Strong melodies, strong lyrics and a strong performance – what a concept!


BB Kings, Memphis, during the Blues Foundation's International Blues Competition (IBC) week.

Markey Blue

Nominated for Best Blues Artist in the 2013 NIMA Awards. Bandleaders Markey and Ric Latina weave elements of timeless blues, soul and R&B with hook-smart pop-songwriting, cool grooves and fire-breathing performance!  Together, with the help of an A-list cast of 'Music City' Nashville studio and stage musicians, Markey Blue has crafted a dozen songs that feature Jack Pearson, the former Allman Brothers guitarist, and esteemed producer Steve Cropper on the New CD Release "Hey Hey"  It scored #1 on the Blues Debut Chart and hit the ground running on the Roots Music Review Chart. At least five of the tracks have been broadcast on satellite radio in the United States, indicating its variety and depth. A Nashville news channel has used some of the songs for “bump music,” which is played to leads in and out of stories. Randy Chortkoff and Delta Groove Records is marketing the record, which appears on the Soul Sound Label. Grammy-award winning songwriter and legendary Stax Records songwriter, artist and producer Steve Cropper had a hand in assisting with vocal production of the closing track.  He offers this ringing endorsement: “What do you get when you have a great singer, a great band and great songs? You get a great project. Markey definitely has the chops for this powerful album: Strong melodies, strong lyrics and a strong performance – what a concept!”  Markey is quickly becoming known as a rising talent in the roots music world — performing with, Taj Mahal, Candye Kane, Walter Trout, Delbert McClinton, Anson Funderburgh, and Bobby “Blue” Bland — before joining with Ric Latina to form Markey Blue.   Latina has a longstanding reputation as an inspired studio and stage guitarist, and as a songwriter and studio craftsman. Besides his session credits, his extensive touring history includes roadwork with Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams III, Collin Raye, Suzy Bogguss, Billy Dean, John Berry, Vern Gosdin, Kirk Whalum, Sherrié Austin, Gary Puckett and Rhonda Vincent.  


I was impressed from the very first time I met Jeannette Markey and saw the Markey Blue Band perform. What really caught my eye was the band’s impeccable showmanship and ability to execute live on stage; not only as great musicians but as seasoned entertainers. Markey is a unique songstress, a compelling songwriter and a woman of the blues who is very talented and can truly sing. She doesn’t knock anyone over with belting-loud screams or stage antics. Instead, she’ll blow your mind with her wide scale vocal range and deep resonating tones. I realized that here was the complete package, on stage, right in front of me. When Markey told me about her new release “HEY HEY” I listened to the tracks and knew she was destined for International Recognition. It’s my pleasure to Welcome Markey Blue to the Blues Pros Talent Roster.
— Harty Wiedemann, CEO - Blues Pros

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