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Showing posts with label Deb Ryder. Show all posts
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

VizzTone Label Group artist: Deb Ryder - Enjoy The Ride - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Enjoy The Ride, from Deb Ryder and is has a great feel. Opening with high stepper, A Storm's Coming, Deb Ryder is back sounding as powerful as ever. Johnny Lee Schell and Coco Montoya on lead guitar plays nicely off of the steady beat of Ric Ryder on bass, Mike Finnigan on keys and Tony Braunagel on drums. Exceptional ballad, For The Last Time, is a terrific showcase for Ryder's voice and also features Finnigan on vocal as well with the sweet guitar lead of Montoya. What You Want From Me blends New Orleans feel with pure gospel vocals from Maxanne lewis, Ricky Nelson, Leslie Smith and Kudisan Kai Regalot. Very nice. Got To Let It Go has a real nice BB King style groove featuring Cain and Ryder on a cool vocal duet and slick guitar lead. Sweet Sweet Love has a tight Latin beat with nice piano work by Finnigan and featuring fat guitar riffs by Debbie Davies. Wrapping the release is Red Line featuring the strong harp work of Pieter van Der Pluijm. With Schell on bass and lead guitar, this is a solid closer for a solid release. 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

13th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, SoCal's Longest-Running Yearly Big Blues Event, Dedicated to the Late Mickey Jones









 


 
13TH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY BLUES FESTIVAL, SOCAL'S LONGEST-RUNNING YEARLY BIG BLUES EVENT RETURNS TO LOVELY CAMARILLO; EARL THOMAS, JOHN NEMETH HEADLINE THIS YEAR'S STRONG LINEUP

 **Festival Also Dedicated to the Late Actor/Musician, Mickey Jones**
                              
  Saturday, April 28, 2018 - Gates Open 10am, Music Starts 11:00 am 









   (CAMARILLO, CA)  - The 13th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival, Southern California's Longest-Running Yearly Big Blues Event, returns on Saturday, April 28, to Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., in Camarillo. Gates open 10:00 am, music begins at 11:00 am. Tickets $30. (Pre-Sale), $40. (Day of Show). Kids 12 and under, free with paid Adult General Admission. V.I.P. Tickets $125. (online only). Festival proceeds benefits Food Share, Safety Harbor Kids and other local charities (please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to Food Share). Info: (805) 501-7122 or visit venturacountyblues.com/. Benefiting Safety Harbor Kids and other local charities. Donations welcome.

  "We look forward to carrying on this tradition for many years to come," says Michael John, Ventura County Blues Society President. "Because of the support of sponsors and the generosity of all the volunteers donating their time, we anticipate the Ventura County Blues Festival will continue to grow as it has each year."

   The Festival is dedicated to the late musician and actor, Mickey Jones.


 Statement About Mickey Jones's Passing From VCBS President, Michael John
            
  "The Passing of our dear brother and friend Mickey Jones will leave an empty place in our hearts. Anyone who ever had the honor to meet Mickey knows what a very special human being he was. Not just because of the incredible life he lived, but the person he was. He was always there for anyone that needed a helping hand, all you had to do is just ask. He worked as hard on charity events as he did on his long successful career as a professional musician and actor. I met Mickey several years ago at a charity event which we were both involved in, we talked for a while and realized we both lived in the same town, Simi Valley. We became very close friends as we had a lot of common interests, the love of family, friends, music and a bond that lasted for many years working to support our community. There will never be another person like Mickey, he has touch the hearts of so many people.
  
   "I believe things happen for a reason and our paths crossing was meant to be, to call him a brother and friend to me and my family was a blessing.  I think it is only fitting that The 13th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival is dedicated to the man who truly made a difference in the lives of so many. We will have an all-star jam to close the festival this year which will have many very special guests. In addition, there will be an silent auction which will help the Jones family through these hard times. I ask all music fans to come out and join us in the celebration of Mickey’s life for the whole day of great music and some great surprises.  This will be an amazing day, come out and celebrate this day with us while doing something positive for our community. Thank you Mickey for all you have done, your love, your friendship, your humor and your wisdom. We will always love you and keep you in our hearts forever."

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  This year's lineup features multiple former Grammy nominee, vocalist Earl Thomas; harpist-vocalist extraordinaire, John Nemeth; SoCal native daughter and longtime festival favorite, Deb Ryder; past International Blues Challenge semi finalists, Alan Wright Band; Sandy Scott & Blues to The Bone, featuring powerhouse vocalist, Sandy Scott. As per yearly tradition, the Ventura County Blues Society All-Star Jam closes out the festival, with special, unannounced guest performers.     


Former Grammy nominee/four-time San Diego Music Award winner Earl Thomas is  one of the 13th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival headliners.  


HEADLINERS AT THE 13TH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY BLUES FESTIVAL


   Earl Thomas: is an American blues singer/songwriter, with songs covered by artists including Tom Jones, Etta James, Solomon Burke and Screamin' Jay Hawkins among many others. He has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award and has won the San Diego Music Award four times.
He started out playing the Arcata (Ca) clubs in the early 1980s while attending Humboldt State University.  He was at an Open Mike Night at and sang a Jackson Browne number, "Something Fine" which was the start of his performing career. In the early 1990s, he moved to San Diego, California.His Blue...Not Blues album was released in 1991 and received favorable reviews, and he was referred to by one reviewer as "a pleasant surprise". His self-penned song, "I Sing the Blues", was a hit for Etta James. in 2016 he released Crow (Earl Thomas Music).




    John Nemeth: Don’t try to snatch him back and hold him, he’s a man on the move. John Németh had already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers when he decided to break the mold with his new record, FEELIN’ FREAKY. Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with an album of original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, John creates music that is personal as well as universal, and owes its origin to no one but John Németh. John’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor, and cover themes from social issues of gun violence and class values to the pure hedonistic joy of dancing, sexuality and marijuana. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city. For this album John brought his new songs to his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers – Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar – so they could hone the groove and finish building the album as a group. Under the simpatico guidance of Grammy-nominated producer Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi AllStars), FEELIN’ FREAKY emerges as a modern personal masterpiece.


  
   Deb  Ryder: Born outside Chicago, Deb began appearing on stage as a young teen at her step father’s famous nightclub The Topanga Corral, where she opened for such blues legends as Etta James, Big Joe Turner and Taj Mahal to name a few. Deb’s vocals have been described as big, devastatingly powerful, whiskey-soaked, a force of nature, reminiscent of her major influences Etta James and Koko Taylor. Ryder's stage presence is captivating, while her amazing vocals take the audience to new levels of enjoyment. Her standout performances have garnered awards and critical acclaim at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She writes all her own material and the lyrics paint a gritty, personal picture of life, love and trouble with just a well crafted touch of whimsy. Deb has her eyes and her talents fixed firmly on the future. “I am excited about my career and the successes I have had, and it just keeps getting better”! Don't miss Deb Ryder live, it's well worth the effort! "Glorious vocals by Deb Ryder - Let It Rain is a treat from start to finish, and well worthy of your attention!" GRAHAME RHODES - BLUES IN THE NORTHWEST.



     Alan Wright Band: Alan Wright is a humble man with deeply passionate  music style that's reminiscent of the blues-based rock styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, as well as traditional electric blues styles of the many great legends, yet a style all his own. Wright began playing guitar at the age of nine and has never stopped. The Alan Wright band performs at clubs and major music venues throughout the U.S. A local jem with major talent, you don't want to miss this act! 


   Sandy Scott & Blues To The Bone: This rising Southern California ensemble consists of Sandy Scott (lead vocals/songwriter), Pat McClure (guitar/vocals), Pete Gallagher (drums/backing vocals), and Teddy Andreadis (keyboards/harp/arranger/backing vocals. The band performs original music influenced by modern and traditional blues. In the past Scott has toured as an opening act for Joe Walsh, The Beach Boys and Sammy Hagar, among others.










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Monday, October 3, 2016

Bejeb Music artist: Deb Ryder - Grit Grease & Tears - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Grit Grease & Tears from Deb Ryder and it's quite good. Opening with Ain't Gonna Be Easy, a smooth driving jazz track, Ryder steps up big time on lead vocals backed by Tony Braunagel on drums, Ric Ryder on bass and the great Mike Finnegan on Hammond. Johnny Lee Schell is wicked on guitar with some really hot riffs and the horn section, Joe Sublett on sax and Darrell Leonard on trumpet really top it off. Get A Little Steam Up is a cool high stepper with Ryder sharing lead vocals with Sugarray Rayford. This track has a great groove and Kirk Fletcher and Johnny Lee Schell sharing guitar lead. Very nice. Boogie rocker, Blink Of An Eye, features some real nice slide work by Schell and heavy drum riffs by Braunagel. Title track, Grit Grease & Tears is a lumbering soul rocker with especially warm harp work by Bob Corritore and a simple, solid drum work from Braunagel. R&B track, Sweet Mary Anne, is a solid radio track with warm backing vocals by Schell, Ryder, Leslie Smith and Finnigan. Sublett and Leonard give the track just the right touch of horns paired with Finnigan's keyboard to balance Ryder's vocal lead. Fletcher and Schell set a nice platform on blues number, Lord Knows I Do, with T-Bone Walker style and Finnigan's mastery nicely highlights Ryder's vocals. One of my favorite tracks on the release. With a bit of JG Watson like style, Panic Mode gets the funk on. Fletcher blasts a rel nice solo with Finnigan, Leonard and Sublett juicing it up and solid male backing vocals by Finnigan. Little Feat style sets the pace for Just Her Nature. Kenny Gradney's bass work and Braunagel's drum work really anchor this one. Albert Lee's shows real finesse on guitar and Ryder's vocals are super. Very nice. New Mechanic (Patrick's Blues) has a real hard boogie bass line courtesy Ric and Pieter Van Der Pluijm works it with Finnigan, Schell and Fletcher to set a great blues stage in this solid boogie. Prisoner of War is another hot boogie ... like a hot update of Hip Shake or ZZ Top's La Grange. Yes, this thing smokes with Van Der Pluijm on harp, Braunagel on drums, Ric on bass, Finnigan on keys and Schell on guitar. Excellent! Wrapping the release is easy paced Chicago style blues number, Right Side Of The Grass. With it's super walking bass line by Ric, tight drums by Braunagel, energetic organ work by Finnigan, and Deb's grinding vocals, with a dash of harp by Corritore and a few hot riffs by Schell and Fletcher, this track is a great closer for a really nice release.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

11th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival: New Location, All-Day Headlining Acts, All-Star BB Chung King Tribute Jam













11TH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY BLUES FESTIVAL FEATURES NEW LOCATION; ALL-DAY HEADLINING ACTS; FESTIVAL-ENDING ALL-STAR "JAM SESSION" DEDICATED TO MEMORY OF THE LATE BB CHUNG KING

                               Saturday, April 30, 2016 








   (Camarillo, CA)  - An exciting, new location; all-day headlining acts; festival-closing All-Star Jam dedicated to the late BB Chung King; enlarged Food and Craft Vendor area; a powerful, diverse lineup - all these factors promise to make the 11th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival the best festival ever produced by its presenters, the Ventura County Blues Society. Save the date: Saturday, April 30, at Studio Channel Islands, 2222 E. Ventura Blvd., in Camarillo. Gates open 10:00 am, music begins at 11:00 am. Tickets $30. (Pre-Sale), $40. (Day of Show). Kids 12 and under, free with paid Adult General Admission. V.I.P. Tickets $125. (online only). Festival proceeds benefits Food Share and other Ventura County area charities (please bring a food item to donate). Info: (805) 501-7122.

  "We're really excited about the Festival's new location this year, and being able to have The Delgado Brothers perform, fresh from their recent IBC victory", says Michael John, Ventura County Blues Society President. "The jam (for the late) BB Chung King at the end of the Festival will also be amazing. Looks like all of BB's former band-mates and some very special guests will be there to honor BB's memory".


The Delgado Brothers (pictured recently in Memphis, TN after winning the 2016 IBC award for "Best Band"), perform as part of the 11th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival on Saturday, April 30 in Camarillo.


    HEADLINERS AT 11TH ANNUAL VENTURA COUNTY BLUES FESTIVAL


    All-Star Jam Session: A star-studded lineup of musicians will take the stage to close out this year's Festival, all to honor the memory of the late guitarist, BB Chung King. This is sure to bring down the house!

   
   Delgado Brothers: No longer just "L.A.'s Best-Kept Secret" after winning the coveted 2016 IBC "Best Band" award, The Delgado Brothers are driven by fierce independence, unified by family, and fortified by the brotherhood of music. Their topical anthem-worthy songs are  complemented by call-to-action lyrics, and East L.A. Soul. For over thirty years the Delgado Brothers have been music makers, collaborators and ordinary citizens; raising children, grieving the loss of parents, marrying & divorcing.  All of this life experience may explain their flare for illuminating every-man's joys, sorrows, triumphs and losses. The Brothers' music has long been embraced both locally and globally by a wide spectrum of people undivided by culture, age or socio/economic status. delgadobrothers.com/.


   Karen Lovely: Powerhouse vocalist and 2016 BMA (Blues Music Awards) "Best Blues Female Artist" nominee makes her Ventura County Blues Festival debut. Known for her passionate, driven performances, Karen delivers a blistering mix of contemporary & old school blues. Lovely's standout performances have garnered awards and critical acclaim at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe. With the release of her latest album TEN MILES OF BAD ROAD,  Karen Lovely has established herself as a singer/songwriter with a style uniquely her own. karenlovely.com/.


  Dallas Hodge Band: This Veteran Detroit, MI musician is perhaps best known for fronting the legendary band, Canned Heat, Hodge first rose to fame in the mid-70's when teaming with guitarist Steve Marriott of Humble Pie renown. In 2009 Hodge began a working affiliation with Bob Seger's sax-man, Alto Reed, and Reed's West Coast Blues Entourage. Hodge's sound is best described as "Motor City-style rockin' rhythm & blues", and never fails to fire up a crowd! dallashodge.com/.


   Pete Anderson: Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning producer and ground-breaking guitarist who melds blues and country to forge a style all his own. Long considered one of the world’s best-of-the-best Tele-twangers, Anderson has never been satisfied with maintaining the status quo. The last ten years have found Anderson focusing on his solo career – perfecting his craft and honing his musical vision. On BIRDS ABOVE GUITARLAND the Detroit native delivers a set of rich roots music gumbo, blues/funk/swing/country twang with a splash of surf music and a dash of jazz. While Anderson’s work as a producer/arranger/guitarist has resulted in acclaimed records in the Country, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Red Dirt genres of music, his focus as a solo artist has always been his first musical love – The Blues. peteanderson.com/.


  Deb Ryder: Widely regarded as one of the best up-and-coming singer/songwriters in the blues world today. Born outside Chicago, Ryder was influenced at an early age by the music of the city, and by her father, a Chicago club sensation. She began appearing onstage as a young teen at her stepfather's famous Southern California-based nightclub The Topanga Corral, where she opened for blues legends like Etta James, Big Joe Turner and Taj Mahal, to name a few. Ryder's latest album Let It Rain, produced by Grammy award-winning producer Tony Braunagel, features eleven Ryder originals and an A-List of renowned players in the genre who bring a fresh energy and a powerful sound. debryder.com/.


   Rae Gordon: The Rae Gordon Band brings together award-winning and nominated musicians and is fronted by Rae Gordon, the 2014 Muddy Award Winner for Best Female Vocalist (Cascade Blues Association). Gordon and company have played the big and little stages of the Northwest’s favorite clubs, dance floors and festivals, helping to mold their signature sound that spans from a danceable get-up-and-groove to a haunting slide tone - the latter a sound that will make you want to find a back porch and sit a spell. Rae Gordon Band performances are not only a show, but a celebration, as Gordon follows the policy that a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met…yet. “Add equal parts of Janis Joplin’s pain, Aretha Franklin’s soul and Grace Slick’s power; mix them thoroughly, and add a big gob of gooey molasses and you have Rae Gordon’s voice”– Positively Entertainment and Dining. raegordon.com/.












Monday, August 3, 2015

1st Annual Ojai Blues Festival Features Great Music Lineup









                                                                

GREAT MUSIC LINEUP FOR 1ST ANNUAL OJAI BLUES FESTIVAL


Saturday, August 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


   (Ojai, CA) - Crooked Eye Tommy joins a great music lineup that includes the Alastair Greene Band, Deb Ryder, and Shawn Jones, all performing at the 1st Annual Ojai Blues Festival at the Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., on Saturday, August 15. Showtime is 4 p.m. Tickets $25. available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ojai-bluesfest-tickets-17742088063.

   The Ojai Blues Festival is a continuation of the long-standing Bowlful of Blues Festival that ran for over two decades and was one of the region's premiere blues events.

   ABOUT THE PERFORMERS AT THE 1ST ANNUAL OJAI BLUES FESTIVAL


  Crooked Eye Tommy - Have just released their debut effort, Butterflies & Snakes, eleven memorable tunes penned by Crooked Eye Tommy front-person and band namesake Tommy Marsh and Tommy's brother, guitarist-vocalist, Paddy Marsh (who also plays in the band). Other C.E.T. members include Glade Rasmussen, bass; Tony Cicero, drums; and Jimmy Calire, saxophone/piano/Hammond B3.  Featuring scorching performances and original music firmly rooted in traditional blues, which feels familiar but somehow new, Tommy Marsh’s considerable songwriting, vocal and guitar skills have made him a Ventura County favorite. www.crookedeyetommy.com.

  Alastair Greene Band - Blues and rock have met at many different crossroads. From Cream and Johnny Winter to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gov’t Mule these blues rock recipes are often boiled down to a simple trio. Such is the melting pot of influences and presentation of the Alastair Greene Band. Greene formed his first blues rock trio with former members of the legendary Southern California band the Pontiax in 1997. The Alastair Greene Band (AGB) has gone through several incarnations and line-ups over the years and has included alumni of the Steve Miller Band, Paul Butterfield Band, and Junior Wells Band. Currently, the line-up has solidified with Alastair Greene on guitar and vocals, Jim Rankin on bass and vocals, and Austin Beede on drums. Greene is also the touring guitarist with Alan Parsons, and has been touring internationally with the English pop/ progressive rock veteran since 2010. www.agsongs.com.

  Deb Ryder: Born outside Chicago, Ryder was influenced by the music of the city, and by her father, a Chicago club sensation. Deb began appearing on stage as a young teen at her stepfather’s famous nightclub The Topanga Corral, where she opened for such blues legends as Etta James, Big Joe Turner and Taj Mahal. It was there that she honed her style as a blues performer. Her much-anticipated debut album “Might Just Get Lucky” was a hit, garnering rave reviews and acclaim. Ryder's latest release "Let It Rain" was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Tony Braunagel; all eleven Ryder originals are a celebration of the blues from classic to modern, Chicago to New Orleans. http://epresskitz.com/website_ryder.php?u=35263917

 Shawn Jones: Shawn Jones is the epitome of American Roots/Rock music. He has proven over time that he has an international appeal. Shawn is true to form of his influences, spanning from all the greats in Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Country. He has toured in  excess of 200 dates a year, creating new fans and followers everywhere he performs. Shawn's 2013 album, "Struggle Makes you Stronger", was picked up by Right Track Distribution, and licensed through the Universal music Group in the UK. With four studio albums and one live album under his belt, Shawn's skills as a seasoned songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist have put him on the same bill with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal, and many others. http://shawnjonesmusic.com/.
 

Shawn Jones is the epitome of American Roots/Rock music. He has proven over time that he has an international appeal. Shawn is true to form of his influences, spanning from all the greats in Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz & Country. His father raised him on Hank Williams, and he grew up in the heartland of Southern California, where he learned from experience how to play and sing the blues.  Shawn has been touring in excess of 200 dates a year, creating new fans and followers literally everywhere he performs. - See more at: http://shawnjonesmusic.com/bio/#sthash.9VQkrtZx.dpuf