Matthew Curry’s roots certainly run muddy-waters deep, something that’s not been lost on the guitar legends he’s had the honor of sharing the stage with over the past few years. “Curry is a phenomenal guitar player,” marvels Peter Frampton. “A highlight from my tour last year was jamming with him. He’s the next guitar hero!” Echoing that sentiment is Steve Miller, whom Curry both opened for and joined onstage during an exhilarating nine-date run in Canada as well as dates all across the US. Steve Miller declares that Curry is a “wonderful guitar player [and] great songwriter in the Stevie Ray Vaughan area of virtuosity and originality.” As much as Matthew Curry is invested in summoning the spirit of the blues — a commitment that’s in full display on the three smokin’ hot albums he’s released to date, 2011’s barn-burning If I Don’t Got You and 2014’s hard-charging testifier Electric Religion and the Newest, 2016’s Shine On — the 20-year-old guitar slinger and soulful singer from Bloomington, Illinois likes to take a much broader view of his style. “If somebody came up and asked me what I would call my music, I don’t think I would say ‘the blues,’” he admits. “And I don’t think I would say ‘rock and roll,’ either. I would actually say, ‘good music.’ Blues is my first love, but I also love ’60s rock like Cream, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix. I’m also into things like Southern rock, Chet Atkins, and The Allman Brothers. All of those artists are complete musicians. They write great songs, and they sing great too. They’re just incredible.” All in all, it’s been an amazing trajectory for someone who just couldn’t get enough of that guitar stuff at age 4 to having a tune he’d written, If I Don’t Got You’s epic tour de jam “Blinded by the Darkness,” win accolades as the Best Blues Song in the International Songwriting Competition. “My dad had this beautiful Martin acoustic guitar, and he was really big into old-school blues like Muddy Waters,” Matthew recalls. “It really caught my ear. I can remember my dad sitting in his recliner and playing his acoustic while I would just sit on the floor, watching every single movement his fingers made. I was mesmerized by the sound.”
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
B.B. King Entertainer
Best New Artist Album
Mr. Sipp – The Blues Child
Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Joe Louis Walker
Rock Blues Album of the Year
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Walter Trout – Battle Scars
“Gonna Live Again” written and performed by Walter Trout
Siblings Danielle, Kris and Nick Schnebelen have a life-long connection with the blues. Growing up in Kansas City, MO, the trio soaked up the music of their parents, who were active in the thriving blues scene. After years of playing in separate bands, the trio decided to keep things in the family and formed Trampled Under Foot. In 2008, they headed to Memphis and ran away with First Place in the International Blues Challenge. Riding the wave of support following the IBC, Trampled Under Foot was ready to take their style of power blues/rock to audiences around the world. In 2014, following a series of headlining tours and stand out performances at blues festivals all over the globe, Trampled Under Foot decided to split ways and pursue their own musical endeavors. Now, after only a year or two apart, the original band is back together and ready to reclaim their world renowned reputation as one of the best bands in the business. Don’t miss your opportunity to book or see Trampled Under Foot.
Former BACK DOOR SLAM front man DAVY KNOWLES is back out touring in support of his latest studio album “THE OUTSIDER”, his upcoming film documentary “ISLAND BOUND”, and a series of new blues recordings scheduled for release from Q1 2016. In addition to prolonged radio and digital media campaigns, Knowles will hit clubs and festivals across the USA this year, including residencies at The Iridium, NYC and in his adopted home-town of Chicago, a string of dates with Brian Setzer and George Thorogood and on Joe Bonamassa’s prestigious ‘Blues Alive At Sea’ cruise in February 2016.
Knowles’s professional career started with a bang, arriving in America at the age of 19 with his band Back Door Slam, an acclaimed debut album, and rave reviews at SXSW 2007. From that dynamic introduction, Knowles proceeded to make a significant impact across US media – from memorable TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel and Good Morning America, to a three year run at radio with the singles ‘Come Home’ from the debut album Roll Away and ‘Tear Down the Walls’ and ‘Coming Up For Air’ from the Peter Frampton produced sophomore album – both albums hit Top 3 on the Billboard Blues Charts.
A relentless 4 year tour regime followed for Knowles in support of his albums, including legendary festivals such as Lollapalooza, Memphis In May, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits. Other highlights from this period include playing live to astronauts on the ISS from mission control in Houston, one of only a handful of artists to be invited to do so, three tours of the UK and Europe, and numerous international festivals including Jakarta, Tokyo, and Perth, Australia.