Li'l Ronnie & the Grand Dukes are, to quote one reviewer, “The real deal!...superb talents well versed in traditional blues”. They are led by 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 & rock in their blend of American roots music. The band also features renowned blues guitarist Ivan Appelrouth. Their new CD ‘Gotta Strange Feeling’ features 12 original songs with Appelrouth co-writing on 10 tunes. The CD debut at # 8 on Roots Music Radio and #15 on Living Blues Radio Charts. It can now be heard on Sirus / XM Radio. From lowdown to uptown these cats play it all.
Andy Poxon is a complete and mature musician at the ripe old age of seventeen.... To say Andy has a bright future is an understatement to say the least. But let's forget age and just say Andy is an extremely talented guy who really deserves the title "Artist" as guitarist, singer and songwriter and it will be really fun and interesting to see his development. This album of songs represents a young roots musician already developed past his years, and ready to lead us all into the future of pure American blues and roots music.
- Duke Robillard
Big Joe & The Dynaflows perform live at local Maryland, Wash. DC & Virginia venues & Festivals, nationwide & tour in Europe. The Dynaflows release "I'm Still Swingin" on Severn Records, received the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA)"Best Blues Recording" in 1998. WAMA also voted Big Joe "Male Blues Vocalist of the Year“ both in 2005 and 2009. Other Dynaflow releases include "All Night Long" and "You Can't Keep a Big Man Down" on the Severn label; "Layin' in the Alley" on New Orleans based Black Top Records, which received the (WAMA) "Best Blues Recording" in 1994." Good Rockin'Daddy" on the Powerhouse label & "Cool Dynaflow" on a European label.
On the Texas artist Holland K. Smith’s long awaited new album, listeners will find the honest vocals and distinctive guitar work they expect. What’s more, the blues and roots-rockin’ styles to which Smith had previously applied his indelible songwriting are jazz and Latin sounds. With a strong emphasis on various shades of classic soul music. World, get ready: Cobalt, gritty and beautiful, should put the name of Holland K. Smith on the lips of everyone who takes American music seriously.
Tom Hyslop - Blues Revue
EllerSoul Records® was proud to release Ivan Appelrouth’s new CD ,"Blue and Instrumental!". Accompanied by an all-star band, the renown guitarist showcases his great collection of original blues / swing / rock n' roll instrumentals. Ivan has spent the last 30 years recording & touring with Johnny Sansone & the Blues Party, Li’l Ronnie & the Grand Dukes and the DC based Big Joe & the Dynaflows. Ivan has also had the pleasure of playing with such greats as Earl King, James ‘Thunderbird’ Davis, Nappy Brown & many others.
“Dig these tracks, they’re hot”— Duke Robillard
Soulful vocalist and Hammond BB master Julius ‘Ray’ Pittman had a vision to form a band dedicated to revitalizing the classic soul & rock sounds of the Memphis Stax Volt era. Pittman has been the leading force for several popular bands over the years, including the Kingpins(1980’s and 90’s) and The Ray Pittman Project, which lead to the evolution of Julius Pittman and the Revival. The music of the “Revival” is authentic R & B & funky southern soul. There debut recording for Ellersoul Records®, ‘Live Tonite’ was a hit with soul music fans across America and Europe.
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 has 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." 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