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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Unplugged" Big Shot Reub and the Reloaders@Coyote's Bar/Grill - 2 Big November Shows

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San Diego's Big Shot Reub and the Reloaders, fronted by Reuben Vigil (center, performing here at the 2011 Adams Ave. Street Fair), also featuring 'Gutbucket' Bo Cantrell (standup bass) and Dan McDowell (harmonica), play two "Unplugged" shows at Coyote's Bar & Grill in Carlsbad Nov. 19 & 26. The band's "Roundhouse Blues" CD is also up for "Bluesforum CD of 2011." Go to to vote.     

"Despite his obvious virtuosity, (frontman) Vigil is not a one-man show or grandstander...the Reloaders have a cohesive sound..."Love Comes Knocking" turns up the tempo with some flashy guitar work reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughn...the gloves come off in "Survive," where Vigil channels Jimi Hendrix, complete with reverb, wah wah, and other electronic effects. Blues fans should give this album a serious listen."                                                                                                  SAN DIEGO TROUBADOUR
"San Diego-based Reuben Vigil and his posse (Jodie Hill on bass and Ric Lee on drums) play "almost right"--almost perfectly... Big Shot Reub is a near-master on lead guitar! He displays his prowess with "So Much Inside Me"...his musical arrangements are as varied and melodic as those in blues can get."                  BLUES BLAST              
                        (Saturday, November 19 and Saturday, November 26) 

 "Roundhouse Blues" Nominated For '2011 CD of the Year' by Bluesforum 
                Big Shot Reub CD Cover Art               
    (CARLSBAD) - 619 blues-rock faves  Big Shot Reub & The Reloaders "Unplug" for two upcoming acoustic shows at Coyote's Bar & Grill, 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, Saturday, November 19 and Saturday, November 26, 3-5:30 p.m. each day. No cover. Info: (760) 729-4695 or See below for a complete itinerary of upcoming Big Shot Reub and the Reloaders live events.  
  The group's "Roundhouse Blues" is nominated for 2011 CD Of The Year by Bluesforum. Log onto to cast your vote for "Roundhouse Blues" between now and December 15. 
    The trio fronted by guitarist-vocalist Reuben Vigil has been receiving lots of 'local' love lately:  notably, a stellar review in San Diego Troubadour (quoted above), with a Feature in the North County Times due out November 24 and a review in San Diego Acoustic forthcoming as well.     
   ROUNDHOUSE BLUES (Hat and Case Music) has received very positive media response since its 2010 release. "I plopped this CD into the player and hoped for the best, and low and behold I was pleasantly surprised just how good of an album "Roundhouse Blues" turned out to be," writes BLUES UNDERGROUND. "Talk about some classy blues...this is the stuff you look long and hard for.  If you like virtuoso guitar this is one album you need to get!," opines  CASHBOX magazine.  "On "Roadhouse Blues," Vigil moves flawlessly and tastefully across the frets to produce a very high quality product for any discerning ear to enjoy," asserts BLUESROCKERS. The album was mastered by multi-Grammy-winning Charlie Watts (renowned for his work on Fleetwood Mac's Rumors among others) and engineered and produced by Glen Laughlin (Dickies, Cherry Bluestorms).   
    Watch a live performance of "So Much Inside Me" by Big Shot Reub and the Reloaders from The Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood last summer here:                                  
     Big Shot Reub & The Reloaders (Reuben Vigil, lead guitar-vocals); Jodie Hill (bass); Ric Lee (drums) played and performed in various San Diego bands before coming together to record ROUNDHOUSE BLUES, which in Vigil's words, "is a labor of friendship and getting my friends back to work. In this effort all processes have been near seamless. I am a lucky man."        
     The songs on ROUNDHOUSE BLUES reflect Vigil's diverse influences - B.B. King, Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix among them. From opening track "So Much Inside Me" ("a jump-swing tribute to the greats, including Wynone Harris and Louis Jordan," explains Vigil) and melodic "Love's Come Knocking" ("a song designed to comfort a mending heart...speaking what you want and not what you have"); to the Latin-flavored "Viva Bracero" ("a tribute to the unskilled laborers that helped rebuild America after the Great Depression"); and uptempo, toe-tapping "Big Shot Roll" ("a salute to the West Coast swing dancers that are an integral part of the San Diego blues scene"), there is truly something for every Blues lover on ROUNDHOUSE BLUES.         
Big Shot Reub & The Reloaders -Upcoming Live Shows/Special Events Itinerary  

November 19 (Sat.)              COYOTES BAR AND GRILL*               Carlsbad, CA
November 26 (Sat.)              COYOTES BAR AND GRILL*               Carlsbad, CA
December 17 (Sat.)               THE SALTY FROG*                              Imperial Beach, CA 
January 7 (Sat.)                    COYOTES BAR & GRILL                       Carlsbad, CA
February 4 (Sat.)                  COYOTES BAR & GRILL                       Carlsbad, CA
February 11 (Sat.)                 MR. PEABODYS                                     Encinitas, CA

                      * - Unplugged
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