Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in the wilds of Wisconsin, Mandi Strachota is the product of southern roots and Midwest know-how, a potent mix of practicality and soulful dreaming. Mandi has become a fixture on the Atlanta scene, playing at local spots like Northside Tavern and Darwin’s Burgers and Blues, as well as several other spots around town and in the Southeast. She is a lead vocalist for the Wasted Potential Brass Band who performed at Bonnaroo and the Super Bowl within the past year and recently released their first full length album titled Ruining the Surprise Party. Her collaboration with local blues legend Mudcat on his latest release Castaway has attracted the attention of local music connoisseurs. She is known for her soulful vocals, but is a multi-instrumentalist who is quickly becoming known for her songwriting. Mandi released her debut album Fly in the fall of 2013. Her latest project Unleashed, which was released in September of 2017, tells her very honest story of self-discovery. Embracing R&B, gospel and soul, with a touch of grit and country sway, Unleashed is timeless in its sound, but thoroughly modern in its message. “It is only after exploring and succeeding at risk-taking, that the confidence turns into freedom and limitlessness,” says Mandi, speaking about both herself and her music, “In other words - being set free, is only the beginning.” • http://mandistrachota.com/
Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo plays music that is indigenous to the South. Prominent in their song list is the soul music and blues produced at Stax/Volt and Hi Records in Memphis, TN, Muscle Shoals, AL, and other soul hotspots of the South. Artists in their repertoire include Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, Big Maybelle, Percy Mayfield, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, Freddie King, Jimmy Hall, The Allman Brothers Band, and many others. The band has been featured at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art “First Friday”, Callanwolde Arts Centre’s “Jazz on the Lawn”, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, opening for ASO and Chaka Kahn, Buckhead Theater, and more of our city’s fine venues. •
Harvey Brindell has lived in the northeast, southeast, midwest and is currently based in the Portland, Oregon area. He has played with many of the best blues bands in America and his bands have backed up Mitch Kashmar, Taildragger, Mary Lane, and Rockin' Johnny Burgin. Harvey has recorded two CDs with The Honeyboy Turner Band, which have both sold well regionally. One of Harvey's songs, Blues For Omaha, was included on the Blues Society Of Omaha’s Compilation CD. Harvey's current band, Harvey Brindell & The Tablerockers, has been twice nominated for the Cascade Blues Association Muddy Awards and twice nominated for Omaha Area Arts & Entertainment Awards for Best Blues Band. Harvey has played multiple shows in the Atlanta and Macon, GA area over the past year and plans on continuing to increase his presence in Georgia in the foreseeable future. http://www.harveybrindell.com
Wavetree is George Price, Barry Richman, Charlie Korch and Dana McCarthy, playing instrumentals and vocal arrangements from rock to jazz to blues.
Stephan Likman is an eclectic guitar instrumentalist with twenty years of experience playing, composing and recording his own blend of blues, rock and jazz. He was influenced by artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck, his style is a unique combination of solid rock licks, blues flavored phrasing and jazz inspired technique. He started his professional career in the early 80's playing guitar and writing songs for rock bands such as White Noise and Fallout. During the mid to late 90's he worked as an independent recording engineer, studio musician and producer. During the past decade he has lived and worked in Atlanta, Georgia performing blues rock originals and standard blues covers with his power trio, The Blooze Band. The band recorded an original CD called Oozin’ The Blooze for which he wrote and produced all the tracks.
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Donna Hopkins is a complete musician; singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer, band leader and sound engineer extraordinaire. Hailing from a small town in rural Alabama, she witnessed hardship first hand, channeling those experiences into the soulful music that she creates and performs. She arrived in Atlanta when very young and has made it her home. Her raw, passionate voice is comparable to Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi and she can hold her own with anyone on guitar. She plays Atlanta venues regularly and has toured and played throughout the Southeast.
On any given day, you’ll find at least one member of The Occasionals on a stage somewhere. And that’s the way they like it. These guys are always involved in a handful of music or theatrical projects, as well as dealing with the full-time rigor of high school. It’s a master class in time management. They don’t think of it as having no time. They just want to know "when is the next gig?”. The Occasionals met at the Atlanta Rock ’N Blues Camp (ARBC), a summer teen music program geared toward live performance. No doubt their desire to perform is influenced by that experience, as well as ARBC’s regularly scheduled teen jams. That desire coupled with chemistry and kinship make The Occasionals a band you’ll want to follow to see where they’re headed next. This band of brothers won’t tell you that they’re driven, or compelled, or want to master their craft. They’ll tell you that they are The Occasionals - simply, because it’s a good time.
The Rockin Blues Review plays High Energy Blues – old school with a little new. The Masters are our inspiration: Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Little Walter and Slim Harpo to name a few. We are passionate about what we do, to help keep this wonderful musical legacy called The Blues alive! Separately we have decades of musical experience performing and recording with various bands and various genres. And when we put that experience together, we have a rhythm section that loves the pocket groove and awesome guitar and harmonica licks that stay close to the original artists. We love to Rock the Blues. Come check us out. Peace, love and long live the Blues! L to R: Alby Palombo, Harmonica & vocals; Andrew Colombo, Drums & Vocals; Bryan McCauley, Guitar & vocals; Bill Gable, Bass Guitar.
Hey! It's them old dudes!! They blow the roof off! Spontaneous Blues and the Unexpected… From Middle Georgia comes BluesFish and you never know what will happen at a BluesFish show, but it will always be a good time. The amazing Gil Bray is on guitar and sometimes in costumes. The fashionable Bennie Mobley is on harmonica blowing his heart out. Chris Smith is on the drums and looking fine. And Chuck Neel is pounding out the bass. https://www.facebook.com/pages/BluesFish/263852240321838
Tyler Neal is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and band leader based out of Atlanta, Georgia. A song means many things to Tyler Neal. It’s a way to connect with the things and people that mean the most to him, a chance to exist in another world for a little while (be it another room or another planet), a journey inward to find his authentic self, and a journey outward to offer it to whoever might be receptive. He’s reaching out to others through music in the way Stevie Wonder, Derek Trucks, and John Coltrane have reached out to him. Tyler is coming off a two-year stint in the last band Colonel Bruce Hampton ever led, and is now building his career, musical ethos, and first solo record around what he learned during that time: The ego is a lie, the moment is the truth, the true Tyler is the goal, and music is the way. • https://www.facebook.com/tylernealmusic
Atlanta native Kathie Holmes has a fiery New Orleans piano style, soulful vocals and a leave-it-all-on-the-stage personality, but is best known for electrifying the crowd with her sultry, funky, and rocking blues flute. She performs at festivals and clubs throughout the Southeast as a member of several blues, rock, and funk bands and is an in-demand artist for recording sessions. Her recently completed CD showcases her captivating songwriting and spirited performance on keyboards, vocals, and flute.
Out@Midnight is a hard hitting Blues band with a passion for The Blues. Band members include Nassareen Rahman (lead powerhouse singer), Martin Krohne (guitarist and singer), Jim Thompson (guitarist and singer), Dwight Moss (drummer and singer), and Bill Gable (bassist). We play it all: Slow Blues, Jump Blues, Rhumba Blues, Blues shuffles and everything in between! Let The Good Times Roll!
With roots firmly planted in the foundations of the electric blues masters who preceded them, Funky Bluester pays the reverence and homage due to the masters while simultaneously being unbound by traditional blues formats. Funky Bluester has been earning a reputation as a must-see live blues act in Atlanta and around the southeast. Drawing from influences in all types of music, the quartet pumps out gritty, grinding, swinging blues that hearken back to the alleys of Chicago and the roadhouses of Texas, but at any moment can turn on a dime into a magical, spontaneous musical journey that only happens musicians who are completely in tune with each other perform live. Funky Bluester is Dustin Peterson, Russell Boyer, Corey Ellis, and Myles Mattison.
Juke Joint Dukes frontman William "Blues Man" Reed is the real deal on vocals and guitar! Formed in 2015, the Juke Joint Dukes are a tribute to old school Chicago and Delta blues in the style of Muddy Waters, Albert King, Hound Dog Taylor, Magic Slim and BB King. They pride themselves on connecting with the soul of blues instead of playing by the book; they understand that playing blues is all about feeling! Places you can see them include Blind Willies, Fat Matt's Rib Shack, Two Urban Licks, SuBourbon Bar, Meehan's Public House, and breweries around Atlanta. They have also played in Alabama and festivals in Grant Park and Piedmont Park.
Red Sugar Blues is being recognized as a powerhouse blues band... it is the stature of petite lead vocalist Red Sugar that draws and delivers deep seeded sounds and mountainous moans with rawness and ease... sultry… stunning and alluringly talented… the movement of such profound vocals should never be confused with the ability to resound and resonate each note so delicate and be as pleasing to the ear... whenever and wherever. Red Sugar Blues hits the stage their dynamic energy and thunderous flair always excite and ignite to keep the thrill of the blues rocking in your soul... a grain… a dash… a sprinkle of Red Sugar Blues... •
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Wild women don’t have no blues! Eileen Howard has the entertainment flair of an actress and the gift of telling a story with every word. Her concerts combine wickedly funny selections from classic Blues, little known gems, passionate ballads and original compositions. Her blend of meaningful interpretation of lyrics, quirky bits of music history, audience participation, and comic abilities equal sheer fun for audiences.
Southern styled original rockabilly and jump blues straight outta Atlanta, GA. Kitty Rose & the Rattlers mew, mew, mew with a bite! Featuring belting vocals, wailing sax, and the best swingin’ rockabilly rhythm section in the South. Kitty Rose continues her legendary rise from country-western kiddie star to full-fledged rockabilly cat. Purrrifik!
Their purpose is to present blues, jazz, R&B and zydeco in the best of the African-American tradition with all the energy they can muster. Frankie’s Blues Mission has been together for over a decade, providing down-home roots music for grateful listeners in the Southeast region and beyond. The current lineup is the best ever and everybody knows when long, tall Frankie Lee Robinson walks in the house that great music is not far behind. They are masters at performing the music as it should be played and heard. The band has performed at many festivals and shared the stage with a plethora of the greatest acts in the nation. They continue to perform major events regionally and nationally.
The Ram Cats are an Americana Blues Roots band formed in 2010 as a collaboration of some of the best musical talent in NE Georgia. They bring an organic, soulful, energetic, Rhythm & Blues experience to the stage. Featuring Johnny Maxwell on Lead Vocals & Guitar, Kevin Bolick on Guitar and Vocals, Bryant Byrd on Bass, John Becker on Drums, and David Cefkin on Keyboards and Vocals. They are available for festivals, weddings, parties, and corporate events. Bring some boogie to your next party and give your guests a night they won’t forget.
The Let It Rip Band is a diversified band that performs Old-School, Motown, Funk, R&B, and Soul music. The band is located in Atlanta and provides great entertainment for variety of private gatherings and events. The band delivers sounds from a Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Trumpet, Key Board, and Vocalist. Our old-school sound delivers the soul wrenching familiar turns that get the party going and sets the atmosphere for a fun-filled occasion.
Ira Malkin & the Vipers perform traditional Electric Blues and R&B with a soulful approach. Ira and his band are veteran musicians, who together create an uplifting, professional, and diverse live performance. They will bring an audience to its feet to shout and swing, and at times make them sway back, close their eyes, and smile. The Vipers originated in 2003 by Ira Malkin and Tim Butler, who have over 15 years of experience performing together and with various other bands in Atlanta and other cities. The band came together out of mutual respect for this style of music, each other’s talent and professionalism in performing, and most importantly, the thrill of showing an audience a great time.
Chequered Blue is a five-person band based in West Atlanta. We play a fun collection of classic rock, blues, soul & Motown with a few surprises thrown in at every show. We love playing everywhere from blues juke joints and dive bars to restaurants, neighborhood block parties or porches, patios, and parking lots. We are also available for festivals and fundraisers, as well as upscale private parties, holiday celebrations, and corporate events. Contact us to learn more or book us for your next event and come on out and see us when we play.
The Sweet and Salty Blues Band joins together the smoldering soulful vocals of Hurricane Red and the gospel inflected preaching style of Dr. Poppa to bring the blues straight to you in rich harmonies that run deep. Add the gritty sax of the good doctor rooted in a half century of playing the blues and your heart is gonna sing and your feet are gonna move. You do not want to miss the burning southern stylings of Hurricane Red on vocals, John Paul Barry on guitar, Chris Pollard on bass and Derek Able on drums. Loose and rootsy with shades of funk, gospel, and hints of jazz, Sweet and Salty is a rich jambalaya for your soul.
Dani Mac & Company plays a mix of Rockin' Blues and Rock & Roll. Music that'll make you get up and move your feet! Dani McDonald sang back up with some of Atlanta's great local bands. Then picked up her guitar and started singing the blues. Her favorite artists include Etta James, Susan Tedeschi, and Bonnie Raitt. Cajun by birth; Steve Nunez grew up in Texas, he brings a taste of Texas and Delta Blues. You can clearly hear that SRV, Buddy Guy, and many others have influenced his style of playing. Stacy Mcdonald got his love of the Piano at a early age watching Piano Red from the window in Underground Atlanta, his inspirations include Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Leavell. Larry Tracy brings the groove that keeps us moving. With a lifelong career in music, he has a vast knowledge of the music industry from playing bass, to singing, songwriting, sound engineering, etc. Larry Strong keeps the beat going STRONG. At a very early age he acquired a very keen rhythmic style. Larry is not only a great drummer, but a one of a kind entertainer. Together, we make up a unique Rockin' Blues Band! From Buddy Guy to Etta James, we’ll rock some Blues and take you to that Midnight Train!!
"Leonard Blush, Leonard Blush… is that all you can think about, LEONARD BLUSH?!"
– Barney Fife
Leonard Blush will be all YOU can think about once you've heard that perfect blend of danceable, high-energy blues, house-rockin', blues-rock music! With Bryan dishing out some of the hottest electric guitar licks this side of heaven or hell, as well some very impressive lead vocal work on some of the greatest blues-rock tunes from the 60s, 70s, and beyond; you'll swear Jimi, Eric, and B.B. are up on stage! Dave the bass man, lays down a steady, solid, and soulful bottom; and wails on his share of the lead vocal duties, including some fantastic jump blues tunes from the 40s & 50s. The dancers always get quite a kick out of these swingin' tunes! Sandra, sitting behind her drum set, delivers a rockin' beat sure to keep everyone's toes a tappin' Whether it be a club, private party, festival, or whatever, Leonard Blush is THE band that will get the crowd going, delivering a live music experience not soon forgotten. Yes, LEONARD BLUSH will all YOU can think about. It's the blues you don't want to lose!
The soulful blues singer and multi-instrumentalist credits her musical gift to Gospel music like so many great soul singers before her. Tullie's musical journey started singing in church where her Daddy was a preacher, near the cotton fields and wetlands of the Blues. She played piano, drums, bass and guitar and early on assumed the role of choir director. Her artistic reputation grew within the Gospel community which led to touring professionally with Gospel groups.
Tullie's self-penned original material ranges from Delta Blues to Rock infused Contemporary Blues music that tells the stories of love, happiness, heartbreak, pain and life experiences. Tullie's love of people inspires and energizes her and in return the audience is touched by the magic that takes place during her time on stage. She has headlined several Blues festivals as well as shared the stage with blues legends and new blues stars. Tullie and her band are a power punch that always leaves you wanting more. Get "Tullie-ized"! Tullie is endorsed by Hammond Organ USA.
Rae & the Royal Peacocks. Building on the rich blues tradition of Atlanta through the decades, Rae and the Royal Peacocks infuses classic styles with contemporary energy. No matter what blues genre resonates most with you, you're guaranteed to dance when this band takes the stage. Rae and the Royal Peacocks features several of Atlanta's favorite musicians, including Danny Vinson (guitar), Art McNaughton (drums), Harold Patillo (bass) and Valerie Waters (keys), with Rebekah "Rae" Easley on vocals. The passion for the blues runs deep... and the music is irresistible. They were the winners of the 2016 Atlanta Blues Challenge and will represent the Atlanta Blues Society in the 2017 International Blue Challenge (IBC) in Memphis.
The Tom Hill Band is a blues based rock and soul band that specializes in having some of the best jams in Atlanta. Hailing from the Tucker area and led by singer/songwriter Tom Hill, the band plays 4-5 nights a week all around Atlanta. They invite all music lovers to come hear them and musicians are always invited to come and play!
ThunderGypsy's sound can best be described as soulful rocking Blues, covering an eclectic mix of music that spans the decades. The spirit of the Gypsies is evident in their music as they take you on a musical road trip from Atlanta’s Southern Soul to the rockin’ Blues in Macon, Ga., from the classic sound of the Memphis Blues along the streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter and even up to Chicago and St. Louis for their rocking electric Blues. By taking many familiar songs and intensifying the arrangements, ThunderGypsy has been mesmerizing Atlanta audiences since its inception. Folks often say they’ve never seen a band having so much fun playing together as ThunderGypsy does! With Ken Williams on Drums, Richard Price on Guitar, Paul Allison on Keyboards and Heather Statham on vocals, this quartet delivers a full sound guaranteed to delight your ears and keep you dancing and grooving all night long! •
Fatback Deluxe plays classic American music deeply rooted in 1940’s, 1950’s and early 1960’s blues mixed with original songs. Originally formed in 2002 by Chris “Tipsy” Kramer, the band performs the music with deep respect for all of its tradition, passion, and power. Performances feature a broad variety of blues styles including Southside and Westside Chicago blues, West Coast blues, Texas blues, and styles associated with Louisiana, Mississippi, and Memphis. Fatback Deluxe plays the music that they love, and as the living history of blues music is slowly being lost with the passing of our heroes, the band remains committed to keeping the music alive. Fatback Deluxe performs as both a full jumpin’, swinging’, stand up and boogie blues band, and as a quieter, deeper, sit down and tap your toes blues band. Come on and connect with Fatback Deluxe!www.fatbackdeluxe.com
Nicolai Tanev (Guitar Nick) is a guitarist and teacher in Sandy Springs, GA. He won the Runner-up Award at IAMA for 2007 and has released an acoustic blues CD "Tribute to Robert Johnson". Fingerstyle blues guitar lessons available. • www.nicolaitanev.co
“On Time, On Key, On the One”
SaNa knew from an early age that she was destined to perform in front of a crowd. She was always musically inclined, but pursued other interests, including booking acts for her college. She graduated college, had a daughter and became a teacher. Since 1994 she has been an Associate Professor at Clark Atlanta College. In 1998 at age 50, SaNa bought a bass and taught herself to play. In 1999 the SaNa Band won the Atlanta Blues Band Search. Since then, SaNa has completed 5 CD’s, performs regularly in public and private venues, and conducts “Healing Properties of the Blues” Workshops and Performances. SaNa is interactive. She gets you singing along, dancing, and having a good time. • http://sanablues.com/
As soon as he began talking, Garrett Collins began singing. From when he was a young toddler singing in the children’s choir at church, singing solos at church, to performing on stage – music has been the driving force in making Garrett the young man he is today. Sharing that music with others comes naturally to this 17 year old singer/songwriter/musician from central Georgia. He puts his heart and soul into his performances, whether it’s a county fair, local bar or representing Georgia at the national level. Garrett currently performs his original music as well as covers the best of the Blues and even throws in some Southern Rock for good measure. If this guy is ever in your area, be sure to go see him, you won’t be disappointed.
Jontavious Willis, 19 years old, from Greenville, GA is a natural musician. His guitar remains in conversation with his smooth tenor throughout each song, so natural it feels like hearing a familiar song for the first time. He’s entirely self taught and steeped in the blues. He has watched every single video on the Music Maker YouTube account at least twice. He can recite names, dates and songs of each artist. He has absorbed all the blues information he can, and his enthusiasm for the genre is tremendous and his performances show this. We are pleased and proud to introduce the world to this young man with the spirit of all the old blues legends who came before him.
When David T & Friends hit the stage, be prepared to be entertained by a deep bench of talented musicians and original music that will keep your head bobbing and toes tapping. Take a listen to any of their CD’s and you'll see what we mean. Variety is the spice. Blues, Funk, Rock, and Folk are all celebrated. Lead vocalist and sax player Tommy Lewis oozes the blues. Their horn section packs a punch and the cello will give you the chills. Top it off with a little blues harp and you are in for a kaleidoscopic musical experience
No Solution was formed at Sutton Middle School as these musicians came together as they all have a passion for Blues and Rock. They have been playing together for over 2 years and have performed at several school functions, dances and music festivals. With Devon Gates on Bass and Vocals, Max Bittner on Guitar, Micah MacLane on Keyboards and Chris Robinson on Drums, No Solution loves to perform a wide variety of blues from classic songs from the 50's to more current blues.
Mudcat (Daniel Dudeck) was born in St. Paul, MN and raised on Tybee Island GA, where he first picked up the guitar. Educated at the University of New Orleans and National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City, he began performing his original compositions as a busker. After residing in several musical towns such as New Orleans and Savannah, Mudcat eventually settled in Atlanta where he began his blues tutelage under numerous elderly musicians who were still living in the culturally-rich city. In addition to performing in his own right, Mudcat has spent more than two decades promoting and backing these musical pioneers, organizing multi-day blues events, and bringing these nearly-forgotten artists back in front of appreciative crowds. Mudcat has recorded 13 full length albums and often tours Europe, Central America, and the US. When home in Atlanta, he can often be found at the Northside Tavern where he has held Wednesday nights since 1995. www.mudcatblues.com
Hey Hey, it's Markey Blue! A High Energy New Indie Soul/Blues band from Nashville TN . Coming out of the gate at #1 on the Blues Debut Chart, Markey Blue's “Hey Hey” is also riding high on the Roots Music Album AND Singles charts. Original songs and fresh grooves, with some help from Grammy-winning Stax legend Steve Cropper and former Allman Brother Jack Pearson, have gained co-leaders Markey and Ric Latina international recognition. Barely a year after meeting, they’re taking the Roots/Soul/Blues scene by storm. Their song “Baby I'm Cryin'” debuted in an independent movie and DownBeat magazine reviewed the CD in its December issue. The Band was nominated 2013 Best Blues Artist in the NIMA Awards. Their unique mix of Stax, Muscle Shoals, Chess Records and a little Philly Soul with a modern touch is getting recognition, airplay and great reviews nationwide and internationally. “What do you get when you have a great singer, a great band and great songs? A great project. Markey Blue, you have done it!” – Steve Cropper, Grammy winner and Legendary Stax Recording Artist
Inspired by classic & electric blues, the Bridget Kelly Band has placed their unique stamp on the blues genre, with high-energy live performances and a hybrid sound that mixes Texas and Memphis Blues with various Southern Blues traditions. The sultry vocals of singer Bridget Kelly and the incendiary lead guitar work of Tim Fik forge a signature hybrid sound that combines female urban blues with riff-driven rockin' blues guitar, all held together by a dynamic rhythm section comprised of Alex Klausner on drums and Mark Armbrecht on bass, with the recent addition of Chris Alexander on keyboards. The band has been performing at blues clubs and festivals throughout the United States, and recently at the "Women in Blues" Showcase in Memphis, TN during the International Blues Challenge (IBC) week. The Bridget Kelly Band will release their 4th all-original music album entitled "Bone Rattler" in the summer of 2017 on Alpha Sun records.
The Blues Generation is available for your live entertainment needs. We are a professional entity, and are available for Public and Private Events. We play Voodoo Blues, New Orleans Funky Music, Rock, light Jazz and some Zydeco. We are, at present, number One on the ReverbNation Blues Chart for our area. The Blues Generation consists of musicians who have played with some of the top names in the music business. We have performed for numerous Corporate Events/Festivals/Private functions with repeat Bookings. IT’S A NOLA FUNKIN BLUES KINDA THANG!
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Larry Griffith was brought up in the inner city of Cincinnati, Ohio by a single parent along with nine other siblings where Larry was saturated with the radio and vinyl record sounds of everything from blues, gospel, and soul, to jazz. In his teens, the family was able to upgrade to the Walnut Hills section of Cincinnati, which housed the legendary King Records. Seeing great artists in the neighborhood like Freddie King, Bill Doggett, Hank Ballard, Ivory Joe Hunter and even the Godfather of Soul himself James Brown was an ordinary occurrence and Larry’s first recording sessions as a drummer occurred here. Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys had a profound effect on Larry and he fell in lifelong love with the lyrical phasing of John Coltrane. Relocating to Atlanta, Georgia in the 1990s, Larry discovered then quickly became immersed in the thriving Atlanta blues scene becoming one of the top drummers in the region. Then in the early 2000’s, encouraged by a dream he had, Larry learned to play guitar and that allowed him to forge an alliance between his rich, eclectic song writing story telling style which included elements of blues, country, soul and rock with his gumbo approach to guitar and his highly engaging live stage performance. The result? You’ll have to check that out for yourself.
“She’s good. She’s damn good.” Sting’s summation of his duet with singer-songwriter Diane Durrett speaks for anyone who’s ever heard her perform. With a blend of raw soulful vocals, sultry tones and strong original songs, Durrett has sung with Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell & Jimmy Hall. She began performing in blues clubs across the Southeast in the early 1990s, opening shows for KoKo Taylor, Tinsley Ellis and Delbert McClinton. Durrett represents the ATL vocal seat for NARAS, best known for the Grammy Awards. In her upcoming release she joins forces with drummer Yonrico Scott for Soul Suga’ (2014). Now a veteran blues-soul singer, writer and producer, Diane brings her southern wit and charm to every event! Photo by Bill Thames.
Lola (just Lola) is a dynamic blues and R&B singer and keyboard player who has been igniting stages in the Atlanta area and is just beginning to break out as a national artist. Blessed with a deep soul voice, a funkified keyboard style and an intense, high energy stage presence, Lola combines traditional blues with hard-edged R&B to create her own brand of contemporary, tough music. Lola is honored to be named among "Atlanta's Queens of Blues" along with the dynamic Francine Reed and Sandra Hall. Atlanta Council Member Kwanza Hall presented the ladies with a proclamation naming September 29, 2013 Atlanta Queens of Blues Day in Atlanta!!
TRIBUTE ... a celebration of The Allman Brothers Band, is Atlanta's newest band, faithfully recreating the music of ABB. Assembling a formidable nine-piece lineup, Tribute spent four months in rehearsal in early 2013, focusing on music the Allman Brothers produced over their inspired first five years. The band began performing live in the late spring, drawing strong responses for its dual-lead guitar fury and an instinctive appreciation for how this music was originally written, recorded and then interpreted on stage. Comprised of veteran active musicians as well as some who returned to their instruments after hiatus, Tribute seeks to recreate that unique period in American rock, when psychedelia ebbed and ABB informed us what jazz, rock, country and blues could sound like.
For over 15 years, The Breeze Kings have been one of the busiest and most respected bands in the Atlanta music scene. Their music, featuring complex guitar parts, explosive harmonica, and rock steady rhythms, is an exciting and authentic blend of 50s and 60s era Chicago and Delta blues styles and has caught the attention of people everywhere from blues purists to those new to the genre. The band has released four CDs on Atlanta's Veritone Records label and performed over 2000 shows all over the Eastern USA and completed four tours of Europe. They have opened for and played with some of the biggest names in blues, performed live on television and radio, and their music is regularly played on local, regional, national and international blues radio and internet programs. The Breeze Kings have won Creative Loafing’s Best Blues Band in Atlanta award 9 of the last 14 years and were among the top 10 finalists at the 2005 IBC competition in Memphis.
The Cazanovas bring you their own incomparable "Kick Ass Blues" for each and every show, melding timeless blues style that every audience relates to with a fresh energy that keeps them hungry for more. And more they get... Well known blues standards are infused with new groove-driven power, and original tunes are immersed in musical passion and intensity, with lyrics that speak to the force of shared experience. The passion, energy and intensity from each member is apparent as what comes out is “music that is rooted in blues, but doesn't necessarily sound like a copy of something that we've heard before.”
With the release of their seventh album Black Cat Oil in 2012, Delta Moon expands upon the sound that has sold thousands of records and allowed them to play for thousands of fans worldwide over the past several years. And with a live show second-to-none, the dual slide guitars of Delta Moon carry the listener deep into the heart of the American South, where sinuous Mississippi blues meets the gritty backwoods twang of Appalachia and winds around a rock-steady beat like kudzu on a barbwire fence. Net Rhythms calls it “Music as it should be – raw and honest.” We call it Blues-Infused American Roots.
“Tom Gray and partner in crime Mark Johnson continue to show why they may be the best guitar tandem around.” – Chris Martin, The Examiner
EG Kight’s musical style transcends musical boundaries and has been called “country-flavored southern-fried blues”. With a blend of americana, southern rock, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and funk, she is helping to shape contemporary blues. A veteran of the road, Kight headlines at clubs, theaters and festivals, bringing her diverse musical menu to the fans across America and in Europe. Early in her career, Kight was dubbed “The Georgia Songbird”, and today she is considered one of the few true blues vocalists. With her rich voice, and a mastery of the guitar that has her holding her own next to any other player, Kight mesmerizes audiences of all ages, both as a solo and with her band. Taylor Guitars proudly provides her with the tools of her trade.
Award winning blues guitarist, singer, songwriter Little G Weevil (born July 6, 1977) is one of the most deeply moving entertainers on the American Roots and Blues scene today. This high energy and yet very laid back performer sings his heart out and tells his real life stories in a way that is really hard to forget. Ever since he started his career he has focused solely on the music of the American South and this can be clearly heard in his compositions. Now based out of the Atlanta, Georgia area he has paid his dues in Memphis and Birmingham, AL and has taken his original music to fourteen countries.
“He somehow delivers intact the spirit and sound of Blues legends from 80 years ago… A new Blues star is here, he proves it.” – Bob Margolin
We are very proud to say that he was our 2012 Atlanta Blues Challenge winner and won the 2013 International Blues challenge in the Solo/Duo category. We are even more proud to report the he has been nominated for a 2014 Blues Music Award in the “Acoustic Artist of the Year” category.
Decades of experience back up The Rockaholics. They continue to pay homage to the blues, rock and soul artists of yesterday and today. Dynamic and flexible, The Rockaholics can play to any crowd's tastes and regularly welcome guest artists to sit in for those impromptu, surprising performances that make every show unique. Rock is in the name, but it’s the blues that is in their soul.