Victor Wainwright & Biscuit Miller Win Blues Music Awards!

This month Victor wainwright won his fifth Blues Music Award. He was recognized from the foundation as the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year 2017. Please help us congratulate Victor as he continues to move his career froward! 

Biscuit Miller won his second Bass Player of the Year award! Biscuit is touring all over the United States with his amazing band. Catch them as soon as you can! 

BluesPros Welcomes The Heather Gillis Band

BluesPros Talent would like to welcome the Heather Gillis Band to our growing family of extremely talented professional touring musicians! 

North Florida’s own, Heather Gillis, is the complete package as a guitarist, lap steel player, songwriter, singer and arranger. She and her band have the stage presence and confidence to appeal to a variety of musical tastes be it rock, soul, jazz, roots or gospel. At 22 years old, Heather has not only formed a following at a local level, but has played alongside and befriended members of the Allman Brothers, Col Bruce Hampton, Matt Schofield, North Mississippi All-Stars, Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Lee Boys and many more. In addition to the performances with her band, Heather is a fulltime member of (Allman Brothers drummer) Butch Trucks’ current band “Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band”. Heather’s live shows are energetic and consist of her original music as well as unique covers of rock, soul, and roots music. 

Music Online: Sound Cloud: https://soundcloud.com/heather-gillis-band

Live Videos:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cS8BcbSJBE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szkh66WFs1A
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVCyKI0hfAw
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/HeatherGillisBand

Social Media:
Website: www.HeatherGillisBand.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HeatherGillisBand
Sound Cloud (live tracks available): https://soundcloud.com/heather-gillis-band

BluesPros Welcomes The Santini-Jensen Project

The Santini-Jensen Project

Blues Pros Talent is excited to exclusively offer this limited time only project for 2017 festivals and concert venues.

The Santini-Jensen Project is more than a reunion; it’s a connection, a collaboration between two of the most powerful and entertaining performers in the modern blues genre.  Featuring the talent and excitement of modern day Memphis based blues stars Brandon Santini and Jeff Jensen along with the support of guitarist Timo Arthur, bassist Bill Ruffino, & drummer David Green; this crowd pleasing package is sure to be a hit. Combining Santini’s traditional and soulful harmonica and vocals with Jensen’s high flying guitar work and vocals,  the project’s sound will be big and full while still maintaining the dynamic styles that both revered artists are known for.  But above all this band will be fun!  The number one goal of this group is to perform concerts that leave the audience recharged, refreshed, inspired, and excited.

 

Jeff Jensen first moved to Memphis, TN in 2011 and started working with Brandon Santini almost immediately.  They toured the States and Canada, performing over 240 shows a year, until 2013.  During that time Santini and Jensen recorded three albums together including Santini’s Blues Music Award  nominated “This Time Another Year” and Jensen’s “Road Worn and Ragged”.  The energy these two put out on stage was so powerful and memorable that it’s still frequently talked about today. 

Since parting ways in 2013, both Jensen and Santini have flourished in their own careers.  Santini, now with five Blues Music Award nominations, has continued to tour relentlessly and has truly become an icon in world of blues harmonica.  After releasing “Morose Elephant”, Jeff Jensen’s solo career completely opened up.  He’s performed over a dozen countries and 30 states in 2016 alone.  He and his band are continuing their global quest to share energy, emotion and inspiration with blues fans and music fans everywhere. Now, Santini & Jensen are back together by popular demand!

BluesPros Welcomes Jeff Jensen

BluesPros would like to welcome Jeff Jensen! Most people are in for a shock the first time they experience a Jeff Jensen Band performance. It starts with the trio mixing an eccentric blend of soul, rock, and American roots music with a deep blues influence.  Suddenly Jensen feels the spirit, transforming into a whirling dervish of sight & sound as he bounds across the stage, barely able to contain himself as he wrenches stark, biting six-string explosions from his guitar. His passion is there for all to see, a rare occurrence in these times of buttoned-down music-making.  At first, the sheer emotional force he creates can be a bit overwhelming. Then you realize that all art is an expression of the soul, of the power of the life-giving force that created the universe. And Jeff feels it is his responsibility to make the effort to communicate his passion with each member of the audience every night.  After all, music is art, and art is the physical form of emotion.

In 2015, Jensen released the vibrant Morose Elephant album that captures the flavor of the band’s creative force. Combining seven originals with covers of songs from Memphis Minnie and Amos Milburn plus a traditional gospel hymn, Jensen articulates the depth of his musical vision with help from a number of friends including Victor Wainwright, Reba Russell, and Annie Harris. The disc received even more critical acclaim as the band’s previous release, Road Worn and Ragged (2013), both produced by Jensen.  This led to two consecutive Blues Blast Music Awardnominations in the Sean Costello Rising Star category (2014/2015).  In 2016 the band released their first live album titled The River City Sessions, hitting all the blues charts and propelling the band to yet another level of success.

2016, Jeff Jensen toured 30 states and over a dozen counties performing over 150 concerts.  The band has a powerful reputation for high energy, inspirational, showmanship.  This is truly a band on the rise and critics and blues fan alike know the reason why: The Jeff Jensen Band is real.

 

BluesPros Welcomes Dawn Tyler Watson

Dawn Tyler Watson is the recipient of three Canadian Maple Blues Awards, nine Quebec Lys Blues Awards, a Screaming Jay Hawkins Award for Best Live Performance (France), a Trophées France Blues for female International Artist of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Vocalist. As well her wildly successful duo with guitarist Paul Deslauriers, placed in the top 5 out of 234 acts at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee. 

VICTOR WINS BIG!

WAINWRIGHT WINS BIG AT THIRTY-SEVENTH BLUES MUSIC AWARDS

The magnetic Victor Wainwright, the biggest rising star in American blues and roots music, took home two of the biggest prizes of the evening at the Thirty-Seventh Blues Music Awards presented in Memphis by The Blues Foundation last night.

 

Further establishing himself as the key artist to know in contemporary honky-tonk and boogie-woogie blues, Wainwright was awarded the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Award on Thursday night. In addition, his group Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots were named Best Band on the strength of their 2015 album Boom Town (Blind Pig Records, now owned by The Orchard).

Boom Town debuted at number 5 on Billboard’s Blues Sales chart upon release in June 2015 and has earned high critical praise. Living Blues magazine said: "Listening to Boom Town is like walking into a party that will never end. This eight-piece band specializes in supercharged blues and boogie-woogie piano, smart and sophisticated arrangements and an all-consuming passion for delivering songs with confidence and joy." The haunting new video for “The Devil’s Bite” is currently creeping out viewers on YouTube.

It was not the first victorious night at the Blues Music Awards for Wainwright, who previously won the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award in both 2013 and 2014—a particular honor for Victor, having been personally mentored by family friend Perkins himself. The Savannah, Georgia native now based out of Memphis already has amassed a discography five albums deep, with Blind Pig the proud home of the two latest, Boom Town and the albumEasy Livin’ by his other band Southern Hospitality.

Blind Pig co-founder Jerry Del Giudice was proud to congratulate the artist. “Working with Victor Wainwright and watching him evolve into an electrifying performer, solid songwriter and consummate musician has been very rewarding,” he said. “Victor has a deep respect for this uniquely American art form, a genuine love for his audiences and the intelligence and heart of a true artist.”

The entire Blind Pig Records family and its new leadership team at The Orchard are proud to congratulate Victor Wainwright for his multiple award-winning night. Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots are on tour this summer. Check www.vwwroots.com for dates.

Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots: www.vwwroots.com
“The Devil’s Bite” video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0jMQ75hWm4
Bling Pig Records: www.blindpigrecords.com