Swedish rising country star Ellinor Springstrike announces the release of her new single “This Fire.”  Recorded in Nashville with Grammy nominated Jimmy Ritchey in the producer’s chair, this accomplished and melodic track has wide commercial appeal.

The up and comer was discovered in 2019 by Ritchey, a world-renowned hit songwriter and producer from Nashville, Tennessee. Active for 25 years in Music City, Ritchey has written, and produced number one songs for George Strait, Mark Chesnutt, Jake Owen, Pam Tillis, Sam Hunt, and William Michael Morgan, to name a few…

Ellinor has had a full schedule since she met Jimmy, writing and working on an EP to be released later this year. They did make time to release “A Country Christmas” last November, written by the duo along with hit songwriter Don Poythress. The track features Springstrike’s signature voice and Ritchey on guitar.

Taken from Springstrike’s forthcoming EP which will be available later in the year, “This Fire” is now available on all major streaming sites.

Ellinor Springstrike

*Feature image courtesy of New Outlaw

The Blues Foundation has been tracking the global situation and assessing how to move forward in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. In response to the most recent recommendations by the CDC and the States of Emergency in effect and called by the United States President, The Governor of the State of Tennessee, and the Mayor of Memphis, The Blues Foundation is making the following changes to their operations:

The Blues Foundation

Beginning immediately, and until further notice, The Blues Hall of Fame Museum will be closed to the public. The Blues Foundation will immediately notify the public as soon as City, State and Federal Agencies give direction that they can re-open for visitors and tour groups.

Both the 2020 Blues Music Awards Show and Blues Hall of Fame Inductions Ceremony are canceled as The Blues Foundation continues to follow City, State and Federal agencies’ recommendations for public gatherings. In lieu of live events, The Blues Foundation is beginning work to create virtual events that will celebrate BMA nominees and winners and 2020 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees; please watch for updates on dates and times to tune in for these important blues events.

In response to the current COVID-19 crisis, in which so many blues musicians are finding tours and events canceled into the foreseeable future, The Blues Foundation will be creating a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for Blues Musicians. They are asking those who have purchased 2020 BMA tickets and/or Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony tickets to convert those purchases to donations to be applied directly to this Emergency Relief Fund. Ticket purchasers will also be offered the option for a refund of their ticket purchases or to apply those purchases to next year’s events.  However, the Blues Foundation hopes the blues community at large will come together to support touring blues musicians by making the choice of donating to this Emergency Relief Fund. Systems are open now to accept donations and donors can easily donate to this fund.

COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund

Event ticket holders will soon receive a form to notify The Blues Foundation of how to process their ticket purchases. The Blues Foundation will also share detailed information on when applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will be available and how to apply as soon as they have the minimum funds needed to begin offering support to applicants.

The Blues Foundation staff will continue to work remotely on behalf of the blues, and will continue to accept phone calls and respond to emails throughout the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Please be on the lookout for further updates or visit about The Blues Foundation’s activities.

The Blues Foundation

ZZ Top has announced that their March 20 – 28 residency at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian® Las Vegas has been rescheduled out of an abundance of caution.

A statement from the band reads, “We will make a return engagement at The Venetian with specific dates to be announced soon. Thank you for understanding and look forward to seeing you all in Vegas soon!”

Upcoming tour dates for the band can be found here:

ZZ Top Tour

Craft Recordings is pleased to honor the music of Gospel Truth Records, a subsidiary of Stax Records, with the first-ever digital release of 25 albums from the label’s catalog. Beginning 3/13 with The Rance Allen Group’s 1972 self-titled debut, the titles will be released every week in chronological order, leading up to September’s Gospel Heritage Month. In addition to the digital reissues, the campaign will include a singles compilation, set to drop September 4th on vinyl, CD and digital formats, plus several playlists and new video content.

From the divine gospel of Rev. T.L. Barrett and Rev. Maceo Woods to the cutting-edge message music of Louise McCord and marquee artist Rance Allen, the Gospel Truth catalog exemplifies the dynamic heritage of Stax’s influence. Reaching beyond the realms of the black American gospel tradition, the ’70s label showcased a diverse collection of talent—including the Indian meditative teachings of Blue Aquarius, the white roots music of the Commanders and Rev. Jesse Jackson’s People’s Choir of Operation PUSH, who chronicle the Civil Rights struggle.

Established in 1972, Gospel Truth was conceived of by Stax executive Al Bell, who enlisted the help of radio promotions pioneer and songwriter Dave Clark and label staffer Mary Peak Patterson to oversee the formation of the imprint. With a focus on moving the good word out of the pulpit and into the hands of the masses, Gospel Truth was intended to “carry the message of today’s gospel to the people on the street,” as promotional material for the label’s launch touted. But what separated Gospel Truth from other labels in the genre was that it made its music accessible to everyone. With his sharp eye for talent, Clark paired down-home, traditional gospel musicians with raw, revolutionary artists that adopted the conventions of rock, funk and soul, creating a sound that resonated with a hip, ’70s audience.

Clark and Peak also gave Gospel Truth’s artists the same high-level promotional considerations that were given to any of the secular stars at Stax: from outfits and photoshoots to bookings. This also included special attention from Stax’s creative director Larry Shaw, who conceived of a cohesive design language for Gospel Truth—making each record have a conversation with the intended audience. That visual dialogue was a signal that the music could be enjoyed in all settings—sacred or secular.

Kicking off the digital rollout of albums is The Rance Allen Group’s 1972 self-titled debut. The Michigan-based trio of brothers turned the popular local stylings of Motown upside-down—offering a subversive and defiant take on seminal Detroit soul, and juxtaposing their spiritual foundation with secular influences. Another highlight in the catalog is Louise McCord’s A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, released in response to the 1972 passing of the gospel titan. Breaking away from the conventions of Jackson’s more traditional sound, McCord instead opted to charge toward a deeper, funkier path—as heard on single “Better Get a Move On,” penned by Stax staff writer Bettye Crutcher. McCord also went on to give an electrifying performance at the Wattstax concert later that year.

Taking a more traditional route is Reverend Bernard Avant & the St. James Gospel Choir. Directed by the Southern California–based minister and radio show host Rev. Willie Bernard Avant, Jr., the St. James Gospel Choir’s sound isn’t far removed from that of Southern gospel music—likely a holdover from Avant’s upbringing in Georgia. Similarly, God’s Newspaper, from Reverend J.D. Montgomery & the Mt. Carmel Choir in Detroit, drops the listener right into the excitement of a Sunday service. Recorded in the church’s sanctuary, the album includes a sermon by Rev. Montgomery, as well as powerful selections by the Greater Mt. Carmel Choir.

In celebration of Gospel Heritage Month, Craft will also produce a compilation from the imprint’s catalog. Stay tuned for full details about the compilation, which will be coming to vinyl, CD and digital formats on September 4th. In the meantime, fans can look forward to the release of new lyric videos, plus two special playlists, titled “Gospel Truth” (out May 24th) and “Gospel Easter” (out April 12th), throughout the course of the campaign.

The music, sermons and other recordings included in the Gospel Truth canon, while left for several decades as either a distant memory for many involved or a relic for collectors to behold, holds up today as a collection of enduring importance. In the age of social media, the pursuit of “truth” and the importance of the “gospel” has yet to diminish. In an effort to present both concepts to a new generation of seekers, learners and doers, this collection of releases will serve to provide context for contemporary listeners. As Stax put it in the initial press materials for the imprint, “After all, it doesn’t matter if you listen to gospel quietly…snap your fingers…sing along…or to dance to it, as long as you get the message.”

Gospel Truth Digital Album Releases:
March 13: The Rance Allen Group – The Rance Allen Group


March 20: Reverend Lee Jackson – At Calvary


March 27: Reverend Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Choir – In Concert


April 3: Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir – Jesus People


April 10: Reverend J.D. Montgomery & The Mt. Carmel Choir – God’s Newspaper


April 17: Reverend Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir – God Save Your People


April 24: The Howard Lemon Singers – Message For Today


May 1: The Rance Allen Group – Truth Is Where It’s At


May 8: Reverend Bernard Avant & The St. James Gospel Choir – Reverend Bernard Avant & The St. James Gospel Choir


May 15: Louise McCord – A Tribute To Mahalia Jackson


May 22: The Commanders – Walk With Me


May 29: The Marion Gaines Singers – This Too Is Gospel


June 5: Charles May & Annette May Thomas – Songs Our Father Used To Sing


June 12: Clarence Smith – Whatever Happened To Love


June 19: The Gospel Artistics – The Gospel Artistics


June 26: Rev. T.L. Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir – I Found The Answer


July 3: The Henry Jackson Company – The Henry Jackson Company


July 10: The People’s Choir Of Operation PUSH – The People’s Choir Of Operation PUSH


July 17: Reverend Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir – A New Dawning


July 24: Blue Aquarius – Blue Aquarius


July 31: Bob Hemphill & The Commanders – Everybody Will Be Happy


August 7: The Rance Allen Group – Brothers


August 14: The Howard Lemon Singers – I Am Determined


August 21: The Marion Gaines Singers – Leaning On The Everlasting Arms


August 28: Reverend Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir – Goodbye Loneliness, Hello Happiness

One of the most popular Soul labels of all time, Stax has become synonymous with its gritty, Southern Rhythm & Blues sounds. Originally known as Satellite Records, the Memphis imprint was founded in 1957 by Jim Stewart. Over the course of two decades, Stax released more than 800 singles and nearly 300 LPs, picking up eight GRAMMYS® and an Academy Award along the way. In all, Stax placed more than 167 hit songs in the Top 100 pop charts, and a staggering 243 hits in the Top 100 R&B charts.

Stax Records

Craft Recordings is home to one of the largest and most prestigious collections of master recordings and compositions in the world. Its rich and storied repertoire includes legendary artists such as Joan Baez, Ray Charles, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, John Lee Hooker, Little Richard, Nine Inch Nails, Thelonious Monk, Otis Redding, R.E.M. and Traveling Wilburys, to name just a few. Renowned imprints with catalogs issued under the Craft banner include Concord, Fania, Fantasy, Milestone, Musart, Nitro, Prestige, Riverside, Rounder, Specialty, Stax, Sugar Hill, Vanguard and Vee-Jay Records, among many others. Craft creates thoughtfully curated packages, with a meticulous devotion to quality and a commitment to preservation-ensuring that these recordings endure for new generations to discover. Craft Recordings is the catalog label team for Concord Music.

Craft Recordings

Surviving members of the Allman Brothers Band will come together Tuesday, March 10 as The Brothers for a sold-out, one-night-only show in Madison Square Garden celebrating 50 years of the iconic American band’s legacy. In partnership with nugs.net–the leading live music platform for concert recordings and live streams–the “50th Anniversary Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band” will be available via Pay-Per-View on March 10, 2020.

The Brothers consists of founding Allman Brothers Band (ABB) drummer Jaimoe Johanson as well as longtime ABB guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones, along with Widespread Panic drummer Duane Trucks and keyboardist Reese Wynans. Former ABB keyboardist (and longtime touring member of the Rolling Stones) Chuck Leavell will join as a special guest for many of the jams he helped create with ABB.

The Allman Brothers Band played their first show on March 26, 1969 and went on to embark on a Hall Of Fame career, which came to a close with their final performance on October 28, 2014 at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

“NYC has always been a spiritual home for the Allman Brothers, says Derek Trucks. “So it only feels natural to honor Uncle Butch, Gregg, Berry, Duane and all the other brothers and sisters we have lost along the way at MSG. I’m excited to get to play these songs with Jaimoe and the Brothers one last time to celebrate 50 years of this music.”

“I can’t wait to play again with my Brothers,” added Jaimoe, and Haynes says, “This is going to be a really special evening. We’re all very happy that even those not able to be inside The Garden will be able to share it with us.”

Brad Serling, nugs.net Founder and CEO, added, “We could not be more thrilled about the opportunity to work with The Brothers on this PPV from MSG. The music that these performers helped to create is so incredibly special. We are very thankful to be able to help share this performance with ABB fans around the planet.”

 

The Brothers are all the surviving members of the final ABB lineup: drummer Jaimoe, guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks, bassist Oteil Burbridge and percussionist Marc Quinones. Reese Wynans was a member of Second Coming, a band that pre-dated the formation of The Allman Brothers Band by just months and included Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jaimoe. Duane Trucks is Derek’s little brother, whose uncle was ABB co-founder Butch Trucks. Duane is currently a drummer for Widespread Panic. Chuck Leavell was first heard by ABB fans on Gregg’s first solo album, Laid Back, and joined the Allmans full-time in 1973 through their first hiatus in 1976.

 

According to an article in Rolling Stone, Dickey Betts was invited to participate, however his manager stated that he “had prior commitments that prevented him from attending.”

 

Founded in 1997 as a fan site for downloading live music, nugs.net has evolved into the leading source for official live music from the largest touring artists in the world. Metallica, Pearl Jam, Phish, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruce Springsteen and many others distribute recordings of every concert they play through nugs.net. The platform offers downloads, CDs, webcasts, and are the only streaming service dedicated to live music, delivering exclusive live content to millions of fans daily. nugs.net is available on iOS, Android, AppleTV, Sonos, BluOS, and Desktop.

 

More information about the Pay-Per-View can be found here.

The upcoming US Tour with Norah Jones kicks off in Macon, Georgia on April 21st. After 5 stops, including 2 days at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, she’ll be joined by Mavis Staples at the Sandia Amphitheater in Albuquerque.

Photo by Michael Martin via Blue Note

9X GRAMMY winner Jones and Blues and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Staples, released the single “I’ll Be Gone” last year, and will perform no fewer than a dozen shows from the Southwest through Southern California and ending in the Northeast in August.

Norah Jones

Mavis Staples

Today, February 25, 2020, the brand new Blues Podcast launched with a sizzling three episodes featuring the queen of modern blues Beth Hart, the multi-platinum selling Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the fast rising British blues-rock star Kris Barras.

The series is presented by the inimitable Big Boy Bloater – the current drive time presenter for Feedback Radio and former host of the popular Blues Magazine Show for Team Rock Radio. A successful musician too, he has toured the world and has fans in the shape of Jools Holland, Imelda May, Craig Charles and Paul Jones and he’s also played with the likes of Carl Perkins, Wanda Jackson and Paloma Faith to name a few.

Talking about the shows Big Boy Bloater says; “I’m excited to present the brand new Blues Podcast, where I get the chance to chat to and delve into the lives of some of the greatest contemporary and up and coming blues musicians as well as the leading industry figures in the genre. We’ll be getting to know the person behind the music by finding out what makes them tick and where their roots lay. So, sit back, put your feet up, and grab a tipple of your choice as we massage your ears with tall tales from the blues trail.”

The naturally charming Bloater knows what makes musicians tick and how to get inside their head which is what makes The Blues Podcast so special – to find out about the person behind the music. It’s a chat amongst friends where they sit down and chew the fat of life and what has shaped them into who they are. Over the episodes he’ll be talking to not only musicians but is also expected to chat with leading industry figures, from journalists to promoters and beyond. Subscribe now to join Bloater and his guests for a peek behind the curtain, and find out how we keep the blues alive.

The Blues Podcast is available on a number of platforms such as Spotify, Apple Podcast/iTunes, Google Podcast, YouTube, and PodBean between audio and video format on the last Tuesday of every month.

The Blues Podcast

The Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame (FARHOF), announces its Winter/Spring 2020 schedule of Hallways — the Hall’s official podcast — airing weekly beginning in February. The series includes in depth, personal interviews with Folk, Americana, and Roots artists like Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Tom Rush, Keb’ Mo’, Milk Carton Kids and The Mammals.

The podcast launched on January 3rd and featured FARHOF’s founder, Joe Spaulding, prior to moving to its weekly episode format on February 7th. Several upcoming episodes — including Ani DiFranco and Aengus Finnan — were recorded at the Folk Alliance International conference, which took place in New Orleans in January. Additionally Tom Rush, Mark Erelli, Hayley Sebella, Raye Zaragosa, Laura Cortese, David Amram and Diana Jones all recorded live, solo performances during their interviews with the Hallways team.

“Our mission at FARHOF is to preserve and celebrate the history of Folk, Americana and Roots music,” said Spaulding. “Hallways allows the legacy and history of folk, Americana, roots music to be heard from all artists past and future directly in their own words.”

The Folk Americana Roots Hall Of Fame is housed in the Wang Theatre and is an initiative of the Boch Center in Boston. FARHOF celebrates Folk, Americana and Roots music through displays, memorabilia, artifacts, multimedia, lectures and concerts. As much as any city in the country, Boston has been the musical birthplace for the styles and artists we celebrate, making it a fitting home.

Hallways is a production of Above The BasementBoston Music and Conversation, hosts Chuck Clough and Ronnie Hirschberg bring the stories and inspiration behind this great American music to life through conversation and live performance.

“Our team at Above The Basement could not be more proud to host and produce Hallways,” says host Clough. “As the storytelling and podcast partner of FARHOF, we’re looking forward to bringing this important American music to listeners, and highlighting the stories and songcraft that keep its spirit alive today.”

Hallways 2020 Winter/Spring Episode Schedule

TOM RUSH* 2/28/20
ANI DIFRANCO 3/6/20
KEB’ MO’  3/13/20
MILK CARTON KIDS 3/20/20
THE MAMMALS 3/27/20
DAVID AMRAM 4/3/20
THE ACCIDENTALS 4/10/20
LAURA CORTESE* 4/17/20
RAYE ZARAGOSA* 4/24/20
MARK ERELLI* 5/1/20
HAYLEY SEBELLA* 5/8/20
ROSE COUSINS 5/15/20
DIANA JONES* 5/22/20
PASSIM 60! 5/29/20

*Includes LIVE solo performance

Listen to Hallways HERE

Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame

When Larry Campbell, the GRAMMY winning producer and longtime collaborator of Levon Helm, says he wants to collaborate – you listen. Just ask Roger Street Friedman, the award-winning, NY-based singer-songwriter, whose “autobiographical, cinematic, blunt, and honest” songwriting has been compared to James Taylor, Randy Newman, and Jackson Browne (The Aquarian). With the release of Rise, the songwriter’s third studio album produced by Campbell, Friedman has crafted nothing less than a true expression – a statement of purpose that resonates as a career milestone – thanks in part to a partnership with Campbell that far exceeded Friedman’s expectations.

“One thing I know now, after working with Larry on this album, is how important the producer is,” Friedman explains, “how important the process is, the vibe — having the right players, how every element has a place and how one thing could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back if you’re not careful. And most of all, how important it is to serve the song.”

Recorded at his home studio in Sea Cliff, NY, Rise features the type of honest, vulnerable songwriting that has won Friedman praise everywhere from USA Today to No Depression – reflective vignettes recalling the singer-songwriter tradition of Marc Cohn and Robbie Robertson, set to a blend of folk-rock, progressive Americana, and soulful R&B. Co-written with a number of Nashville based songwriters, the album’s 12 tracks feature stories so vivid that we feel genuinely inside their characters — whether it’s the Vietnam veteran “takin’ fire from Uncle Sam” upon his return, or the housewife questioning her life in “Over and Over.” There’s an honesty, immediacy, and urgency to Friedman’s singing throughout the album, while the song arrangements are fat-free blends of Americana genre-splicing, from the twang of “Last Train to Babylon” to the rocking punch of “Outcasts of Love,” the Celtic anthemics of the title track and the Jimmy Buffett ebullience of “Tough Crowd.”

“I think I took a lot more risks with the songs on this album,” Friedman says. “Not everything has a happy ending. My voice is also way more out front than it’s been on the other records, which feels pretty vulnerable to me. I’m just trying to go deeper, really trying to get to the heart of the matter.”

It helps, of course, that music is indeed the heart of Friedman’s matter. Friedman was bitten by the music bug early, learning to write songs and even developing his studio engineering skills. It was an avocation, however, until a combination of events — the deaths of his father and mother, marriage and, later, the births of his two children — steered Friedman back to music, leading to the acclaimed 2014 debut The Waiting Sky and 2017’s Shoot The Moon, which reached #2 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Album Chart and spent 25 weeks in the top 20. Friedman met Campbell when the latter played on The Waiting Sky and the two kept in touch. After sifting through more than 30 songs that Friedman sent him to consider, Campbell readily agreed to produce Rise.

Recorded with a crew led by Campbell, Rise features Friedman’s rhythm section of Jim Toscano and Matt Schneider, keyboard phenom Jason Crosby (Phil Lesh, John Mclaughlin), Campbell’s wife Teresa Williams, and Lucy Kaplansky on backing vocals. “I think the creative mission was really to take the songs as far as they could go, with some compelling arrangements that highlight the songwriting as much as possible.” The album was mixed by Justin Guip at Milan Hill Studios in Milan, NY.

A frequent performer on the music festival circuit, Friedman is looking forward to bringing the material from Rise on the road this winter, beginning with a performance at Nashville’s City Winery on March 5th.

Roger Street Friedman Tour Dates
Thursday, March 5th – City Winery – Nashville, TN
Saturday, March 7th – Blue Plate Special – Knoxville Visitors Center – Knoxville, TN
Saturday, March 7th – Down Home – Johnson City, TN
Sunday, March 8th – Flat Iron – Greensboro, NC
Wednesday, March 11th – New Deal Café – Greenbelt, MD
Friday, March 13th – The Living Room at 35 East – Ardmore, PA
Wednesday, April 22nd – My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel – Roslyn, NY
Saturday, May 23rd – Philadelphia Folk Song Society – Philadelphia, PA
Friday, July 24th – Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center – Greenfield, MA
Saturday, July 25th – Sandisfield Art Center – Sandisfield, MA
Friday, September 25th – Grinder House Coffee Shop, LLC – Crossville, TN
Sunday, September 27th – Isis Music Hall – Asheville, NC

Roger Street Friedman

*Feature image Laura Crosta

Boston-area-based pianist/songwriter Anthony Geraci follows up his multiple Blues Music Award- nominated recording, Why Did You Have To Go, with Daydreams In Blue, releasing April 24 on Shining Stone Records.  Boston roots/blues music hero Dennis Brennan is the featured vocalist and adds harmonica on two tracks. Daydreams In Blue also features special guest appearances from guitarists Walter Trout and Monster Mike Welch. This 12-song CD has Anthony writing 10 new originals, one tune penned by Brennan, Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band) and Troy Gonyea; and a classic blues composition by Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine (“Jelly, Jelly”). Anthony’s scintillating piano is the binding factor here, embellished by the rhythm section of Jeff Armstrong and Michael Mudcat Ward, two of Boston’s finest.

“This by far is the most exciting recording I’ve done under my own name,” Geraci says about the album sessions. “Having all these great musicians on the recording is a ‘Daydream’ come true. And having Walter Trout on the song, ‘No One Hears My Prayers,’ is something that transcends beyond just a recorded track. Musicians supporting each other, willing to give themselves to others is something we should all aspire too.

“Music- all kinds of music – defines my life; and many of my friends, whether they are musicians or fans,” he says. “Where do we retreat to when things just aren’t right? A song is where I go to. It could be a song by Muddy Waters, John Coltrane, ‘New World Symphony’ by Antonín Leopold Dvořák, or a Hank Williams tune – its all music. Or I go to my piano and just play. The compositions on Daydreams in Blue were written over about a years time, some only a few weeks before the recording session. Im very sensitive as to who I may want to bring into the recording studio. I have a vision for each song and who Id like to have play on it. Immediately after I wrote ‘No One Hears My Prayer,’ I thought of Walter Trout. We had done a few shows together recently and he graciously asked me to sit in with his great band a few times. But it was his sound, his spirit that made me want to ask him. Mike Welch has been my friend for a very long time, since the original House Of Blues was in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I was part of the Blue Monday Band. He was in his early teens and was already (almost!) as good as he is today. Dennis Brennan is truly a roots music hero here in Boston – his vocals and harmonica playing captures the soul of a bluesman – straight from the heart.  Check out his ‘Dead Mans Shoes’ composition.”

Geraci has a long history in the American Blues Community. He is an original member of Sugar Ray and the Blue-Tones, and Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters; he has recorded with both artists extensively. Anthony has been nominated for the prestigious Pinetop Perkins Piano Award for the last five years: 2016/2017/2018/2019/2020 by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.  In 2019, Anthony also received nominations from Living Blues Magazine: Outstanding Musician-Keyboard; Traditional Blues Album/Blues Band of the Year/Male Blues Artist from Blues Blast Magazine; and Best Traditional Blues Band from Making-a-Scene.

Anthony’s last recording, Why Did You Have to Go (Shining Stone), received world-wide accolades. It debuted at #4 on the Living Blues Radio Chart, and was in the top 50 most played recordings for 36 weeks on the Roots Music Report. 2019 Nominations from the Blues Foundation included: Album, Traditional Album, Song of the Year (“Angelina, Angelina”), Traditional Male Blues Artist, Band of the Year – Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blues All-Stars.

Anthony has been featured on over 50 recordings with some of the biggest names in blues music. He has recorded with blues pioneers: Big Walter Horton, Carey Bell, Odetta, Big Jack Johnson, Charlie Musselwhite, Lazy Lester, Snooky Pryor and John Brim; as well as contemporary artists: The Proven Ones, Kenny Neal, Sugaray Rayford, Debbie Davies, Otis Grand, Welch/Ledbetter, Zora Young, and Duke Robillard; and garnered a Grammy nomination for his playing on the Super Harps I album (Telarc).

Check out Geraci’s live performance of “Baptized in the River Yazoo” from  Why Did You Have to Go.

Anthony Geraci

*Feature image Erika Olsen