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UPDATE: We have a slight change to the line-up to announce, we can now confirm that the legendary MICHAEL POWERS will also be performing!
UPDATE: We have just reached our minimum goal of $1000!!! A HUGE thank you to all of our funders!!!! Everything past this point will mean that the show can look even better, so our NEW GOAL is $2000! Let's see how good we can get this show looking! Thanks again!
UPDATE: The legendary GARY U.S. BONDS has been in touch and is interested in doing the show!
UPDATE: Michael Hill's Blues Mob has contacted us whilst touring in Europe to say that they too are interested in doing the show!
UPDATE: "Kickstarter" video is now online! Tell your friends!
"Raw Blues" is a new video web-series dedicated to showcasing the many great blues artists from "The Blues Hall of Fame". These are the unsung heroes of the Blues, who travel from town to town, every night to perform in local blues bars everywhere!
We will capture the raw energy and emotion of their performances in our studio as they perform a few of their best original tracks in their entirety and share their story with us through a sit down interview.
The plan is to create an ongoing series that continues making new episodes and introduces you to more and more amazing blues artists every week. So, to start off, as our pilot series, we are producing 6 episodes, all running roughly 22 minutes in length, with each episode bringing you a different artist.
We have set the target at a modest $1000, which will be used to cover the very basic costs for producing this series. If we don't make the target, we don't keep a penny... if we go over the target, then the extra money will all go into the production value as additional camera, lighting, etc. The higher we get, the better it looks!
For our pilot season, we will be showcasing these great Blues musicians:
Robert Ross is a two-time winner of the coveted New York Music Award for Best Blues Artist. Ross won his first New York Music Award for Best Blues Artist in 1989 and has been nominated a total of 7 times over the years! Ross has worked with: Big Joe Turner, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Otis Rush, Dr. John, Memphis Slim, J.B. Hutto, Eddy Kirkland, Floyd Jones, Homesick James, Brownie McGhee, Sunnyland Slim, Bobby Lewis, Charles Ward (Ink Spots), Pinetop Perkins, Charles & Cyrille Neville, Bob Gaddy, and others. He was also co-leader of the Dicey Ross Band with harmonica virtuoso Bill Dicey in the 1970s. Ross has also warmed up audiences for: Albert King, Freddie King, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Johnny & Edgar Winter, John Lennon, Jethro Tull, Ron Wood, Aretha Franklin, The Band, The Allman Brothers, Guy Clark (The Byrds), Leon Russell, Ronnie Earl, Lonnie Mack, John Hammond, Rory Block, Johnny Copeland, Gatemouth Brown, Laverne Baker, Roomful of Blues, Son Seals, Spencer Davis, Dusty Rhodes, Duke Robillard, Lazy Lester, Bobby Rush, Eddy Clearwater, Roscoe Gordon, Mose Allsion, and James Cotton. Robert has also jammed onstage with the likes of Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jay McShann, Junior Wells, and Art Blakey. Robert Ross is a very distinctive and soulful singer who knows how to sell a song. He is a killer guitarist whose spine-tingling solos tell a story mere words alone cannot express. Albert King added, “He’s so fast, lightning would have to get on roller skates to catch him.” He also plays a very wicked slide guitar and some harmonica. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page used one word to describe this group, “HOT!!!”
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix
Grammy Nominated Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Woodstock, NY - The group came into existence preparing songs for Aaron Professor Louie Hurwitz' studio productions for the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame group The Band. They are also the backing group for solo CD's by Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson.
In 2010, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix CD Whispering Pines was nominated for five Grammy's. In 2011, Professor Louie was inducted into the South Canadian Blues Society Hall Of Fame. 2012 Professor Louie & The Crowmatix were inducted into The International Blues Hall Of Fame New York Chapter. They are the only group inducted into this Hall Of Fame.
In 2006 and 2010, they were special guests on the CBS Television Special Melodies Of Christmas performing their International Award Winning song Melody Of Peace collaborating with The Empire State Orchestra and Choir. Their musicianship has enabled them to cross over into different musical genres and perform in concert with Orchestras and Choirs around the world.
MICHAEL POWERS was born & raised in Bayonne, NJ and spent his Summers down South, where the evening entertainment were porch bluesman. He was taught the barre chording technique on guitar by the legendary Jimmy Reed. Michael Powers toured and recorded THE BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY with the cult group, The AdLibs. During his high school summers he toured as part of James Cotton's Band. He has recorded or preformed with, or opened for Johnny Winter, Pinetop Perkins, Popa Chubby, Hubert Sumlin, The Holmes Brothers, Gunhild Carling, Buckwheat Zydeco and even James Brown!
Rave reviews of his music and performance, span the globe! Everything you want to know can be found on at MICHAELPOWERS.com.
Michael uses ALL of his diverse influences and turns them into pure musical expression. Billboard Magazine says "MICHAEL POWERS IS THE FUTURE OF THE BLUES!".
The Bob Lanza Blues Band
Bob Lanza has been a bandleader on the NY/NJ bar scene for 30 years. He has performed with the bands, Cancellation Blues Band, Cruisin For A Bluesn, The Bob Dwyer Band, Fat Chance, Riff Raff, The Homewreckers, Blue Swirl, Big Nancy and Supreme Court, Ann Rabson, Johnny and The Tutones, Big Daddy and The Wildcats, The Randy Lipincott Band, Charlie Hilbert, Bobby Kyle, Filthy Rich and The Poorboys, The Bluzemonsters, Floyd Phillips and The Mudflaps,Jason Ricci and New Blood, James “Superharp” Cotton. Bob learned at the feet of Nashville Legend Dave Perkins. A four year period from 1979 thru 1983. This time was the start of a musical journey that continues to this day. Playing the bar scene with various bands passed the time nicely. Then In 1997 Bob met Floyd Phillips while playing in “ The Bluzemonsters”. Floyd Phillips and The Mudflaps were born. What followed in the next 3 years was an education in life and music, taught by a legend. Floyd had been Johnny Clyde Copelands’ piano player and childhood friend. He also cut an album with T-Bone Walker, worked with Johnny Adams, O V Wright , Lowell Fulson, Albert Collins, Gatemouth Brown,and so many more out of The Houston area. In the fall of 2000 the band cut a nice demo that featured some of Floyds original material. A great influence and greater friend Floyd Passed away on Christmas day 2001. Now with more fire in his gut than ever before Bob decided to take a few of his friends advice and form The Bob Lanza Blues Band. The band is stone cold blues and continues to play the NY/NJ area.
"Filthy" Rich Macpherson
Rich has played on stages from Maine to Florida, including The House of Blues in Boston, The Stanhope House in New Jersey and Manny’s Car Wash and Chicago B.L.U.E.S. in New York City. He’s shared the stage with blues greats including; Homesick James, William Clarke, Snooky Pryor, Little Sammy Davis, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Pinetop Perkins, Bobbie Blue Bland, Jimmy Dawkins, Honeyboy Edwards, James Cotton and Big Jack Johnson. He and the Poor Boys are featured on a live recording by Homesick James.
“What am I doing playing music popular 40 years ago?” asks MacPherson. “I think it just feels comfortable to me and it’s the sound I like. It’s still a form you can put yourself into and express yourself. I like the stories it tells. It’s still relevant to me and to everybody.” That may be true, but it’s Rich’s style and talent that keeps audiences coming back to hear Filthy Rich and the Poor Boys. Rather than pounding away at listeners, as many of today’s musicians tend to do, Rich understands that good musicianship and restraint are essential. “If it gets too loud, it can kill the creativity,” he says.
Rich is at home entertaining audiences of all ages and frequently leaves the stage to get up close and personal. Whether delighting a group of young women with his titillating guitar antics, or encouraging a group of small children to strum his guitar during a song, Rich adapts his performance to be in tune with his audience.
Off stage Rich MacPherson is a quiet man of few words, but put a guitar in his hands, and strap yourself in. If you’ve never heard him play, you’re in for a treat. “Hey, “nuf said,” says Filthy Rich. “Give us a listen. We know you’ll be satisfied.”
Thank you for taking the time to check out our Kickstarter project and for keeping the Blues alive!
Risks and challenges
With all video projects there are ups and downs, scheduling conflicts, etc. But that's why the project is has been organized so early. This enables us to make sure that everyone involved has enough advance notice to ensure that they are available... and everyone's excited too!
Unfortunately, hurricane/sub-tropical storm/super storm "Sandy" has caused a little disruption, but the show will go on.
There is always the remote possibility that the lineup may change, but as of now, everyone has expressed a lot of interest and excitement about the project! So it looks pretty good that the lineup will be as above.
There are always many things that can go wrong with a video production and that's where our 10 years of experience comes into play, we've minimized any chances of problems happening by keeping it simple. By doing this, we've ensured that there WILL be a show at the end of it!
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