★ 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.