From New Orleans to the world Johnny is known for his blistering electric harmonica tone, Award winning song writing, Swamp, Roots, Americana Accordion and Larger then Life stage presence.
Johnny's music career has brought him from his early professional years backing up Chicago blues legends, Jimmy Rodgers, Robert Jr Lockwood, John Lee Hooker. To fronting Ronnie Earl's Broadcasters in the 1980's .In the 1990's he was in the front seat to help pioneer the new brand of roots music that was brewing up in New Orleans with bands like the Iguana's, Anders Osborne and the Subdudes.
Now after a Grammy nomination. Nine Blues Music award nomination (winning song of the year 2012). A Juno Award Fifteen Best of the Beat awards, Seven Big easy awards, Johnny continues to forge forward on world wide tours with his band, as a solo artist and as a member of New Orleans super group The Voice of The Wetlands All Stars featuring the leading legends of New Orleans music , includeing Dr John, Cyril Neville, Tab Benoit . From playing with The Edge of U2, To Recording Changui music in Santiago Cuba with saprano sax great Jane Bunnett, To backing up Americas greatest song writer Randy Newman, Film scores for Rodger Coreman, HBO's Treme and countess other sessions, Johnny continues to show no limit to his life's work and love of music. www.JohnnySansone.com
Eric Lindell writes music that is as at home on your front porch on a summer evening as it is in a hot sweaty club on a Saturday night. It is southern soul music, infused with R&B and a touch of New Orleans funk. It is blues music, glazed with a taste of country. It is simple, heartfelt song writing; melodic guitar solos and energized live performance.
Eric has been writing and recording songs for over 15 years, and is now touring behind the strength of his latest release I Still Love You. His band’s rhythm section, Myles Weeks on upright bass and Will McMains on drums, have been with Eric for over three years, making their performance on I Still Love You, as well as their live shows incredibly tight and intuitive. Both players are young, but have a swing feel of much more seasoned musicians. Rounding out the band are saxophonists Brad Walker and Chris Fitzgerald, whose horn section work serves the purpose of the church choir, answering in the affirmative to the soulful vocals, giving the music the feel of a packed bar in Memphis or New Orleans, where soul music reigns supreme.
Blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter Sterling Magee and harmonica player Adam Gussow have paid their dues. They began their career on the street -- on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 125th Street, to be exact -- and within a matter of weeks they were drawing crowds, people pausing on their way home from work to stop and listen. For five years, nearly every afternoon that weather permitted, the pair would meet on the corner and Magee would set up his simple stool, drum kit, guitar, and amplifier. Using a combination of foot stomps, tambourines, hi-hat cymbals, and guitar, Magee gave the duo a full sound.
Magee and Gussow specialized in funky, gritty, electric urban blues, and there were few groups or artists anywhere who sounded anything remotely like them. Gussow's exquisite harmonica solos complemented the driving, open-toned guitar playing of Magee, who preferred to be called Mister Satan, and who frequently referred to Gussow in live performances as Mister Gussow. Satan & Adam redefined and shaped the sound of modern blues so much that their track "I Want You" from their Harlem Blues
The sky is the limit for native Kansas City Blues artist, Samantha Fish, often called a Blues prodigy at only 22. Samantha has been known to share the stage with several influential blues artists such as Tommy Castro, Tab Benoit, Shirley King, Watermelon Slim, Kenny Neal and Cedric Burnside. Her deceptively mature voice, is sultry and innocent at the same time, while her intense guitar gives her a sound that is a cross between Jonny Lang and Susan Tedeschi. Backed by Kansas City music veterans, Samantha Fish is setting out to show the world that although she may be young, she can certainly wail the Blues.
With her name buzzing on the blues scene and the iron hot, Samantha struck again that same year with Runaway, her solo debut on Ruf. With ten hot tracks – of which nine were originals – and production once again from Zito, this was a debut album that announced the depth of this newcomer’s talent, mixing up gutsy riff-blues rockers like Down In The Swamp with the mellow small-hours jazz of Feelin’ Alright, while marinating her songwriting in the groove of the Rolling Stones and even tipping a hat to Heart. “It’s all the sounds I grew up with,” she explained, “with my own spin.” Hitting a receptive international rock press, Runaway was hailed as a thrilling opening gambit, earning a string of rave reviews and accolades, of which the Blues Music Award (BMA) for ‘Best New Artist Debut’ in 2012 was perhaps the most auspicious.
JP SOARS & THE RED HOTS
Special Guest MATT 'GUITAR' Murphy
JP Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences. " I love T-bone Walker, Jesse May Hemphill, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Muddy Waters, Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim and Louis Jordan. But I also love Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Black Sabbath and Slayer." Soars toured the globe and recorded several records with some of the most extreme metal bands in the world before finding his home in the blues! It is these attributes that are giving Soars an instantaneously recognizable style.
In February 2009 Soars and His Band took home top honors in Memphis TN by winning first place in the IBC "International Blues Challenge" as well as the coveted Albert King award for most promising guitarist. That win combined with Soars' intense work ethic, pure passion for the music he plays, a constant desire to improve and a continual strive for "customer satisfaction" has allowed Soars and Company to develop themselves into an in demand international touring band that is growing day by day, week by week and year after year.
The 24 Riverwalk Blues Festival brings a unique oportunity for true blues fans when JP soars Brings to the stage 2012 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Matt 'Guitar" Murphy. Born in Sunflower, Mississippi and was educated in Memphis, where his father worked at the Peabody Hotel. He played with Howlin' Wolf as early as 1948, Little Junior Parker was also in the band at the time). By 1952, Murphy was in Chicago, where he began his long association with Memphis Slim by playing on his dates for United Records and Vee Jay Records, including the album, At The Gate of Horn (1959).
He was already a legend among serious guitarists by the 1960s, famed for the incredibly fast and intricate blues riffs that would soon change rock and roll. A partial list of artists with whom Matt has performed with include Robert Lockwood Jr., Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Little Junior Parker, Ike Turner, Memphis Slim, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Etta James, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Chuck Berry, Joe Louis Walker, the Zaichik Brothers and The Blues Brothers
ALBERT CASTIGLIA BAND
Castiglia’s history is as colorful as his home town of Miami, Florida.
He got a big break after meeting Junior Wells in 1996, and became Junior’s lead guitar player before Wells died in 1998. After Wells passed, he toured with Sandra Hall. Returning to South Florida after launching his solo career releasing his first CD, Burn (2002), a self-release, collaborating with his long time friend, Graham Wood Drout. Drout’s songs became the perfect vehicle for Castiglia’s soulful vocals. In 2006, he released A Stone’s Throw, his second album and first release for Blues Leaf Record. Castiglia and Drout also released a live CD together, titled Bittersweet Sessions, in 2005.His 2008 CD, These are the Days contained five original Castiglia songs, including a tribute to his mentor Junior Wells, “Godfather of the Blues.” The cover songs from These are the Days paid tribute to a wide range of styles and artists. These are the Days earned him a Blues Music Award nomination for “Song of the Year” for his original, “Bad Year Blues.” Castiglia was nominated again by the Illinois Blues Blast Awards and walked away a winner for “Song of the Year” for “Bad Year Blues,” as well as being nominated for the “Sean Costello Rising Star Award.”
The result is a fascinating journey into what Albert feels is his best work to date.
Born in Muncie, “Little Chicago” Indiana Spent some time in the USMC, where Billy picked up some experience and a guitar. While stationed in Hawaii, he started collecting, and learning what he could from some of the great blues records that where stocked in the PX record store. Cuts like Otis Rush’s “Mean Old World” from the Vanguard sessions and any Junior Wells/Buddy Guy tracks where well worn.
After the service,Billy joined up with some fellow blues disciples to form the band, “Professor Oak and the Hurricanes with harmonica/vocalist Tom Moore (currently with guitarist Little Frank in South Bend, IN). Making a move to San Diego on the west coast, the Hurricanes where lucky to be able to do shows with Etta James, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Ronnie Earl, and many more, often at the famed Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach CA.
Billy is currently based in southwest Florida,and has just released his Memphis soul drenched debut album “Better Place”, recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN and currently playing on Blues radio nationwide.
On Stage with Soulfonic a very Special Guest 2009 Jus Blues Award winner "Legendary Soul and Blues Artist" Ms. Betty Padgett. Small in stature, but carrying a big voice Betty is a skilled singer, whose music and performance have captivated audiences from Florida to Mexico, Europe and back. Smooth forceful raw energy, style and rendition of Blues standard and pop music has made Betty a hit with every audience she has performed before. Betty Padgett was born in New Port, NJ. At an early age, the family moved to Florida. There she went to school and began to sing in the church choir. She made her first career move in 1974.
Nucklebusters Blues Band has been a south Florida favorite since 1988. Led by guitarist/vocalist "Famous" Frank Ward the band has performed over 2500 gigs at the areas finest venues. Including The Musicians Exchange, The Bamboo Room, City Limits, The Back Room, Boston's on the Beach, Chef John's, The Van Dyke Cafe. Their festival performances include the Red, White, and Blues festivals, Sunfest, Daytona Blues Fest, and over 20 appearances at the Riverwalk Blues Festival.
Famous Frank and the band have hosted dozens of national act festival jams and served as the backing band for touring artists including;
Eddie C Cambell,
Terry Hanck and Eden Brent
Frank Ward has been the cover story for Sun Sentinel's 'Showtime! magazine' and is the musical director for Blue Tuesday at Boston's on the Beach, is the musical coordinator for the Rverwalk Blues and Music Festival, and is the founder and musical director of the Red, White, and Blues festival. www.nucklebusters.com
INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE FINALIST! Progressive Delta Blues: Wicked slide guitar, kick-ass blues harp, great vocals on top notch tunes, wrapped up in an infectious groove! "THE PASSION OF DELTA BLUES, THE EXCITEMENT OF ROCK & ROLL!"
He has played with nearly everyone, from Melbourne’s own Groove Monsters and Steve Thorpe, swamp boogie genious Raiford Starke, bluesy folk singer Magda Hiller, jump boogie’s Piano Bob Wilder, Clarksdale’s newest artist in residence, multi-instrumentalist Stan Street and Dixie LaRue to New Orleans keyboard queen Sally Townes, flautist Laure Sue (Silver Nightingale) Wilansky and Cuban latin jazz trombonist, Juan Pablo Torres.
Keeping his licks alive and up to speed, he skillfully masters his many guitars (including a Martin acoustic, triple Nationals (National Delphi, Baritone Tricone, Vintage-Steel tri-cone) played through the latest state of the art unconventional Bose PAS system in to an electric, powerful, emotional, and passionate performance which delights audiences of all types and ages.