Born in 1958, the son of famed blues harmonica player Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell picked up his father’s guitar at the age of five and taught himself to play. He was clearly gifted. He grew up with many of the Chicago blues legends around him. Eddie Taylor, Big Walter Horton, Eddie C. Campbell, Eddie Clearwater, Lovie Lee, Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Dawkins and many more were frequent visitors to his house. They all helped to shape and school him in the blues, but none as much as his father’s long-time employer Muddy Waters.
Vanessa Collier is a captivating and multitalented Blues vocalist, saxophonist, and songwriter, hailing from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music where she earned dual degrees in Performance and Music Production & Engineering. Prior to releasing her debut album in August 2014, Vanessa spent a year and a half touring in the U.S. and internationally with Grammy Award-winning, Blues Hall of Fame Artist Joe Louis Walker.
Ray Goren is a young guitar virtuoso whose voice and instrumental skills have landed him onstage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang, Eric Gales and Robby Krieger. Just a few years ago, after seeing Ray Goren play at the Golden State Theater in Monterey, California, reviewer Jason Debord wrote on Rocksubculture.com: “Ray is a real phenomenon, and you sit there not believing what you are seeing and hearing…It was really one of the most unbelievable moments I’ve experienced at any concert.”
Big Harp George burst onto the national blues scene in 2014 with a stunning debut entitled that was nominated both for a Blues Music Award and Blues Blast Magazine award for “Best New Artist Album.” Named one of fifteen rising harmonica stars by Living Blues Magazine that same year, George may be the first and only recorded blues player to make the chromatic harmonica his full time instrument. His aim with the new album is to bring something exciting and fresh to the Blues while respecting the traditions laid down by the founders of the genre.
Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats. Grammy-nominated, The Stray Cats have sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered an astounding 23 gold- and platinum-certified records worldwide. Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer, and Slim Jim Phantom, The Stray Cats remain a radio staple, were music video pioneers at the infancy of MTV, and repeatedly brought rockabilly music to the top of the charts.