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Friday, November 8th, 2013: R. J. MISCHO
Friday, November 15th, 2013: NICK MOSS BAND
Friday, December 6th, 2013: TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS ($30 Advanced Tix - Recommended!)
Friday, December 13th, 2013: GREG NAGY
It's been a SIZZLING AUTUMN season at the Riverwood with yet more great Artists to come! Scroll down to see the UPCOMING SHOWS including R. J. MISCHO, THE NICK MOSS BAND, TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS, and GREG NAGY. More to come....
Don't miss TOMMY CASTRO & the PAINKILLERS! - Tommy is back for another kick-ass show on Friday, December 6th. Showtime is at 9:00, so if you are planning to come for dinner, please allow yourself time for that as the restaurant will not take orders after 9:00. Also, all our room have been taken for this event. Tickets are $30 and will go on PRE-SALE Nov. 13th at THE WORKS, BLUE MOON IN GARBERVILLE, THE RIVERWOOD INN AND ABRAXIS IN FERNDALE
| Friday, November 8th, 2013:
R. J. MISCHO
Singer/Harmonica player R.J. Mischo began his music career over 20 years ago in Minneapolis. He worked with the area’s legends of the Blues scene like Muddy Waters alumni Mojo Buford and Sonny Rogers, as well as Percy Strothers & Milwaukee Slim. R.J. then led his own groups and gained a reputation as one of the region's top blues acts.
During his tenure in Minneapolis, R.J. was nominated in several categories by the Minnesota Music Academy and in 1996 won the award for Best Harmonica Player.
RJ Mischo scoops up everyday life and personal experiences and funnels them through his harp and vocals, and what pours out is the hot-blooded passion, the playful humor and high voltage energy of the blues.
R.J. was introduced to audiences worldwide when he and guitarist Teddy Morgan formed the RJ & Kid Morgan Blues Band featuring Percy Strother. In 1992 they released Ready To Go on the W. C. Handy award-winning Blue Loon Records.
1994 brought the critically acclaimed Gonna Rock Tonight also on Blue Loon Records. After several successful tours of Europe, RJ recorded Rough ’N" Tough "live in Europe "in 1996 and Cool Disposition in 1997 on the prestigious German label, Crosscut Records.
In 1998 R.J. Mischo and His Red Hot Blues Band moved to San Francisco, California and quickly established himself in the local music scene as each performance typically runs the gamut from mellow-down-easy acoustic to highly-charged full-on electric.
The CD "West Wind Blowin'" featured advances in R.J.'s writing style and guest performances by guitarist/vocalists Steve Freund and Rusty Zinn. RJ waxed three more Albums in California plus appeared on 2 volumes of Blues Harp Meltdown CD"s compilations featuriing live recording's of Mark Hummel's famous blues harmonica blow-outs with Kim Wilson, James Harman, Billy Branch, Rick Estrin, Gary Primich, Johnny Dyer, Annie Raines, Gary Smith, and Cephas & Wiggins.
His latest and 9th CD "King Of a Mighty Good Time" 2008 was recorded "live" in the studio to best capture the energy and interplay of sympathic musicians under optimal recording conditions.
RJ and his Wife now reside in Fayetteville, Arkansas. R.J. works in the area with Northwest Arkansas' finest including guitar-ace Jimmy Thackery, the Table Rockers, Zack Bramhall and Arkansas legend Earl Cate. As well as touring worldwide performong on Blues Festivals and clubs with his own Red Hot Blues bands!
More at: www.rjblues.com
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| Friday, November 15th, 2013:
NICK MOSS BAND
Nick Moss has followed his most critically and commercially successful album to date ('Privileged') with the release of 'Here I Am,' a record already drawing raves from peers and mentors, like renowned bluesman Jimmy Thackery, who has praised this new set for “pushing the evolution of his music” with tunes that are “genuine and intense.”
'Here I Am' is bursting with personal growth and the kind of honesty fans have come to expect from Moss, whose unique approach to traditional Chicago blues on five studio records and two live albums resulted in multiple Blues Music Award nominations from the Blues Foundation. Here I Am is the confident statement from Moss the new path he forged on 'Privileged' was just the beginning. These 10 new originals combine to create the most diverse album of his career as he pushes his sound, songwriting, and lead guitar work further than ever before.
Moss has given guitar lovers plenty to sink their teeth into with extended songs and solos but there’s more to Here I Am than just great lead playing. Moss and his band again use a foundation of blues, rock, and roots as starting points but take new and unexpected turns on these 10 originals whether it's the funk-fused jam session of “Caught By Surprise” or the gospel-tinged first single “It’ll Turn Around.”
“It'll Turn Around” is timely and timeless, offering an uplifting message of hope in tumultuous times that find people struggling to put their life back together after earthquakes and hurricanes against a backdrop of economic turmoil.
Moss is backed on 'Here I Am' by keyboard/organist Travis Reed, Michael Ledbetter (guitar/backing vocals), and Patrick Seals (drums). Bass duties on the record were handled by Nik Skilnik and “Stumpy” Hutchkins but it will be Matthew Wilson on bass and backing vocals on the 'Here I Am tour,' giving Moss his most versatile lineup yet.
“Nick Moss is one of the most consistent current blues/ blues-influenced artists… [His] style is a heavy blues with grit and sweaty grind…” — Elmore
“Moss waxes pyrotechnic with an explosive six-string performance that storms out of your speakers like a bombing run.” — About.com
“With a perfect mix of tradition and innovation, Here I Am is another grand slam for Nick Moss.” — Elmore
“Here I Am will have immediate appeal for anyone who enjoys classic rock, and is hip enough to grow on open-minded true blues fans. Nick Moss remains an artist with important things to tell us.” — Blues Revue
More at: www.nickmoss.com
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Friday, December 6th, 2013:
TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS
PRE-SALE TICKETS ONLY!!!!!! NO SALES AT THE DOOR!!! Show at 9pm.
Advanced $30.00 tickets available for sale on November 13th at:
~ The Riverwood Inn
~ The Blue Moon in Garberville
~ The Works in Eureka ~ Abraxis in Ferndale.
“Timely, topical blues for the 21st century.” --Blurt
"Phenomenal and funky...soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar." --The Washington Post
“Tommy Castro & The Painkillers are a crackling band with plenty of grit and a
rocking soul. Castro is a top notch musician…what sets him apart from the pack is the ability to lift any number of styles from his kit bag and let fly.” --Jambands.com
Award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter and Alligator Records recording artist Tommy Castro has been playing his signature brand of rocking rhythm and blues professionally for over 25 years, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. With his new, stripped-down, turbo-charged band The Painkillers, Castro has embarked on the next phase of his storied career.
Along with original Tommy Castro Band bassist Randy McDonald, new members Byron Cage on drums and James Pace on keyboards, Castro pares his music down to its tough, raw core. Formed in February 2012, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers have been tearing up the road ever since. "The Painkillers are very soulful and talented musicians with tireless energy that make me feel like I did when I first came on the scene," says Castro. "A lot of folks are having hard times these days, and they need something to lift them up and make them smile. Our music kills the pain."
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers' Alligator recording debut is Greedy / That's All I Got, a limited edition, Castro-produced two-song 45rpm record pressed on money-green vinyl. The 45 will initially be available beginning November 4 only at Castro's live performances, but both songs will be available as downloads.
Greedy is a sure-fire anthem for the times. The insightful, biting lyrics expose the hypocrisy of corporate and political greed while the emotional guitar playing and pulsing rhythms drive the message home. That's All I Got, the infectious, riff-heavy flipside, offers a simple solution to the ills laid out in Greedy: the power of love over money. Castro's melodic, potent guitar playing and pleading vocals tell the story of the song's narrator, who may not be rich, but who can offer plenty of love. With The Painkillers blazing behind him, Castro delivers an instant classic.
Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He came under the spell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield and other blues rock players early on. As he got older, Castro moved forward by investigating the past, falling in love with the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James and singers like Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. By his late 20s he was playing in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands.
Castro joined Warner Brothers artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s. The much-loved rocking soul band had a huge fan base and toured the U.S. constantly. He honed his chops with the band on the road for two years, performing live all across the country and sharing stages with major artists like Carla Thomas and Albert King. He formed The Tommy Castro Band in 1991 and won the Bay Area Music Award for Best Club Band in both 1993 and 1994. With his local fan base quickly expanding, he released his debut album in 1996 on Blind Pig. He began touring nationally with his band, picking up new fans everywhere he went. The album won the 1997 Bay Area Music Award for Outstanding Blues Album, and Castro also took the award for Outstanding Blues Musician that same year.
In the mid-1990s The Tommy Castro Band served as the house band for three seasons on NBC Television's Comedy Showcase (airing right after Saturday Night Live), bringing him in front of millions of viewers every week. During the 1990s and into the 2000s, Castro released a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Blind Pig, Telarc and 33rd Street Records as well as one on his own Heart And Soul label. In 2001 and 2002 the legendary B.B. King asked Castro to open his summer concert tours. Castro received an open invitation to join the King Of The Blues on stage for the nightly finale.
Castro's 2009 Alligator debut, HARD BELIEVER, was anchored by his deeply emotional vocal delivery, powerful guitar work and driving rhythms. On the strength of the album and subsequent touring, Castro won four 2010 Blues Music Awards including, for the second time in his career, the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award (the very highest award a blues performer can receive). He took first place in the blues category of The 2012 International Songwriting Competition for his song, (co-written with Bonnie Hayes), Hard Believer.
In 2011, Castro, the honorary Captain of The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruises (a bi-annual week-long cruise where nationally recognized blues stars come together to perform and mingle with fans on the open seas of the Pacific and the Caribbean), released TOMMY CASTRO PRESENTS THE LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES REVUE-LIVE! on Alligator. The album is a fiery collection of the highest highlights from a series of live performances both aboard the ship and on land. In addition to Castro's stellar fretwork and blue-eyed soul vocals, the album features Alligator Records label-mates Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin, Janiva Magness and Michael "Iron Man" Burks, along with Debbie Davies, Theodis Ealey, Sista Monica and Trampled Under Foot.
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will release their full-length debut CD in 2013. Until then, these roadhouse road warriors will continue to bring their crowd-pleasing, dynamic music to fans all around the world. And if Greedy / That's All I Got is any indication of what the future holds, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will certainly be easing pain, lifting spirits and filling dance floors for a long time to come.
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| Friday, December 13th, 2013:
Greg Nagy took his rightful place among today’s leading American roots musicians with the 2009 release of his first feature album, Walk That Fine Thin Line. A multi-faceted artist in the most classic sense, his songwriting, singing, and guitar playing beautifully reveal Greg’s personalized blues; music refreshingly and honestly infused with elements of soul, r&b, rock, and gospel. So unique and impressive was Greg’s debut release that it earned him a prestigious Best New Artist debut nomination from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, as well as favorable reviews from hard-to-please critics at top media outlets like Down Beat, All About jazz, Blues Revue, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Living Blues, Hitting The Note, Elmore and more. Blues/roots DJs throughout North America, Europe, and Australia responded enthusiastically to Greg’s music, with Walk That Fine Thin Line debuting on the National Living Blues Radio charts at number fourteen, and peaking at number three on XM satellite radio, no small achievement.
Following up to the debut of Walk That Fine Thin Line, Greg raised his own bar several notches with the dynamic Fell Toward None. With Bob Seger’s “Motor City Horns” on three tracks and Kid Rock’s engineer Glenn Brown at the engineering helm, Greg released a record that garnered rising praise from the likes of Ken Bay (Rollingstone.com, About.com), Johnny Winter producer Dick Shurman, and more. Ken Bays called the record one of the best contemporary blues releases of 2011, and Dick Shurman gave praise to Greg’s deep and personal guitar playing, writing, and to his refreshingly “excellent vocals.” A musician, singer, and songwriter of formidable talent in his own right, Jeff Paris (Keb Mo, Bill Withers, Rod Stewart) shared that “Greg can play anything he wants guitar-wise, but it is his voice that is heart stopping….” And the iconic Sing Out magazine exclaimed "Nagy’s vocals recall Boz Scaggs at his most soulful and sophisticated." Fell Toward None also charted at number three on XM radio, again, no small achievement.
Born in 1963, in Flint, Michigan, the “Auto City” birthplace of once-mighty General Motors, young guitarist Greg was fortunate to grow up with friends whose older siblings encouraged an exploration of soul, rock, funk, jazz, and the Motown Sound originating down Interstate 75 in Detroit. The guttural blues of Muddy Waters and Albert King made a particularly strong mark on the Kearsley High School student who went on to military service and then college before, in the early-1990s, working regularly seven nights a week in blues and funk bands.
There probably hasn’t been a better blues or soul club-band than Root Doctor in the Wolverine State, and Greg happily signed on with that long-established group in 2004 on the condition they would finally record a studio record. They did two, with the second record “Change Our Ways” receiving a Soul Blues BMA nomination in 2008. Word about the superior talents of the Root Doctor group spread far beyond the Midwest. Not too long after the live “Cadillac Club” CD appeared and the band performed at the highly regarded Pocono Blues Festival, Greg left the band on good terms for a solo career. And Walk That Fine Thin Line marks its auspicious beginning, Fell Toward None elevated it some more, and it now appears that his story is only just beginning to be told... ~Frank John Hadley (DownBeat Magazine)
More at: www.gregnagy.com
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