Prepare to be amazed and delighted by Joss Stone. The free spirited English soul singer has been on an incredible journey, metaphorical and literal, artistic and geographic, absorbing influences and making music. She has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, her American success paving the way for a new generation of British female soul singers.
At 27, Stone has been in music half her life. She won the BBC talent show Star for a Night at the age of 13, signed to a major label at 15, and released her debut album, The Soul Sessions, aged 16. Joss continued her reggae education back home with legendary British based veteran Dennis Bovell, with whom she co-wrote The Answer. But while Joss and her long term musical collaborator Jonathan Shorten embraced reggae influences, it was just one element of an ever expanding musical picture. In 2014, after years of dreaming and planning, Joss began her Total World Tour, with the aim of performing in every country on the planet, and collaborating with local indigenous musicians. She has visited Morocco, Dubai, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Australia, New Zealand and this year is touring South America with planned visits to North Africa and Eastern Europe. Her gigs have ranged from stadium concerts to club shows and acoustic jamming sessions, while she has also been taking the opportunity to work with local charities and learn about humanitarian and environmental issues.
“Some people play music to pay their bills, some have a story to tell, and some make music to become famous. Every reason is valid, because it’s your own personal reason, and once you’ve figured it out, you know where you’re going. The reason I do it is because it fills me up. It’s like a drug to me. It’s like it tastes good and it smells good and it’s warm. If I’m walking down the street and I hear a busker playing, it makes my day better. And I guess I’m addicted to having that in my life. And that’s why I do it, to share that feeling with other people.”
Three-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ is more than just a musician; he is a visionary roots-music storyteller. Often described as "a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America". His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz and pop.
Over the past two decades Keb’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. His songs have been recorded by B.B. King, Buddy Guy, the Dixie Chicks, Joe Cocker and Robert Palmer, and his playing inspired leading instrument maker Gibson Brands to issue the Keb’ Mo’ Signature Blues master acoustic guitar. He’s collaborated with a host of other artists including Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Cassandra Wilson, Buddy Guy, Amy Grant, Solomon Burke and Little Milton. Keb’ also performs the theme song for the smash sit-com ‘Mike & Molly’ and was music composer for TV’s ‘Memphis Beat.’
Keb’ stresses that his focus will always be on making music and being a communicator, a songwriter. “My job is to look for something that’s truthful,” he vows. “Lies are the hardest things in the world to remember, but the truth digs right inside me and it reaches other people, too. If a song is truthful, the way the songs on Blues Americana are, I have a piece of that song inside of me so I can always deliver it from my heart.”
Flipping a Fender Stratocaster upside-down, acclaimed singer/songwriter/lefty guitarist Malina Moye fills a void in the entertainment industry. Described as a musical pioneer and regarded as one of the world’s top female guitarists by Guitar World Magazine, Moye has carved out her own lane in today’s music scene as one of the few artists in history able to straddle both Rock and Soul genres.
On stage, Malina delivers an intoxicating fusion of funk-Blues rock.
Moye’s musical narrative boasts an impressive resume that includes making history as the first African-American woman to play the National Anthem on guitar at a professional sporting event, all the way to performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tribute concert for music pioneer Chuck Berry. And recently, Malina honored the Queen of England by playing “God Save the Queen” at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the Queen’s sixty year jubilee.
In 2011, Moye’s critically acclaimed LP “Diamonds & Guitars” reached number 35 on Amazon.com and iTunes respectively, showcasing an eclectic pallet of music while preserving its mainstream appeal. The album spawned two Billboard-charting songs “Girlfriend” (48) which also appeared in an episode of MTV The Hills and “Alone,” which landed on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at 93 and stayed on the chart for over six weeks. “Alone” then remained in the top 10 for over 15 weeks on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. In 2012,Malina was the first female guitarist to join the Experience Hendrix Tour and appeared in the documentary “Stratmaster: The Greatest Guitar Story Ever Told.”Abroad and stateside, Moye’s Diamonds & Guitars tour served her as an opening act with Robin Thicke and legendary rock group Journey.
The Heritage Blues Orchestra
Witness a live performance by the Heritage Blues Orchestra, as old African-American musical traditions rise up to meet you, you’ll recognize this group as something breathtakingly new. How can something so firmly rooted in the past still seem so adventurous… even audacious? You’ll sense it when their driving Chicago backbeat suddenly gives way to a stark, a cappella work song by Bill Sims, Jr. You’ll feel it when their bold, brass-fueled New Orleans stomp sets up a stunning solo vocal by Chaney Sims.
And you’ll know it when Junior Mack’s heaven-sent voice and searing slide guitar storm in to lead the gospel-blues charge.
On top of the prodigious instrumental prowess and talents of three incredible singers in Bill, Junior and Chaney, the strength of the Heritage Blues Orchestra comes from rich experience and the simple refusal to segregate the elements of the African-American musical canvas. The band members ‘collective history in blues, jazz, R&B and gospel—and the passion, pride, talent and musical wanderlust that consumes Bill and Junior and so thoroughly inflames Chaney—make the Heritage Blues Orchestra the most exciting African-American roots group to come along in a very long time. Propelled by the churning rhythms of Kenny Smith’s drums and Vincent Bucher’s locomotive harmonica and colored by the Ellington-inspired (by way of Ravel) horn arrangements of Bruno Wilhelm, this group takes us on a ride through the dusty back roads of the American South—painted with unexpected colors of modern jazz arising from the radio. This group drives us down Hwy. 49 from Clarksdale to New Orleans, fueled by the spirits of the blues and carrying us to new musical horizons. What begins as a loving celebration of the past emerges as a whole new adventure in music. This is the exhilarating and exciting sound of the Heritage Blues Orchestra.
A dynamic, soulful Blues and Rock band from Glasgow, King King are on a roll. Equipped with an army of fans and armfuls of awards, it’s hard to believe that Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keys) have come so far, so fast. As Henry Yates of Classic Rock Blues wrote, “King King are the hottest draw in British blues-rock”. Yet there’s no smoke and mirrors behind their five-year rise: just killer songs, performed with true passion, by a fist-tight lineup.
In short, there’s no time for group backslaps, even as King King approach the end of a truly vintage year. As a measure of the band’s status, consider their five victories at the 2014 British Blues Awards, not least ‘Best Band’ (for a third consecutive year) and ‘Best Album’ for 2013’s ‘Standing in the Shadows’. Add to that the inclusion of Shadows in both the Classic Rock Blues Mag’s Top 50 Albums of 2013, and Paul Jones’ BBC Radio 2 end-of-year countdown (the only British album in the running), and it’s raining statuettes.
Media plaudits are always welcome, but perhaps the most tangible evidence that King King is doing something right is the audiences who roared them to the rafters throughout 2014. While their records were spinning on stereos across the world, King King’s tour bus wheels were doing the same, as the band took the international language of blues-rock to fans in France, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway and Germany (not to mention a set at the Crossroads Festival, filmed for the legendary music TV show Rockpalast).
With King King, the sound bites and statistics only tell half the story. For conclusive proof of this band’s brilliance, you need only listen to their music. In 2015, Alan, Lindsay, Wayne and Bob will be pulling the trigger on a stunning new studio album, and launching a continent-hopping tour schedule. Which means there’s never been a better time to experience their magic from the front row. King King is moving fast. Catch them if you can…
When often asked by people, why they chose the Blues…their answer has been…”we didn’t choose the Blues…..the Blues chose us”!
Inspired by the roots and groove sounds of the Blues, Blues-Rock, Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Funk and R&B, SOULMATE was formed in Shillong, in October 2003 when Rudy Wallang and Tipriti Kharbangar decided to form a band dedicated to playing the Blues and spreading awareness about this important genre of music.
Since then they have played numerous gigs all over India and Abroad. In 2011 they played in the US selling out two shows at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC during the Maximum India Festival, did a successful 4 city tour of Norway, and have shared billings with Matt Schofield, Johnny Lang and Shemekia Copeland at the Mahindra Blues Fest in Mumbai 2011, Gary Clark Jr at The Jakarta Blues Festival 2009, John Mayall at the Jakarta Blues Festival 2010 ,Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and John Lee Hooker Jr, Robert Randolph Jr at the Mahindra Blues fest 2012 , Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Dana Fuchs Band, Jimmy Thackeray, Poppa Chubby, Walter Trout at the Mahindra Blues Festival 2013 and then most recently with The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimmie Vaughn, Doyle Bramhall II, Zac Harmon and Lil’ Ed and The Imperials at the Mahindra Blues Fest 2014 and Guitar Shorty at the Ode To The Blues Festival 2014 in Bangalore In October 2012, they opened for Carlos Santana, in Noida India. At the 4th Edition of the Mahindra Blues Festival. They performed a short set with 3 Khasi Folk musicians incorporating Khasi folk music and instruments and the Blues.
In the past Soulmate has toured the USA, playing in Memphis Tn., Brown University- Rhode Island & Colorado and were twice semi finalists at the 23rd & 26th International Blues Challenge. They have performed in France (Disneyland, Paris), Germany (Baltic Blues Festival 2012), Sweden (Gothenburg and Monsteras Roots and Blues Festival 2012), Singapore (Mosaic Music Festival), Miri Sarawak (Asia Music Festival 2014),Macau(International Jazz and Blues Festival 2014) Dubai (Du World Music Festival), Indonesia (Jakarta Blues Festival 2010/2011) Bhutan and Kathmandu (Jazzmandu-2004 / 2005 / 2008).
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