Annika grew up singing in the church, but it was during her two tours of duty in the US Army that Chambers realized the gift she had. Chambers became part of a touring band making the rounds through Kosovo and Iraq, providing a welcome lift for the troops’ morale. Returning to Houston in 2011 brought the creation of Annika Chambers and The House Rules Band. By the end of 2014, Chambers’ debut album, “Making My Mark”, was climbing blues charts across the US and Europe. Her meteoric success and rising attention brought Annika Chambers the coveted nomination for 2015 BMA (Blues Music Award) “Best New Artist 2015”. Her sophomore release, “Wild & Free”, did not disappoint, with a debut at #7 on the Billboard Blues chart! Chambers has a deep passion for supporting and inspiring the next generation of musicians, donating time speaking in classrooms about the legacy that is the blues.
Damon Fowler is an American blues and blues rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Allmusic noted that “his sound is blues based, but there are hints of country, swamp rock, R&B, and swing in his playing and song writing.” Greg Poulos has been a fixture on the Southwest Florida scene for decades. He is currently the man in charge of hot licks with Kettle of Fish, and before that he played in several bands including stints with Freddie King, The Venturas and Rock Bottom.
Crystal is currently getting ready for the official worldwide release of “Voo Doo Woman”, and will be back on the road this summer/fall, and is already looking ahead and currently in the studio working on another blues album, a children’s album, and an Aboriginal album. Crystal Shawanda is a soulful little powerhouse, and will make you feel every word. With a voice that’s not like anyone you’ve ever heard, it’s pure and precise, yet gritty and gutsy at the same time. Her high energy show will make you dance, sing, laugh, and cry, so do yourself a favor, and see if she’s singing anywhere near you!
The soulful blues singer and multi-instrumentalist credits her musical gift to Gospel music like so many great soul singers before her. Tullie’s musical journey began singing in church where her Daddy was a preacher near the cotton fields and wetlands of the Blues. The type of church where you could hear soul-shaking music before you even walked in the door! Early on, she assumed the role of choir director which led to touring professionally with Gospel groups. While touring and performing, Tullie was introduced to the many sounds and forms of different genres of music. Her Gospel roots naturally segued into the Blues where you can still hear and feel the hints of Soul along with her grit of Rock. Tullie is most comfortable on stage performing in her own unique style, sharing her heart & soul to each audience through her love of music.
The Jimmy’s are an awesome Blues/R&B band from Madison, Wisconsin. They have been entertaining crowds for 12+ years. From local clubs to major festivals, they have traveled the globe! The Jimmy’s previous albums have been nominated and/or received, multiple awards including Blues Performer, Contemporary Blues Album and Artist of the Year. The Jimmy’s have included guest stars on their former releases including Bun E Carlos, Billy Flynn, Jim Liban and the Legendary Clyde Stubblefield. Now with a new album featuring long-time fan Marcia Ball and produced by Grammy award winning producer Tony Braunagel, The Jimmy’s proudly present “Gotta Have It” with 13 gripping tracks that will get the party started, keep everyone dancin’, and leave them wanting more!
Born St. Louis, Mo, 28-year-old Marquise hails from a musical family deeply rooted in the Blues. He spent his early teenage years in St. Louis mentoring under the late great Blues legend, N.E.A. (National Endowment of the Arts) Heritage Fellowship recipient and Grammy Award winner Henry James Townsend. Marquise’s talents have earned him performing rights with some of America’s most notable blues performers such as blues legends B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. Marquise’s 3’d album, Black and Blue, was released independently on his own record label Knox Entertainment LLC continues to answer the question “Can A Young Man Play the Blues” with a resounding YES with the songs like “One More Reason to Have the Blues” & “Blues Man”.
Few vocalists own the stage like Terrie Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland native begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They’re about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories. Terrie performs original stirring blues straight from the soul. Her compelling arrangements create a contemporary sound that support Terrie’s witty lyrics and compelling voice. She takes pride in her urban roots, appealing to a wide, new audience. 2014 & 2015 Winner of Bay Area Regional Finals International Blues Challenge & 2015 Winner of the Black Music Award for Best Female Blues Artist.
With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. His deep familiarity with blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures, all delivered with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma. Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Birchwood’s meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal, as he continues to set the contemporary blues world on fire. The album received the Blues Music Award and Living Blues Critics’ Award for Best Debut Album Of 2014, and he won the 2015 Blues Blast Rising Star Award.
Benjamin William Lattimore (born September 7, 1939) known professionally as Latimore, is an American blues and R&B singer, songwriter and pianist. Latimore was born in Charleston, Tennessee, and was influenced by country music, his Baptist church choir, and the blues. His first professional experience came as a pianist for various Florida-based groups including Steve Alaimo. He first recorded around 1965 for Henry Stone’s Dade record label in Miami, Florida. In the early 1970s, he moved to the Glades label, and had his first major hit in 1973 with a jazzy reworking of T-Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday”, which reached No. 27 on the R&B chart. He made an appearance in May 2014 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In 2017, Latimore was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.