The Nighthawks Team Up with Bob Margolin to Celebrate the 100th Year of Muddy Waters’ Birth with Special Northeastern Tour Dates in October 2015
With Their Latest CD, Back Porch Party, America’s Seminal Roots Music Band Continues to Deliver the Goods
The Nighthawks, America’s seminal roots music band, continue to throw a Back Porch Party for their latest EllerSoul Records CD, and everyone’s invited. To honor the 100-year birthday celebrations of music mentor Muddy Waters, the Washington, DC-based quartet of Mark Wenner (harmonica/vocals), Paul Bell (guitar/vocals), Johnny Castle (bass/vocals) and Mark Stutso (drums/vocals) are joining forces with long-time friend, guitarist Bob Margolin, for a series of northeastern dates that promise to be a highlight of the fall touring season.
The teaming of The Nighthawks and Bob Margolin to honor Muddy Waters is a natural one. The ‘Hawks toured with Muddy and make a habit of covering a song from the blues icon on every album they release. And Bob Margolin played guitar in the Muddy Waters’ band from 1973-’80. He’s just recorded a new album that will be released this fall.
While The Nighthawks northeastern tour with Bob Margolin will be fully “electric,” the band’s most-recent CD was recorded “Live and Acoustic” at Montrose Studio in Richmond, Virginia. On Back Porch Party, the Blues Music Award-winning Nighthawks showcase an even-dozen set list of songs that run the gamut of roots music, touching all bases with excursions into blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, roadhouse country and rhythm and blues, all the while demonstrating that you don’t have to plug in to get electrified!
Along with five original songs from the band’s members, Back Porch Party includes scintillating covers of compositions by Muddy Waters (a band tradition), Lightnin’ Slim, Willie Dixon, Ike Turner and Jimmy Rogers, among others. Bandstand favorite “Down in the Hole” (the theme from the acclaimed TV series, “The Wire”) and “Walkin’ after Midnight,” a song immortalized by country great Patsy Cline, are just two tracks that demonstrate the breadth of The Nighthawks college of American musical knowledge, both live and in the studio.
An earlier Nighthawks “unplugged” CD, Last Train to Bluesville, went on to garner some serious national airplay and win the band's first Blues Music Award in Memphis in May 2011. It also helped put the band back into the national spotlight, and they followed with their first Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise performances and two successful subsequent releases, Damn Good Time and 444.”
After two solid, critically acclaimed electric recordings, The Nighthawks decided to go back to the unplugged route on their new CD. “Although the band mostly continues its amplified style, they are quick to take advantage of situations that warrant the acoustic format,” says Nighthawks founder Mark Wenner. “Having enjoyed both the sound and father/son team of engineers in Montrose Studio in Richmond, Virginia, and mixing some acoustic numbers into the material on our 444 album, it seemed like the perfect place for another unplugged recording. The band and EllerSoul execs also invited a small group of sympathetic listeners in for the recording session. The resulting totally live performance was captured by Bruce and Adrian Olsen and quickly mixed into this presentation of a truly fun event, a BACK PORCH PARTY.”
To schedule an interview with The Nighthawks, contact Karin Johnson at (770) 804-9555/ (firstname.lastname@example.org) For more information on The Nighthawks, visit www.thenighthawks.com. For Bob Margolin, visit www.bobmargolin.com.
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