Fri, September 15, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

Nick Nixon is one of those amazing artists that rarely surface today. This velvet voiced singer was born and raised in Nashville, TN, and was part of the thriving Jefferson Street blues scene of the 60′s. Nick was a Chess Records recording artist in the 70′s, and is a key figure in the reviving Nashville blues scene today. His latest, soon to be released CD was recorded with guitarist/bandleader “Andy T” Talamantez (Guitar Shorty, Smokey Wilson), and produced by Anson Funderburgh. This new CD will follow his successful 2001 release on the European, Black Magic label, No End to the Blues, and his acclaimed 2005 recording, Back Down South.

As a long-time member of The New Imperials, an act with a forty-five year history, Nick has performed with many of the top blues and R&B artists in the world.

Nixon is something of an institution in the Music City, regularly performing for civic functions and even singing before thousands at the Riverfront Park, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony. His blues duo, Nick and Bayou, is the only act to have ever sung in the chambers of the Nashville Metro Council.

Despite such a varied and successful career in the music business, Nixon is still remembered by many as a friend and sometime stage mate of the late, great Jimi Hendrix. Nick befriended Hendrix and his pal (and later to be Band of Gypsies member) Billy Cox when they arrived in Nashville in the early ’60s. To this day Nick often writes and performs with his good friend, Cox.

“Andy T” Talamantez was born and raised in Southern California, and relocated to Nashville in 2008. His guitar style is influenced by T-Bone Walker, BB King, Magic Sam, and Albert Collins among others, yet it remains his own. Andy has toured internationally with blues greats Guitar Shorty and Smokey Wilson, and has performed with a long list of major blues artists around the country.

After meeting James “Nick” Nixon, and watching him perform, Andy knew that they would make an unstoppable combination.
Alabama Mike is a hard-driving Chicago-style blues singer with the ability to make you feel as if you’ve revisited the early CHESS RECORDS days.
Alabama Mike is a force on the microphone with that first rate, church house tenor’, that he was blessed with he has a sound that will remind you of a young BB King or Buddy Guy, Elmore James and Little Johnny Taylor.

Michael A. Benjamin, aka Alabama Mike was born January 31, 1964 in Talladega, Alabama. He was influenced by the gospel singing of his father who encouraged him and his five siblings to begin singing in the church at a very early age. He came to California in 1983 via a military hitch in the U.S. Navy which landed him in the San Francisco Bay area. Several years down the road, as he soaked up what he could learn from blues records he collected and local blues act and associates along the way, he started performing the blues professionally in 1999. He was fortunate enough to put a record label (Jukehouse Records) together in 2009 along with co-founder Scott Silveira and released his first record entitled Day To Day which officially broke him into the blues music scene. Domestically and internationally known for his first rate tenor’ vocals and his witty and ingenious song writing skills, he then followed with his sophomore offering in 2011 which he entitled Tailor Made Blues that has been causing some fuss around here, garnering five star reviews in all the major blues magazines and heavy airplay worldwide. His band includes Anthony Paule ~ guitar, Scot Brenton ~ guitar/harmonica, Kedar Roy ~ bass, Paul Revelli ~ drums. He recently formed a acoustic blues-trio calling the The Hound Kings, which includes himself, A. Paule and W.S. Brenton. The Hound Kings have released their debut CD May 2013 titled UNLEASHED. The Hound Kings new release UNLEASHED CD was nominated by The Blues Foundation for a 2014 Blues Music Award in the Acoustic Album category. Alabama Mike performed at the 2014 Blues Music Awards with The Hound Kings and was rated one of the Top Ten Highlights of the show by the Blues Foundation. Alabama Mike has shared the stage with such blues greats as The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Primer, Lurrie Bell, Steve Freund, Bobby Rush, Johnny Rawls, Fillmore Slim, R. J. Mischo, DeWayne Wiggins, Willie (Big Eyes) Smith and so many others. He has also played several national festivals and concerts including the Poconos Blues Festival, Reno Blues Festival, among others and is preparing to tour internationally this Summer 2015. He has previously been awarded 2010 Blues New Artist Of The Year ~ Bay Area Blues Society, 2010 Nominee Blues Blast Magazine Beat New Artist Debut Recording, 2011 Nominee Blues Foundation ~ Category:Blues Music Award Traditional Blues ~Male Artist Of The Year. He is currently preparing a 2015 release of blues/soul original compositions that is sure to have blues lovers and listeners anticipating Alabama Mike’s third solo project which will be produced by Kid Anderson (Greaseland Music Services) in the San Francisco Bay Area. This work will feature the likes of Jim Pugh who was with Robert Cray for 25 years and before then he was in Etta James’ and Otis Rush’s bands. On organ and piano and Jerry Jemmott who played bass in King Curtis’ band in the 60′s, and they played on most of the Aretha Franklin, BB King, Freddie King and Otis Rush records of that time the 60′s. There will also be a host of local bay area blues artist featured such as Lil Jonny Lawton, Aki Kumar, Sid Morris, Kedar Roy and many others will be accompanying him.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014