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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vote Today - Blues Music Awards - Delta Groove Receives 9 Nominations!

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The nominees for the 34th Blues Music Awards have now been announced, and once again Delta Groove and its artists continue to make their presence felt. This year you can find our artists acknowledged in 9 categories including the prestigious Album of the Year, Traditional Blues Album of the Year, Band of the Year, and the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female). The 34th Blues Music Awards will be Thursday May 9, 2013 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
Show your support for your favorite artists and releases by voting today! To register and become a member of The Blues Foundation and be eligible to vote for your favorite artists, please visit the Blues Foundation website at www.BLUES.org.


34TH BLUES MUSIC AWARDS - DELTA GROOVE NOMINEES ARE:




THE MANNISH BOYS
"DOUBLE DYNAMITE" (2 CDS)

Album featuring Finis Tasby, Sugaray Rayford, Randy Chortkoff, Kirk Fletcher, Frank Goldwasser, Willie J. Campbell, Jimi Bott, and more!
Special Guests: James Harman, Elvin Bishop, Mud Morganfield, Mike Finnigan, Jackie Payne, Rod Piazza, Kid Ramos, Junior Watson, Jason Ricci, and many many more!
NOMINATIONS:
- Album of The Year
- Band of The Year
- Traditional Blues Album of The Year
"With personnel ranging from duets up to horn-fired big-band charts, this quintessential backup band takes center stage on their way to deserved recognition as a premier blues group in their own right." – All Music Guide
"…an infectious revival of both '40s jump and '50s to '60s Chess-like styles from a band that lives inside the music..." – Wall Street Journal
"The Mannish Boys' dedication to preserving the past is matched only by their musical aptitude." – Living Blues Magazine




TRACY NELSON
"VICTIM OF THE BLUES" & "THE BLUES BROADS"
NOMINATIONS:
- Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female)
"Tracy Nelson isn't so much a singer as she is a force field — a blues practitioner of tremendous vocal power and emotional range." - Alanna Nash, Entertainment Weekly
"…a bad white girl…" - Etta James, from her autobiography, Rage To Live
"Tracy Nelson proves that the human voice is the most expressive instrument in creation." - John Swenson, Rolling Stone





ELVIN BISHOP
"THAT'S MY THING: ELVIN BISHOP LIVE IN CONCERT"
NOMINATIONS:
- DVD of The Year
"Before Eric Clapton was old enough to shave, Elvin Bishop was hanging out in Chicago with the first generation of electric bluesmen." – Guitar World
"Forever a crusader for fun blues and rock 'n' roll, Bishop gives his cherry red 1959 Gibson ES-345 a hug and places emphasis on his terrific slide guitar chops…" – Downbeat
"It's impossible not to like Bishop (his lyrical persona is not just for show). He's always singing something lowbrow and uplifting..." – Chicago Sun Times
"…Bishop's muscular guitar provides the sets pulse, as his soulful slide ripples through R & B classics and rowdy blues alike." – Relix





BOB CORRITORE
"LONGTIME FRIENDS IN THE BLUES"

Album featuring Tail Dragger, Kirk Fletcher, and more!
NOMINATIONS:
- Instrumentalist-Harmonica
"…a damn good harmonica player (Bob Corritore) with a lively sense of history." – Downbeat
"If Phoenix, Arizona, had a blues mafia, then Bob Corritore just might be its resident godfather." – Living Blues Magazine
"An incredible harmonica player." – Hohner Harmonica's Easy Reeding Magazine




TERRY HANCK
"LOOK OUT!"

Album featuring Chris "Kid" Andersen, Johnny "Cat" Soubrand, and more!
NOMINATIONS:
- Instrumentalist-Horn
"Terry Hanck is a fine vocalist, an amazing showman and my favorite sax player." – Elvin Bishop
"Tenor sax player Terry Hanck sings like he blows — sweetly, with a touch of grit…" - Blues Revue
"… he's one of the most formidable saxophonists in the blues and soul business." – Lee Hildebrand


WILLIE J CAMPBELL
Willie J. CAMPBELL (THE MANNISH BOYS)
NOMINATIONS:
- Instrumentalist-Bass

JIMI BOTT (THE MANNISH BOYS)
NOMINATIONS:
- Instrumentalist-Drums

Jimi Bott: The most nominated blues drummer in history…but no award yet! Vote in the Blues Music Awards and help Jimi finally win!
Although this is his 14th nomination, Jimi Bott has YET to bring home the award. That is 14 nominations in the 18 years there has been a drummer category, and 12 in a row. His 14 nominations now make him the MOST nominated drummer in the history of the awards! That is more nominations than legendary drummers, Willie "Big Eyes' Smith (Muddy Waters) and Sam Lay (Howlin Wolf, Little Walter, Muddy Waters). But yet a lot of people still do not know who he is. My purpose of this is not necessarily to get you to vote for him, even though he truly is one of the most talented, deserving, and humble musicians around. It is to bring awareness of who he is and what he has done, for those of you who might not be familiar with him, so you can make an educated choice when it does come time to vote.
Jimi has one of the most impressive resumes around as he has spent nearly three decades touring the world with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Mannish Boys, Rod Piazza, and Mark Hummel. He has over 70 recordings to his credit including William Clarke, Billy Boy Arnold, and James Harman.
But this is not about his past resume…this is about what Jimi has done just THIS year! He recorded on numerous CD's including The Mannish Boys "Double Dynamite" which is nominated for three 2013 Blues Music Awards, and Smokin Joe Kubek and BNois King's "Close To The Bone". In 2012 he performed over 150 shows in the U.S. and Europe, including the 2012 Blues Music Awards Ceremony (Memphis, TN), Notodden Blues Festival (Norway), Zouk Mikael International Music Festival (Lebanon), Cazorla Blues Festival (Spain), Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival (Simi Valley, CA), and The Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland, OR).
JIMI BOTT


VOTING ENDS FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST 2013!



TO HEAR AUDIO CLIPS FROM ALL THE NOMINATED ARTISTS VISIT:
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Now Booking - The Blues Broads

 
 AVAILABLE FOR FESTIVAL BOOKINGS IN 2013
DVD/VIDEO PREVIEW:



DVD PREVIEW In this star-studded show, each artist gives the audience a taste of their individual specialty, and then combine voices in ways that make The Blues Broads far more than the sum of its parts. Click the image above and view a clip for the DVD. 


NEW RELEASE:





THE BLUES BROADS (CD & DVD)

THE BROADS
Dorothy Morrison: vocals
Tracy Nelson: vocals
Annie Sampson: vocals
Angela Strehli: vocals


THE PLAYERS
Steve Ehrmann: bass
Paul Revelli: drums
Gary Vogensen: guitar
Mike Emerson: keyboards


SPECIAL GUEST
(HONORARY BROAD)
Deanna Bogart: keyboards, vocals, tenor sax (appears courtesy of Blind Pig Records)


"This lively crew of Clean-Up Women called The Blues Broads are four female singers that have every single style you need to make your monkey-nerve well-satisfied for the foreseeable future. Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli have been there, sung that and now come together to bring the big spirit in the sky right down to earth. Hearing is believing."- Bill Bentley, The Morton Report 

Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli, all highly regarded vocalists in their own rights, have join forces as The Blues Broads. Reflecting more than two centuries of collective experience in blues, country, gospel and rock, the awesome aggregation is nothing less than a roots music "super group" of the first order. The Blues Broads, the group's recording debut is a CD/DVD set, recorded live, out now from Delta Groove.

Tracy Nelson's career in music dates back to the mid-1960s when she recorded an album of acoustic blues songs with Charlie Musselwhite. After moving to San Francisco, she founded Mother Earth and rose to the front ranks of the era's great female singers, sharing stages with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and many more. She relocated to the outskirts of Nashville where she took the country music world by storm and recorded with Willie Nelson while turning out a steady stream of blues and country-rooted albums into the new century.

Dorothy Morrison who rose to international renown as the lead vocalist on the Edwin Hawkins Singers hit "Oh, Happy Day," the biggest selling gospel recording of all time. A member of the singing Combs Family, she rose to prominence in East Bay church circles and has been a force in gospel since the late 1960s. There is also a significant secular side to her career as she has worked with such notable artists as Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Delaney & Bonnie, Rita Coolidge, Merry Clayton and even Simon & Garfunkel -- that's her voice on "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Angela Strehli had been one of Austin's most highly regarded female vocalists prior to her move to the Bay Area in the 1990s. In Austin she played a key role at Antone's, the legendary club where she was mentored and encouraged by many of the artists she booked including Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins and her love for the blues literally found a voice as she transitioned from the back office to the stage. Her collaborations with Lou Ann Barton and Marcia Ball were, in some way, a template for the Blues Broads concept.

Annie Sampson is a triple threat, bringing a rock, gospel and theater background to the Blues Broads. She played one of the leads in the original San Francisco production of Hair in the late 1960s and went on to be a founder of Stoneground, the communal rock band that included Sal Valentino of the Beau Brummels in its line up as well as Cory Lerios, Steve Price and David Jenkins went go on to form Pablo Cruise. Like Dorothy, she comes from a church background, and has collaborated with a host of notables including Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Journey, Eddie Money, Elvin Bishop, Johnnie Johnson, Jerry Garcia, Elvis Costello and Sammy Hagar.


BOOKING:
MORTY WIGGINS (Manager)
Phone:             (707) 773-3170      
FESTIVALS EXCLUSIVE
Phone:             (818) 907-1613      



MORE INFO:
ARTIST WEBSITE: www.TheBluesBroads.com


"The combination of these four women has led to what is one heck of a group." - Phillip Sayblack/CBS TV

"The Blues Broads were a big hit at Monterey. With a wide range of stylistic influences and a wealth of combined material to draw from as well as a very entertaining presentation the BB's really tore it up and won lots of new friends!" - Tim Jackson/Executive Producer, Monterey Jazz Festival

"..great music performed by a four fine singers. Listen to it. Go see them if they come to your town. Your soul will be happy that you did." Jim White /Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"The Blues Broads were a big hit at The Edmonton Blues Festival. While we're normally a 'blues and nothin' but the blues' kind of event the Broads provided a nice change up...Gospel, hints of soulful pop ("River Deep Mountain High" had the crowd on its' feet) along with Texas, Chicago and West Coast blues made for a varied, highly entertaining show. The Broads were great to work with and gave us their all." - Cam Hayden/Executive Producer Edmonton Blues Festival

"I've been listening to all of these girls for a long time and always loved them for their soulful honesty. The power of the combination is awesome, more than the sum of its parts" – Elvin Bishop

 AVAILABLE FOR FESTIVAL BOOKINGS IN 2013
DVD/VIDEO PREVIEW:



DVD PREVIEW In this star-studded show, each artist gives the audience a taste of their individual specialty, and then combine voices in ways that make The Blues Broads far more than the sum of its parts. Click the image above and view a clip for the DVD. 


NEW RELEASE:





THE BLUES BROADS (CD & DVD)

THE BROADS
Dorothy Morrison: vocals
Tracy Nelson: vocals
Annie Sampson: vocals
Angela Strehli: vocals


THE PLAYERS
Steve Ehrmann: bass
Paul Revelli: drums
Gary Vogensen: guitar
Mike Emerson: keyboards


SPECIAL GUEST
(HONORARY BROAD)
Deanna Bogart: keyboards, vocals, tenor sax (appears courtesy of Blind Pig Records)


"This lively crew of Clean-Up Women called The Blues Broads are four female singers that have every single style you need to make your monkey-nerve well-satisfied for the foreseeable future. Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli have been there, sung that and now come together to bring the big spirit in the sky right down to earth. Hearing is believing."- Bill Bentley, The Morton Report 

Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli, all highly regarded vocalists in their own rights, have join forces as The Blues Broads. Reflecting more than two centuries of collective experience in blues, country, gospel and rock, the awesome aggregation is nothing less than a roots music "super group" of the first order. The Blues Broads, the group's recording debut is a CD/DVD set, recorded live, out now from Delta Groove.

Tracy Nelson's career in music dates back to the mid-1960s when she recorded an album of acoustic blues songs with Charlie Musselwhite. After moving to San Francisco, she founded Mother Earth and rose to the front ranks of the era's great female singers, sharing stages with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and many more. She relocated to the outskirts of Nashville where she took the country music world by storm and recorded with Willie Nelson while turning out a steady stream of blues and country-rooted albums into the new century.

Dorothy Morrison who rose to international renown as the lead vocalist on the Edwin Hawkins Singers hit "Oh, Happy Day," the biggest selling gospel recording of all time. A member of the singing Combs Family, she rose to prominence in East Bay church circles and has been a force in gospel since the late 1960s. There is also a significant secular side to her career as she has worked with such notable artists as Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Delaney & Bonnie, Rita Coolidge, Merry Clayton and even Simon & Garfunkel -- that's her voice on "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Angela Strehli had been one of Austin's most highly regarded female vocalists prior to her move to the Bay Area in the 1990s. In Austin she played a key role at Antone's, the legendary club where she was mentored and encouraged by many of the artists she booked including Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins and her love for the blues literally found a voice as she transitioned from the back office to the stage. Her collaborations with Lou Ann Barton and Marcia Ball were, in some way, a template for the Blues Broads concept.

Annie Sampson is a triple threat, bringing a rock, gospel and theater background to the Blues Broads. She played one of the leads in the original San Francisco production of Hair in the late 1960s and went on to be a founder of Stoneground, the communal rock band that included Sal Valentino of the Beau Brummels in its line up as well as Cory Lerios, Steve Price and David Jenkins went go on to form Pablo Cruise. Like Dorothy, she comes from a church background, and has collaborated with a host of notables including Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Journey, Eddie Money, Elvin Bishop, Johnnie Johnson, Jerry Garcia, Elvis Costello and Sammy Hagar.


BOOKING:
MORTY WIGGINS (Manager)
Phone:             (707) 773-3170      
FESTIVALS EXCLUSIVE
Phone:             (818) 907-1613      



MORE INFO:
ARTIST WEBSITE: www.TheBluesBroads.com


"The combination of these four women has led to what is one heck of a group." - Phillip Sayblack/CBS TV

"The Blues Broads were a big hit at Monterey. With a wide range of stylistic influences and a wealth of combined material to draw from as well as a very entertaining presentation the BB's really tore it up and won lots of new friends!" - Tim Jackson/Executive Producer, Monterey Jazz Festival

"..great music performed by a four fine singers. Listen to it. Go see them if they come to your town. Your soul will be happy that you did." Jim White /Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"The Blues Broads were a big hit at The Edmonton Blues Festival. While we're normally a 'blues and nothin' but the blues' kind of event the Broads provided a nice change up...Gospel, hints of soulful pop ("River Deep Mountain High" had the crowd on its' feet) along with Texas, Chicago and West Coast blues made for a varied, highly entertaining show. The Broads were great to work with and gave us their all." - Cam Hayden/Executive Producer Edmonton Blues Festival

"I've been listening to all of these girls for a long time and always loved them for their soulful honesty. The power of the combination is awesome, more than the sum of its parts" – Elvin Bishop

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Release - The Blues Broads (CD & DVD)


BE AMONG THE FIRST & GET YOUR CD & DVD TODAY
BEFORE IT'S AVAILABLE IN STORES!


Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli, all highly regarded vocalists in their own rights, have joined forces as The Blues Broads. Their self-titled debut CD/DVD set includes both familiar songs associated with their respective august careers, as well as newly written material that underscores the creative might of these four remarkable women. Reflecting more than two centuries of collective experience in blues, country, gospel and rock, this awesome aggregation is nothing less than a roots music "supergroup" of the first order. This powerful new CD/DVD also features honorary Blues Broad Deanna Bogart!

The start of Tracy Nelson's career in music dates back to the mid-1960s when she recorded an album of acoustic blues songs with Charlie Musselwhite's backing for the Prestige label. After moving to San Francisco, she founded Mother Earth and rose to the front ranks of the era's great female singers, sharing stages with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and many more. She relocated to the outskirts of Nashville where her talents addressed country music in a most resonant way. She recorded with Willie Nelson and turned out a steady stream of blues and country-rooted albums into the new century.

Dorothy Morrison rose to international renown as the lead vocalist on the Edwin Hawkins Singers hit "Oh, Happy Day," the biggest selling gospel recording of all time. A member of the singing Combs Family, she rose to prominence in East Bay church circles and has been a force in gospel since the late 1960s. There is also a significant secular side to her career as she has worked with such notable artists as Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Delaney & Bonnie, Rita Coolidge, Merry Clayton and even Simon & Garfunkel -- she's heard on "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

Angela Strehli, whose lone star state roots are explored in a song she wrote for the group entitled "Two Bit Texas Town," had been one of Austin's most highly regarded female vocalists prior to her move to the Bay Area in the 1990s. She was a fixture at Antone's in Austin where she initially played a key role in that legendary club's business development. At Antone's she was mentored and encouraged by many of the artists she booked including Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins, and her love for the blues literally found a voice as she transitioned from the back office to the stage.

Annie Sampson is a triple threat, bringing a rock, gospel and theater background to The Blues Broads. She played one of the leads in the original San Francisco production of Hair in the late 1960s and would go on to be a founder of Stoneground, the communal rock band that included Sal Valentino of the Beau Brummels in its line up as well as Cory Lerios, Steve Price and David Jenkins who would go on to form Pablo Cruise. Annie, like Dorothy, comes from a church background, and has been a part of recordings and performances by a host of notables including Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Journey, Eddie Money, Elvin Bishop, Johnnie Johnson, Jerry Garcia, Elvis Costello, Sammy Hagar and others.




"This lively crew of Clean-Up Women called The Blues Broads are four female singers that have every single style you need to make your monkey-nerve well-satisfied for the foreseeable future. Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli have been there, sung that and now come together to bring the big spirit in the sky right down to earth. Hearing is believing." - Bill Bentley, The Morton Report

"The Blues Broads are non-stop excitement. This is the real deal kids, all the way around. Blues you can use from four ladies who are, and have been, livin' the blues." - Michael Buffalo Smith (Universal Music Tribe)

"The Blues Broads' debut release is an excellent set by four remarkable talents, who bring nearly two centuries of musical experience in a broad range of genres." - Graham Clarke (Blues Bytes)







Retail: $20.99
Discounted Price: $15.99
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THE BLUES BROADS
(Recorded live at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, CA)

THE BROADS
Dorothy Morrison: vocals
Tracy Nelson: vocals
Annie Sampson: vocals
Angela Strehli: vocals

THE PLAYERS
Steve Ehrmann: bass
Paul Revelli: drums
Gary Vogensen: guitar
Mike Emerson: keyboards

SPECIAL GUEST
(HONORARY BROAD)

Deanna Bogart: keyboards, vocals,
tenor sax
(appears courtesy of Blind Pig Records)

CD
01. LIVIN' THE BLUES
02. BRING ME YOUR LOVE
03. TWO BIT TEXAS TOWN
04. RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH
05. BLUE HIGHWAY
06. IT WON'T BE LONG
07. WALK AWAY
08. MIGHTY LOVE
09. JESUS, I'LL NEVER FORGET
10. OH, HAPPY DAY

DVD
01. LIVIN' THE BLUES
02. BRING ME YOUR LOVE
03. RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH
04. WALK AWAY
05. TWO BIT TEXAS TOWN
06. BLUE HIGHWAY
07. IT WON'T BE LONG
08. IT'S ALL OVER NOW BABY BLUE
09. MIGHTY LOVE
10. JESUS, I'LL NEVER FORGET
11. OH, HAPPY DAY

DVD/VIDEO PREVIEW:


In this star-studded show, each artist gives the audience a taste of their individual specialty, and then combine voices in ways that make The Blues Broads far more than the sum of its parts. Click the image above and view a clip for the DVD.

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

The Blues Broads recently completed a tour that took them to festivals and clubs in Texas and California and are touring in support of the release ofTthe Blues Broads CD/DVD set. Come see this super group perform live in a city near you.

09/15/12: South Lake Tahoe, NV - Harrah's Tahoe
09/20/12: Mill Valley, CA - 142 Throckmorton Theatre (release party)
09/21/12: Berkeley, CA - Freight & Salvage
09/22/12: Monterey, CA - Monterey Jazz Festival
09/23/12: Guerneville, CA - Russian River Blues Festival
10/15/12: San Francisco, CA - Razz Room

BOOKING:

FESTIVALS EXCLUSIVE

(818) 907-1613

booking@festivalsexclusive.com

www.festivalsexclusive.com

MORTY WIGGINS (Manager)
707) 773-2939

mwiggins@secondoctave.com



WWW.DELTAGROOVEMUSIC.COM

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Delta Groove Artists: The Blues Broads - New Release Review


Delta Groove has a mega release, The Blues Broads, hitting the streets on September 18, 2012. The package includes both a CD and DVD of Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli, and Annie Sampson live together in concert. I've watched the DVD a few times (it is a similar but slightly different grouping from the cd)and it is very well composed, performed and shot. The video opens with Livin' The Blues, a shuffle track led by powerhouse Nelson who also trades a lead with Strehli and backed by the others and band. Bring Me Your Love, a solid R&B track is sung by Simpson, the tracks composer. The voices blend extremely well as if they have been singing together all of their lives. Next up is River Deep/Mountain High, another R&B track and gets the crowd revved up. Walk Away finds Nelson back on lead vocal for a nice slow blues number. She demonstrates her solid vocal bass and range as well as true feeling for the blues. I want to mention the band who plays extremely well, and the overall mix of the recording which is very near natural presence. The band is Mike Emerson on keys, Paul revelli on drums, Steve Ehrmann on bass and on this track especially nice guitar work by Gary Vogenson. Strehli sings her own composition, Two Bit Texas Town which follows the rhythm pattern of Wang Dang Doodle. Cool track. Morrison, Nelson and Strehli sing a very crisp trio on Strehli's Blue Highway. The vocal blending is really solid. It's Won't Be Long ( a gospel style track) lets band member Deanna Bogart step forward and sing some lead as well as have a chance to be highlighted on keys. (Her presence is obvious on every track but is especially highlighted on this track). Sampson is back on lead for Dylan's It's All Over Now Baby Blue. Gotta mention, Sampson is solid on vocals but I also like her outfit ... a real standout. Bogart steps up with a really sweet sax solo on this track... a particularly hot addition. Spiritual, Mighty Love, is led off by Morrison and she really steps up and carries the weight on this track with the support of all of the Broads. Jesus, I'll Never Forget is done totally acapella with each leading a chorus and with the addition of Bogart. This is a particularly strong performance and the voices really blend well. The concert wraps with Edwin Hawkin's Oh Happy Day. It is lead by Morrison and again demonstrated the vocalists total capability to step back and blend perfectly. This is a terrific video / cd combination for fans of blues/R&B/Spiritual and just great solid singing.
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The below video is not an extract from the film. The quality does not touch the quality of the original performance but does capture the essence of the band.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Delta Groove signs The Blues Broads


DELTA GROOVE IS PROUD TO WELCOME TO OUR FAMILY
THE BLUES BROADS


Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli, all highly regarded vocalists in their own rights, have joined forces as The Blues Broads. Reflecting more than two centuries of collective experience in blues, country, gospel and rock, the awesome aggregation is nothing less than a roots music "super group" of the first order. The Blues Broads, the group's recording debut is a CD/DVD combination set, recorded live, that will be released by Delta Groove on September 18th.

Delta Groove Music president Randy Chortkoff stated, "I'm overjoyed to have these fabulously talented women join the Delta Groove family. They bring a history and commitment to the music I love, and I know they're a perfect fit for our label."

The Blues Broads CD/DVD includes both familiar songs associated with their respective august careers as well as newly written material that underscores the creative might of these four remarkable women. Each brings a unique perspective and history to the group that coalesced earlier this year under the aegis of Bob Brown, the album's executive producer and whose Rancho Nicasio venue in Marin County serves as the Blues Broads' unofficial home base. The DVD was directed by John Korty, the noted filmmaker, awarded both an Oscar and Directors Guild Award for the documentary Who Are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids? and an Emmy for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. He called the Blues Broads "living testimony to the persistence and longevity of musical talent, proving the value of life experience in making art." He added, "It was an honor to work with them."

The start of Tracy Nelson's career in music dates back to the mid-1960s when she recorded an album of acoustic blues songs with Charlie Musselwhite's backing for the Prestige label. After moving to San Francisco, she founded Mother Earth and rose to the front ranks of the era's great female singers, sharing stages with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and many more. She relocated to the outskirts of Nashville where her talents addressed country music in a most resonant way. She recorded with Willie Nelson and turned out a steady stream of blues and country-rooted albums into the new century. In 2011, Nelson signed on with Delta Groove Music and released the critically-acclaimed album "Victim Of The Blues" which received a Blues Music Award nomination for Traditional Blues Album of the Year. Of her alliance with Morrison, Sampson and Strehli in the Blues Broads she noted, "I love singning three-part harmony more than anything and the chance to sing with Annie, Angela and Dorothy is the ultimate of that. I've always loved Annie's singing and fell in love with Angela's perfect natural style at a funky little club in Austin. I developed my low notes singing along with Dorothy on the record of "Oh, Happy Day."

As noted, Dorothy Morrison who rose to international renown as the lead vocalist on the Edwin Hawkins Singers hit "Oh, Happy Day," the biggest selling gospel recording of all time, is now a Blues Broad in good standing. A member of the singing Combs Family, she rose to prominence in East Bay church circles and has been a force in gospel since the late 1960s. There is also a significant secular side to her career as she has worked with such notable artists as Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Delaney & Bonnie, Rita Coolidge, Merry Clayton and even Simon & Garfunkel -- she's heard on "Bridge Over Troubled Water." Angela Strehli, long an admirer, recruited her to join the Blues Broads. Dorothy was initially conflicted about the offer, "At first I thought, 'I'm a gospel singer, how can I do that?' but then I realized there is God in all the songs, that music came from heaven. When Tracy suggested I bring "Jesus I'll Never Forget" to the group that kind of sealed the deal."

Angela Strehli whose lone star state roots are explored in a song she wrote for the group entitled "Two Bit Texas Town" had been one of Austin's most highly regarded female vocalists prior to her move to the Bay Area in the 1990s. She was a fixture at Antone's in Austin where she initially played a key role in that legendary club's development. At Antone's she was mentored and encouraged by many of the artists she booked including Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins and her love for the blues literally found a voice as she transitioned from the back office to the stage. Her collaborations with Lou Ann Barton and Marcia Ball were, in some way, a template for the Blues Broads concept. She noted, "I'm still as much of a fan as a performer. If it hadn't been for Dorothy, Tracy and Annie and their inspirational voices and personalities I wouldn't have done the work to realize this vision."

Annie Sampson is a triple threat, bringing a rock, gospel and theater background to the Blues Broads. She played one of the leads in the original San Francisco production of Hair in the late 1960s and would go on to be a founder of Stoneground, the communal rock band that included Sal Valentino of the Beau Brummels in its line up as well as Cory Lerios, Steve Price and David Jenkins who would go on to form Pablo Cruise. Annie, like Dorothy, comes from a church background, has been part of recordings and performances by a host of notables including Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Journey, Eddie Money, Elvin Bishop, Johnnie Johnson, Jerry Garcia, Elvis Costello, Sammy Hagar and others. She, like her fellow Blues Broads, expressed elation at being part of the Blues Broads project, "I'm having a wonderful time singing with these ladies whom I've admired for so long. What can I say? It's a great opportunity to blend my voice with those of some of my true idols."

The Blues Broads recently completed a tour that took them to festivals and clubs in Texas and California and plan on more extensive touring in support of the release of the Blues Broads CD/DVD set. They are confirmed for three upcoming festival dates as noted below:

08/25/12: Edmonton, Alberta Edmonton Blues Festival
09/15/12: South Lake Tahoe, NV Harrah's Tahoe
09/20/12: Mill Valley, CA 142 Throckmorton Theatre (release party)
09/21/12: Berkeley, CA Freight & Salvage
09/22/12: Monterey, CA Monterey Jazz Festival
09/23/12: Guerneville, CA Russian River Blues Festival

THE BLUES BROADS
(Recorded live at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, CA)

IN STORES SEPTEMBER 18

THE BROADS
Dorothy Morrison: vocals
Tracy Nelson: vocals
Annie Sampson: vocals
Angela Strehli: vocals

THE PLAYERS
Steve Ehrmann: bass
Paul Revelli: drums
Gary Vogensen: guitar
Mike Emerson: keyboards

SPECIAL GUEST
(HONORARY BROAD)

Deanna Bogart: keyboards, vocals, tenor sax (appears courtesy of Blind Pig Records)

CD
01. LIVIN' THE BLUES
02. BRING ME YOUR LOVE
03. TWO BIT TEXAS TOWN
04. RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH
05. BLUE HIGHWAY
06. IT WON'T BE LONG
07. WALK AWAY
08. MIGHTY LOVE
09. JESUS, I'LL NEVER FORGET
10. OH, HAPPY DAY

DVD
01. LIVIN' THE BLUES
02. BRING ME YOUR LOVE
03. RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH
04. WALK AWAY
05. TWO BIT TEXAS TOWN
06. BLUE HIGHWAY
07. IT WON'T BE LONG
08. IT'S ALL OVER NOW BABY BLUE
09. MIGHTY LOVE
10. JESUS, I'LL NEVER FORGET
11. OH, HAPPY DAY


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