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IAN SIEGAL BAND:
Ian Siegal is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and recording artist whose music encompasses Blues and Americana. Born near Portsmouth in England, he dropped out of art college in the late 1980s and went busking in Germany. He has toured in the UK and Europe, . In 2005 he released the first of several albums on the Nugene label. "Meat & Potatoes" was recorded with Nikolaj Bjerre (drums), Andy Graham (bass), Jonny Henderson (organ) and with guitar contributions by Matt Schofield, who also acted as producer. The album includes several songs written by Siegal or co-written with Keith Harrison, that have since become readily identified with Siegal's sound and style. The album is listed in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings. Two further albums with the same line up follows: in 2007 "Swagger" and in 2009 "Broadside" - the latter picked by MOJO magazine as blues album of the year. A year earlier, he released his first solo acoustic album, 2008's "The Dust".
The inaugural British Blues Awards in 2010 saw Siegal pick up the Best Band award. In the following 3 years he collected awards in various categories including Best Male Vocalist, Best Solo Artist, Best Album and Best Song. He was one the early inductees to the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame.
His 2011 release, The Skinny, was recorded in North Mississippi when Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars was hired as record producer and he also played on the album. Other American musicians collecting paychecks were Robert Kimbrough, on guitar, Garry Burnside on bass, and on drums Rod Bland. Also guesting were Alvin Youngblood Hart and Duwayne Burnside. This album was nominated in the Blues Foundation's 2012 Blues Music Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.
A return visit to the Dickinson's Zebra Ranch studio in Coldwater MS resulted in the 2012 album, Candy Store Kid , credited to Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods. This album was also nominated for a Blues Music Award in the 'Contemporary Blues Album' category. This album was also produced by Cody Dickinson. Other hired hands included Garry Burnside, Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Lightnin' Malcolm and a trio of backing singers Stefanie Bolton, Sharisse Norman and Shontelle Norman.
In 2012 Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods performed at the Manchester Bluesfest recorded by the BBC, which resulted in a 30-minute broadcast. Later he was he guest interviewee of the Paul Jones on the latter's BBC Radio 2 show. An appearance at the London Bluesfest in 2013 resulted in an album release (April 2014) entitled "Man & Guitar" recorded by the BBC and released by Nugene Records.
In a twist to his career, Ian played for several years with France’s Orchestre National de Jazz in a program of Billie Holiday songs entitled “Broadway in Satin.” Backed by a 12-piece orchestra of young hand-picked musicians and accompanied by the French singer Karen Lanaud, Siegal performed "Broadway in Satin" at major festivals across France and as far afield as South America and East Africa.
Practicing the honking, jump blues style of jazz, saxophonist Sax Gordon appeared alongside numerous well-known artists and even recorded albums of his own. Born Gordon Beadle, the Boston-based musician performed on albums by such artists as Champion Jack Dupree, Luther "Guitar Jr" Johnson, Duke Robillard, and many more during the 1990s. He began recording solo albums with Have Horn Will Travel, which Bullseye Blues released in 1998, followed by a second album, You Knock Me Out, in 2000. On his solo releases, Gordon leads his bandmates through a variety of styles that variably fall somewhere between jazz and blues. He writes many of his own songs and carefully selects a few covers as well for his albums. In 2001 and again in 2002, he received W.C. Handy Award nominations.
JAREKUS SINGLETON BAND:
Born into a family of church musicians and vocalists on July 11, 1984 in Clinton, Mississippi, blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer Jarekus Singleton was raised on gospel music. Taught the bass by his uncle when he was nine years old, he began playing in his grandfather's church band that same year. He switched to guitar, and soon was soaking up any music he could find, from blues to rock, rap to country, and developed an exciting electric lead guitar style, with a vocal style to match. But Singleton also had other interests, including basketball, and he became a top-seeded national basketball prospect in college (he was the starting point guard for the University of Southern Mississippi for three years) before suffering an ankle injury in 2009. He became a rap artist for a time, writing his own lyrics, and when he picked up the guitar again, it all came together in a blues-based, rap-informed, and very personal take on contemporary blues. He formed the Jarekus Singleton Blues Band that same year in 2009, and quickly found a local following in Mississippi. He self-released a debut album, Heartfelt, in 2011. Signing to Alligator Records, his second album, and first national release, Refuse to Lose, appeared in 2014.
SHARRIE WILLIAMS & THE WISEGUYS:
Three time Blues Music Award nominee and 2012 Blues Album of the Year award winner from L'Academie du Jazz, Sharrie Williams was born and raised in the Daniel Heights projects of Saginaw, Michigan. Sharrie began singing in the church choir at the age of six, and by the time she was 12 she had begun touring and recording with the Greater Williams Temple church choir. Under the choir directorship of Hubert J. Williams, Sharrie performed and recorded with Shirley Caesar, The Winans, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, and the Reverend James Cleveland.
During high school, Sharrie toured Jamaica with the Saginaw High Jazz Band where her exceptional talent was plain for all to see. Sharrie knew that music was her lifeline, and she began earnest and extensive vocal training in jazz, gospel, and drama. In 1993 she toured with Snap Productions in a presentation of Michael Matthews’ gospel stage production, I Need A Man.
In 1996, she began singing with the house band at a club in Saginaw named Wise Guys. This gig was to change Sharrie’s life forever, as that house band quickly evolved into Sharrie Williams & The Wiseguys, and she met and fell in love with the owner of Wise Guys. Sharrie and Norman “Pops” Crawford were married in 1998 and celebrated 16th years of marriage in 2014.
Sharrie Williams & The Wiseguys began appearing regularly at renowned Chicago Blues clubs The Kingston Mines and Buddy Guy’s Legends. 1998 saw Sharrie Williams & The Wiseguys on their way to Europe, starting with performances in Germany. Sharrie released her first CD in 2001 under her own Faith Records label, Sharrie Williams Live at Wise Guys. The live recording caught the attention of the Detroit Music Awards Committee, which earned her a nomination for their Best Blues Album of the Year award. By the end of 2003, Sharrie Williams & The Wiseguys had successfully toured Holland, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, and Great Britain.
In April of 2004, Sharrie released Hard Drivin’ Woman on the German label, Crosscut Records. The album received international acclamation, and word began spreading in the U.S. about her captivating performances and the rock-solid Crosscut recording.
Sharrie followed up with Live at Bay-Car Blues Festival (2007), recorded live at the festival in Grande Synthe, France on the Crosscut label. Studio albums I'm Here to Stay (2007), and Out of the Dark (2011), were released on the Canadian Electro-Fi Records label. Out of the Dark went on to win the 2012 Blues Album of the Year Award from the prestigious L'Academie du Jazz in Paris.
Sharrie has given great and unforgettable performances at blues festivals and clubs throughout the world and has collaborated and appeared with Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples, Van Morrison, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry McCray, Sugar Blue, Bobby Bland, Walter Trout, Johnny Taylor, and Joanna Connor, just to name a few. Her influences include Koko Taylor, Etta James, Tina Turner, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, and the legendary Billie Holiday--each of whom have helped shape her unique style.
Sharrie Williams & The Wiseguys continue to tour and have expanded their mission to include Poland, Austria, The United Emirates, Demark, Finland, Qatar, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Georgia, Ireland, Norway, Hungary, Tunisia, and 20 other countries. Sharrie’s desire is to take her Rockin’ Gospel Blues to every country and every nation, and as certain as the rain ending in time for her performance, there’s no stopping this princess!
Vier muzikanten uit het Belgische Limburg en Luik sluiten een vriendschapspact dat drijft op energieke boogie blues, met als erg fijne uitkomst: Boogie Beasts! De muziek van de Boogie Beasts laat zich typeren als dynamische soms tranceachtige blues, het soort ongepolijste blues waar het Fat Possum Label patent op heeft. Deze vier rasmuzikanten zijn passioneel verknocht aan de blues in zijn Afro-Amerikaanse vorm en dragen de kennis van de Delta Blues duidelijk met zich mee. Het geluid van de Boogie Beasts sluit zich aan bij invloeden als T-Model Ford, R.L. Burnside, Cedell Davis, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker en zelfs The Black Keys. Kortom het Belgische Boogie Beasts staat voor energieke “alternative boogie beats”! Let’s Boogie!
Dollar Bill and his One Man Band