10/28/2017 Alastair Greene Band / Catalina Eddy and the Blue Keys

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It is our Halloween weekend show, so wear a costume if you want to celebrate. We will be giving away prizes (such as blues CDs, show passes, and Blues Society clothing) for the best costumes at the 9 pm break.

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ALASTAIR GREENE BAND

ALASTAIR GREENE BANDGuitarist, singer, and songwriter Alastair Greene has been a mainstay of the Southern California music scene for over two decades. His combination of blues, southern rock, and jam band sensibilities has been entertaining audiences around the country, with recent performances at the Chicago Blues Festival and the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas. Although the Alastair Greene Band was formed in 1997, Alastair continued to perform with the Alan Parsons Live Project, Mitch Kashmar, Franck Goldwasser, Shari Puorto and a host of other Southern California bands. Alastair recently plunged headfirst into a full-time solo career in 2017, stepping down after seven years touring the world as the guitarist for rock legend Alan Parsons.

Alastair was born in Santa Barbara and was inspired to pursue music as a career by his grandfather, the late Chico Alvarez, who played trumpet as a member of the Stan Kenton Band in the ’40s and ’50s. Growing up, Alastair took piano and saxophone lessons before discovering the guitar in high school. He received a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and then returned to southern California to begin playing with blues and rock bands in the early ‘90s.

Alastair is best known for his blues-based, soulful, and melodic guitar playing. He has recorded six of his own CDs and has appeared on many independent CD releases ranging from blues to southern rock. Alastair’s blues and rock CDs include Walking In Circles (2009), Through The Rain (LeRoi Records, 2011), and Trouble At Your Door (Eclecto Groove Records, 2014). His latest record, Dream Train, is to be released on October 20th on Rip Cat Record. Dream Train includes his touring band (Jim Rankin on bass and Austin Beede on drums) and features guest performances by Walter Trout, Debbie Davies, Mike Zito, Mike Finnigan, and Dennis Gruenling. The songs on Dream Train range from the hard driving blues rock of the title track, to the sensitive Curtis Mayfield tinged instrumental “Iowa”, to the boogie blues of “Big Bad Wolf”, to the traditional blues shuffle of “Daredevil”.

https://www.facebook.com/AlastairGreeneOfficial  and  http://agsongs.com/index/

CATALINA EDDY AND THE BLUE KEYS

Gazebo full-bodyCatalina Eddy and the Blue Keys are a formidable aggregation of seasoned Central California musicians who deliver a wild brew of Delta and Chicago Blues, Roots Rock and Soul. They offer a strong core of original tunes supported by a great assortment of classics from the likes of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding and Willie Dixon.

The Blue Keys are led by Ted Waterhouse (AKA Catalina Eddy) on Deep Delta bottleneck and standard electric guitars and lead vocals, and co-fronted by the remarkable vocalist Karen Wilkins and super hot blues harmonica player and singer Johnny Johnson. The band features Chris Anderson on killer piano, Hammond organ and accordion with Bruce Willard and Brett Borba keeping a rock solid groove on bass and drums. Catalina Eddy and the Blue Keys will deliver a cookin’ show that never fails to tear the house down.

http://www.tedwaterhouse.com/catalina-eddy-the-blue-keys

9/23/2017 Kenny Neal Band/The Cinders

The San Luis Obispo Blues Society presents the Kenny Neal Band on Saturday, September 23 at 8:00 pm at the SLO Vets Hall (801 Grand Avenue). The Cinders will be opening the show.

KENNY NEAL

kennynealwebSwamp blues artist Kenny Neal is a singer-songwriter best known for his mastery of guitar and harmonica. He is one of those natural musicians who can pick up pretty much any instrument and make it sound good. He tours and records with a band composed mostly of family members, and the deeply rooted relationships are evident in every note. Neal’s music celebrates both the joys and acknowledges the losses of life. It’s a very personal sound that everyone can identify with; musically, a laid-back Cajun rhythm, augmented by funk, zydeco bounce, and soul, Acadiana style.

Kenny Neal was raised in Baton Rouge and began playing music at a young age, learning the basics from his father, singer and blues harmonica player Raful Neal. Family friends like Lazy Lester, Buddy Guy and Slim Harpo also contributed to Kenny’s early musical education. At age 13, he joined his father’s band and began paying his musical dues. Four years later, he was recruited and toured extensively as Buddy Guy’s bass player.

Since 1987, Kenny has released a series of consistently lauded albums featuring his laid-back, Baton Rouge blues, with a modern spin on the Louisiana sound he grew up with. His 2004 release with Billy Branch, Double Take (Alligator Records), garnered a W.C. Handy award for Best Album. In 2008, Kenny released Let Life Flow (Blind Pig). The title track, a soulful ballad about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, won a Blues Music Award for “song of the year”.  Hooked on Your Love (Blind Pig, 2010) contains a musical gumbo of swamp-boogie, R&B, and straight-ahead blues. His recent release Bloodline (Cleopatra Records) has received a Grammy nomination for best contemporary blues album.

Kenny has relocated back to Baton Rouge to be with his family, but realizes that life on the road is his life. His band includes brothers Fredrick Neal on keyboards and Darnell Neal on bass, and Bryan Morris on drums and Alphonso Guillary on horns. Check out their website (http://www.kennyneal.net).

 

THE CINDERS

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The Cinders is an electric blues band featuring Dorian Michael on guitar and Brett Hoover on vocals. The music has Chicago 1960 as its starting place but doesn’t make any attempt to sound like it. The music gets played in an organic contemporary fashion that acknowledges the fact that middle aged guys in the 21st century are influenced by a lot of phases of 20th century blues and rock ‘n’ roll. And it all gets blended together and played with a great amount of spontaneity. It is a real blues band, no lack of intensity here.

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