Larger-than-life blues star Rick Estrin has piloted the wildly fun and musically fearless Rick Estrin & The Nightcats for the last decade, touring the world and proving night after night why they won 2018’s Blues Music Award for Band Of The Year. The limitless combined talents of blues harmonica virtuoso and sly, soulful singer Estrin, guitar mastermind Kid Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and endlessly creative drummer Derrick “D’Mar” Martin take Estrin’s inventive, original songs to new and unexpected places. On stage, the band’s ability to deliver an unpredictable, no-holds-barred show is unmatched.
Born in 1947, Piazza’s infatuation with blues began at a time when many of the masters were still in their prime years, and in the mid 1960s when the first blues revival was picking up steam, he was in the thick of it. By the 1970s, he’d already released five albums, and was one of the leading lights of the West Coast Blues scene. In the early ’70s he joined forces with Otis Spann disciple Honey Alexander (now his wife) on piano, and when they formed the Mighty Flyers over three decades ago, his career really hit its stride. Since then Piazza and the Mighty Flyers have won or been nominated for just about every award that can be bestowed upon a blues band, played literally thousands of gigs around the world, recorded over a dozen highly acclaimed releases, and along the way virtually created a new style of blues – a combination of low-down Chicago grit, suave West Coast swing and jazz, and the rhythmic drive of the best early R&B and rock & roll. Quite simply, Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers are one of the best, most experienced, and most distinctive bands in blues today.
The Mighty Mojo Prophets are Long Beach California’s favorite sons. A veteran National, and International act, they’ve set fire to stages at home and across the globe. Tom “Big Son” Eliff and Mitch “The Switch” Dow are highly acclaimed singer/songwriters that have been putting out some of the best contemporary Blues music that still holds true to the traditions of the genre. Pick up any one of their 3 releases here on Mojoking.com and find out what the “buzz” is all about! All of The Mighty Mojo Prophets releases are available now in 12″ vinyl too!!
Whiteboy James, the tough, passionate, funny, virile, foul-mouthed, yet lovable hurricane of a songwriter, harmonica blower, amazing singer, and uniquely gifted human being. If you get the chance to see Whiteboy James on stage, you will be astonished; will never forget him and more than anything will want to see him again. James has continued to wow audiences since with his sorcerer-like powers of performance on stage. Recalling the great shout singers of the 1940s, yet as unique and vital as tomorrow, James has mounted a fundraiser show to obtain a headstone for another of his mentors, the great Big Joe Turner; lent voice acting talents and original songs to the Blizzard “video game phenomenon Starcraft; been featured in Jesse James’s international publication, Garage; and played a tour of Western Europe. born in Compton CA and raised in South Los Angeles, first was exposed to American Music – from hillbilly to jump blues, country blues to swing – from his Uncle Ed Tunks’ wide collection of 78 records. A born performer, he practiced his music show in front of the bedroom mirror from a young age, entertaining his family and friends with his naturally strong vocals and undeniable charisma.
Twice awarded “Best Blues CD” at teh San Diego Music Awards, Robin Henkel performs country blues with and intensity rarely seen in Southern California. Grounded in the blues of Mississippi 1930s-50s, Robin has built his own personal style drawing from the influences of Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters, Skip James and others.
Billy Watson is an entertainer extraordinaire, capable of throwing down a blues show that can be infectiously hilarious and convincingly nasty. His energy as a fronman is relentless, his vocals inspiring and his arp work musically outstanding.