Friday, March 20, 2009

Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue Tour With Tommy Castro, Deanna Bogart, Magic Dick, Ronnie Baker Brooks

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L-R: Keith Crossan, Tom Poole, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tommy Castro, Roger Naber,Deanna Bogart, Magic Dick, Chris Sandoval, Scott Southard, Steve Spirn

The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue kicks off its Spring Tour this week.

This is not just another blues show, but a standout blues event! Spearheaded by Tommy Castro and Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise founder, Roger Naber, it brings the energy and excitement of this decade's hottest blues ticket from the High Seas to the land! Roger Naber is celebrating 30 years as a blues music promoter this year. The recent 2009 January LRBC was sold out and the upcoming October 2009 Pacific Cruise is currently 90% full while the LRBR is a 4-hour display of the type of music and jamming, which occurs on the chartered blues cruises.

At the core of The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue are renowned guitar slinger and vocalist Tommy Castro and his band. Castro was named B.B. King Blues Entertainer of the Year in the 2008 Blues Music Awards, and his album Painkiller won Contemporary Blues Album of the Year! A native of San Jose, CA, he has become a Bay Area legend over the last two decades, garnering countless awards for his infectious rocking brand of blues, and earning a national spotlight leading the house band on NBC-TV’s "Comedy Showcase" for three seasons. Castro has released a series of widely acclaimed albums over the last decade, and the King of the Blues, B.B. King, personally chose him as the opening act for two tours. Just out of the recording studio, a new CD will be released this summer on Alligator Records.

Magic Dick is best known for his many years as the harmonica man in legendary blues/rock band The J. Geils Band, which he co-founded in 1968. As a member of that group, he toured the world extensively for over 15 years, headlining stadiums and festivals and releasing 14 successful major label albums on Warner Bros. and EMI, culminating in the certified-Platinum album "Freeze Frame", which spent 70 weeks on the national Billboard album charts, including four weeks at #1. One of the most influential and highly respected harmonica players of his generation, Magic Dick has shared stages with many of the greatest names in blues music, as well as branching out into more adventurous territory with artists such as Patty Smyth, Debbi Harry, Full Circle, The Del Fuegos and others.

Blues and boogie-woogie pianist and vocalist Deanna Bogart has been leading her own band since the late 1980s, playing thousands of shows and establishing herself as an unforgettable live performer. Along the way she has shared the stage with widely diverse range of artists, including Ray Charles, Spyro Gyra, Buddy Guy, Leon Russell, Robert Cray, James Brown, They Might Be Giants, Little Feat, Brian Setzer, and many others in venues across North America and Europe. Bogart has released seven CDs and appeared on numerous compilations, highlighting an impressive musical range that includes jazz, western swing, roots rock and more, in addition to her deep blues roots. Bogart is the 2008 Blues Music Award winner for horn/instrumentalist and the 2009 nominee in the same category. Her new album, 11th Hour, released March 2009 on Vista Records features a duet with Tommy Castro called "Love and Attention."

As the son of blues legend Lonnie Brooks, Ronnie Baker Brooks grew up steeped in American music tradition. He came of age watching the fieriest guitar players and most soulful singers of a previous era express their deepest feelings through their music. He knows the transcendent release at the heart of soul, blues and rock. Not only does he sing with soulful fire and play with a white-hot intensity; he's also carrying the torch from the previous generation of soul and blues greats and moving the music into the future. "I grew up among the best of the best," Brooks says. "Every time I play, I feel like I've got to do it with the authenticity and passion that I saw in guys like Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, B.B. King and my father. But I also have to put my twist on it." Brooks' twist involves enlivening blues-rock with deep soul and modern hip-hop vocals and funk rhythms. He takes roots sounds and transforms them into something that spans the ages, drawing on the choppy, hip-shaking rhythms of funk, the emotional truth of soul, and the forcefulness of rock to bring a distinctive dimension to his groundbreaking sound. His latest album celebrates this. A man with both a history and a vision, a man uniquely suited to carry The Torch!

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