Date posted: March 14, 2017

Hard TruthLegendary blues-rock guitarist and vocalist Coco Montoya returns to Alligator Records with his new album, Hard Truth, set for March 24 release. Taught by the “Master of the Telecaster,” Albert Collins, and schooled by John Mayall, Montoya has a hard-edged sound and style all his own, mixing his forceful, melodic guitar playing and passionate vocals with memorable songs, delivering the blues’ hardest truths.

Montoya will hit the ground running in support of Hard Truth. Still an indefatigable road warrior, Montoya continues to pack clubs and theaters around the world. Guitar Player says Montoya plays “stunning, powerhouse blues with a searing tone, emotional soloing, and energetic, unforced vocals.”

Vintage Guitar says, “Coco just keeps getting better and better…rockin’ blues with guitar that cuts straight to the heart of the matter. His guitar playing is funky and blistering; it’s perfect. Whatever he plays, he does it with fire and passion rarely seen in this day and age.”

 

Date posted: February 24, 2017

Supersonic Supersonic Blues MachineBlues Machine may be a new band name but its members are nothing short of music royalty. Legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff (Eric Clapton, Jack White, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Melissa Etheridge, BB King, Bonnie Raitt), award winning producer/bass player Fabrizio Grossi (Glenn Hughes, Leslie West, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, Slash, Eric Gales, George Clinton & P.Funk) and Texas blues legend, guitarist/singer Lance Lopez (Bobby Blue Bland, Lucky Peterson, Johnny Taylor) are the core of this eclectic ensemble that likes to describe its music as “50 shades of Blues”.
Their debut album “West of Flushing, South of Frisco,” released internationally by Mascot/Provogue in Feb 2016 is considered an instant classic by critics and fans. Those who have been lucky enough to attend one of their flamboyant shows have made it clear that there are few bands today that embrace live performances with as much energy and devotion as Supersonic Blues Machine! 

If this “take no prisoner” attitude and sound were not enough, Supersonic Blues Machine makes a point to show camaraderie and a true music love connection by surrounding itself with some of their closest friends who are some of the best blues/rock and soul artists out there. They are united to form a sort of tribute to the 60’s traveling music circus, reminiscent of what The Rolling Stones or The Who were doing with their friends.

These friends and colleagues are far more than special guests taking turns on SBM’s records but are rotating around Supersonic’s core during live events, always creating a new experience for the fans. Its not uncommon to see the likes of Billy F. Gibbons, Robben Ford, Warren Haynes, Walter Trout, Eric Gales or Steve Lukather sharing the stage with Supersonic Blues Machine to create a one of kind night of music guaranteed to steal your attention as soon as the show is on!

 

 

Date posted: February 9, 2017

Albert CastigliaWe are excited to add Albert to the Intrepid Artists roster! 

“Albert Castiglia her separates himself from the guitar slinger pack by way of a tastier-than-the-typical song list, lyrically catchy, rhythmically varied and much of it penned by the Miami-bred axeman” – Duane VerhRoots Music Reports

“It has been one of my pleasures to watch Castiglia’s artistry grow. Castiglia has never sounded better. “Solid Ground” is without a doubt his best yet.”- Richard LudmererMaking The Scene
 
“Fine musicianship with strong original material and choice covers make this one that blues fans will not want to miss” – Don Crow – Nashville Blues Society
 
Date posted: January 30, 2017

bma38thAlbum of the Year
Kenny Neal – Bloodline
Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way

Band of the Year
Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials

B.B King Entertainer of the Year
John Nemeth
Lil Ed

Contemporary Blues Album
Kenny Neal – Bloodline
Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way
Contemporary Blues Male Artists
Albert Castiglia
Kenny Neal
Toronzo Cannon

Instrumentalist – Drums
Tony Braunagel

Rock Blues Album of the Year
Albert Castiglia – Big Dog
Walter Trout – Alive in Amsterdam

Song of the Year
“Walk A Mile In My Blues” – written by David Duncan, Curtis Salgado, & Mike Finnigan and performed by Curtis Salgado on The Beautiful Lowdown
“Walk it Off” written and performed by Toronzo Cannon on The Chicago Way

Soul Blues Album of The Year
Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Lowdown

Soul Blues Male Artist
Curtis Salgado

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Lil’ Ed Williams

Date posted: January 11, 2017

Kenny Neal’s newest album Bloodline was nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album for the 59th annual Grammy Awards!grammynom