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Showing posts with label The Mannish Boys. Show all posts
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Randy Chortkoff has passed. My thoughts are with his family.


Randy Chortkoff, founder, president and CEO of Delta Groove Productions, passed away today at 8:40am in Los Angeles at the age of 65.
A highly successful entrepreneur outside of the music business, Chortkoff simultaneously followed his true passion as a music producer, performer, and promoter for two decades before founding Delta Groove Productions almost 15 years ago. Delta Groove was his labor of love, a culmination of a lifelong devotion to traditional blues and roots music. Through his vision and leadership, the company quickly rose to its current position as an industry leader, encompassing Delta Groove Records, Eclecto-Groove Records, No Respect Records, Festivals Exclusive Booking Agency, independent artist and event promotions and management, and more.
Ever the astute businessman, in recent months Randy oversaw the planning and arrangements for Delta Groove Productions and its affiliates to continue to flourish and carry his passion onward after his passing, under the leadership of longtime associates Jeff Fleenor and Tammie Barnum, and the rest of the talented and devoted Delta Groove team.
Randy leaves behind children Jessica, Taylor and Joshua, an extended family of Delta Groove musicians whose lives he touched, and a worldwide network of music lovers who both shared and benefited from his passion for music.

Randy was also was the leader of top blues band The Mannish Boys.

Few blues acts have perfected the tricky maneuver of honoring the storied history of the Blues, while at the same time keeping the music up-to-date, as well as Delta Groove’s The Mannish Boys. It’s a balancing act that they’ve honed over the course of six highly-acclaimed CD releases and countless nights gigging on concert stages around the world. Conceived as an all-star showcase for the cream of the west coast blues crop, The Mannish Boys have stayed true to that vision. They’ve continually evolved through the years, seeking out and spotlighting the talents of true Blues legends in a setting that stays true to the deep roots of genre, providing them with the support required to excite today’s blues audiences.
Their newest release on Delta Groove marks a number of firsts for The Mannish Boys. “Double Dynamite”, as the title suggests, serves up a double dose of The Mannish Boys on a two CD set, allowing them to really stretch out and feature more special guests and sounds than on any of their previous releases. Especially notable is new featured vocalist Sugaray Rayford, a soulful, gospel-inflected singer, originally from Texas, who has been little known outside of his current home base in Southern California until now. Also along for the ride this time, and adding variety and depth in the vocal department, are veterans James “Icepick” Harman, Mike Finnigan (who in the ‘60s played keyboards on Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland” LP, among many other accomplishments in his long career), and Jackie Payne, plus long-time Mannish Boys frontman Finis Tasby. The band’s regular guitarists Kirk Fletcher and Frank Goldwasser also take turns in front of the vocal mic, as does The Mannish Boys harp playing honcho Randy Chortkoff. And as a special treat this time out, Mud Morganfield, oldest son of the undisputed king of Chicago blues, Muddy Waters, also contributes as a guest vocalist, bringing a south side Chicago blues unrivaled by any living vocalist. Other special guests on this amazing release include harmonica aces Rod Piazza, Jason Ricci and Bob Corritore, and guitarists Elvin Bishop, Junior Watson, Nathan James, and Kid Ramos, all backed by the hard-swinging rhythm section of Jimi Bott and Willie J. Campbell, plus an array of other very special musicians.


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Blues Blast Music Awards


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2014 Blues Blast Music - Nominations

The 2014 Blues Blast Music awards are coming up and some of our very own Delta Groove artists have been nominated. We would love for those who support the label to take a brief look at the nominees and cast your vote!



John Primer & Bob Corritore


John Primer & Bob Corritore's album "Knockin' Around These Blues" has been nominated for "Traditional Blues Album" of the year. This is a great accomplishment and they deserve the support from fans and followers of Delta Groove Music during this voting period.

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Terry Hanck


Terry Hanck's album "Gotta Bring It On Home To You" has been nominated for "Soul Blues Album" on this years Blues Blast Music awards. We love Terry and passionately believe that he can win with the support of our fans worldwide.

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The Mannish Boys


Everyone loves The Mannish Boys! We are happy to announce their nomination for "Blues Band" of the year. Album after album they never fail to amaze blues fans around the world. Keep them in mind when casting your vote!

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Bob Corritore


Of course! Bob Corritore has been nominated for "Male Blues Artist" in this years Blues Blast Music awards. Following up with the release of his latest album "Taboo" this would be a great accomplishment indeed. Vote for Bob today!

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Sugaray Rayford


How can we forget Sugaray Rayford! He is also nominated for "Male Blues Artist" of the year. His music and talent is admired by many. Vote for the hardest working man in show biz today.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Delta Groove Music artists: The Mannish Boys - Wrapped Up and Ready - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (June 17, 2014), Wrapped Up And Ready, from the Mannish Boys and it's a blast. Not only is this release a recording of the Mannish Boys, one of the most talented group of musicians in the business but also features a ton of featured players. Opening with I Ain't Sayin' Monster Mike Welsh gets the hard groove on with great riffs and Sugarray Rayford takes the lead on vocals. This is a terrific opener featuring Fred Kaplan on piano and Welsh really blows the top off. Roy Brown's Everything's Alright maintains a lot of the original vintage sound. Kid Ramos takes the lead on guitar on this track with his own fluid riffs and Ron Dziubla adds just the right amount of sax to the mix. Background vocals by Clifton Curtis and Larry Dobson add authenticity. Funky Blues Struggle In My Hometown features Paris Slim on vocal and lead guitar. This track has a really nice feel as well as a few change ups. Try not to bop along to this one! Title track, Wrapped and Ready features Rayford back on vocal and Kirk Fletcher on stinging lead guitar. Willie J Campbell has the bass and Jimi Bott the drums. Fred Kaplan adds a really nice piano and Kim Wilson shines on harmonica. It Was Fun has a really nice slower Texas style lope and Steve Freund plays some really nice stylized guitar solos behind the super vocals of Rayford. A really smooth track it really shows the versatility of the band. I Can Always Dream has Paris Slim back on lead guitar with a straight up 12 bar blues, Chicago style. This is a really cool track with plenty of smoke. Candy Kane really does a nice job on lead vocals on Ike Turner track I Idolize You. Laura Chavez plays lead guitar on this track and certainly has her own signature style. Cynthia Manley and Jessica Williams and well blended backing vocals to the fire and Randy Chortkoff has a super feel on harmonica. Really nice track. You Better Watch Yourself is pushed along by Fletcher doing a James Brown guitar riff giving it a really super groove. Jacob "Walters" Huffman is featured on harp on this track and really gets a nice sound. Something For Nothing has a super big horn sound and clean guitar riffs by Welsh really stand tall. Rayford's vocals on this track are particularly cool and Kim Wilson is on top on harmonica. This is a great track and Welsh just blows me off my seat. On Can't Make a Living, a blues rocker, Randy Chortkoff takes on lead vocals with Trenda Fox and Fletcher steps up with a really nice guitar solo. The Blues Has Made Me Whole is a deep groove swinger featuring Freund on lead vocal and hot lead guitar. Kaplan is back on piano and Bott does a particularly nice job of setting the track off with drums. Very cool! I Have Love has a really interesting sound and again Rayford back on lead vocals. Bob Corritore adds a really nice harp solo to this track and Welsh rips a really nice guitar solo as well. Excellent! Troubles is an easy going blues track that is nicely crafted around Rayfords voice. Kim Wilson's harp work on this track are the best of his outings on this release with the harp almost wrapping itself around the track. Very nice. Magic Sam track She Belongs To Me has a really hot sound with Kid Ramos getting just the "right" sound on guitar. Rayford again sets the track off nicely with excellent vocals but Ramos sets the thing to flames. Very very nice! Don't Say You're Sorry features Slim on lead vocal and smokin slide guitar. Wrapping the release is an excellent, Blues For Michael Bloomfield. Fletcher absolutely nails Bloomfield's phrasing on this absolutely must be heard instrumental track. Rich Wenzel adds really nice B3 on this track and of course Campbell on bass and Bott on drums are huge creating this sound but let's face it. It's a guitar track about a legendary blues player and it's about the guitar. Fletcher, Slim and Welsh literally blow the doors off of this 8 plus minute guitar extravaganza. Excellent... Mike would have loved it! This will be one of the releases that you must hear this year.

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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.

Visit the Blues Blast Magazine website: http://www.TheBluesBlast.com



TO HEAR AUDIO CLIPS FROM ALL THE NOMINATED ARTISTS VISIT:
WWW.DELTAGROOVEMUSIC.COM
 
   

Friday, May 4, 2012

New Release - The Mannish Boys "Double Dynamite" 2CDS


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BEFORE IT'S AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE!



Retail: $21.99
Discounted Price: $16.99
+ s&h
2 CDS


Produced by
Randy Chortkoff & Jeff Scott Fleenor




THE BAND

Finis Tasby: vocals
Sugaray Rayford: vocals
Randy Chortkoff: harmonica & vocals
Kirk "Eli" Fletcher: lead & rhythm guitar
Frank Goldwasser: vocals, slide, lead & rhythm guitar
Willie J. Campbell: electric & upright bass
Jimi Bott: drums & percussion




SPECIAL GUESTS

James Harman: vocals & harmonica
Mud Morganfield:
* Appears courtesy of Severn Records
vocals
Mike Finnigan: vocals, piano, B-3
Elvin Bishop: lead & slide guitar
Jackie Payne: vocals
Rod Piazza: harmonica
Jason Ricci: harmonica
Bob Corritore: harmonica
Kid Ramos: lead guitar
Junior Watson: lead guitar
Nathan James: lead guitar, rhythm guitar
Rob Rio: piano
Fred Kaplan: piano, B-3
Bill Stuve: upright & electric bass
Rich Wenzel: piano, B-3
Bobby Tsukamoto: electric bass
David Woodford: alto/tenor/baritone sax
Lee Thornburg: trumpet, trombone
James Michael Tempo: percussion
Cynthia Manley: vocals, backing vocals
Adrianna Marie: backing vocals
Jessica Williams: backing vocals
Jeff Scott Fleenor: backing vocals, hand claps
The Harmanaires: backing vocals




BOOKING INFO



FESTIVALS EXCLUSIVE
Adrianna Tanzer
Email: adrianna@festivalsexclusive.com
Phone: (714) 349-7119
www.festivalsexclusive.com



MORE INFO

CLICK HERE FOR - LINER NOTES

CLICK HERE FOR - AUDIO CLIPS

DELTA GROOVE ARTIST PAGE

ARTIST WEBSITE




THE MANNISH BOYS
"DOUBLE DYNAMITE"

"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

Few blues acts have perfected the tricky maneuver of honoring the storied history of the blues, while at the same time keeping the music up-to-date, as admirably as Delta Groove's The Mannish Boys. It's a balancing act that they've honed over the course of six highly-acclaimed CD releases and countless nights gigging on concert stages around the world. Conceived as an all-star showcase for the cream of the West Coast blues crop, The Mannish Boys have stayed true to that vision. They've continually evolved through the years, seeking out and spotlighting the talents of genuine blues legends in a setting that honors the deep roots of the genre, while also providing them with the support required to excite today's blues audiences.

Their newest release on Delta Groove marks a number of firsts for The Mannish Boys. "Double Dynamite," as the title suggests, serves up a double dose of The Mannish Boys on a 2-CD set, allowing them to really stretch out and feature more special guests and sounds than on any of their previous recordings. Especially notable is new featured vocalist Sugaray Rayford, a soulful, gospel-inflected singer, originally from Texas, who has been little known outside of his current home base in Southern California, until now. Also along for the ride this time, and adding variety and depth in the vocal department, are veterans "Icepick" James Harman, Mike Finnigan (who in the '60s played keyboards on Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland" LP, among many other accomplishments in his long career), and Jackie Payne, plus long-time Mannish Boys' frontman Finis Tasby. The band's regular guitarists Kirk Fletcher and Frank Goldwasser are prominently represented, with Goldwasser taking a turn in front of the vocal mic, as does The Mannish Boys' harp playing honcho, Randy Chortkoff. And as an additional treat, Mud Morganfield, eldest son of the undisputed king of Chicago blues, Muddy Waters, also contributes as a guest vocalist, bringing a South Side Chicago blues unrivalled by any living vocalist. Other guests on this unprecedented release include harmonica aces Rod Piazza, Jason Ricci and Bob Corritore, and guitarists Elvin Bishop, Junior Watson, Nathan James, and Kid Ramos, all backed by the hard-swinging rhythm section of Jimi Bott and Willie J. Campbell, plus an array of other very special musicians.

A virtual blues festival in a single band, all of this variety adds up to a continually surprising, wide-ranging, and most consistently excellent release from The Mannish Boys' career so far.


ELVIN
BISHOP


MUD
MORGANFIELD


JACKIE
PAYNE


JASON
RICCI


ROD
PIAZZA


JAMES
HARMAN

KID
RAMOS

JUNIOR
WATSON

MIKE
FINNIGAN

ROB
RIO

FRED
KAPLAN

NATHAN
JAMES

ADIANNA
MARIE

BOB
CORRITORE

BILL
STUVE



VIDEOS

LIVE AT THE B'JAZZ FESTIVAL (BURGHAUSEN, GERMANY)

Check out videos from The Mannish Boys recent performance at the B'Jazz Festival, Burghausen - Germany! Click on the images above to watch.




TOUR DATES

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHT - SIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES FESTIVAL

This memorial day weekend catch The Mannish Boys performing at the 23rd Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. They will be joined by special guests Jackie Payne, Jason Ricci, Kid Ramos, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Marco Pandolfi, and Paul Size.

FOR THE COMPLETE FESTIVAL LINE UP,
EVENT INFO & TICKETS - CLICK HERE




THE MANNISH BOYS

05/10/12: Memphis, TN – Blues Music Awards
05/26/12: Simi Valley, CA – Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival
06/21/12: Cazorla, Andalusia, Spain – Cazorla Blues Festival
06/30/12: Las Vegas, NV – Boulder Station Casino
07/06/12: Portland Oregon - Waterfront Blues Festival
07/10/12: Lebanon - Zouk Mikael International Music Festival
08/04/12: Norway - Notodden Blues Festival