April 5, 2014, Joe Louis Walker / Lenny Blue Band

Joe Louis Walker

JoeLouisWalker-5 Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Joe Louis Walker has earned a host of dedicated fans who appreciate his guitar prowess and evocative voice, his electrifying stage presence, and the creativity of his recordings. His discography includes 25 albums and countless compilations and guest appearances. He has recorded with BB King, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, Branford Marsalis, and Ike Turner. Over the years, he has performed on two Grammy winning albums and received four Blues Music Awards from the Blues Foundation (and 52 nominations).
Walker came from a musical family, citing T-Bone Walker, BB King, and Amos Milburn as early influences. He first picked up the guitar at the age of 8 and was a regular on the Bay Area scene by the age of 16. In his early career, Walker played with a variety of Blues greats, including John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, John Mayall, Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix. His transition to blues-rock in the 1960s developed from his friendship with Mike Bloomfield. From 1975 to 1985, he took a break from blues-rock and sang gospel with the Spiritual Corinthians. By 1986, Walker had formed his own band, the Bosstalkers, and had released his debut album Cold Is The Night. Other notable releases followed including Blues Survivor (1993) an early example of melding blues with gospel, jazz, soul, funk and rock influences; “Everybody’s Had the Blues” (1993) the Grammy winning duet with BB King; and Great Guitars (1997) which was one of the best selling blues albums of the decade. His most recent recording is Hornet’s Nest (Alligator, 2014), which welds the cool soul of blues with the fire of rock ‘n’ roll.
To learn more about Joe Louis Walker visit http://www.joelouiswalker.com/


LennyBlues2 The Lenny Blue Band members are Lenny Blue on lead vocals/guitar, Ed Frawley on lead guitar/vocals, Billy Baxmeyer on bass guitar/vocals, Daryl VanDruff on drums and Snowbird Randy Johnson on trumpet. Lenny Blue fronts this combo of very talented entertainers that blends an earthy roots stew of blues genres consisting of memorable original tunes combined with tried and true standards. The band is based out of Morro Bay CA and if you righteously dig down-home blues and love to shake your groove thang all around�then you are going to absolutely love The Lenny Blue Band.
To learn more about LENNY BLUE BAND visit http://www.musicmanlennyblue.com/

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.

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