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LEE ROCKER TO APPEAR ON WOODSONGS OLD TIME RADIO HOUR
3/11/2008
Bassist/vocalist and Stray Cat Lee Rocker will appear on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour on March 22.

LEE ROCKER TO APPEAR ON WOODSONGS OLD TIME RADIO HOUR

LEE ROCKER TO APPEAR ON
WOODSONGS OLD TIME RADIO HOUR

Bassist/vocalist and Stray Cat Lee Rocker will appear on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour on March 22. Lee will be interviewed and will perform songs from his recent Alligator CD, BLACK CAT BONE. The show will air on over 400 radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. It will also air on XM Satellite Radio 15, “The Village,” on April 13.

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Listen to ROOMFUL OF BLUES On All Things Considered
3/5/2008
Roomful Of Blues appeared on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" program on March 5, 2008.

Alligator Prepares New Releases From Marcia Ball and Michael "Iron Man" Burks
3/4/2008
Alligator Records has set an April 8 street date for PEACE, LOVE & BBQ, the first new studio CD in four years (and the 13th album of her career) from Texas-based, Louisiana-born pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball, and IRON MAN, the third release from electrifying Arkansas blues guitarist and vocalist Michael Burks.

Alligator Prepares New Releases From Marcia Ball and Michael "Iron Man" Burks

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SINGER JANIVA MAGNESS TO PERFORM FOR U.S. TROOPS IN KUWAIT AND IRAQ IN APRIL
2/25/2008
Award-winning blues singer Janiva Magness will join soul/blues singer Bobby Rush and others in Bluzapalooza, the first blues concert tour to go to a war zone to entertain U.S. troops.

SINGER JANIVA MAGNESS TO PERFORM FOR U.S. TROOPS IN KUWAIT AND IRAQ IN APRIL

SINGER JANIVA MAGNESS TO PERFORM FOR U.S. TROOPS
IN KUWAIT AND IRAQ IN APRIL!

 

Award-winning blues singer Janiva Magness, whose yet untitled Alligator debut CD will hit stores on June 10, 2008, will join soul/blues singer Bobby Rush and others in Bluzapalooza, the first blues concert tour to go to a war zone to entertain U.S. troops. Presented by Armed Forces Entertainment, the tour will begin April 1 in Kuwait before heading into Iraq. This inaugural Bluzapalooza tour is made possible with the help of Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE), The Blues Foundation, Blind Raccoon, Blues Revue, Gibson Guitars, Alligator Records, NorthernBlues Music, Delta Groove Records, Blind Pig Records, Telarc Records, Sony Corporation and Ruf Records. Armed Forces Entertainment is the lead Department of Defense agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving overseas
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Alligator Prepares New Releases from Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King And Eddy Clearwater
2/11/2008
Alligator Records has set a March 4 street date for BLOOD BROTHERS from Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, and WEST SIDE STRUT from Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater.

Alligator Prepares New Releases from Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King And Eddy Clearwater

ALLIGATOR PREPARES LABEL DEBUTS FROM SMOKIN’ JOE KUBEK & BNOIS KING AND EDDY “THE CHIEF” CLEARWATER!


Alligator Records has set a March 4 street date for BLOOD BROTHERS from Texas roadhouse rockers Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, and WEST SIDE STRUT from legendary Chicago blues master (and Grammy Award nominee) Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater. For almost 20 years, the red-hot Texas blues of Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King has been thrilling music fans all around the world. Clearwater is an intense, flamboyant blues-rocking showman, and one of the masters of West Side blues. Both Kubek & King and Clearwater signed with Alligator late in 2007.

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Dallas, Dallas, TX-based guitarist Smokin’ Joe Kubek’s raucous roadhouse fretwork is expertly complimented by the equally fiery guitar and soulful vocals of Bnois King. With nearly 20 years together and literally thousands of live performances under their collective belt, the two create a one-two punch of raw, tough, blues-rock filled with intensity and purpose.

BLOOD BROTHERS, produced by Kubek and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, features 14 rocking blues songs (13 originals) filled with Kubek’s larger-than-life fretwork and King’s smoky vocals and economical, tasty guitar playing. Recorded with Kubek and King’s road-honed band, the album captures all of their legendary live energy and highlights the seemingly telepathic interplay between the musicians.

Kubek was born in Grove City, PA in 1956 but grew up in Irving, TX. He was leading his own bands and gigging all around Dallas clubs when he was only 14. Bowled over by the blues a short time after first hearing Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, Kubek soon discovered the music of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and other early masters. By the time he was 19, he was backing many famous players in the area, including legend Freddie King.

Kubek worked with R&B singer Al “TNT” Braggs and made a host of new friends, including Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan (with whom Kubek became close), B.B. King and many other blues icons. In 1989, Kubek met guitarist/vocalist Bnois King at a Monday night Dallas jam session. The two became fast friends, and melded their seemingly divergent styles – Kubek a rocking and fierce picker and slider, King a jazz-inflected chorder (who could also solo with flaming electricity) – into one of the most potent guitar combinations the Southwest had ever produced.

King was born in Delhi, LA in 1943. He was inspired to play guitar by his high school music teacher. Before long, Bnois was playing blues cover songs with a local band. On his own, he traveled through Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado, finding local bands to gig with and also performing with carnival tent show combos. King made his way to Dallas in 1979, gigging with jazz bands until he hooked up with Kubek 10 years later.

Calling themselves The Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band Featuring Bnois King, they signed with Bullseye Blues and released their debut CD, Stepping Out Texas Style, in 1991. The band immediately grew out of Texas and began touring nationally. After a successful series of Bullseye releases, they joined Blind Pig Records in 2003. As their popularity continued to build on the strength of their music and the energy of their live shows, Kubek and King started playing over 150 dates per year all across the United States, Canada and Europe.  With BLOOD BROTHERS and a massive tour planned, the band will gig from coast to coast, bringing their no-holds-barred brand of soul-charged Texas rockin’ blues to old fans and newcomers night after night.

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Between his slashing left-handed guitar work, his room-filling vocals, and his self-defined “rock-a-blues” style (a forceful mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, country and gospel), Eddy Clearwater is among the very finest practitioners of the West Side Chicago blues performing today. The blues world recognized his talent by giving him the Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues – Male Artist of the Year in 2001. His last release, 2003’s Rock ‘N’ Roll City, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Now he’s back with his very first Alligator CD, the aptly titled WEST SIDE STRUT.

WEST SIDE STRUT, produced by young hotshot guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks (son of the legendary bluesman Lonnie Brooks), is an energized mix of West Side blues and old school rock injected with a tough, up-to-the-minute contemporary edge. Featuring some of Eddy’s hottest playing ever recorded, the CD burns with his stinging guitar and rough-and-ready vocals. Guests include Eddy’s old friends Lonnie Brooks, Jimmy Johnson, Billy Branch and Otis Clay as well as Ronnie Baker Brooks himself, playing some scintillating guitar parts.


Born Edward Harrington on January 10, 1935 in Macon, MS, Eddy and his family moved to Birmingham, AL in 1948. With music from blues to gospel to country & western surrounding him from an early age, Eddy taught himself to play guitar (left-handed and upside down), and began performing with various gospel groups, including the legendary Five Blind Boys of Alabama. After moving to Chicago in 1950, Eddy stayed with an uncle and took a job as a dishwasher, saving as much as he could from his $37 a week salary. His first music jobs were with gospel groups playing in local churches. Through his uncle’s contacts, Eddy met many of Chicago’s blues stars. He fell deeper under the spell of the blues, and under the wing of blues star Magic Sam, who would become one of Eddy’s closest friends and teachers.

By 1953, as Guitar Eddy, he was making a strong name for himself, working the South and West Side bars regularly. After hearing Chuck Berry in 1957, Eddy added that rock and roll element to his already searing blues style, creating a unique sound that defines him to this day. He recorded his first single, Hill Billy Blues, for his uncle’s Atomic H label under the name Clear Waters in 1958 (his manager at the time, drummer Jump Jackson, came up with the name as a play on Muddy Waters).

The name Clear Waters morphed into Eddy Clearwater and Eddy worked the local circuit steadily throughout the 1950s, 1960s and into the 1970s, finding huge success in the 1970s among the North Side college crowd who responded to his individual brand of blues, his rock and roll spirit and his high energy stage show.


His first full-length LP, 1980’s The Chief, was the initial release on Chicago’s Rooster Blues label. Recording numerous albums for various labels during the 1980s and 1990s, Eddy’s star continued to rise. His 2003 CD Rock ‘N’ Roll City paired him up with the surf-rocking Mexican wrestling-masked group, Los Straitjackets. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award and earned Eddy a multitude of new fans.

Now, with WEST SIDE STRUT, Eddy has made the very best album of his life. He loves to perform and can usually be found tearing it up somewhere around the world on any given night. He’s played everywhere from Russia, Turkey, and Romania to Brazil and Alaska. He’ll hit the road hard in support of the CD, strutting his slicing guitar licks, his rock-fueled blues, rockabilly, country and gospel gumbo and his uninhibited live show to fans ready for a taste of the real West Side Chicago blues, played by a master at the very peak of his abilities.

 

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ERIC LINDELL PERFORMS ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN ON FRIDAY, FEBRURARY 8
2/6/2008
Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Eric Lindell made his national television debut with a performance on NBC television's Late Night With Conan O'Brien on Friday, February 8.

ERIC LINDELL PERFORMS ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN ON FRIDAY, FEBRURARY 8

ERIC LINDELL PERFORMS ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN ON FRIDAY, FEBRURARY 8


ERIC LINDELL TO PERFORMS ON LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN ON FRIDAY, FEBRURARY 8

Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Eric Lindell made his national television debut with a performance on NBC television's Late Night With Conan O'Brien on Friday, February 8. Eric and his band sang Lay Back Down, the first single from their new Alligator CD, LOW ON CASH, RICH IN LOVE.  


Since the January 14, 2008 release of LOW ON CASH, RICH IN LOVE, Lindell has received massive amounts of radio airplay and critical praise, with features and reviews running in USA Today, Harp, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Relix, and many other national and regional publications.

The Chicago Sun-Times
calls Eric, "A tremendous raw talent. 'Low On Cash, Rich In Love' is a mature album by a singer-songwriter with a fully realized musical vision. It's not a great stretch to liken Lindell to Van Morrison in his proficiency for crafting classic neosoul sounds. Lindell writes from the heart with the life experience of a Charles Bukowski and the poet's soul of the Belfast Cowboy himself."

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QUEEN OF THE BLUES KOKO TAYLOR TO PERFORM LIVE AT GRAMMY AWARDS PRE-TELECAST SHOW
2/1/2008
Legendary blues singer Koko Taylor will join pianist Pinetop Perkins and guitarist Honeyboy Edwards and a full band in a live performance of "Let The Good Times Roll."

QUEEN OF THE BLUES KOKO TAYLOR TO PERFORM LIVE AT GRAMMY AWARDS PRE-TELECAST SHOW

QUEEN OF THE BLUES KOKO TAYLOR TO PERFORM LIVE AT
GRAMMY AWARDS PRE-TELECAST SHOW

 

Legendary blues singer Koko Taylor will join pianist Pinetop Perkins, guitarist Honeyboy Edwards and a full band in a live performance of Let The Good Times Roll during the 50th Annual Grammy Awards pre-telecast presentation ceremony. The ceremony will air live on www.grammy.com from 1:00pm until 3:00pm on Sunday, February 10. Taylor is nominated for a Grammy Award in the Traditional Blues category for her stellar 2007 release, Old School.
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LITTLE CHARLIE BATY OF LITTLE CHARLIE & THE NIGHTCATS ANNOUNCES SEMI-RETIREMENT
2/1/2008
Charles Baty, co-founder and guitarist for Little Charlie & The Nightcats, has decided to enter into semi-retirement from touring.

LITTLE CHARLIE BATY OF LITTLE CHARLIE & THE NIGHTCATS ANNOUNCES SEMI-RETIREMENT

LITTLE CHARLIE BATY OF LITTLE CHARLIE & THE NIGHTCATS
ANNOUNCES SEMI-RETIREMENT

 

Charles Baty, co-founder and guitarist for Little Charlie & The Nightcats, has decided to enter into semi-retirement from touring after the band's March 2008 European tour. Little Charlie & The Nightcats were formed 32 years ago when harmonicist/vocalist/songwriter Rick Estrin teamed up with Baty in 1976. The band recorded ten albums for Alligator and has been one of the most in-demand and consistent draws on the blues circuit. Estrin will continue to pursue his own projects, and tour with current Nightcats drummer J Hanson and bassist Lorenzo Farrell. Baty plans to re-join the band for special one-off dates, some overseas tours, blues cruises and select North American festivals.

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ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTIST LEE ROCKER TO HOST XM RADIO SHOW
1/24/2008
Singer/songwriter/bassist (and Stray Cat) Lee Rocker is set to program and host his own radio show, Rumble & Twang, to air on XM Satellite Network's X-Country channel (XM-12).

ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTIST LEE ROCKER TO HOST XM RADIO SHOW

ALLIGATOR RECORDS ARTIST LEE ROCKER TO HOST
"RUMBLE & TWANG" ON XM SATELLITE RADIO!

 

Singer/songwriter/bassist (and Stray Cat) Lee Rocker is set to program and host his own radio show, Rumble & Twang, to air on XM Satellite Network's X-Country channel (XM-12). The show will air the first week of each month, starting on Monday, February 4, at 11:00am est. It will replay the following Thursday at 7:00pm est and Saturday at 11:00am est. The program is part of The Slip Stream Special series, where each week a different musician hosts his own show. The other artists hosting shows are Robert Earl Keen, Dave Alvin and Robbie Fulks. Complete programming information is available at http://xcountry.xmradio.com.

 

According to XM's Jessie Scott, program director for X-Country, "We are proud to welcome Lee to the XM family. Lee's vision of rockabilly with an Americana twist is a marvelous addition to The Slip Stream Special. The show acknowledges the fertile ground of all the musical styles that helped create rockabilly, mixing R&B and country to create something new."

 

And Rocker couldn't agree more, saying, "'Rumble and Twang is a labor of love for me, and it's something that in a way, I've always done.  Being a musician is all about sharing music and telling stories. Having my own radio show gives me another chance to share the American music that rumbles, twangs, echoes and slaps."

Rocker's latest CD, Black Cat Bone, has been hailed as the best of his career. Bass Player magazine said, "Rocker conjures up his best solo record...powerful, supercharged and refreshing." The Boston Herald said, "Lee Rocker keeps his stand-up bass pointed straight toward Sun Studios and rockabilly heaven."

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BOB ENOS, ROOMFUL OF BLUES TRUMPET PLAYER, 1947 - 2008
1/14/2008
Bob Enos, longtime trumpet player for Roomful of Blues, died in his sleep in his hotel room in Douglas, Georgia, early Friday morning, January 11, 2008 of suspected heart failure.

BOB ENOS, ROOMFUL OF BLUES TRUMPET PLAYER, 1947 - 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 14, 2008

CONTACT: Marc Lipkin / Alligator Records / 773-973-7736 x235
EMAIL: publicity@allig.com

Color Photograph available upon request

 

 

 

BOB ENOS, ROOMFUL OF BLUES TRUMPET PLAYER --- JULY 4, 1947 – JANUARY 11, 2008

 

Bob Enos, longtime trumpet player for Roomful of Blues, died in his sleep in his hotel room in Douglas, Georgia, early Friday morning, January 11, 2008 of suspected heart failure. He was 60. Roomful had played the Douglas Country Club the previous night. The band was on its way to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday to perform on The Legendary Blues Cruise. Roomful is continuing its current tour with former band member John Wolfe taking Enos’s place.

 

Enos joined Roomful Of Blues in September, 1981. Only saxophonist Rich Lataille had been with the band longer. He appeared on every album that Roomful made apart from its first three releases, including a new CD, “Raisin’ A Ruckus,” set to be released on January 15, 2008. Enos can also be heard with the Roomful horn section on recordings by Pat Benatar, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Colin James, Jimmy “T99” Nelson and others. Influenced by Louis Armstrong and Roy Eldridge, Enos’ driving delivery and punching high notes put a sparkle atop the Roomful horn section and frequently drew gasps from the audience.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 4, 1947, Bob took up the trumpet at age 14, studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music, and spent the late sixties and early seventies playing in R&B and soul bands. After studying with John Coffee and Ray Copeland, he spent two of years working with the legendary Platters (led by Herb Reed) before joining Jack Radcliffe and the New Viper Revue. He then founded the award-winning band Channel One and was with this jazz fusion group for three years. After a period of freelance work he joined Roomful, literally on the eve of the band’s first coast-to-coast tour.

“Bob was one of a kind,” said Roomful bandleader Chris Vachon, “a unique talent. The band obviously feels devastated. When you work as closely together as a band like Roomful does, each person is family – we’re like brothers. It makes this kind of thing hard, very hard indeed.”

“He could always hit those high notes,” said Roomful’s former bandleader Greg Piccolo. “It was an amazing thing – I had never worked with a trumpet player who was so consistent. It didn’t matter how tired the band was, how long the drive to the job had been. He was always there, right on the money. He was a bull.”

“He was a pro through and through,” commented Bob Bell who managed Roomful for over 20 years. “He loved the music and he loved the band. Outside of his family, it was his life. He brought a lot of joy to an awful lot of folks. And he was a really sweet guy.”
 
He is survived by his wife Jill, sons Louis, Jude and Joseph, and daughter Elizabeth.

 

Contributions for Bob Enos’ son’s education may be sent to:

Bob Enos memorial Scholarship Fund

c/o TD Bank North

127 South Street

Wrentham, MA 02093

 

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Eight Alligator Artists Receive 11 Blues Music Award Nominations
12/18/2007
The Blues Foundation announced the nominees for the 2008 Blues Music Awards on Friday, December 14. Eight Alligator recording artists received a total of 11 nominations.

Eight Alligator Artists Receive 11 Blues Music Award Nominations

EIGHT ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE
11 BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS!


The Blues Foundation announced the nominees for the 2008 Blues Music Awards on Friday, December 14. Eight Alligator recording artists received a total of 11 nominations. Chicago blues legend Koko Taylor (a 2008 Grammy nominee as well) received four nominations (including nods for Album Of The Year for Old School and Song Of The Year for Taylor’s original Gonna Buy Me A Mule). Lil’ Ed Williams and his band The Blues Imperials, The Holmes Brothers, Ann Rabson (of Saffire—The Uppity Blues Women), Sam Lay (of The Siegel-Schwall Band), and new Alligator signing Janiva Magness each received one nomination. Long time Alligator artists the late Carey Bell and the late Son Seals both received nominations for non-Alligator related DVD projects.

The Blues Music Awards are recognized as the highest honor given to blues artists. The Blues Music Awards ceremony and concert will be held May 8, 2008 at the Grand Casino Event Center in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi.  Alligator artists and nominations are as follows:

KOKO TAYLOR
Album of the Year: Old School
Song of the Year: Gonna Buy Me A Mule, written by Koko Taylor
Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year
Traditional Blues Album of the Year: Old School

LIL’ ED AND THE BLUES IMPERIALS
Band of the Year

HOLMES BROTHERS
Soul Blues Album of the Year: State Of Grace

JANIVA MAGNESS
B.B. King Entertainer of the Year

ANN RABSON (of SAFFIRE—THE UPPITY BLUES WOMEN)
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year

CAREY BELL
Instrumentalist – Harmonica
DVD – Carey & Lurrie Bell – Gettin‘ Up (Delmark Records)

SON SEALS
DVD – A Journey Through The Blues – The Son Seals Story

SAM LAY (THE SIEGEL-SCHWALL BLUES BAND)
Instrumentalist of the Year - Drums

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ALLIGATOR PREPARES DOUBLE RELEASE
12/14/2007
Alligator Records has set a January 15, 2008 street date for Low On Cash, Rich In Love from California-born, New Orleans-schooled singer/songwriter Eric Lindell, and Raisin’ A Ruckus from Providence, Rhode Island’s horn-driven, guitar-fueled -- and 40-year veterans -- Roomful of Blues.

ALLIGATOR PREPARES DOUBLE RELEASE

ALLIGATOR PREPARES NEW RELEASES FROM
ERIC LINDELL AND ROOMFUL OF BLUES!


 

Alligator Records has set a January 15, 2008 street date for Low On Cash, Rich In Love from California-born, New Orleans-schooled singer/songwriter Eric Lindell, and Raisin’ A Ruckus from Providence, Rhode Island’s horn-driven, guitar-fueled -- and 40-year veterans -- Roomful of Blues. This is Lindell’s second Alligator release, and follows his critically acclaimed debut, Change In The Weather. Raisin’ A Ruckus is Roomful of Blues’ third CD for the label, the 14th of their carrrer, and the first to feature vocalist Dave Howard.

With musical roots planted in Northern California, Lindell's talent blossomed in New Orleans. His combination of sweet, blue-eyed soul with foot-stomping R&B, swamp pop, funk and blues have won him critical and popular acclaim across the country. His compositions are filled with solid grooves and insightful, emotionally rich lyrics.

Recorded at Piety Street Studio in New Orleans, Low On Cash, Rich In Love will delight his fan base and will capture the attention of music lovers all over the globe. Lindell's sinewy and soulful vocals recall 1970s Van Morrison, while his guitar and harmonica work are uniquely his own. With sweet saxophones punching in all the right places and grooves building on top of each other, Eric Lindell has created a timeless collection of songs.

Born in San Mateo, California in 1969, Lindell grew up listening to the music of The Impressions, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Jimmy Reed and Albert King before drifting toward the R&B sounds of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway. After learning bass and guitar, Eric formed his own group in 1993 and quickly gained a loyal California audience thanks to countless performances and many late-night jam sessions.

Lindell headed to New Orleans in 1999, where he quickly discovered the roots music scene. Some of New Orleans’ finest players, including keyboardist Ivan Neville and drummers Harold Brown and Johnny Vidacovich, often joined him on stage. Word of Lindell’s immense talents quickly spread around the city. He played the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival numerous times, and even appeared on the cover of OffBeat, all before he had a record deal.

Lindell’s 2006 Alligator Records debut, Change In The Weather, delighted and surprised music fans hungry for a truly original artist. Critics across the country went wild, with reviews and features in Relix, OffBeat, The Chicago Sun-Times, Harp, Guitar Player, Down Beat, The New Yorker, The New York Press and many other national and regional publications. The New Orleans Times-Picayune said, “Eric Lindell has arrived with his irresistible soul...not a moment is wasted.”


Even though Roomful of Blues’ lineup has changed over the 40 years they have been together, the band has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Since 1967, the group’s deeply rooted blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump, blues and soul has earned it five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards (with the nod for Blues Band Of The Year in 2005).

Roomful of Blues is an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon. In 2007, Dave Howard became lead vocalist, bringing his gritty and soulful voice and adding another bright new dimension to their jazzy, jump-blues music. With tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille (the longest-standing member of the group), long-time trumpeter Bob Enos, keyboardist Travis Colby, and baritone and tenor saxophonist Mark Earley, along with new bassist Dima Gorodetsky and drummer Ephraim Lowell, Raisin’ A Ruckus swings with ferocity and rocks with urgency and purpose.

Roomful of Blues was born in Westerly, Rhode Island in 1967 when guitarist Duke Robillard and keyboardist Al Copley started a band that played tough, no-holds-barred Chicago blues. They soon began exploring the swinging, jumping blues, R&B and jazz of the 1940s and 1950s, and added a horn section (including Rich Lataille) in 1970. In 1977, Roomful of Blues’ self-titled debut album on Island Records (recently reissued on Hyena Records) brought them to the attention of fans and critics from coast to coast.

Over the years there have been at least 46 Roomful of Blues members, each bringing his or her own unique talent and vision to the mix. Founder Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl both preceded Chris Vachon as the band's guitarists. Vocals have been handled by luminaries like Lou Ann Barton, Greg Piccolo and Sugar Ray Norcia. Roomful recorded three successful albums for the Varrick label during the 1980s before landing with Rounder, where they released six critically acclaimed albums. The group joined Alligator in 2003 and released the Grammy nominated That's Right and followed in 2005 with Standing Room Only.

Roomful of Blues has played countless gigs and many major festivals, including The San Francisco Blues Festival, The Monterey Blues Festival, and overseas at The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Stockholm Jazz Festival, The Montreux Jazz Festival, Notodden Festival and the Belgian Peer Festival. The band tours virtually non-stop, hitting cities from coast to coast, and traveling abroad to Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey and Russia.

With Raisin’ A Ruckus and their extensive touring schedule, long-time fans and new converts alike can see for themselves why The Chicago Sun-Times said, “This is a band on top of its game, sliding easily from big-band jazz-blues to guitar-drenched urban blues….let the party begin.”


 

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