John Carey

John Carey is enjoying a musical path that has become a fulfilling cultural journey on three different Continents. In the New Orleans scene, John produced and performed in many events all over the Crescent City.

Some of the weekly staples were the "John Carey Blues Summit" at Rock & Bowl, "John Carey Blues Party" at Hard Rock Café and the "John Carey Blues Revue" at the House of Blues. John received an honor of merit from the Louisiana Music Commission for his efforts in keeping the Blues alive and well in New Orleans.

Carey's first New Orleans release, "Hot For Louisiana", featured his funky rhythmic harp playing with such notable backing musicians as George Porter Jr. (Meters), and the Memphis Horns. The tune “People You Love”, from Hot For Louisiana, is also included on the Louisiana Red Hot Records compilation: Blues – The Language Of New Orleans.

Blues Revue Magazine said, "Like Dr. John, Carey splits his musical time between classic Crescent City boogie and contemporary funk-blues, often combining the two with good results!”.

On his latest release, Back In New Orleans, John is joined by Piano Bob Wilder and a cast of New Orleans best Musicians. Over the years he has shared the stage with Grammy Award winning Artist such as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Bo Diddley, Levon Helm, Charlie Musselwhite, Alan Toussaint, Cyril Neville and many more. Although John's time spent in New Orleans had proven to be prosperous.

Taos New Mexico was another place where his heart and soul resonated. His Taos projects have included the live recording on Big Headed Kid Records, “John Carey and the Bluebird Rodeo Live at the OBL”, from that CD, the song “Taos Moon” was featured on the Revolution Records compilation CD, “Songs of New Mexico”.

John's song, “Soul of the South West”, that is a tribute to Taos, was featured on the national radio program “America Tonight with Kate Delaney”. John’s second NM CD release was a blues duo called “Crossroads” with Taos blues guitar legend Cullen Winter.

Other Taosenos John has played and recorded with are Taos Pueblo Drummer & Singer Blue Spruce Standing Deer and Native American Grammy Award winners, David and Greta Carson. John's song, “Corazon Roto”, was featured in the award winning film “El Cochero”. He has also written and produced music for the lead dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Co, Carrie Elmore.

Recently John was a feature artist on award winning Radio Jazz 88.3 Blues Jam in San Diego, California. His harmonica wizardry has earned him an endorsement with Peavey Electronics and Lee Oskar Harmonicas.

John is currently Performing in Southern California and splitting his time as an international artist recording and performing live music in South America (Venezuela & Chile), Central America {Costa Rica}, Europe (Germany) and touring the United States.

Mark Telesca is an American Songwriter / Singer / Guitarist and Bassist. He studied music at Florida Atlantic University and currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

His “HOOK” oriented songwriting style and storytelling lyrics along with his expressive style of bass playing and powerful lead vocal is capturing the attention of music lovers everywhere.

Mark has released his first solo studio CD titled “Heavy Breathing” in January of 2015. His CD spent many months on steady rotation on SIRIUSXM RADIO (Bluesville). The CD is receiving rave reviews and reached the #5 spot on "Blues Power Radio's Top 30" Blues Albums. He has had three singles off the Heavy Breathing CD that has charted on Blues 411 Baker's Dozen of Blues. "If You Got Enough Jack" has reached #5 " Cross the Dog" has reached #2 and "I Don't Need Your Lovin' Anymore" has reached #1 !!!

In January 2015, Mark took his band to Memphis, TN to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) and were semi finalists.

Mark has also started a career playing solo acoustic guitar focusing on Pre-WWII blues, Americana and his own original music. He has since competed in his local IBC challenge as a solo artist. He has been fortunate enough to win himself another spot in to compete again in Memphis in January 2016 and will be competing again in 2017.

Mark is very proud to be endorsed by Delaney Guitars. Delaney Guitars has built the Mark Telesca Bass Model. They are calling the bass the "TRADITION" model based on its traditional looks, feel and sound. It is currently available for purchase www.delaneyguitars.com

Mark is out gigging almost every night promoting his music. In addition to his hectic gigging schedule, he is the host of one of the most popular Pro Blues Jams in the Southeast. The Jam takes place every Monday at the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, FL. There are many touring artist who make it a point to spend some extra time in sunny Florida just to attend and hopefully participate in this high quality Jam.

As well as being a songwriter, singer, guitarist, and band leader, Mark is a touring bassist supporting many blues / rock artists. He is currently touring with “Blue Mercy” Featuring 2014 Blues Music Award winner and 2015 Blues Music Award Nominee Diunna Greenleaf.

Mark was the bassist along with 2010 Blues Music Award Winner and 2015 Grammy Winner Jason Ricci on Harmonica in The Keith Brown Trio. They later recorded Keith’s album “Down the Line” an acoustic album.

Influences are: The Delta Blues, Gospel Music and Motown.
Bass influences are James Jamerson, Donald Duck Dunn, Oteil Burbridge, Willie Weeks ... Just to name a few.

Richie Schmidt

Richie Schmidt was born and raised in NYC, and was surrounded by musical influences from an early age. Singing in his church's “cherub” choir at age 5, he would follow on to the junior and adult choirs. From grade 2 to 6 he took violin lessons (at public school!). And when the church began to experiment with the new “folk” music style that was becoming popular, he began playing guitar. Some formal lessons followed at the local music store, and the guitar became a constant companion.

With his transistor radio (tuned to WABC), he began listening and learning the songs of the time. A friendly competition with his sister Debbie (also a singer/guitarist) provided a “look what I just learned” leap-frog game of sharing songs and styles, accelerating his knowledge of the instrument, as well as his familiarity with the variety of 60s and 70s pop music.

Other influences would add some spice to his skills. Under the direction of musicologist Peter Griggs he studied East Indian music and performed as a percussionist with the NYC Gamelan. A high school friend, Christopher Thall, was a prodigious talent who demonstrated learning techniques that opened up many avenues to musical approach and understanding. And Richie's fascination with musical instruments led him to acquire abilities on piano and flute, as well as banjo, mandolin and other stringed instruments.

He began performing in rock cover bands in 1976, playing classic rock favorites at parties and high schools and eventually in clubs all around NYC and Long Island. In 1983, he fully dedicated himself to a life of music, leaving his home to join a traveling act. Early in these travels he met keyboardist Tess Smith. The two traveled with the touring band for a number of years, eventually settling in South Florida. In 1990 they were married, and began performing as the duo “Twocan Blue”.

In 2002 Richie was invited to fill the guitar role for “The Fabulous Fleetwood's” the longest running “rockin' blues” band in the region.

In 2008, he was the musical director for the stage re-creation of the concert movie “The Last Waltz”, and also performed in the role of guitarist Robbie Robertson .

Continuing on a busy schedule of performances, he's frequently called on as a solo artist and side man, performing on stages large & small, with local musician friends, as well as many noteworthy artists.

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