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Elvin Bishop and the Big Fun Trio

Elvin Bishop has been travelling the Blues road longer than most, and he’s got the stories to prove it – many of which are contained within the songs on this release. Stops along the way include his work as a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early ‘60s, recordings with legends such as Clifton Chenier, John Lee Hooker, and The Allman Brothers, and Pop success with his own 1976 smash hit “Fooled Around and Fell In Love”. Bishop’s long and varied career has included plenty of side trips along the way as well, from deep down gutbucket Blues played in smoky South Side Chicago taverns, to raucous roadhouse R&B, to good time Rock & Roll on concert stages and festivals around the world. And at every stage along the way, he’s instilled all of his music with passion, creativity, and a healthy helping of wisdom, wit, and good humor.
Elvin was born in Glendale, California, and grew up on a farm near Elliott, Iowa. His family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was ten years old. His earliest exposure to music came from the family’s radio, where in between “How Much Is That Doggy In The Window” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” young Elvin could sometimes catch classic records of Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Once he’d got his feet wet, there was no turning back. He quickly acquired his first guitar and on his own began working out the basic outlines of the Blues, R&B and Rock & Roll that had captured his soul.
By the time he was preparing for college in the late 1950s, Bishop had earned a National Merit Scholarship that allowed him to go to almost any school he chose – and the only choice on Elvin’s mind was the prestigious University of Chicago, which just happened to be located on Chicago’s South Side, ground zero for much of the urban Blues Elvin had so far been studying only from a distance. He arrived in Chicago in 1959, and before long crossed paths with a fellow student Paul Butterfield. Together, they explored the taverns and Blues joints in the black neighborhoods surrounding the university campus at a time when Blues giants like Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Otis Rush, Magic Sam and Howlin’ Wolf could be found playing in corner bars for a $2 cover charge just about any night of the week.
Elvin BishopBy 1963, Bishop and Butterfield were ready to graduate – not from the university, but from their apprenticeship under Chicago’s Blues veterans. They made their first recordings that year, doing a session with veterans Billy Boy Arnold and James Cotton. That same year, they recruited Howlin’ Wolf’s former rhythm section of Sam Lay on drums and Jerome Arnold on bass, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was born. In 1965, after adding Mike Bloomfield and Mark Naftalin to the lineup, their revolutionary debut LP was released, opening the door for virtually all the young white Blues bands that followed. Bishop remained in the fold for three albums with the Butterfield band, including their innovative “East-West” release (on which Bishop and Bloomfield’s intertwining guitars helped set the stage for the Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead, among many others who followed), before getting the itch to move on and venturing out on his own. Elvin released several well-received albums in the early ‘70s, before experiencing his biggest Pop success, the gold-record earning national hit “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” from his 1976 LP “Struttin’ My Stuff.”
Road work kept Elvin busy through the ‘80s, and as time went by his journey led him back to the Blues that were at the root of all his musical endeavors. And that fertile territory has been his focus ever since.
Delta Groove Productions president Randy Chortkoff has been a fan and follower of Elvin’s music through all the many phases of his career, beginning with Butterfield Blues Band in the mid 1960s, and when the opportunity arose to bring Elvin into the Delta Groove fold, Chortkoff jumped at the opportunity. The result was Elvin’s Grammy-nominated 2008 CD “The Blues Rolls On,” and a flurry of other awards and accolades, including being named 2009 Male Blues Artist of the Year by Blues Blast magazine. Elvin’s new releases are exciting next steps in his Blues journey.
Elvin Bishop
Right out of the gate, on “Red Dog Speaks”, Bishop leaves no doubt where his heart is, cleverly introducing his long-time cohort “Red Dog” with a gritty slow blues calculated to set the pace for what’s to come. Along the way he smoothly steers the way from strutting Blues and R&B , through a good dose of good-time Rock & Roll, and even an occasional detour through Doo-Wop, Zydeco, and Gospel. Elvin has made plenty of talented friends over the years, and many of them jumped at the chance to help out on “Red Dog Speaks”; Buckwheat Zydeco, Tommy Castro, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and John Németh all make guest appearances. And all of it adds up to an amalgam that can only be called “Elvin Bishop music.”

Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones

He was born Andrew Jones in Dallas, Texas, United States. The son of a big band singer, Jones acquired his moniker from his grandmother. Jones learned to play the guitar at a young age, and he joined Freddie King's backing band, the Thunderbirds, at the age of seventeen and toured with them for a couple of years.

In 1967, Jones became part of Bobby Patterson's backing band, the Mustangs,playing on a number of Patterson's single releases.
By the early 1970s, Jones had regular work in Dallas backing many musicians, plus he was tutored further in his guitar playing by Cornell Dupree.

In 1973, Jones re-joined King's backing ensemble, and played with him until King died in 1976.
The latter part of the decade saw Jones create a soul group known as the Creators, who signed a recording contract with RCA Records.
Penned by Jones, their 1979 single, "Blame It on Me", was more successful on the Northern soul circuit in the UK than in his home country.
He worked locally in the early 1980s, primarily backing R.L. Griffin and Hal Harris, before finding regular work with Johnnie Taylor until 1985.
In late 1987, he went to California joining Bobby Bland's drummer, Tony Coleman, and B.B. King's bassist, Russell Jackson, and played as the Silent Partners, who backed Katie Webster both in concert and on her Swamp Boogie Queen (1988) album.
The trio became session musicians working with Charlie Musselwhite, with whom Jones remained until 1996. Jones toured the world in this period, and played on three Musselwhite albums; Ace of Harps (1990), Signature (1991), and In My Time (1993).

In 1997, Jones issued his debut solo album, I Need Time, via JSP Records. This was followed the year after by Watch What You Say (Rounder Records), although that label association soon finished.
However, following Watch What You Say's release, Jones was nominated for a Blues Music Award for 'Best New Blues Artist'.
A live album, Jr. Boy Live was released in 2006 and Gettin' Real, his most recent release appeared on the independent record label, Electro-Fi Records in 2009.

He recently opined his frustration of not being more widely recognised. "I’d have to say that I’ve been close to certain things all my life. Been right there [where the action was]. Maybe, there have been some bad decisions on my part. Maybe, I haven’t sucked up enough or to the right people.

ELIZA NEALS a dynamic front woman, multi-talented musician, confident producer and powerhouse outstanding live performer is “returning the magic back to Blues-Rock with mind-blowing live performances and Top of the Charts recordings.”

Eliza sings with unearthly passion and velvety grit, effortlessly pushing air to new heights, and her operatically trained voice has been called both sexy and menacing. None of this is surprising, of course, since Eliza studied with Motown Legend Barrett Strong and could rightfully be called the last of the truly trained MOTOWN singers.

“Breaking and Entering” finished #6 on international Radio Roots Music Report for all of 2015!

2016 Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Blues Recording” “Breaking and Entering”

Two Nominations from the new “Independent Blues Awards 2017“ and five nominations in 2016!

“Accomplished the near impossible,” American Blues Scene. “Simply breathaking,” Blues Matters UK. “Blues-rock that’s powerful enough to knock you off your feet,” Blues Blast. “Album with imperceptible faults” Soul Bag France. “Tough-as-nails voice soar above the crowd,” Big City Blues. “We know she’s good and this album confirms it,” BluesNews Norway. “Should be tattooed on the soul of all you blues-rockers out there,” Blues in Britain.

In addition to Eliza’s incredible singing, she masterfully plays piano, keys or Hammond B3. Performing at stages across the United States from Maine to Florida to Kansas City, revealing one of Detroit “hidden gems” live. A combination of Modern Electric Blues, Psychedelic Rock with a twist of Jam band and southern soul covers the spectrum. Often playing on piano or keyboards with a list of covers many a band would never attempt, “Eliza Neals and the Narcotics” perform masterly. Original compositions have garnered Eliza Neals; Five Detroit Music Awards and a surprising Detroit Black Music Award nomination in 2017.

A cadre of amazing guitarists have backed up Eliza Neals over the years. Howard Glazer the 23+ country international blues with a super side of Rock and one hell-of -a-feel takes the reigns. As a duo, trio or full blown eight to ten piece band, Eliza Neals delivers the most compelling storytelling in ages.

The award winning sultry and powerful blues rock soul vocalist, recording artist, composer, performer, publisher and producer is being compared to greats like Etta James, Janis Joplin and Ricki Lee Jones among many many others. “There is only one Eliza Neals,” don’t miss a night of music from the city that drives your soul.

More Music:

2017 “10,000 Feet Below” charts at #2 on the Blues-Rock charts and #1 on the NEW YORK Album charts for 4 Weeks straight! Tops at #8 on the BLUES worldwide ROOTS MUSIC REPORT on MARCH 16th 2017.

2016 “You Ain’t My Dog No More” (summer single) charts at #1 on the NEW YORK Single Charts #3 on the Blues Rock Single charts and #10 on the Blues Radio Charts on RootsMusicReport for July 31st 2016.

2015 “On this Merry Christmas Day” (Holiday single) written with songwriting legend Barrett Strong goes to #1 song and #1 Album on the RootsMusicReport for January 3rd 2016.

Tommy Z is a contemporary blues artist and radio host from Buffalo, NY who has been described as a "blues treasure" by legendary 97 Rock/WBFO DJ Jim Santella, and "one of WNY's best kept secrets" by Sarah French, Blues Matters Magazine. He is a guitar-driven electric blues-based stylist onstage, but in the studio Tommy composes a variety of music. So while experienced and studied in traditional blues, jazz and rock styles, Tommy is an artist who puts that soulful blues feeling into all the different styles he plays. He's been been recognized with numerous awards over the years, including being voted Top Blues Vocalist in Western New York 2003/2004/2006, Top Blues Guitarist 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006 and his band has won the Top Blues/Crossover Blues Band categories 1994, 2005, 2006, and was honored with the Muddy Waters Award for "Artist of the Year" by the Blues Society of WNY in 2004. In 2007 Tommy was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, recognizing him alongside some of the best talent to ever come out of WNY (and also making him ineligible for any more music awards!). He has had the opportunity to perform with/or co-bill with some of the worlds' top artists in the blues/rock genre including: B.B. King (and daughter Shirley), Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jeff Healey, Colin James, Tinsley Ellis, Roomful of Blues, Blues Traveler, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Peter Frampton, Carey Bell, John Mayall, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more including a tour backing up Grammy-winning blues legend Pinetop Perkins (Muddy Waters Band). Tommy has come a long way from playing the top bars and music venues in Buffalo to being an international and domestic festival headliner.

The son of a Vietnam-era veteran, he has been bringing a taste of home to US troops overseas since 2003 with blues-based concert tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Japan, South Korea, Djibouti, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, Turkey, Guam, Alaska and other distant locales on behalf of USO/AFE. Rolling Stone Magazine called some of these locations, "The most dangerous gigs on Earth." Tommy contributed guitar tracks to Deep Purple vocalist/Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ian Gillan's CD on Immergent called Gillan's Inn, on the track "When A Blind Man Cries," which also featured blues-rock legend Jeff Healey and of course Deep Purple's Jon Lord.
In 2006 a CD entitled Universal Love was produced with outstanding Canadian engineer/producer Nick Blagona (BeeGees, Chicago, Police), and it was described as "soul-rockin' blues" by Bob Putignano, NYC Blues Society President and Sounds of Blue DJ (WFDU), "awesome" by Bob Silvestri, Best of WNY, and "should feature high on your list of 'new' acts to investigate" Mick Rainsford, Blues in Britain Magazine. He's been featured/mentioned in industry magazines such as Fender's Frontline, Mix Magazine, Blues Matters, Blues Blast, Blues Music Magazine (Germany), Blues-E-News, Jazz/Blues Florida and Guitar Edge etc.

In addition to his performance schedule, Tommy is a Canisius College graduate, guitar teacher, and between CD's as an artist he spent much of his creative time as composer/producer for Film, TV, Sports, etc. His credits include writing the victory song for the St. Louis Blues (NHL), Red Hot Chili Peppers Biography, Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure (iTunes #1 indie film), Last Comic Standing (NBC), TLC's Stager Invasion, Animal Planet's Swamp Wars (main title), Bravo's Chef Roble and Co., Insane Pools: Off the Deep End, Discovery Channel's Biker Live, America's Top Model and others.

The release of "Sometimes" in 2013 garnered even more national and international attention than "UL" and the secret was out. It made both the Roots Report Top 50 Blues Airplay charts, overseas blues charts in France, etc. and made the first round of voting for Best Blues Album at the Grammy's. It received glowing reviews in such publications as American Blues Scene, Blues Rock Review, About.com/blues and many more. Tommy tours around the United States and abroad as featured act and as headliner at top venues and blues festivals. In 2015 the band was invited to be the international headliners for the Cali Blues and Folk Festival in Colombia, South America for nearly two weeks of concerts and master classes which were extremely positive in their reception. In 2015 Tommy was hired as a new blues radio host/DJ by the NPR/WNED affilated station WBFO 88.7 FM where he programs classic and modern blues music for listeners in the WNY/Southern Ontario area and online at www.wbfo.org.

The follow-up album, "Blizzard of Blues" was released in the Winter of 2016. Two weeks before the official release date it debuted as the #1 Blues Rock Album (RMR) where it spent eight straight months on the RMR charts. On the day of release it shot up to #6 on iTunes Blues Chart while being featured and then it debuted at #8 on the Billboard Blues Top 10 Album Chart alongside such greats as Billy Gibbons, Gary Clark Jr., Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, Tedeschi/Trucks, etc. It was the only release on there by an unsigned independent artist chart. The reviews and accolades and chart positions continue to pile up for "BoB" including a debut on the Feb. 2016 Living Blues Radio Chart at #14 elevating Tommy to new career heights.

Ce Ce Teneal

Critics and fans have called CeCe Teneal “a musical force to be reckoned with”, and her achievements in the industry over the past decade are certainly testament to that view. A country girl blessed with a powerful voice that is filled with soul and resonance, CeCe began as a cover artist and is now planning to captivate the globe by performing her own original music that aligns with a blues/soul/funk soundtrack.

Born in Osteen, just outside of Orlando, Florida, CeCe never envisioned herself as a performer. Having inherited her voice from her mother, she was handed a microphone in the family church at the age of six and stunned people with her chillingly beautiful vocals. At first keeping her talent within the walls of her home, CeCe quickly felt something bigger beginning to emerge. God had a different plan from what she had first imagined, and after singing at venues throughout her region, her career skyrocketed when she was selected as the lead singer for B.B. King’s Blues Club in Orlando in 2007. CeCe succeeded in transforming B.B. King’s into the most frequented live music venue in Orlando, and in 2011 she released her debut blues album, “Train from Osteen”, performing to sold out crowds and eventually being dubbed the “Voice of Neo-Blues”.

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