Intrepid Artists International proudly announces the lineup for the 20th Anniversary Party which will be held at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte on Saturday, February 7 at 7pm sharp:
Alligator Records artist, 2013 Int’l Blues Challenge Winner and 2015 Blues Music Award Nominee Selwyn Birchwood Band,
2008 Int’l Blues Challenge Winner, Albert King Guitar Award Winner and 2014 Blues Music Award Winner Slick Nick Schnebelen (of Trampled Under Foot),
Living Blues Award Winner, 2014 Blues Music Award Winner and multiple 2015 Blues Music Award Nominee John Nemeth,
Texas guitar slinger and Grammy Award Nominee Ruthie Foster’s lead guitarist Hadden Sayers Band,
Chicago rock ‘n’ rollers THE STEEPWATER BAND,
multiple Charlotte Music Award Winner Simplified
and last but not least “a very rare performance” by one of the finest rock bands to ever come out of Athens, GA…Tishamingo.
Tickets are only $12adv/$15dos and go on sale this Friday thru the venue website. We’re literally rolling out the red carpet for this so let’s party y’all!
12 Different Intrepid Artists Rack Up 23 Blues Music Awards Nominations in 17 different categories!
John Nemeth leads the way with an Intrepid Record of 6 nominations in one year!!!
Janiva Magness & Rick Estrin receive 3 nominations,
John Mooney, Joe Louis Walker and Mud Morganfield/Kim Wilson all received multiple nominations!!!
Congrats goes out to ALL of the Great Intrepid Artists that will represent us at the 2015 Blues Music Awards on May 7 in Memphis, TN.
Acoustic Album of the Year
Son & Moon (A Tribute to Son House) – John Mooney
Acoustic Artist of the Year
Album of The Year
Memphis Grease – John Nemeth
BB King Entertainer of The Year
Band of The Year
John Nemeth & The Bo-Keys
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Best New Artist Album
Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood
Contemporary Blues Album of the Year
Original – Janiva Magness
Hornet’s Nest – Joe Louis Walker
Contemporary Blues Female Artist of The Year
Contemporary Blues Male Artist of The Year
Joe Louis Walker
Instrumental – Drums
Instrumentalist – Guitar
Instrumental – Harmonica
Rock Blues Album of The Year
The Blues Came Callin’ – Walter Trout
Song of The Year
Bad Luck is My Name – written and performed by John Nemeth
Let Me Breathe – written by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling, performed by Janiva Magness
Soul Blues Album of The Year
Memphis Grease – John Nemeth
Soul Blues Male Artist of The Year
Traditional Blues Album of the Year
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
In the Olympic tradition, when the torch gets passed on, the flame transfers from one sure hand to the next — keeping it burning, while at the same time moving forward. It’s a fitting image for young Chicago guitar hero RONNIE BAKER BROOKS on his aptly titled third release, THE TORCH. Not only does he sing with soulful fire and play with a white-hot intensity; he’s also carrying the torch from the previous generation of soul and blues greats and moving the music into the future.
As the 17 original songs on THE TORCH make clear, RBB is the right man for the job. Brooks grew up steeped in American music tradition yet his focus remains resolutely on the future. As well as anyone of his generation, he knows the transcendent release at the heart of soul, blues and rock. He knows because, as the son of blues great Lonnie Brooks, he came of age watching the fieriest guitar players and most soulful singers of a previous era express their deepest feelings through their music.
With their noses to the grindstone for the past few years, The Congress hasn’t had a moment to notice their ever changing surroundings. They have headlined tours across the US from coast to coast, as well as supporting full length tours for the likes of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lake Street Dive, and Hard Working Americans, while incessantly playing their home turf in the Rocky Mountains in between these tours. The Congress has also succumbed to a growing writing habit that will culminate in the band’s second full length album in early 2015.
2/19 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s
2/20 – New York, NY – Cutting Room
2/21 – Portsmouth, NH – Press Room
2/22 – Cambridge, MA – Club Passim
2/24 – Northampton, MA – Parlor Room
2/25 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater
2/26 – Ashland, VA – Ashland Coffee & Tea
2/27 – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
2/28 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
3/01 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
As far back as we can remember, humanity has been compelled to gather around song. Whether as a centerpiece for celebration, a reflection on loss or a calling to inspire community; in the form of ballads, blues, spirituals and countless other variations, timeless songs have been integral to the narrative of their times. With that idea in mind, three of this generation’s most devoted artists to the art of the song: Ed Jurdi, Seth Walker and Edward David Anderson will head out of the road together to perform in the round, share their extensive bodies of work with one another, pick on a few classics and celebrate…The Circle Of The Song.
As a founding member and leader of the Austin, TX rock and roll outfit The Band of Heathens, Ed Jurdi has been an essential element in defining the band’s kaleidoscopic American sound. From festival performances at Bonnaroo, Austin, City Limits and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to over a thousand one-nighters in clubs and theaters across the United States and Europe, The Band of Heathens have built a reputation as one of today’s hardest working bands. Originally from the Boston area, Jurdi has forged a sound both rooted in the past and pointing toward the future. An ardent student of the masters of American music, he brings the passion of a gospel sermon and juxtaposes it against a gathering of merry pranksters with a soulful delivery and timeless voice.
Seth Walker is pure Southern troubadour. He grew up in North Carolina and came of age in Austin, Texas where he became renowned on the contemporary blues and roots scene. After a stint in Nashville, Walker now resides in New Orleans. All of these geographical influences coalesce on his most recent album, Sky Still Blue. Produced by Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers, it revels in the devil-on-my-trail gristle, longing blue notes and pop-wise song-craft that has become Walker’s forte. The Vinyl District perhaps summed up Seth best when praising him as “an accomplished guitarist and an even better singer, distilling the soul of Ray Charles, the Southern boy roots charm of Delbert McClinton, and an uptown blues turn of phrase (à la Percy Mayfield) into his own distinct voice.”
Prior to 2014, many knew Edward David Anderson best from his critically acclaimed, vintage American rock band, Backyard Tire Fire. That all changed earlier this year, however, when Anderson struck out on his own with his debut solo release, Lies & Wishes. Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, it presents Anderson’s most autobiographical material yet, exploring the loss of his mother and the dissolution of his band. It’s a collection of songs that embrace vulnerability, while rooted in Anderson’s working class aesthetic. Performer Magazine declared: “Anderson pulls from the pockets of country, blues and Americana, capturing a different hue as the genres shift, in a juxtaposition of warm-hearted openness and biting self-doubt.” Born and raised in the Midwest, Anderson currently splits his time between Bloomington, Illinois and lower Alabama.