Acoustic Room Acts
Shoutin’ Red (Sweden)
”And yeah, sure, she’s a female in the male-dominated blues genre and blah blah. If you want to focus on that aspect, go right ahead. Felicia Nielsen (that’s her real name) is a bad ass, no bullshit, down-home country blues guitarist that can out-pick just about anyone.”
– Daniel Josefsson, festival director Pick Up the Steam
”Shoutin’ Red was the years ”punch in the face”, damn she’ good! If you have the possibility to go and see her play you will hear how the blues sounded a long time ago. What a girl!”
Lennart Isacson, Åmål Blues Fest, Sweden, 2014
Mitch Woods (San Francisco and New Orleans)
“Woods exhibits the knowing spirit of someone who’d grown up listening to New Orleans R&B greats on the radio while living smack dab in the middle of the bayous and canals of the Atchafalaya Basin.” Frank John Hadley – Downbeat
“While most current artists who do New Orleans music focus on either Meters-style funk or modern brass-band sounds, Woods is one of the very few who take it back to the 1950s. Through the power of his vocal and keyboard delivery and his employment of world-class musicians from the city itself, he succeeds brilliantly in keeping the tradition burning brightly.” Living Blues Magazine
Cary Morin (Great Falls, Montana)
The Americana Blues from the finger-picking styles of Native American, CaryMorin, shines on his third album release, Tiny Town. Cary is a member of the Crow nation, and the son of an Air Force officer dad. He grew up in Billings, Montana before relocating and fine-tuning in guitar skills in northern Colorado. – Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root
“However, there is no denying this album is an authentic ‘what you hear is what you get live’ showcase for Cary and his marvellous playing, varied songwriting, and solid voice can only serve to raise his profile further. I am not sure when he last played in the UK, or indeed if he ever has, but I can imagine him right at home in Acoustic, Folk and Blues venues all over the country.” –Paul Jackson
Piedmont Bluz Valerie Turner & Ben Turner (Queens, NY)
The Piedmont Bluz acoustic duo is dedicated to the preservation of Country Blues and the Piedmont style and their mission is to help keep this rural, east coast tradition alive by educating audiences about this unique aspect of African-American culture through musical entertainment. The husband and wife duo feel that “there are stories to tell, people to remember, and things that must be said” so, in addition to tickling your ears with delightful music, they weave a bit of history into the presentation of each song.
“Just when people think the old country blues of the Mid-Atlantic has faded away, along come the wonderful husband and wife duo of Valerie and Ben Turner who are the heirs to the Piedmont blues tradition. They are known as the duo ‘Piedmont Bluz’ and play the truehearted, authentic country blues with love. It’ll warm your heart. Keep your ears on Piedmont Bluz.” – Frank Matheis
“Hear this duo’s unique approach to the historical repertoire of the region, and it becomes evident that Valerie Turner is one of this important folk blues subgenre’s most eloquent proponents.” Living Blues Magazine
Lisa Mills (Hattiesburg, Mississippi)
Lisa Mills has remained one of the Gulf Coast’s brightest musical stars. Mills has taken her soulful blues sounds worldwide and has shared the stage and/or studio with artists such as Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, Andy Fairweather Low, Junior Wells and Dr. John.
“Lisa Mills is one of the ten killer songwriters you need to hear right now. The many styles of Southern music (Blues, Gospel and R&B) come through in Mills’ powerful delivery. Her interpretation of Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’ is one of the best I’ve heard.” – Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine
“Mills possesses a dynamic vocal range, capable of blowing the doors off in one breath and then captivating the audience in barely a whisper the next as she delivers what only can be described as blue-eyed soul, a perfect mix of Muscle Shoals and Memphis atop a Nashville feel.” – Marty Gunther, Blues Blast Magazine.
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