Seven years ago while visiting New Orleans in the springtime, Seattle native Colin Lake met his future wife in the airport. The meeting sparked a cosmic chain reaction that would change his life forever. Overwhelmed by the gravity that seemed to be drawing him to the city, Lake moved to town less than a year later and his passion and innate feel for roots music would find fertile ground from which to spring. While his powerful vocal style and soulful touch on the guitar and lap steel owe heavily to countless blues greats, it’s Lake’s knack for song craft that sets him apart from almost anyone in that genre.
Lake’s forthcoming album, One Thing That’s For Sure, captures the songwriter’s unique musical vision, delivering penetrating lyrics with soul and gritty sincerity. On the album’s eleven original songs, Lake sings of love and longing, truth and transcendence, hope and struggle. These are love songs, but not just in the romantic sense — these are songs that celebrate love’s well earned triumph over fear and tread the territory where light and shadows meet.
2015 has been a banner year for Seattle’s Polyrhythmics with the release of a critically acclaimed 7” dubbed The Killion Sessions, a series of high profile shows in New Orleans during Mardi Gras and Jazzfest, and the impending release of their third full length album Octagon. On the heels of an 18-month touring cycle behind Libra Stripes, the collective continues to evolve and mature into muscular live unit apt to painting vivid instrumental imagery using complex rhythms and a unique precision that is redefining the term “funk” for 21st century audiences.
One year after a lifesaving liver transplant last Memorial Day, blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout has much to be thankful for as he prepares to return to the stage next week. Here’s what Trout had to say when we talked with him by phone a few weeks back about being 10 days away from death, his “third chance at life” and returning health, the upcoming “I’m Back!” tour, and some of the other artists he’s worked with, admired, and mentored through the years, from such legends as John Mayall and Luther Allison to Mike Zito, UK blues-rocker Danny Bryant, and up-and-comers like Laurence Jones and Trout’s own son Jon.
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Intrepid Artists Int’l Welcomes Mr. Sipp For Exclusive Representation.
Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child” was born August 25, 1976 to Johnelle and the late Vera Coleman in the small town of McComb, MS. He began playing the guitar at the tender age of 6. Through hard work and perseverance, Mr. Sipp has become a Delta Blues Force to be reckoned with! Being recognized for his amazing vocals, songwriting ability, musicianship, ability to produce records and entertain Fans with an upbeat, outlandish show all make Mr. Sipp “The Total Package.” Above all of that, Mr. Sipp is a God fearing family man. With over 125 recording credits to his name, Mr. Sipp has played on over 50 national recordings with several Grammy nominated projects. He is well traveled and ready to come to play for you and spread his great gift of music to the World.
Mr. Sipp is the 2014 International Blues Challenge Winner by way of The Vicksburg Blues Society as well as The 2014 Gibson Best Guitarist Award Winner and 2014 Jus’ Blues Bobby Rush Entertainers Award Recipient. Mr. Sipp was also cast in the recently released James Brown movie, “Get on Up”. Mr. Sipp’s favorite quote, “I’m living to love the life that I live, Music!!!!”
Mr. Sipp spent 22 years in the Gospel Music Business as a Recording Artist and a Producer! Since his BIG WIN at The International Blues Challenge in 2014 and the release of his debut Blues CD, “It’s My Guitar,” the music community has been a Buzz and welcomed him with open arms! On his debut, Sipp sings all vocals and plays all instruments for the entire record! That surely made listing the credits easy. Yes sir, when God was handing out musical talent, Mr. Sipp apparently was at the head of the line! What a talent!
On his new release, his debut recording for Malaco Records, entitled “The Mississippi Blues Child,” Mr. Sipp once again handles all of the vocals and plays numerous instruments, however this time around he is joined by other reputable Malaco Mississippi “Hitmen.” All songs with the exception of one are originals, and his diverse style of music separates this record from many of the other recent “cookie cutter” Delta Blues recordings. Mr. Sipp is a FORCE to be reckoned with and is proudly endorsed by Ernie Ball Strings and Epiphone Guitars which he plays exclusively.
10 years ago this month (May 2005) an Angel flew over the top of my office and Jake Lankheit came crashing into my life! Things would never be the same at Intrepid again! Within a week he understood what it meant to be “Intrepid,” and has NEVER looked back! Since that time, I have watched a young 25 yr old kid with a ton of heart and desire grow into a leader, a Husband, a Homeowner, A Father of Two Beautiful Girls and the VP of US Touring at Intrepid Artists International. He has friends EVERYWHERE! He is ALL INTREPID and makes me so proud and grateful, it is extremely hard to put down in words! There is not a day that goes by that Jake does not carry a heavy load on his shoulders, yet I rarely him complain. Jake is not only an employee at Intrepid, He is a Leader, a Brother, He is Family. Thank you Jakey! I love you and consider you my Brother. Your Family is mine and my Family is yours. I am always here for you and know you are there for me. I look forward to see where our journey takes us over the next 10 years. The past 10 have been unforgettable but with the way things are cookin’ right now, the best is yet to come and I absolutely can’t wait to see where it takes us! Here’s to you Jakey! I love ya’!!! THANK YOU!!!!