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2012 Blues Review Artists

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Jonn Del Toro Richardson is a blues guitarist from Houston TX representing the strong defining sound of the Texas Blues. Inspired by his uncles he picked up the guitar in his early twenties and immediately started playing in the music scene around Houston. From starting his own bands to having the honor to play with many of the blues greats in Houston early in his career. Read More

Tom Holland & the Shuffle Kings are one of the hardest working blues bands not only in the Midwest, but the world! They have been playing stages across the world for 10 years now. They've been the backing band for such blues luminaries such as Hubert Sumlin, and Carey Bell to name a few. They regularly are featured at the House of Blues in Chicago, as well as many other venues around Chicago. Collectively, the band has an accumulated experience level of over 75 years in the business. Tom currently is touring with blues legend James Cotton. Read More

Headliners

anson funderburghIn recent years, Dallas-based guitarist Anson Funderburgh has taken his band the Rockets out of the clubs and onto the festival stages with his critically acclaimed recordings for the BlackTop label out of New Orleans. With Jackson, MS-native Sam Myers delivering the vocals and harmonica treatments, this band mixes up a powerful gumbo of Texas jump blues and Delta blues that can't be found anywhere else. Read More

More than thirty years on the blues scene have provided this multi-instrumentalist, with musical background that is rarely found among European blues musicians. In the year 2000, he relocated to the USA and dazzles his audience with use of vocals, piano, harmonica, organ, and accordion. Read More

Diunna Greenleaf, the leader of Blue Mercy, is a native Texan (Houston) who has a background steeped in gospel music. Influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and her own parents Ben & Mary Ella Greenleaf (Gospel). She has developed "Diunna's style of Blues" in the same tradition as so online casino many other great Texas blues men and women. She combines intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create a kind of blues that takes one on an emotional roller coaster ride. Read More

And Starring

A Blues guitar player and singer, carrying on the "old school" Chicago Blues style and creating original music today. From 1973-1980, he played guitar in the band of Chicago Blues legend Muddy Waters, and toured worldwide while recording and learning to play Muddy's powerful music directly from him. In 1980, he started his own band and is still on the road and recording. Read More

Kenny was raised in the heart of Chicago Blues. After perfecting his craft, he began playing with legends such as Pinetop Perkins, Big Bill Morganfield, Honeyboy Edwards, Henry Townsend, Rusty Zinn, Fingers Taylor, Mississippi Heat and The Cashbox Kings.  Read More

After growing up and experiencing the music of legends, Stroger decided to put his passion in the same old-time Blues he had come to love. As a self taught musician, he began a band with his cousin and learned to play songs they knew, until they were able to create their own works of musical genius. Read More

An internationally known Blues guitarist, and bandleader. Specter has gained the reputation as one of the premier young talents of the Chicago Blues scene. His guitar playing can be heard on national TV and radio commercials for Kraft Foods and Northwest Airlines. Recently, Dave was recently featured pin Vintage Guitar and Downbeat magazines and has been a 5 time Critic's Choice in The Chicago Reader. Read More

Omar has established himself as one of the nation's premier harmonica players and Blues vocalists alive today. With a voice that is soulful beyond his years, Omar has been blowing away audiences across the nation with his distinct and fiery harmonica skills. Read More

Rich Del Grosso is a confident, and innovative player of the Mandolin. He has been recognized in the Blues world as one of the best that comes straight out of the marshlands of Southeast Texas. As an above average player, singer, and songwriter, Del Grosso continues to wow his audience with his talent and unique flavor. Read More

Featuring Columbus' own

Marty has been setting the standard for his instrument in Dayton, Ohio, for a long time.  The consummate pro and tasty side man is able to evaluate the performance in the way that only a real stylist, and a real player can.  Read More

A Columbus native that brings the beat of the Blues. Brian Duress is known throughout Central Ohio for his unbelievable percussion skills, and the expertise it takes for them to match with the feel and love of the Blues. Read More

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Time Slips on By, by Rich DelGrosso and Jonn Del Torro Richardson Time Slips on By, by Rich DelGrosso and Jonn Del Torro Richardson Debuting at #4 on the Living Blues Radio Chart in February 2011. These two Houston based veteran blues musicians and their quartet h... Read More
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