song "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around".
During the summer of 2013, Fish was called up on stage to play with a skeptical Buddy Guy, so impressed with her playing on the guitar, he declared with a beaming smile to his audience, "When this kind of shit happens, I'll play all night!"In 2013, Fish released her second major studio album, Black Wind Howlin', featuring Mike Zito on guitar, Yonrico Scott on drums, Johnny Sansome on harmonica, Paul Thorn, vocal duet on one track. The album was recorded in Maurice, Louisiana. Mike Zito's bandmates from his group Royal Southern Brotherhood, Yonrico Scott and Charlie Wooton, were brought in to assist in the session recordings. In 2013, Fish appeared on The Healers Live at Knuckleheads Saloon, producing a CD/DVD collaboration with Jimmy Hall, Reese Wynans, Kate Moss, Danielle and Kris Schnebelen. Proceeds benefit the Blue Star Connection; the Healers perform together as their schedule permits. Fish's third studio album, Wild Heart was released on July 10, 2015; the new album is more roots rock than her earlier blues rock.
Fish wrote five songs on the record. She co-wrote five other songs with Jim McCormick in Tennessee. Luther Dickinson produced the album, as well as played various stringed instruments to flesh out the sound; the album was recorded in four studios, Royal Studios and Ardent Studios in Memphis, Zebra Ranch in Coldwater and Blade Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana. Other musicians on the record are Brady Blade, Lightnin' Malcolm, Shardé Thomas, Dominic Davis, Shontelle Norman-Beatty, Risse Norman. Fish released her fourth solo album, Chills & Fever on March 17, 2017; the album was was recorded with members of the band The Detroit Cobras. Bobby Harlow produced the album. Fish has won the following awards: Best New Artist Debut – 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis Artist of the Year – 2016 Independent Blues Awards Best Independent Female Blues Artist – 2016 Independent Blues Awards Best Independent Blues Contemporary CD – 2016 Independent Blues Awards Best Modern Roots Song – 2016 Independent Blues Awards Road Warrior – 2016 Independent Blues Awards Best Contemporary Blues Album - 2017 Blues Blast Music Awards Best Independent Female Blues Artist – 2017 Independent Blues Awards Road Warrior – 2017 Independent Blues Awards Best Blues Album – 2017 Best of the Beat Awards Best Modern Roots CD – 2018 Independent Blues Awards Best Independent Blues-Soul Artist – 2018 Independent Blues Awards Best Stage Performance – 2018 Independent Blues Awards Road Warrior – 2018 Independent Blues Awards Song for Common Good – 2018 Independent Blues Awards Female Blues Artist of the Year – 2018 Annual Living Blues Awards Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year – 2018 Blues Music Awards Best Female Vocalist – 2018 Best of the Beat Awards Best Blues Performer – 2018 Best of the Beat Awards Best Guitarist – 2018 Best of the Beat Awards Artist of the Year – 2018 Best of the Beat Awards Black Wind Howlin'Top Heatseekers at No. 47 Top Blues Albums at No. 7 Wild HeartTop Blues Albums at No. 1 Belle of the West Top Blues Albums at No. 1 Her elder sister is Amanda Fish, a fellow American blues singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
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The Big Bad Blues
The Big Bad Blues is the second studio album by American rock musician Billy Gibbons. The album was released on September 2018, by Concord Records; the Big Bad Blues received positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 74, based on 4 reviews
Eric Charles Bibb is an American-born blues singer and songwriter. Bibb's father, was a musical theatre singer, who made a name for himself as part of the 1960s New York folk scene. Family friends included Pete Seeger, actor/singer/activist Paul Robeson, Bibb's godfather, he was given his first steel-string acoustic guitar at age seven. Growing up surrounded by talent, he recalls a childhood conversation with Bob Dylan, who, on the subject of guitar playing, advised the 11-year-old Bibb to "Keep it simple, forget all that fancy stuff". Bibb remembers from his early teen years:I would cut school and claim I was sick; when everyone would leave the house I would whip out all the records and do my own personal DJ thing all day long, playing Odetta, Joan Baez, the New Lost City Ramblers, Josh White. When Bibb was 16 years old, his father invited him to play guitar in the house band for his TV talent show Someone New. Bill Lee, who played bass in this band appeared on Bibb's albums Me To You and Friends.
In 1969, Bibb played guitar for the Negro Ensemble Company at St. Mark's Place in New York, he did not finish these studies. The next year, aged 19, he left for Paris, where he met guitarist Mickey Baker who focused his interest on blues guitar. Bibb moved to Stockholm, where he immersed himself in pre-war blues and the newly discovered world music scene, while he continued to write and perform. Good Stuff was released in 1997 on the American label Earthbeat. Bibb signed to the British-based Code Blue label, but only released one album, Me to You, featuring appearances from some of his personal heroes and Mavis Staples, Taj Mahal; this was followed by tours of the UK, US, France and Germany. In the late 1990s Bibb joined forces with his manager Alan Robinson to form Manhaton Records in Britain; the albums Home to Me, Roadworks and Painting Signs followed, as did the 2005 releases for Opus 3, Just Like Love and Spirit & the Blues. After that, he made A Family Affair with Leon Bibb; this was followed by Natural Light Friends, which contained 15 tracks featuring Bibb duetting with friends and musicians he had met on his travels such as Taj Mahal, Charlie Musselwhite, Guy Davis, Mamadou Diabate and Djelimady Toukara.
In 2004, Eric Bibb released Friends as his debut release under Telarc International Corporation. Bibb remained with Telarc Records from 2004 until 2011, releasing several additional albums including, A Ship Called Love in 2005, Diamond Days in 2007, Spirit I Am in 2008, he released Booker's Guitar in January 2010 with music channeled from the Delta guitar master himself, Booker White known as Bukka White. In November 2011, Bibb signed to Stony Plain Records. In 2018, Bibb opened for George Benson on his UK tour. Bibb received Grammy nominations for Shakin' a Tailfeather in 1997 and Migration Blues in 2017, he has been nominated for several Blues Music Awards. He won the award for Acoustic Artist of the Year in 2012 and 2013. In 2017 he won the award for Acoustic Album of the Year for The Happiest Man in the World. Ain't It Grand Rainbow People Golden Apples of the Sun Me to You Home to Me Roadworks Just Like Love Painting Signs Natural Light A Ship Called Love Diamond Days 12 Gates to the City Get On Board Spirit I Am Booker's Guitar Blues Ballads & Work Songs Deeper in the Well Jericho Road The Haven Blues People Migration Blues Global Griot Cyndee Peters & Eric Bibb: Olikalikadant Eric Bibb & Bert Deivert: April Fools Eric Bibb & Bert Deivert: River Road Eric Bibb & Friends: Songs for Peace Eric Bibb & Bert Deivert: Hello Stranger Cyndee Peters & Eric Bibb: A Collection Of Cyndee Peters & Eric Bibb Eric Bibb & Needed Time: Spirit & The Blues Eric Bibb & Needed Time: Good Stuff Leon & Eric Bibb: A Family Affair Eric Bibb, Rory Block, & Maria Muldaur: Sisters & Brothers Eric Bibb & Friends: Friends Leon & Eric Bibb: Praising Peace: A Tribute to Paul Robeson Habib Koité - Eric Bibb: Brothers in Bamako Eric Bibb & Andrew Maxfield: Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music Eric Bibb, Ale Möller & Knut Reiersrud: Blues Detour Eric Bibb & JJ Milteau: Lead Belly's Gold Eric Bibb & North Country Far with Danny Thompson: The Happiest Man In The World Eric Bibb, Ale Möller, Knut Reiersrud, Aly Bain etc: "Jazz At The Berlin Philharmonic - Celtic Roots" Live at the Basement An Evening with Eric Bibb Live À FIP Troubadour Live with Staffan Astner Up Close With Eric Bibb Live At The Basement The Guitar Artistry Of Eric Bibb Cyndee Peters: När Morgonstjärnan Brinner Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir, Taj Mahal, & Eric Bibb: Shakin' A Tailfeather Various artists: Jazz FM Presents Absolute Blues Various artists: Bob Harris Presents Various artists: Hippity Hop Various artists: All You
Kenny Neal, is an American blues guitar player and band member. Neal' father is Raful Neal, he comes from a musical family, he has performed with his brothers in his band. Neal preserves the blues sound of his native south Louisiana, as befits someone who learned from Slim Harpo, Buddy Guy, his father, harmonica player Raful Neal. In 1987, Neal cut his debut album for the Florida record producer Bob Greenlee — an updated swamp feast marketed on King Snake Records as Bio on the Bayou. Alligator Records picked it up the following year, retitling it Big News from Baton Rouge!! In 1991, he proved to be a talented actor in the Broadway production of the folk musical Mule Bone, singing numbers written by Taj Mahal. Neal has played with blues stars including Lucky Peterson and Lazy Lester, was at one time a member of The Downchild Blues Band, during a period of relocation to Toronto, Canada. In September 2006, Neal announced he was taking a year's break from recording and performing, due to an undisclosed illness.
He returned to the public eye at the Monterey Blues Festival in June 2007. He has children named Kenny and Micah. In 2010, he was touring with the Efes Pilsen Blues Festival. In 2016, Neal's album Bloodline received a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Neal recorded "Bloodline" in Los Angeles and Baton Rouge, he co-produced it with Tom Hambridge. Honors 2011 - Inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame 2005 - Official Statement to Kenny Neal, by the Governor of Louisiana 1993 - Washington, D. C. USIA Certificate of Appreciation for representing the U. S. with Kenny Neal's Blues Band for tour in AfricaWinner 2011 - Jus' Blues Music Foundation Contemporary/Traditional Blues Song Of The Year for "Hooked on Your Love" 2011 - Critic's Poll Living Blues Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year 2009 - Monterey Bay Blues Artist of the Year Award 2009 - BMA Winner for Song of the Year, "Let Life Flow" 2009 - West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Awards for Blues CD of the Year "Let Life Flow" and Blues Band of the Year 2009 - Blueswax Album of the Year "Let Life Flow" 2008 - Blues Critic Awards Readers Poll, Blues Album of the Year "Let Life Flow" and Contemporary Blues Artist of the Year 2008 - Jus' Blues Awards "Junior Wells Harp Award" 2008 - Hometown Video Awards, Entertainment Talk Show 2007 - W.
A. V. E. Award, Talk Show-Entertainment/Pro 2005 - W. C. Handy Blues Awards - Acoustic Blues Album 2003 - Slim Harpo Award in Baton Rouge 1994 - Theatre World Award "Outstanding New Talent" on Broadway 1989 - Big Bill Broonzy Award in Paris 1989 - JD Miller Award "Outstanding Performance"Nominated 2016 - Grammy Nomination for Bloodline - "Best Contemporary Blues Album" 2009 - Grammy nominations in four categories 1999 - Grammy Nomination for Tribute to Howlin' Wolf - "Best Traditional Blues Album" List of blues musicians Long Beach Blues Festival San Francisco Blues Festival Official Home Page
Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist and songwriter. When he was 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B. B. King. In the last 13 years Bonamassa has put out 15 solo albums through his independent record label J&R Adventures, of which 11 have reached number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts. Bonamassa has played alongside such artists as Stephen Stills, Eric Clapton, Blondie Chaplin, Buddy Guy, Steve Winwood, Warren Haynes, Solomon Hicks,and Derek Trucks among others, his career highlights include performances at the Royal Albert Hall and a Grammy Award nomination in 2013. In addition to his music career, Joe Bonamassa runs a nonprofit organisation called the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, whose mission is to further music education by funding scholarships and providing music education resources to schools in need, he is known for his enormous collection of guitars and related gear. Bonamassa was born in New York, he started playing guitar at age four, encouraged by his father, an avid music fan and exposed him to British blues rock records by Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck inspiring him.
At 11 years old Joe was trained by American guitar legend, Danny Gatton. When he was 12 years old, he had his own band called Smokin' Joe Bonamassa, which gigged around western New York and Pennsylvania, including cities such as Scranton and Buffalo, but only on weekends since Joe had school on weekdays. Bonamassa played a crimson 1972 Fender Stratocaster he called "Rosie", which his father had bought in Utica, New York. Bonamassa opened for B. B. King at 20 shows in 1989. Before he reached 18 years old, Bonamassa was playing in a band called Bloodline with the sons of Miles Davis, Robby Krieger, Berry Oakley. Although Bloodline did not become a famous act, it attracted some attention to Bonamassa's guitar chops. Bonamassa's debut studio album A New Day Yesterday was released in 2000, features both original tunes and covers of such artists as Rory Gallagher, Jethro Tull, Warren Haynes; the album features a guest appearance by Gregg Allman on the tune "If Heartaches Were Nickels" and was produced by Tom Dowd.
The album reached number 9 on the Billboard Blues chart. Between 2002 and 2006, Bonamassa saw three studio albums hit number 1 on the Billboard Blues charts, all five of his solo studio albums made the top 10. In 2009 Bonamassa fulfilled one of his childhood dreams by playing at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where Eric Clapton played a duet with him. Bonamassa's live album Beacon Theatre–Live from New York was released in 2012; the show featured one of Bonamassa's musical heroes, Paul Rodgers of the bands Free and Bad Company, as a guest. March 26, 2013 saw the release of his live acoustic album An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House, released as a CD/DVD/Blu-ray set; this concert marked. The acoustic ensemble that performed the show was assembled with the help of Bonamassa's longtime producer, Kevin Shirley; the concluding, three-night stand of Bonamassa's spring 2013 tour occurred at the famous Beacon Theatre in New York City. Over the summer of 2013, Bonamassa performed four shows in London featuring three different bands and, at one show, a horn section, covering four different sides of his music.
Each show had a unique setlist. The shows were recorded for a DVD release and the set of DVDs was released in October, 2013 under the name "Tour de Force." On December 6, 2013, Bonamassa and Beth Hart were nominated for a Grammy Award for their 2013 collaborative album SeeSaw in the Best Blues Album category. Bonamassa's album Different Shades of Blue is his first solo studio album since So, It's Like That to showcase only original songs, except for one short instrumental Jimi Hendrix cover; the Hendrix cover is a 79-second partial performance of "Hey Baby." To write the album, Bonamassa went to Nashville and collaborated with three songwriters there: Jonathan Cain, who has written for Journey. Bonamassa explained to the writers that he wasn't interested in creating three-minute radio hits, but just wanted to write some serious blues rock; the recording of the album was accomplished in Las Vegas at a music studio in the Palms Hotel. On the charts, the album reached number 8 on the Billboard 200, number 1 on the Blues Chart, number 1 on the Indie Chart as well.
In May 2015 Bonamassa won a Blues Music Award in the'Instrumentalist - Guitar' category. In April 2018 Bonamassa's signature amplifier the ‘59 Twin-Amp JB Edition was released by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. On June 27, 2018, Bonamassa premiered at the Grand Ole Opry when he made a guest appearance after being introduced by Chase Bryant and playing along with him in his final song of the set, "I Need a Cold Beer." Bonamassa was first exposed to Beth Hart's music after seeing her play several television performances. The two would cross paths when playing shows separately in Europe, Bonamassa became impressed with Hart when he caught her show at the Blue Balls festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. While recording his album Dust Bowl and listening to the expanded edition of the Rolling Stones' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! that features tracks by Ike and Tina Turner, Bonamassa became inspired to try pairing up with a woman, Beth Hart came to mind. The two musicians met up in a hotel bar in Dublin and soon Bonamassa floated the idea, which Hart accepted although she was at first under the impression that he was asking her to sing backup vocals on his next album.
When she realized that his intention was for her to sing lead vocals, she sa
Luther Allison was an American blues guitarist. He was born in Widener and moved with his family to Chicago in 1951, he taught himself began listening to blues extensively. Three years he began hanging around outside blues nightclubs with the hopes of being invited to perform, he backed James Cotton. Allison's big break came in 1957. Freddie King took Allison under his wing, after King got a record deal, Allison took over his gig in the house band of a club on Chicago's West Side, he worked the club circuit in the late 1950s and early 1960s and recorded his first single in 1965. He signed a recording contract with Delmark Records in 1967 and released his debut album, Love Me Mama, the following year, he performed a well-received set at the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival and as a result was asked to perform there in each of the next three years. He toured nationwide. In 1972, he signed with one of the few blues artists on that label. In the mid-1970s he toured Europe, he moved to France in 1977. Allison was known for his powerful concert performances, lengthy soulful guitar solos and crowd walking with his Gibson Les Paul.
He lived during this period in Peoria, where he signed with Rumble Records, releasing two live recordings, "Gonna Be a Live One in Here Tonight", produced by Bill Knight, "Power Wire Blues", produced by George Faber and Jeffrey P. Hess. Allison played the bar circuit in the United States during this period and spent eight months of the year in Europe at high-profile venues, including the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 1992, he performed with the French rock and roll star Johnny Hallyday in 18 shows in Paris playing during the intermission. Allison's manager and European agent, Thomas Ruf, founded Ruf Records in 1994. Signing with Ruf Records, Allison launched a comeback in association with Alligator Records. Alligator founder Bruce Iglauer convinced Allison to return to the United States; the album Soul Fixin' Man was recorded and released in 1994, Allison toured the United States and Canada. He won four W. C. Handy Awards in 1994. With the James Solberg Band backing him, nonstop touring and the release of Blue Streak, Allison earned more Handy Awards and gained wider recognition.
He was featured on the covers of blues publications. During his tour in the summer of 1997, Allison checked into a hospital for dizziness and loss of coordination, it was discovered. In and out of a coma, Allison died on August 12, 1997, five days before his 58th birthday, in Madison, Wisconsin, his album Reckless had just been released. His son Bernard Allison, at one time a member of his band, is now a solo recording artist. Bernard, the youngest of nine siblings, was exposed to all kinds of music by his father; the younger Allison made his first venture into the music business at age 13, when he performed on a live album with his father. Allison was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times called him "the Bruce Springsteen of the blues", he was a strong influence such as Chris Beard and Reggie Sears. Allison is buried at Washington Memory Gardens Cemetery in Illinois. List of blues musicians List of Chicago blues musicians List of electric blues musicians List of guitarists by genre List of notable brain tumor patients Luther Allison at Find a Grave Luther-Allison.com Fansite mini-biography