BIG DAMN PANDEMIC SALE!

Looks like we're all being send to our rooms, again. So what better time to stock up on some great music to keep you sane and satisficed. The healing powers of music is the best tonic I know of. And with these crazy low prices it's never been a better time to buy. All CDs on sale from $3 to $10! That's right folks it is and unbelievable offer. Times are tuff for a lot of folks and the music biz is no exception. You can now save money and help us keep our lights on as well. And don't forget the Holidays are coming up, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and don't forget all those birthdays and anniversaries! Oh yea and don't forget those 'I'm sorry baby' gifts that 'some' always seem to need. I hope you don't find us too needy and desperate, we wouldn't won't anyone feeling sorry for us or our struggling musicians. After all we do have our pride. Well I gotta go or I'll miss my bus.

thx, Ronnie

The Nighthawks

Now in their fifth decade of recording and live performing, the 21st century Nighthawks are a tight, cohesive unit - the kind that comes only from years and miles. Guitarist Paul Bell and bassist Johnny Castle have been in the band for more than a decade; drummer Mark Stutso, the "new kid," is starting his fifth year; and founding member singer / harmonica player Mark Wenner is counting 40 plus. The nightly consensus from fans is that this version of The Nighthawks is the best ever. The concept that was mapped out in the liner notes of their 1974 debut recording, Rock and Roll, has grown into a powerful expression of the American musical tradition.

Almost every Nighthawks recording has featured at least one Muddy Waters tune, and 444 is no exception. This time the band showcases its acoustic version of Muddy's "Louisiana Blues" (staying close to the country blues of Muddy's original version), recalling their Blues Music Award-winning acoustic release, Last Train to Bluesville, and Muddy's live introduction on the band's Open All Night album. As the legend said that night way back when, "They have a beautiful name. They are THE NIGHTHAWKS."


www.thenighthawks.com

www.facebook.com/pages/TheNighthawks

Big Walter

I’d first like to thank all the great harmonica players, other musicians, engineers & studios that made this record possible. This is a project I’ve wanted to do for some time. Bring together some great musicians / friends and pay respect to one of the all time greats, Big Walter Horton. Big Walter has been a major influence on all of the great players of my generation and beyond. We want to do our part in spreading the blues genius of Walter Horton. To quote Willie Dixon, “he was the best he ever heard”. And Dixon heard and worked with all the greats. This is a non-profit project with proceeds going to The Blues Foundation and Hart Fund. Everyone involved is donating music for the cause. We’re very excited about this record and hope everyone things it worthy. Special shout out to Bob Corritore for his help and support on this project. The response to this recording has been fantastic from radio, critics and especially fellow harmonica players. Hope we can do a volume II so we can get some great players involved. - Ronnie Owens

Li'l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes

Lil’ Ronnie and the Grand Dukes are, to quote one reviewer, “ the real deal!...superb talents well versed in traditional blues”. They are led by harpist, singer/songwriter and Hohner Harmonica endorsee, Ronnie Keith Owens. While Ronnie & the band are well schooled in all styles of blues they also use elements of 50's r&b, soul, vintage rock & roll & jazz in their unique blend of American roots music.

Ronnie was born in Richmond, VA. Inspired and encouraged by his jazz drumming uncle, Ronnie was beatin’ the skins by the time he was 8, and giging in local bands by the tender age of 13. Ronnie was weaned on the sounds of swing jazz, rhythm & blues and early rock & roll, but it was the post-war urban blues that really spoke to Ronnie, especially the deep blues of Muddy Waters,the wicked harp of Little Walter and all those great Chess artists. This led Ronnie to finally change instruments from drums to harmonica and he ain’t looked back.

Ronnie has now been leading his own bands for over 25 years. He has played with or opened shows with some of the biggest names in the blues/ rock world, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Taj Mahal, Johnny Winter and way to many to name drop here.

Ronnie and his band ‘the Grand Dukes’ are a critically acclaimed touring band and play anywhere from funky little blues bars, where the music was invented, to major blues festivals, including a headlining & swinging night at New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center. They have earned the reputation as an exciting, must see band! The current line up includes Ivan Applerouth on guitar, Ivan has also toured & recorded with Big Joe & The Dynaflows, was original guitarist for Jumpin’ Johhny Sansone’s Blues Party & has fronted his own great bands, John Sheppard plays bass & also played & recorded with both Big Joe & Johnny Sansone, John Fralin plays piano & was also a former member of Big Joe & the Dynaflows, The Bopcats & others, rounding out the band is drummer Mark Young who also played drums in Ivan’s former bands.

Ronnie and the band have recorded 3 critically acclaimed and internationally distributed CD’s. Their latest CD ‘do what’cha do’ was a hit with Blues & Americana radio worldwide. The CD reached #5 on XM Radio’s Bluesville and reached #15 on ‘Living Blues Top 25 ’ worldwide radio charts, where it stayed for 2 months!

‘do what’cha do’ was ranked # 8 in Real Blues Magazine top CD’s of 2005, the band was also named ‘Best US Blues Band 2005’ from Real Blues Magazine. Li’l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes were voted ‘Best Blues Artist’ at the 5th Annual Virginia Music Awards.


www.lilronnie.net

www.myspace.com/lilronnieandthegranddukes

Marion James

'Nashville's Queen of the Blues'

Ellersoul Records ® is proud to reissue the great R&B recording, 'Essence' from 'Nashville's Queen of the Blues', the renowned singer/ song writer Marion James. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Marion grew up in a family with a love for music. Like most great R&B singers, Marion's musical background is firmly rooted in the church. Her first experience with blues music came from watching vaudeville shows, checking out local performers and listening to her mother's record collection of 78s.

In 1966, she recorded the top-ten hit "That's My Man" for Nashville's legendary Excello Records. The track featured legendary blues guitarist, Johnny Jones (Bobby Blue Bland) and Marion's husband, trumpeter/arranger Jimmy Stuart. Stuart also arranged horn charts for such notable artists as Junior Parker and Bobby Blue Bland. During the early 1960's, Marion's touring band included guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, and bassist, Billy Cox. Their live performances electrified audiences throughout the South. Marion continued performing till the mid 1980s when she decided to take a long overdue break from the road.

In the early 90s, Marion met guitarist Casey Lutton. She began to perform with his group, The Hypnotics. Several years later, she and this funky outfit recorded an album for the Italian label, Appaloosa Records. Since then, Marion has shared the stage with Rufus Thomas, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Chick Willis, and many others! She's played to sold-out audiences in Europe and the Southeastern United States. Marion was also part of a exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame, "Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970". It covered the rich and vibrant R&B music history of Nashville.

Essence, is an intoxicating blend of blues, soul, and jazz and features some of Nashville's finest musicians. Legendary jazz pianist, Beegie Adair, and her trio accompany Marion on six of the twelve songs. Adair's restraint and poise perfectly complement James unique vocal styling. Marion's vocal style is reminiscent of her influences such as Billie Holiday, Ruth Brown, and Etta James.

The remaining tracks find Marion in an electric soul blues setting. Musicians like keyboardist Reese Wynans (Double Trouble), guitarist Jack Pearson (The Allman Brothers) , bassist Bob Babbitt (Motown session musician), and drummer Chucki Burke (Willie Dixon, Issac Hayes) drive the point home with music that'll make you jump out of your seat! From the greasy funk of "Tables" to the silky groove of "Let's Straighten It Out", Marion commands each track with the profound conviction that only a veteran can convey. Ellersoul Records ® is excited about adding this great recording to our catalog and look forward to working with Marion on her next recording project.


www.myspace.com/queenothefblues

Big Walter

Most of you know him as leader of ‘Little Charlie & the Nightcats’. There is no mistaking Charlie's creative blues guitar playing as he is truly tops in this field. Charlie always played some jazz tunes with the Nightcats, which has led him where he is today. This record finds him in one of his favorite settings, organ jazz trio. His former Nightcat band mates, Lorenzo Farrell on Hammond organ and J. Hansen on drums and percussion join him on this swinging CD. This CD Showcases jazz, ballads and blues all done with Charlie’s unique guitar stylings. If you’re a Charlie Baty fan I think you’ll really dig this record.


www.facebook.com/littlecharliesorgangrinderswing

The Mike Henderson Band

Renowned musician, singer-songwriter Mike Henderson has come full circle with this long awaited CD and return to his blue’s rockin’ roots. A thirty plus year veteran of the music industry, he has worn many hats. Henderson is a Grammy nominated songwriter, having written many songs recorded by a wide range of artists. He's also an "in demand" guitarist, lending his skills to countless recordings. As band leader, he not only handles the vocals and guitar, but also blows some very impressive blues harmonica.
All of his Bel Airs, Snakes and Bluebloods fans will rejoice upon hearing this new release, ‘If You Think it’s Hot Here...’  his debut on EllerSoul Records ®. The Mike Henderson Band still holds court every Monday night at Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe, laying down the many shades of the blues… you better get there early, there's always a line.


www.mikehenderson.com

Terry Garland and Li'l Ronnie

Blues masters Terry Garland and Li'l Ronnie have been performing as a duo since December 31, 2009. Although they had performed together in the past, this time it really clicked. Their electrifying sound mesmerizes the listener. Both Terry & Ronnie have long distinguished recording careers, as they are both vocalists, songwriters and interpreters their repertoire is varied, exciting and spontaneous.

Terry Garland is known internationally as a master slide and acoustic guitarist. Terry performs world wide and has performed at top blues festivals across the globe. The artist's impassioned songs, rare musical insight and depth make him one of the most innovative and praised contemporary blues and roots musicians. Terry's meticulous finger-picking and driving percussive foot-stomping unite with his vocal prowess to create an evocative, engaging transformation.

Born in Johnson City, TN., Terry's musical roots were pioneered by forefathers of the blues. During his youth, he studied the sounds of Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed, Blind Willie McTell, Howling' Wolf and Lightning Hopkins, who inspired him to follow his calling. These pioneers played the blues on guitar or piano, they were the music. Just a voice and an instrument.

Harpist, singer/songwriter and Hohner Harmonica endorsee Ronnie Owens has been performing since the 60's and has been fronting his own bands for over 25 years. Ronnie and band have performed at top music festivals and venues including a headlining performance at the prestigious Lincoln Center. They have also played with and opened shows for some of the biggest names in the blues /rock world.

Terry and Ronnie recently recorded an electrifying live CD, 'Live at the Canal Club', with a planned release date of January, 2011. Terry and Ronnie are very excited about their new musical partnership.

Terry and Ronnie are available for festivals, events, private functions and music venues.


Visit Terry's site at: www.terrygarland.com

Check out Li'l Ronnie at: www.lilronnie.net

Andy Poxon

Andy Poxon has been called “a complete and mature musician, … already developed past his years, and ready to lead us all into the future of pure American blues and roots music,” by legendary blues guitarist Duke Robillard. He has released three albums of original music on the EllerSoul Records label, including the Robillard produced Tomorrow (2013) and You Must Be Crazy! (2015), produced by Grammy-winning pianist Kevin McKendree. These albums have received extensive airplay on B.B. King’s Bluesville station on SiriusXM radio, and have been nominated for numerous awards. Poxon has performed across the United States and Canada, with performance highlights including the Sacramento Music Festival, Festival d’été de Québec, and the Kennedy Center.

In addition to blues, Poxon is also a rising classical guitarist, having won first prize in the James Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition in 2017 and the Appalachian Guitarfest Solo Guitar Competition Undergraduate Division in 2015. He is also an accomplished arranger, having his arrangements performed by Grammy-winning artists such as Jason Vieaux, Anne Akiko Meyers, and Sasha Cooke. Poxon recently received his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying under Jason Vieaux and Colin Davin, after receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Towson University in 2015, under Troy King.


www.andypoxon.net

www.facebook.com/pages/Andy Poxon

The BlueBeats

The BlueBeats were a very popular regional band in the 80's and early 90's. They just recently finished their 2nd CD that they started recording way back in 91'. The record features the incredible gospel tinged vocals of Claudia Carawan. The rest of the band is Jim Wark- guitar, Stu Grimes - drums, Mike Moore - bass, Eric Holt - keyboards and vocals and Ronnie Owens on harmonica and vocals. They had written all the songs and had recorded 8 tunes in 91' but sometimes things don't turnout as planned and life just gets in way. Well here it is 23 years later and they're finally got it finished with a April 15th release date. The CD is a real mix of styles with 12 impressive originals and 2 choice covers by Ray Charles and Louie Prima. This is Ronnie's band before the Grand Dukes. Sounds like he'll be a busy man fronting both bands.

Markey Blue

The Nashville-based duo and their touring band have a long list of accomplishments for the short amount of time since they first joined forces. The band has been headlining and playing festivals and clubs around the country and the world in support of their latest album. The band name has changed and with it comes some of the best music the writing duo of Markey and Latina has ever written. This album takes a walk through several sides of the blues genre — the swampy side of roots, rock and soul blues, traditional blues and two tribute songs. Raised in Muddy Water offers a little something for every blues palate. The team of musicians brought together for this release have a resume that reads like a “who’s who” of the music industry. Raised in Muddy Water also features guest artists Ronnie Keith Owens (harmonica on “Red Room) and Blues Hall of Famer and Alligator Records Artist Eddy “the Chief” Clearwater (vocal duet and guitar on “I Like it Like This”). The final song is a live “bonus track” with guest musicians Wes Little on bass and Brian Allen on drums and keyboardist Shannon Wickline.

John Cocuzzi

John now lives in Northern California, spreading the jazz / blues / swing gospel in the Sacramento area as a soloist and bandleader, and working with the finest musicians in town. Famous jazz drummer Louie Bellson called John a "Gentleman of Jazz" and hired John's band to perform at his wedding Reception in 1992.
Swingster John Cocuzzi has New Orleans flavor and East Coast class, playing with passion and intensity on piano, vibes and drums. For more than 25 years, John had been entertaining crowds in the Washington, DC area and performing alongside jazz and blues greats at festivals across the United States and in Europe. With dynamic style and diverse rhythms, John's innovation breathes new life into familiar tunes, from swingin' and burnin' jazz and blues to lush and sultry ballads. An intuitive performer, John possesses that musical "fire in the belly," igniting the crowd with skillful improvisation, "telling his story" through spirited, high-energy solos. In addition to being a fine pianist, John has earned a nationwide reputation as a premier swing vibraphonist. The names of prominent jazz and blues musicians John has worked with over the years is too long to list here. For more information: www.johncocuzzimusic.com

"His command of a vibraphone and piano, as well as being a fine ‘shy-guy‘ vocalist, make him a triple-threat musician whose enthusiasm and engaging personality brighten any room in which he performs.”
- Jazz journalist, Cam Miller

Joe Stanley

“Legend” is one label we might apply to Joe Stanley. Others might include mentor, inspiration, trailblazer. Stanley was an integral part of the dynamic Washington D C music scene for more than five decades His swooping, growling tone combined the dexterity of Plas Johnson and Sil Austin with the raw, emotive wail of Earl Bostic and Red Allen. And Joe could hold his own with any of them right up until his passing on January 7, 2007. He kept that muscular, honking sax tradition alive throughout his career. Upon first hearing him in the 1980s, Big Joe Maher likened it to entering a time machine and hearing the best R&B sax men of the 1940s and 50s. Stanley began playing with the D.C. area's premier club band,“The Saxtons,” (AKA “The Saxons”) as a teenager. The band dominated the local pop music club scene. ( He kept the band alive in one form or another for more than 30 years.) Joe went on to work with luminaries including Link\X/ray, Charlie Daniels, Roy Clark, Big Joe Turner, Bill Black's Combo and a then-unknown D.C. talent named Marvin Gaye. Stanley was the first to bring the young, future guitar legend Danny Gatton to the stage, gave D.C. music stalwart Billy Hancock his start and formed various combos and bands that served \X/ashington’s most promising and talented musicians. Beginning in his teens,he was among the first area musicians to cross the color line,playing with some of the area's first integrated bands. Fueled by Stanley's gritty, wailing sax, The Saxtons backed a who's who of 1950s and 60s popular entertainers, Sam Cooke, The Drifters, Bobby Darin, Jackie \X/ilson, Dion and the Belmonts and too many others to list here. Later in his career he worked extensively with Big Joe &the Dynaflows, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, The Big Four Combo and others He was an inexhaustible source of incredible stories culled from an astonishing career, There was always something to learn from — and about — Joe Stanley. Let this special edition tribute continue the education.