April 6, 2013 Diunna Greenleaf with Blue Mercy / The Lenny Blue Band

Diunna Greenleaf with Blue Mercy

Diunna Greenleaf Blue Mercy Diunna Greenleaf, the leader of Blue Mercy, is a native Texan (Houston) who has a background steeped in gospel music. Influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and her own parents, she has developed “Diunna’s style of Blues” in the same tradition as so many other great Texas blues men and women. She combines intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create a kind of blues that takes one on an emotional roller coaster ride.
Diunna and her band Blue Mercy have performed at blues festivals throughout the United States and internationally. She has performed with Keb Mo, Willie “Pinetop” Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Carrie Bell, Smokin’ Joe Kubek, Anson Funderburgh, Bernard Allison, Odetta, Rod Piazza, Kenny Neal, and numerous others. Diunna’s commitment to Blues goes well beyond performing on stage. She served for three years as President of the Houston Blues Society. She helped produce the Willie Mae Thornton Blues Festival and helped create a Blues in Schools program throughout the state.
Diunna was nominated for the Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year at the 2009, 2012, and 2013 Blues Music Awards. She won the Best New Artist Debut at the 2008 Blues Music Awards. Her CD Trying to Hold On was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2012 at the Blues Music Awards. The CD was #1 on XM/Sirius Radio Bluesville Chart and Living Blues charts during 2012, and was at the top of Blues charts in UK, Australia and USA.
To learn more about Diunna Greenleaf with Blue Mercy visit http://www.diunna.com.

The Lenny Blue Band

LennyBlues The Lenny Blue Band has been swingin’ the blues on the Central Coast for nearly a decade. The band performs many groove-powered original songs along with electrifying arrangements of familiar standards from all shades of Blues from the likes of Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Reed, Rufus Thomas, Magic Sam and B.B.King, to name just a few. The Band is fronted by the deeply soulful singing voice of Lenny Blue, powered by lead guitarist Ed Frawley, Billy Baxmeyer on bass and groove-meister Daryl Vandruff on drums. They deliver a big dose of the Blues-power… so be sure to wear your dancin’ shoes. Check out their upcoming 2013 show dates
To learn more about The Lenny Blue Band and view the bands upcoming 2013 Showdates visit http://www.myspace.com/rootsstew.

April 21 2012 Curtis Salgado / Dr. Danger

CURTIS SALGADO

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 Roomful of Blues and Santana. In the 1990s, he formed the band Curtis Salgado & the Stilettos, and released the first of his eight solo albums.
Serious health issues sidetracked Salgado’s career in 2006, but after a full and complete recovery, he was performing again by 2008. 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 most recent release is Soul Shot (Alligator Records, 2011). Blues Revue says, “Salgado is one of the most down-to-earth, soulful, honest singers ever, and his harmonica work is smoking and thoroughly invigorating…rollicking, funky and electrifying.”

DR. DANGER

In their fifth year performing together, the Dr. Danger Band continues a soulful blues-based rock tradition going back to Chicago Blues roots and forward to the soul revival of Amy Winehouse. A danceable mix of blues and ballads, honky-tonk, doo-wop, psychedelic, and four-on-the-floor rockers, Dr. Danger shows feature blues classics as well as original grooves. The band was honored in October 2011 for best R&B/Blues recording at the annual New Times Music Awards. Dr. Danger features Brad Kyle, guitar and vocals; Linda Lucille, vocals; Jerome White, bass and vocals; Jim Clark, drums; Brent Dannells, keys and vocals; and Bill Clark, percussion.

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