VALENTINE'S DAY FUNDRAISER FOR THE HART FUND WITH KIM WILSON, THE DESTROYERS, ANDY T / NICK NIXON & MORE

VALENTINE'S DAY FUNDRAISER FOR THE HART FUND WITH KIM WILSON, THE DESTROYERS, ANDY T / NICK NIXON & MORE

SUGARAY RAYFORD, THE DESTROYERS (INCLUDING JIM SUHLER), JONN DEL TORO RICHARDSON, ADRIANNA MARIE & HER GROOVECUTTERS, KIM WILSON & HIS BLUES ALL-STARS, BOB CORRITORE

Sat, February 14, 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

Valentine's Day FUNDRAISER FOR THE HART FUND The Blues Foundations support branch that helps Blues Musicians pay medical bills! With host band Andy T / Nick Nixon band!

ANDY T. & NICK NIXON BAND
ANDY T. & NICK NIXON BAND
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.
SUGARAY RAYFORD
SUGARAY RAYFORD
When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage; he is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man. With his old school vocal style, echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6’5” he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy. His fluid dance steps will remind you of the Legendary James Brown.

Texas born Caron “Sugaray” Rayford began his musical career at the age of 7 singing & playing drums in church, and his gospel influence can be heard and felt in his music. Rayford's phrasing is intimate and conversational and the soulful gravel in his voice hints at his firsthand experience with hardship. He grew up in Texas, his childhood marked by poverty and loss. He remembered a sad game he played with his brothers, a competition that determined who was skinniest by counting the number of belt holes left unused. His mother struggled to raise three boys alone while battling cancer. When she died, it was a kind of relief. "She suffered and we suffered," Rayford said. "Then, we moved in with my grandmother and our lives were a lot better. We ate every day and we were in church every day, which I loved. I grew up in gospel and soul.”

His switch to contemporary music began about 12 years ago in the San Diego area, where he sang lead vocals with a R&B/Funk band called Urban Gypsys. With this band he had the privilege of sharing the stage with many notable artists such as The Average White Band, Dennis Quaid, Joe Luis Walker, Kal David, Super Diamond & Venice, to name a few. After dabbling in blues, Suga realized that the blues was where his heart and soul belonged. So after some soul searching he left the Urban Gypsys and became lead vocalist for Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz, a Temecula area blues band. Shortly after joining the band in 2004, they released their first CD “Trunk Full of Bluez”. This band was hungry and did over 200 gigs a year over the next few years and their popularity rose exponentially. Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz represented San Diego (Blues Lovers United San Diego) in Memphis Tennessee January 26th- 28th, 2006 at the International Blues Challenge (IBC), and brought home the 2nd place prize. The band began playing higher profile gigs and in 2007 released their 2nd CD “It’s Tight Like That”. In September 2008, the Boyz won the LAMN Jam Grand Slam Urban Artist of the Year title by a landslide; they beat out hundreds of competitors. The band was offered a distribution deal on the spot by RBC Records. Tabitha Berg wrote, “The band’s most valuable ingredient is that of the band’s dynamic front man Sugaray, he knows how to read and work a room. While most artists simply perform, exceptional artists are responsive to the mood of the crowd. The energy shifted when AKB took the stage, and they had the crowd on its feet within seconds.”

After moving to Los Angeles 2 years ago, Sugaray was asked to host a blues jam at Cozy’s in Sherman Oaks. It is through this venue that Sugaray has met and played with innumerable world-class musicians. Suga’s desire to explore and expand his musical vision has been nourished by these musicians. His solo career has flourished in LA.

As of May 2011, Sugaray is new lead vocalist for the Mannish Boys, who are under Delta Groove management. This international act performs 6-8 times a year and Suga joined them in Spain on July 9th at Hondarriba Blues Festival where 25,000 people were in attendance. He will be recording with The Mannish Boys in very soon and is working on his second solo CD for release 2012.

He has done studio vocals on several projects, such as the theme for Judge Joe Brown, the movie trailer City Lights and back up vocals for the band The Heavy Pets. He partnered with Chuck Kavooras, a long time LA guitarist and owner of Slide Away Studios. Chuck became the musical director of the Monday night jams. He began booking the artists for the band around Suga’s vocals and Sugaray and the CK All Stars were born. The first set of every Monday is performed by this house band, which is made up of rotating members of which are all cream of the crop musicians.
THE DESTROYERS (INCLUDING JIM SUHLER)
THE DESTROYERS (INCLUDING JIM SUHLER)
The Destroyers have been the driving force behind George Thorogood for over 40 years. During breaks from doing that, they sometimes like to get together to do some playing on their own.

Holding down the vocal and guitar duties, is Jim Suhler from Dallas. Jim joined up with The Destroyers in 1999, adding a new dynamic to the band with his extensive versatility. When Jim¹s not touring with The Destroyers, he works his own band named Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat. Bill Blough is on bass. Bill played with numerous bands in Delaware before joining The Destroyers in the summer of 1976. Buddy Leach is on sax and joined the band in 2004. He grew up in West Tennessee with early music influences from Memphis, Muscle Shoales and Mississippi Delta Blues. Attended The University of Tennessee, Martin and received BS in Music Education. Moved to Nashville in 1978 and began playing professionally. When not touring, he stays busy doing road work and local gigs, horn arranging and studio work. Jeff Simon is on drums and is a founding member of the Destroyers that started in 1973.
JONN DEL TORO RICHARDSON
ADRIANNA MARIE & HER GROOVECUTTERS
ADRIANNA MARIE & HER GROOVECUTTERS
Adrianna Marie is truly a spell caster in every sense of the word. Whether she’s singing a haunting slow blues or a lowdown shuffle; Adrianna digs deep into blues and roots music with a sense of arrangement, timing and soulful delivery that draws the listener in and leaves them spellbound. Daughter of the well known 60’s folk group The Carolee Singers, her musical road education began at an early age. Travelling as a small child up and down the eastern seaboard with her musical parents, her appetite to sing and perform began to grow. Influenced heavily by the sounds of the 60’s and the vinyl’s played in the house; everything from The Kingston Trio to Louis Jordan and Memphis Minnie, her ears were filled with the eclectic sounds of many genres. Her career in the “family” business began at 10 years old performing in summer stock theaters throughout New England. She continued to study both music and acting which led her as teen-ager to the stages of New York’s off-Broadway. She even spent some time on the cat walks of the fashion world. Adrianna said, “Though she would probably be arrested today, I remember my vocal coach bringing me to listen and sit in at blues and jazz clubs in the low-down neighborhoods of Bridgeport Connecticut and New York City.” “When I heard those guys playing in the clubs filled with the smell of liquor, smoke, sweat and wood, my heart ached for them and I longed to feel what they were playing and singing about.” “She had her mother’s Gypsy spirit and couldn’t grow-up fast enough to start living her life the way she wanted to.” She left for California at seventeen with nothing but her guitar and desire to experience the world that had been calling her all her life.

It was those early musical influences and education that lead her to California where her eclectic, folk, jazz and blues infused vocal styling’s were well showcased by some formidable blues guitarists including: LA Jones (Pine Top Perkins, Otis Rush, Joe Houston), Wali Ali (Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin,) and John Marx (William Clarke, Mitch Kashmar.) Adrianna recently lent her vocal talents on the Mannish Boys "Double Dynamite" cd which won the 2013 Blues Music Award for "Best Traditional Blues Album". Released on Delta Groove Records, she shared the studio on two tracks
with Mud Morganfield, Finis Tasby, Rob Rio, Kirk Fletcher, Franck Goldwasser, Willie Campbell, Jimi Bott, Nathan James, Fred Kaplan, and Bill Stuve. Her latest project, "Double Crossing Blues" due out July 27th, features Adrianna Marie with Her Groovecutters: LA Jones, David Kida, Honey Piazza, Dave DeForest, Larry "Big House" David, Lee Thornburg and Ron Dziubla. Produced by Bobby Owsinski, the record showcases Adrianna Marie singing tunes from some of her idols like Helen Humes, Little Esther Phillips, Big Maybelle, Louis Jordan and Billie Holiday. Recorded in analog, "Double Crossing Blues" is filled with chesnuts from the 30's, 40's & 50's and feels warm and restrospective. It features the incredible horn section arrangements of Lee Thornburg(Tower of Power), early do-op background vocals and the restrained and tasteful guitar work of LA Jones who plays vintage 40's D'Angelicos on most of the tracks. In 2012, Adrianna Marie released a self-titled demo on Delta Groove Records which featured John Marx, Bill Stuve, David Kida, Rand Chortkoff, Fred Kaplan, and Ron Dziubla. Her past recordings include: "Spellcaster" released on Barking Blues Music in 2010 and “Can’t Change It” , a self-produced album in 2008.
KIM WILSON & HIS BLUES ALL-STARS
KIM WILSON & HIS BLUES ALL-STARS
Kim Wilson (born January 6, 1951) is an American blues singer and harmonica player. He is best known as the lead vocalist and frontman for The Fabulous Thunderbirds on two hit songs of the 1980s; "Tuff Enuff", and "Wrap It Up." Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1951, but he grew up in Goleta, California, where he sometimes went by the stage name of "Goleta Slim." He started with the blues in the late 1960s and was tutored by people like Muddy Waters, Jimmie Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Albert Collins, George "Harmonica" Smith, Luther Tucker and Pee Wee Crayton and was influenced by harmonica players like Little Walter, James Cotton, Big Walter Horton, Slim Harpo and Lazy Lester. Before he moved to Austin, Texas in 1974, he was the leader of the band Aces, Straights and Shuffles in Minneapolis, Minnesota; this band released one single. In Austin he formed The Fabulous Thunderbirds with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, and they became the house band at the blues club, Antone's, owned by Clifford Antone. Muddy Waters called Wilson, "The greatest harmonica player since Little Walter". Wilson continues to perform up to 300 concert dates per year at blues music festivals and clubs all over the world, both as leader of The Fabulous Thunderbirds and with the Kim Wilson Blues Allstars. His powerful style of blues harp playing has been described as "loaded with the textures of a full-blown horn section."
BOB CORRITORE
BOB CORRITORE
Bob Corritore is considered among the top traditional blues harmonica players on the scene today. Additionally he is the owner of the Rhythm Room, the radio show host of "Those Lowdown Blues" on KJZZ, the founder of Southwest Musical Arts Foundation, the editor and main writer of the Bob Corritore Blues Newsletter, an official endorser of Hohner harmonicas, a Keeping the Blues Alive award recipient, a grammy nominated harmonica player and producer, an honorary member of the Collectif Des Radios Blues, and a great fan of and active participant in blues music in general.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/