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Showing posts with label Andy T- Nick Nixon Band. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Andy T- Nick Nixon Band. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Andy T - Nick Nixon Band "Livin' It Up"


Andy T - Nick Nixon Band - "Livin' It Up"

The blues has a history of great collaborations. Now it's time to add Andy T and James "Nick" Nixon to that venerable list thanks to the red clay covered roots of Nick's dynamic voice and Andy's bold, vibrant tones and equally rooted guitar style. Nick is one of those amazing artists that rarely surface today. This velvet voiced singer was born and raised in Nashville and was part of the thriving Jefferson Street blues scene of the '60s. Nick was a Chess Records recording artist in the '70s and is a key figure in today's reviving Nashville blues scene. "Andy T" Talamantez was born and raised in Southern California, and relocated to Nashville in 2008. His guitar style is influenced by T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Magic Sam and Albert Collins among others, yet it remains his own. After meeting James "Nick" Nixon, and watching him perform, Andy knew they they would make an unstoppable combination. And they proved that with 2013's Drink Drank Drunk.
The album, produced by Texas blues legend Anson Funderburgh, has been embraced by hundreds of radio stations, reaching number two on Sirius/XM radio's million-subscriber "B.B. King's Bluesville" and climbing the Living Blues chart. Critics have praised their tasteful and authentic approach in the Nashville Tennessean, Elmore, Living Blues, Blues Bytes and a host of other mainstream and specialty publications. And - most important - the fans have fallen in love with their dynamic, rooted live performances, making Andy, Nick and their backing quintet of veteran musicians an in-demand act at festivals and clubs across the world. These include Arkansas' historic King Biscuit Festival and the Moulin Blues Festival in Oslo, Norway, and such prestigious venues as Phoenix's Rhythm Room, B.B. King's on Memphis' Beale Street, Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco and Knuckleheads in Kansas City, Missouri.
After storming the international blues scene in the year since their debut album on Delta Groove, the Andy T - Nick Nixon Band wasted no time in knockin' out another spirited and rousing effort with their sophomore release Livin' It Up, which once again falls under the guidance and direction of iconic Texas blues guitarist/producer Anson Funderburgh. Blending together the regional influences of Memphis soul, Texas blues and New Orleans R&B, Andy, Nick and the band dish out ten new original compositions, along with three choice covers selected from the songbooks of T-Bone Walker, Alvin Robinson and Delbert McClinton. Rounding out this offering are a pair of accomplished Dallas-based musicians making a return appearance from the previous album including Austrian born multi-instrumentalist Christian Dozzler on piano and harmonica and saxophonist Ron Jones.

Andy T - Nick Nixon Band - Livin' It Up

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Vote Today - 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards!

2013 Blues Blast Music Awards
The 2013 Blues Blast Music Award nominations were recently announced and 3 Delta Groove artists were honored to be represented across four categories amongst their peers on this year's ballot.
This year's Delta Groove nominees include:

Andy T – Nick Nixon Band
"Drink Drank Drunk"
- New Artist Debut Album

The Mannish Boys
"Double Dynamite"
- Traditional Blues Album
- Best Blues Band

Kevin Selfe

"Long Walk Home"

- Sean Costello
Rising Star Award

Voting will take place directly on the Blue Blast Magazine website beginning on Monday, July 15th
and concludes on Saturday, August 31st. Winners will be announced at the Blues Blast Awards show held on Thursday, October 31st from 6pm to 1am at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago, Illinois and will be streamed live on the internet.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

New Release Available Now: Andy T- Nick Nixon Band


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Andy T: guitar
Nick Nixon: vocals
Anson Funderburgh: guitar & rhythm guitar
John Garza: bass
Christian Dozzler: piano & accordion
Kevin McKendree: piano
Larry van Loon: organ
John Street: organ
Steve Mackey: bass
Johnny Bradley: bass
Danny Cochran: drums
Wes Starr: drums
Jim Klingler: drums
Ron Jones: saxophone
Brian "Hash Brown" Calway: harmonica
Markey: background vocals


01. Midnight Hour (3:16)
02. Don't Touch Me (3:18)
03. Drink Drank Drunk (4:45)
04. No Use Knockin' (2:25)
05. Have You Seen My Monkey (3:48)
06. Dos Danos (5:39)
07. No End To The Blues (4:03)
08. On My Way To Texas (3:52)
09. Hi-Heel Sneakers (4:19)
10. Life Is Too Short (4:42)
11. You Look So Good (4:11)
12. I've Got A Woman (3:33)

Phone: (818) 907-1613

Like many kids growing up in the '60s and '70s, the first blues Andy Talamantez heard as a teenager was British blues and he fell under the spell of Eric Clapton. But he rapidly traced the music from there, assimilating elements of the vocabularies of B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Magic Sam and others until striking out on his own. He performed in various bands around Southern California until 1996, when Los Angeles-based blues legend Smokey Wilson practically plucked him off the stage for his first tour. It was at this time that Andy abbreviated his given name to the stage-friendlier Andy T. In 1998 Andy also began playing with Guitar Shorty, a Houston native known for his blistering six-string attack and on-stage acrobatics. During his 7 years on the road with Smokey and Shorty, Andy learned how to back up a vocalist with economy and perfection as he honed his own playing style, developing a clean, mile-wide tone that cuts to the essence of every song he plays with absolute precision.

James "Nick" Nixon's musical education began in his native Nashville, singing in church as a boy. He began performing opera after his high school music teacher heard the rich resonant tones that seem to naturally leap from his throat. His first working band was King James and the Sceptres, a rock 'n' roll outfit with Nick in the royal role. After the Sceptres, Nick took the helm of NTS Limited, with Billy Cox on bass, but his scrape with the big time came in 1974 when his group Past, Present and Future signed with Chess Records and released the single "Behind Closed Doors"/"Let's Boogie." Nick formed another band, the New Imperials, and continued to tour nationally, but eventually he took a job teaching music for Nashville's Parks and Recreation Department. He kept that position for 35 years — earning the Blues Foundation's prestigious "Keeping the Blues Alive" award for education — while still occasionally touring the U.S. and Europe, but mostly remaining one of Nashville's best-kept and highly revered musical secrets.

Produced by renowned Lone Star State blues guitarist Anson Funderburgh, the duo's brand new debut "Drink Drank Drunk" is an old-school barn-burner; the kind of disc that blows the dust — and the doors — off the Texas, Chicago, Louisiana, West Coast and deep soul traditions with a vital song-oriented approach rare in the blues today. It was originally planned as Andy T's long overdue solo debut, but the more the guitarist collaborated with Nick Nixon on stage, the more he heard Nick's powerhouse voice in his head, singing the tunes Andy was writing and culling for the studio. "For me, this album is really about where Nick and me are today as artists," says Andy. "We've both had a lot of experiences and influences, and drawn a bead on the music we love and how we love to perform it in a way that gets to the bottom of what the blues is all about."

"Andy was a great musician when we started and I think he's an even better player now. His dedication to the music that he loves is unstoppable…And Nick is one of the greatest singers in blues today. When people hear his voice, they are moved."
– Anson Funderburgh
"Andy T Band, featuring James "Nick" Nixon is one of those amazing artists that rarely surface today."
– Bman's Blues Report
"Nick and Andy T are both world class performers with a show that offers something for everyone."
– Peter Fleming co-founder, Nashville Office – AirPlay Direct

02/18/13: Nashville, TN – Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
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03/04/13: Nashville, TN – Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
03/11/13: Nashville, TN – Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
03/18/13: Nashville, TN – Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
03/28/13: Pinos Altos, NM - Buckhorn's Saloon
03/30/13: Bisbee, AZ - Bisbee Music Series
04/05/13: Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room (Official)
04/08/13: Nashville, TN – Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
04/15/13: Nashville, TN – Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
04/22/13: Nashville, TN – Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
04/29/13: Nashville, TN – Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
05/04/13: Moulin, The Netherlands – Moulin Blues Festival
05/06/13: Nashville, TN – Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
05/13/13: Nashville, TN – Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
05/20/13: Nashville, TN – Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar
05/25/13: Simi Valley, CA – Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival (w/ Anson Funderburgh)
06/08/13: Nashville, TN - Private Show: Volunteers of America
08/17/13: Nashville, TN - Two Rivers Mansion
08/24/13: Hardin, KY - Hot August Blues Festival