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Al Hill is an award-winning singer and piano/guitar player whose songs span roots-rock, blues and jazz. Al was winner of Best Solo Act and Best Solo Guitarist awards at the 2017 Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. As music director for multiple Grammy nominee Bettye LaVette, Al performed throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Japan and Australia. Bettye and Al appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Austin City Limits. For the past five years he toured with country music royalty Carlene Carter.
Al's most recent release is "Big Valley Girl", a collaboration with long-time pal and partner Brophy Dale. The disc dips into the R&B sounds they made while tearing up the Michigan scene in the '80s, and is dedicated to a good friend they recently lost.
Al’s debut recording “Willie Mae” blended roots-rock and soul and was voted “Best CD” at the Motor Cities Blues Awards in 1999. Al and his band won the “Best Unsigned Band” competition, held at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago in 2000, and Al was voted “Outstanding Blues Artist” at the Motor City Music Awards in 2005. In 2008 Al was inspired to move south, and now calls Nashville home.
Al often performs with his wife, singer-songwriter and author Whit Hill, releasing four records and placing songs in TV and film.
Other artists Al has worked with include Charles "Wigg" Walker, Johnny Johnson, Detroit blues luminaries Johnnie Bassett, Alberta Adams and Sir Mack Rice, Delbert McClinton, T. Graham Brown, Wanda Jackson, Mike Farris, Lazy Lester, Marva Wright, Kermit Ruffins and Sleepy LaBeef.
Andy Kahrs is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist with a distinct roots sound based in blues, soul, and classic country. His 2022 EP Together was met with critical acclaim and streaming success, being featured on Spotify’s ‘Got Blues’ and ‘Best Blues Songs of 2022’ editorial playlists. Nashville’s Music Mecca lauded his “vocal prowess” and “unique sound that stands out from the usual Nashville subjects.”
Raised in Georgia, Kahrs started his career in Atlanta and Athens blues bars before a 2014 move to San Francisco, where his wife attended graduate school. The move sparked a longing for the sounds of the south, and his style began incorporating elements of bluegrass and country. Andy’s time out west culminated with his involvement in ‘Rhinestone: The Songs of Glen Campbell’, a tribute to one of the 20th century’s greatest talents, which he still performs to sellout crowds along the west coast.
Kahrs made the move to Nashville in 2018, where he has since released a self-produced acoustic LP of original material, Inside a Song, and the 2022 EP Together, a 3-song EP produced by Bobby Holland (Maggie Rose, Kesha) that took his career to new heights with a southeastern tour and over 3,000 monthly Spotify listeners. Kahrs has released two new singles in 2023 produced by Zach Allen (Keb’ Mo’), featuring another stylistic step in his unique blend of roots genres. Expect a southeastern tour to follow later this year.
Crooked Eye Tommy
Crooked Eye Tommy is Blues Guitarist & Vocal powerhouse....somewhat of a force of nature actually.
It has been said that he sings like his life depends on getting the next note out.
Tommy played guitar and sang off and on all his life but it wasn't until his mid 40's that he actually became a lead singer quite by accident when the singer in the band he was playing in quit.. A Late Bloomer for sure but Tommy has wasted no time since then and has become extremely successful on the Blues Music scene. Crooked Eye Tommy was a Finalist at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis competing for the Santa Clarita Blues Society.
Tommy has been honored with many awards over the last 15 years including a Hollywood Music in Media Award in 2021 and a 2022 Josie Award for Best Blues Duo/Group. A 5 time best blues artist and a Hall of Fame Inductee in the Ventura County Music Awards.
Tommy has 2 Studio albums Butterflies & Snakes 2016 and Hot Coffee and Pain 2020. A new album is forth coming in 2024
Crooked Eye Performs around 100 shows a year all across America and Europe.. He also owns and operates 2 Live Blues Music Festivals and somehow finds time works a full time job. A crazy life... A Crazy GOOD Life.. Come and see.. "What a Crooked Eye Can Do"
My name is Danny Garwood, I’ve been playing guitar for 5 years, and it is my passion. I take inspiration from such artists as Kenny Wayne Shepard, Eric Gales, Stevie Ray Vaughan and countless others in the guitar world/community. I live in Nashville TN and my mission is to keep the blues alive and pass it on to the next generation of musicians.
I went to my first jam when I was 10 and they allowed me to play. I was hooked, I loved it and wanted to learn and do more. Started playing more jams and began playing live shows when I was 11. If interested you can read my full music journey to date as I was featured in the Blues Society of the Ozarks newsletter July, 2022. You can find it here: https://ozarksblues.com/bluesletters/2022/7/6/july-2022-bso-bluesletter
I competed in the 2022 Dallas International Guitar Festival '10 under 20' competition for the first time. Ally Venable pulled me up on stage during one of her shows that weekend, and our video on YouTube has had over 4 million views, and counting! Through that video I was asked to open for Ally in a show in Houston, TX.
I had the honor of sharing the stage with Buddy Guy and Christone "Kingfish' Ingram at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville during Buddy's Farewell Tour.
I'm also a Masterclass alum of the Pinetop Perkins Foundation workshops that are overseen by Muddy Waters' guitarist, Bob Margolin.
My love and passion is the blues, but I play everything from Alan Jackson to Metallica and put my all into everything I play. I've been told that I play with more passion and feeling than most adults.
Doug "Songuy" Robertson
Doug Robertson, also known as "Songuy," is a talented songwriter, musician, and performer who has been striving to become a rock star since the age of nine.
He has developed a mixture of Blues, Rock and Americana he calls “New Vintage Acoustic Rock”.
Doug's engaging and audience-centered performance style include humorous stories and guitar-driven rhythms. His latest releases still carry a nostalgic 60’s-70’s feel.
He has opened for famous performers and enjoyed 14 years as co-coordinator of Nashville Songwriters Association International's Reno, Nevada workshop.
2015 returned his focus to songwriting resulting in a 6-song EP released in 2020 entitled “Epiphany." Songs include "Portola," a '70s light rock tune about a lonesome railroad worker, and "Why Are Armadillos In Nashville," a Texas Swing explanation for the critters presence in Tennessee.
2022 saw the release of Rockabilly tune, “No Competition” and 2023 is slated for more rockers & blues.
Doug's original and cover tunes often chronicle his life as a musical wannabe.
Overall, Doug Robertson is a highly talented and entertaining artist who has spent his career pursuing his passion for music.
Find him at songuy.com and your favorite music platform.
Jasco: Captivating Rhythms, Fiery Melodies: Dynamic Guitar Journeys Across Genres and Boundaries
As a lifelong career guitarist, Jasco loves playing the blues while injecting other stylistic influences to create a unique sonic guitar experience for listeners.
With his instrumental trio, Jasco delivers a diverse range of music genres, including soulful blues, sophisticated jazz, groovin' funk, to the fiery passion of flamenco, showcasing his talent on both electric and acoustic guitars. His performances can range from quiet and intimate for jazz supper club settings to loud and bombastic for festival crowds.
Drawing inspiration from some of the greatest guitarists of all time, from Django Reinhardt to Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan to Sabicas, Jasco’s blend of different styles creates unique sounds that captivate his audience, whether he's playing a Strat or an acoustic guitar.
In addition to his trio, Jasco plays with other regional blues acts: Ray Martin, Otis Faithful, Lisa Law, Jeremy Saunders and others.
- Formed the grammy-nominated blues band Blinddog Smokin’ and tour extensively averaging 225+ shows per year for a dozen years, playing festivals such as The King Biscuit Blues Fest, Tulsa Blues Fest, Wichita Blues Fest, Dusk til’ Dawn festival and more.
- IBC semi-finalists with The Symbols 2018.
- Recorded 5 albums with Blinddog Smokin’, 3 albums with The Symbols, 2 solo albums, and has recorded with Bobby Rush, Phil Brown, Alvino Bennett, Gary Link (Steppenwolf, Dokken) Miss Blues, Clare Cunningham, Carey Morin, Shantelle Hudson-Black, and more
- Best guitar Colorado Blues Society 2018, Best arranger Colorado Blues Society 2017,18
If you're looking for a unique musical experience, then Jasco Duende and his trio are the perfect choice. With their soulful melodies and groovin rhythms, they are sure to leave you spellbound. If you’d like out-of-the-ordinary bluesy sounds on your next recording, hire Jasco.
Jim Gustin and Truth Jones
Jim Gustin is a blues singer and guitarist from Los Angeles, with a distinctive, powerful voice; soulful and deep with a smoky rasp, he is a passionate and energetic performer. He is also a very solid guitarist with great tone and a funky feel.
Jeri Goldenhar, aka Truth Jones, has been singing since she was a little girl, although at over six feet tall, its hard to imagine her as a knee high, little red-headed child. She has a big voice to match her impressive stature. She can belt out gospel and soul seldom heard from suburban white girls.
Together, they provide a powerful one-two vocal punch that is rare amongst blues acts. They sound great blended together as well as each bringing a distinctive flavor to create the bands unique sound. They have well written catchy songs that come from the heart and performed with passion.
Jim has been playing music for nearly 40 years up and down the west coast. His first gig on guitar was at the age of 18 at the Los Angeles Sports arena in front of 10,000 people.
Semifinalists at the 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN.
They have performed at many festivals, events and clubs including, Staples Center prior to an LA Kings game
SCV Blues Festival, Ventura County Blues Festival, Winter Blues Festival, Ojai Blues Festival, Thunder on the Lot, Glory 2016, Gracefest AV, Gracefest SCV, Antelope Valley Fair, Porterville Fair, LA County Fair, Robertson County Fair, Friday After 5,
The Canyon Club, BB Kings Memphis, The Saban Theater, The Coach House, Arcadia Blues Club, The Birk, Malarkeys, Sagebrush Cantina, Maui Sugar Mill, and many more.
They have opened for, or performed with many notable performers including; Three Dog Night, Foghat, Tommy Castro, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Chris Duarte, Teresa James, Coco Montoya, John Nemeth, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Delgado Bros, Deb Ryder, Dallas Hodge, Phantom Blues Band, Chris Cain, The 44s, Shari Puorto, Chase Walker, Darrell Mansfield, Ray Goren and many more.
Les Kerr, a Gulf Coast native now living in Nashville, has recorded eleven albums, including his latest, Part of the Show. He calls his upbeat musical style “Hillbilly Blues Caribbean Rock and Roll,” a combination of blues, bluegrass, Caribbean and New Orleans-influenced rhythms. About Les’ music, the national music publication No Depression wrote, “Nashville’s Les Kerr creates a sound that’s both jovial and cerebral all at the same time…Kerr takes his stylistic additives from a variety of genres -- reggae, country, folk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll -- and meshes them into a hybrid that’s philosophical [and] sunny.”
Les is a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist and a well-established part of Nashville’s music scene. He has hosted annual Mardi Gras concerts at Nashville’s Bluebird Café since 1992. He has performed at festivals and events including Nashville’s official Independence Day Celebration five times and the Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival.
Les was featured in the TV documentary Civil War Songs and Stories broadcast on PBS stations across the U.S. Lyrics of several of Les’ songs have appeared in four volumes of Maple Leaf Rag, a New Orleans Poetry Anthology.
A three-time nominee for the former Music City Blues Society awards, Les was nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, CD of the Year and Entertainer of the Year awards. His original song Mackinac Blues was included in National Public Radio’s All Songs Considered.
Nashville-based guitarist, songwriter, and singer, Meg Williams, performs across the country with her full band, as a solo/duo act, and as a side-woman for other artists. With over 20+ years experience on the guitar, Meg’s guitar playing and solos have captured the attention of audiences across the US, leaving her with an ever growing fanbase. With influences including Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Raitt, the Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, and more, Meg brings a mix of blues, rock, southern rock and country music to the stage at all of her performances.
Meg currently has a weekly residency at Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar, in downtown Nashville. She recently released full length album Live and Learn (produced by Terry Goose Downing and Tom DelRossi) and single Blowin' Smoke (produced by Brandon Wiggers). Meg is currently nominated for the 2023 Josie Music Awards for Musician of the Year (Guitarist) and Duo of the Year (with Travis Bowlin).
Philip Hall / Few Miles On
Philip Hall is a journeyman musician, having served as a front man, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist for several bands throughout his musical career. Since 2014 he has provided lead vocals and been the sole guitarist for Middle Tennessee based Blues Rock trio Few Miles On. He has contributed his talents to multiple studio recordings for himself and other artists from multiple genres. His credits include five albums with Few Miles On.
Starting on piano at age six Philip moved on to guitar at age ten. He began playing and singing in bands at age thirteen. He has developed a musical persona that is perfectly suited for the Blues based music of Few Miles On. From hypnotic Blues riffs to soaring melodic solo passages to blistering slide guitar he covers the territory of both rhythm and lead guitar. His vocal style is a unique mix of the gospel music he grew up with steeped in the Blues Rock of the late 60's and early 70's.
Philip began writing songs in his early teens. Since that time, he has constantly worked to develop and refine the music he creates. He grew up in the suburbs of Nashville, TN and developed live performance skills in the clubs in and around the city working with various cover bands. Performing primarily a guitarist, he also plays keys, bass and various other musical instruments.
Piper and The Hard Times
The Nashville-based blues & roots group Piper & the Hard Times deliver intense and dynamic, blues-based music. The blues is the foundation that defines their work, along with R&B, soul and rock. The band has an instrumental prowess to improvise with flair, while still creating music that has a melodic appeal. They immediately connect with audiences who want both musical competence and songs with a strong groove and catchy hooks. The band’s founding members are Al “Piper” Green, Steve Eagon, and Dave Colella.
As the band’s frontman, Al "Piper" Green's lead vocals and charisma combine the flamboyance and earthiness of blues with the power and authority of gospel. He takes the band and audience on a wild journey every show and does his best to turn the room upside down come showtime. Green contributes to the band's original songs with lyrics based on personal experience which he sings with authority.
Guitarist Steve Eagon has been playing guitar since his teen years and is influenced by Muddy Waters' blend of electrified Delta blues to B.B. King's urban stylings and the powerful approaches of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and SRV. As the band's principal composer, his writing style meshes multiple elements into a captivating personal group sound.
Dave Colella brings an edge, energy and groove to the group's sound. A drummer since age seven, Colella studied with the great jazz drummer Joe Morello, best known for his years with Dave Brubeck. His playing reflects a widespread knowledge and love of multiple idioms, as well as a knowledge of vintage and contemporary blues. With Colella driving the band’s engine, a foundation for flair and pocket is created.
Piper & the Hard Times have been delighting audiences across the South for many years. When you hear them, you're getting a lot more than just inspired covers or retooled bar band material. Instead, you're hearing inspired "from the soul" music, and they bring that energy and vitality to the bandstand each and every night.