Big Head Todd and The Monsters kick off 2012 with a slew of club appearances. The band begins the winter club tour – their first in over three years – at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse. For the show the band will play a very special first set featuring their breakout album, Midnight Radio, performed live in its entirety.
Otis Taylor held his inaugural Otis Taylor Trance Blues Jam Festival with guitarists Bob Margolin and Mato Nanji; banjo legends Tony Trischka and Don Vappe; and bass players George Porter Jr. and Cassie Taylor over Thanksgiving weekend.The festival was a three-day event of workshops and jams Taylor held at the Boul
Otis Taylor isn’t defined by any single category. A musical alchemist and a true innovator, Taylor has never been afraid to experiment beyond the blues tradition. He’s a master craftsman who has created his own signature “trance blues” style by melding haunting guitar and banjo work, syncopated rhythms and a combination of gruff vocals, shouts and yells with raw passion. “When I sing, I just do what I do,” Taylor says.
Today, Meshell Ndegeocello releases her highly anticipated new album Weather on Naïve Records. Produced by Grammy-winner Joe Henry (Aimee Mann, Solomon Burke, Ani DiFranco), Weather has already been hailed by critics at the New York Times and NPR as one of the Meshell’s finest records in 20 years. Meshell will also be hitting the road this month for a full U.S.
Those who have followed Ruthie Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. And when Grammy Award-winning producer John Chelew suggested she record an album in New Orleans — with support handpicked from the Crescent City’s overflowing pool of talent — it was an opportunity for Ruthie to infuse fresh spices into her already rich sonic gumbo.
Longtime Colorado favorites Big Head Todd and The Monsters have mapped out their summer tour plans. In addition to a handful of theatres in the midwest, the band headlines their annual Red Rocks Amphitheatre gig on June 11, where Guster will be on hand to open the show.