Award-winning vocalist/songwriter/harmonica player Curtis Salgado sings and plays with soulful authority. He effortlessly mixes blues, funk and R&B with a delivery that is raw and heartfelt. Salgado grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and was playing his first professional gigs in the late 1960s when he was 18. His early blues and soul musical influences included Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Otis Spann. He formed his own band, The Nighthawks, which inspired John Belushi to create the Blues Brothers. (The Blues Brother album, Briefcase Full of Blues, is dedicated to Curtis Salgado, and the Blues Brothers’ set list was strikingly similar to the shows Salgado was performing.) In the 1970s, Salgado joined forces with his friend Robert Cray and toured with the Robert Cray Band. He has also toured and performed with the Steve Miller Band, Roomful of Blues and Santana. In the 1990s, he formed the band Curtis Salgado & the Stilettos, and released the first of his nine solo albums.
Serious health issues sidetracked Salgado’s career in 2006 and 2008, but after a full and complete recovery, he began performing again. This experience found musical expression in the album Clean Getaway (Shanachie, 2008), which received four Blues Music Award nominations. Curtis was the winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist of the Year. His next release Soul Shot (Alligator Records, 2011) helped Curtis win three Blues Music Awards in 2013 – Entertainer of the Year, Soul Blues Male Artist, and Soul Blues Album of the Year. Since 2012, Salgado and his band have been touring extensively. They have performed at major festivals, including Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, San Francisco Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival, Tampa Bay Blues Festival, and Toronto’s Waterfront Blues Festival.
The Beautiful Lowdown (Alligator Records, 2016) is Salgado’s most fearless and adventurous release to date. Our San Luis Obispo blues show is part of his CD release tour. Curtis effortlessly blends classic soul sounds and funk grooves with up-to-the-minute lyrics. His full-force vocals – intense and uninhibited – bring an urgency and edge to his timeless original songs. He wrote or co-wrote virtually the entire album, co-produced it, and contributed to the horn arrangements and background vocal parts. “My heart and soul are in this,” he says proudly. The new CD is a major step forward for Salgado. “I wanted to write memorable songs with strong melodies that stick to you, and that’s what’s here.” Each track is delivered with the vocal power and passion of a musical master. Living Blues says, “Salgado navigates dynamic soul, swaying balladry and funky grooves with equal confidence. He is a formidable performer.” Blues Revue, describing Salgado’s performance style, declares, “He starts at excellent before segueing into goose bumps, ecstasy, and finally nirvana.”
To learn more about Curtis Salgado visit http://www.curtissalgado.com/
GUY BUDD AND THE GYPSY SOULS WITH INGA SWEARINGEN
A regular on our stage for over twenty years, Guy Budd (guitar, vocals) plays a blend of blues, rock, funk, and jazz. Adding a wealth of talent and experience, the Gypsy Souls are Howard Emmons on drums, Ken Burton on keyboards, and Andy Kulikowski on bass. Occasional Gypsy, and a favorite Central Coast voice, Inga Swearingen joins the band for this performance and brings her own unique sense of cool heat.
To learn more about Guy Budd and The Gypsy Souls visit http://www.guybudd.com/index.html and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guy-Budd-Band/167512368092.