Date posted: September 14, 2017

From Walter: “And we couldn’t have done it without your belief in me and my band. Thank you. Also a big thank you to all the amazing guests, my band on the album: Michael Leasure, Sammy Avila, Johnny Griparic, and everyone who has helped make this happen (press, PR, label, management, agency, etc. …) We are truly all in this together!”

Date posted: September 13, 2017

Heather Gillis is the TOTAL package as a guitar player, lap steel player, singer, songwriter, and arranger. You may not know her yet BUT listen up, as you are going to hear a lot about this young lady in the next few years! Heather is an amazingly versatile player and performer. She and her band have the stage presence and confidence to appeal to a variety of musical tastes be it rock, blues, soul, jazz, roots or gospel. At 22 years old, Heather has not only formed a strong southeastern following but has played alongside and befriended the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, Col Bruce Hampton, North Mississippi All-Stars and Damon Fowler just to name a few. 

In 2015 Heather was recruited by (legendary Allman Brothers Band drummer) Butch Trucks to be a member of his touring outfit, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band (2015-2017). During this time people saw that Butch had a secret weapon in his band and Heather’s name began to get talked about by those in the know. In early 2017, The Freight Train Band had a full touring schedule and Heather had planned to spend most of her time on the road touring with them throughout the year. That’s when she received the shocking news of Butch’s untimely death and all of a sudden had to switch gears and come up with a game plan. She relocated from the Tampa area to Atlanta, put together an all new band and has not looked back since. The band is a 4 piece band consisting of Guitar, Bass, Drums and B3 Organ. She can also add a horn or two for festivals and other special events. Don’t miss your opportunity to book Heather Gillis on your next event. She’s a WINNER and will leave your audience smiling from ear to ear and screaming for more.

Date posted: September 8, 2017

World renowned blues/rock guitarist Gary Hoey’s first break came in 1987 when Ozzy Osbourne liked Hoey’s tape enough to fly him to LA for an audition. Zakk Wylde eventually wound up with the gig, however Ozzy recommended Hoey move to LA where he was certain he would get noticed, and so he did. Thanks Ozzy! In 1992 Gary’s cover of “Hocus Pocus” rocketed into the Billboard’s Top 5 Rock Tracks. With a collection of 19 albums it’s no wonder Gary Hoey is listed as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. Since then, Gary has become a Music Director for Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp, worked with legends like Joe Perry, Roger Daltrey, blues icon Johnny Winter, Robben Ford, Leslie West, and KISS drummer, Peter Criss, just to name a few. He has toured and traded licks with the likes of Jeff Beck, Brian May of Queen, Ted Nugent, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, and Dick Dale.

Hoey has explored many styles of music in his career, but in 2013, came home to the Blues with his release of “Deja Blues.” His latest, 2016’s “Dust & Bones,” is an exuberant fusion of blues and rock. Whatever style he plays, one thing is certain, Gary Hoey is a fiery, charismatic player who connects with the crowd. Whether he’s playing scorching bluesy originals or blues/rock covers, his solos are thrilling and reminiscent of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan in their fiery youth. One thing that remains consistent is Hoey’s impassioned command of the guitar. He can attack his instrument with feral intensity and then play something very soft and achingly beautiful. This ability to mix feeling, phrasing, technique and tone is the true mark of a master guitarist.

Date posted: June 27, 2017

We're All In This TogetherWalter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene. Respected by the old guard. Revered by the young guns. Adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night. After five decades in the game, Trout is a talismanic figure and the glue that bonds the blues community together, at a time when the wider world has never been so divided. He’s also the only artist with the vision, talent and star-studded address book to pull off a project on the scale of We’re All In This Together. “It was quite a piece of work to get this record together,” he admits. “But I guess I have a lot of friends, y’know…?”

They say you can judge a man by the company he keeps. If that’s the case, then We’re All In This Together is further proof of Walter Trout’s position at the hub of the blues scene. This is the sound of an artist not just getting by with a little help from his friends, but positively thriving, on an album that is sure to light another rocket under his blooming late career. “I’m 66 years old,” considers Trout, “but I feel like I’m in the best years of my life right now. I feel better than I have in years physically. I have more energy. I have a whole different appreciation of being alive, of the world, of my family, of my career. I want life to be exciting and celebratory. I want to dig in. I want to grab life by the balls and not let go, y’know…?”

Date posted: May 25, 2017

Blues BeatlesBlues Beatles started during the breaks of the rehearsals of Today – an original band that Marcos Viana, Flavio Naves, Lancaster Ferreira, Bruno Falcão and Fred Barley started in 2010. Marcos, the singer, would invariably pick up his acoustic guitar and start playing Beatles songs. The other members of the band were amazed at how natural the songs sounded, as if he had written them himself. Being blues players the rest of the band started adding their blues twist to these “break songs”. One day Lancaster said: “why don’t we mix these two things we love to play? We could call this Blues Beatles!”Everyone loved the idea and together they started the Blues Beatles in 2013.

The first version of the Beatles songs that caught people’s attention was Ticket To Ride. The video has now more than two million views on Facebook. The band has worked and reworked many different songs since it was formed, but only the ones that sound natural to their ears stay in the repertoire.  The arrangements combine blues and soul grooves that suit the vocals of the songs while adding a different feel to them. Instrumental solos and improvisation, typical elements of the blues, are an integral part of the Blues Beatles style. Their fiery live performances showcase their individual and collective skills as soloists.

Be on the LOOKOUT for Blues Beatles coming to a town near you in Fall of 2017/Spring of 2018.