“…Strong stuff… Rarely does one find as devoted and sincere an interpreter of the Blues as Miranda Louise. The Singer/Songwriter has been singing in amphitheaters, nightclubs and performing in Blues festivals in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean for the past fifteen years. As a master and demo studio musician based out of Nashville, Tennessee, her career has been well documented. She is a well-known and loved mainstay of the Southern Blues scene.
Miranda Louise’s discography reads like a ‘who’s who’ of the blues. She’s backed up Stevie Ray Vaughn, A.C. Reed, Warren Haynes and ‘Fingers’ Taylor to name just a few. In her own right, she’s a powerful blues vocalist who works with some of Nashville’s best musicians and puts on a great show. ” Music Row Magazine, Edge of the Row
“Hi Folks On Give Me A Break Radio…This week we take a look at #Close#Friends and some of the #root #people of Nashville’s Blues Scene… Special Guest Miranda Louise shares a bit of her life and songs…as well as tell us about Roguie Ray LaMontagne Benefit June 20th at Twin Kegs II 327 Hermitage way Nashville TN.. TUNE IN” Bobby Pizazz
Roguie Ray … Blue Monday Band “Murdered By Love”
The Blues world has paid attention to Miranda Louise. Her first two solo releases “Mama Told Me” and “Face in My Dreams” spawned 4 top ten hits on the Shag Blues charts in 1998-1999.
Ripete Records recording artist Miranda Louise is a no-nonsense, gritty, soulful blues/rock shouter who oozes a confident swagger and attitude on this disc. With a husky, throaty delivery, Miranda carries on the great tradition of such cornerstones of blues as: Koko Taylor, Bessie Smith, and Big Mama Thorton. – Bob Cianci… The Music Scene
“I hereby invent a new Handy Award just for her: The sexiest way of saying Baby in a Blues song.” – Mark Buechler, Living Blues
“Mama Told Me” Disc presents Miranda Louise on a set of tunes that keeps her strong, earthy alto vocals to the forefront. The arrangements are simple: The songs range from “Black Cat Moan” and “Wang Dang Doodle” to “Try a Little Tenderness”. Buy this CD and you’ll be able to brag, “I was hip to Miranda Louise when she was still recording for that tiny label.” – Living Blues
“Her shows are full of life and energy, as she takes to the floor belting out her gravelly yet sweet voice. This woman puts it all on the line for every show.” – Gary “Bear” House, Golden Isles Weekend
“….She’s one of the most sincere, credible blues interpreters in town….” Nashville Scene..Nashville Beat
“……Strong Stuff…..” – Music Row Magazine, Edge of The Row
“….Miranda Louise’s “Mama Told Me” affirms that the blues are alive and well and living in Nashville!….” – Music City Bluesletter
“….Listen to Louise’s throat throttle these tunes and you’ll be almost convinced you witnessed the whole thing…..” – Bluespeak
“…..Down and Dirty…the gal can sing the blues and swang and belt ’em out too…..” – Nightflying
“With a voice like coarse-grade sandpaper, Miranda growls, screams, cajoles, testifies, threatens, pleads, and whacks the listener upside the head with some of the hottest vocals heard….” – Skylands Blues News
“What a voice! Part gutsy, soulful growl and part alluring siren call it is equal parts scary and seductive, and all fiercely female. – Knoxville Blues, Bluegill
Miranda Louise’s discography reads like a who’s who of the blues. She’s backed up Stevie Ray Vaughn, A. C. Reed, Warren Haynes and ‘Fingers’ Taylor to name just a few. In her own right she’s a powerful vocalist who works with some of Nashville’s best musicians and puts on a great show. Come find out why they call Miranda the ‘Sweetheart of the Blues’.
Emmy Award nominee Michael Whittaker is a unique hybrid of his diverse upbringing. Growing up in Los Angeles California, he grew up listening to a diverse culture of music. At a young age, his training on piano began in both jazz and classical music. By his early twenties, he had already begun to mold his own identifiable sound and was one of Los Angeles’ most sought after sidemen.
After attending UCLA’s school of music and majoring in film scoring, Michael has utilized his classical training and knowledge of orchestration to compose over 300 television episodes and TV movies including the popular Power Rangers. Currently Michael is independently scoring and producing for companies like Disney, Sony, NBC and Lions Gate Films. In 2011 his theme was chosen as the main theme of the new Disney Family Movies channel. His orchestration and keyboard skill have won many awards such as the Telly award for his score to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, Bank of America Musical Achievement award, International Association of Jazz Educators player excellence award, and the Clarence Brown Memorial scholarship for jazz.
Michael’s experience in many styles, has allowed him to work with many notable artists including Lionel Richie, Jimmy Kimmel Live house band, Paulina Rubio, Wayman Tisdale, 98 Degrees, Cake, Boyd Tinsley from the Dave Mathews Band, Brenda Russell, and many others…
Notable shows Michael’s music is featured in are Americas Next Top Model, Funniest Pets and Animals, A&E Toby Keith Documentary, Battleground Earth Best Damn Sports, Biography of Tiger Woods, Dr 90210, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Leprechaun 6, Modern Marvels, Naruto Movie, Xyber 9 New Dawn, Access Hollywood, X Men Marvel Cartoon, The New Addams Family, The Power Rangers, The Ninja Turtles, Americas Most Wanted, Action Man and Nobel Peace Awards 2000 theme.
Now home in Nashville TN, Michael works both as composer/producer and Music Director at the Oasis Church, in Nashville. His newest project released is called “Southern Exposure”.
Nashville bassist Abe White has toured, performed or recorded with numerous notable artists, such as Larry Carlton (Bluebird), Randy Brecker (MCA), Acoustic Alchemy (GRP), Hal Ketchum (Curb Records), Amanda Williams (Play it by Ear Records), Keith Anderson (Arista Records), David Ball (Dualtone), The Neville Brothers (Neville Nation Records), Warren Haynes (Concord), Big House (MCA), The Paramours (Super 88), Johnny Sansone (Rounder Records), The Nationals with Jack Pearson and William Howse (Independent), Zak Wylde (V2 Records), Carmine Appice (Frontiers Records) and many more.
After studying with Lamont Johnson in Detroit, and Ray Peterson in Ft Lauderdale/Miami, Abe moved to Nashville, quickly becoming one of the most sought after bassists on the Nashville Blues and Rock scene.
In addition Abe has appeared on recordings with other top artists, including Pat Travers, John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers), Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow),Tony Franklin (The Firm), Keith Emerson (ELP), Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy), Steve Lukather (Toto), Rick Derringer, Walter Trout, Stephen Bruton (Bonnie Raitt), Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie, Jeff Beck), Albert Lee, Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs), Dweezil Zappa, Vinnie Colaiuta, Geoff Downes (Asia, Yes), Alan White (Yes), Jimmy Nalls (Sea Level, Night Hawks), Ed King (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Steve Hunter (Alice Cooper, Lou Reed).
Drummer Derrek Phillips has performed or recorded with such artists as Michael McDonald,Vanessa Williams,Mike Farris,Delbert McClinton,Michael Brecker,Christian McBride and Joshua Redmon.In addition Derrek spent a focused amount of time with the late great Tony Williams.
Paul Warren was the touring lead guitarist for the English rock singer Rod Stewart before moving to Nashville from Los Angeles.Ca.
Paul was born on December 22, 1953 in Garden City, Michigan, to Pearl Elwanda Gribble and Walter Wayne Warren. He started to play guitar at twelve years old, and by seventeen, he was discovered by Norman Whitfield of Motown Records. Soon after, he became a regular session player for the famed studios. The first song he ever played on was “Papa was a Rolling Stone” by The Temptations. That year the album won five Grammy Awards. After playing on numerous albums, he became popular, and when Motown moved offices to California they paid for him to move so they could continue using his services as a session player. Paul was also a member of Tina Turners band on the famed private dancer tour as well as touring with the legendary Joe Cocker as lead guitarist.
Benefit for Legendary singer/ songwriter and harmonica player, Roguie Ray Lamontagne, is recovering from a horrific motorcycle wreak that took place on Saturday, April 11th. June 20th, 2015 in Nashville, TN at the Twin Kegs 2 (the old Smokehouse) 327 Hermitage Ave, Nashville, TN 37210 from 2pm-till.
He was sent to Skyline Medical for many injuries and underwent 2 surgeries on April 12th. Due to the accident Roguie has no transportation, unable to play harmonica (due to his crushed left wrist) and will begin to receive doctor bills soon. I believe anyone who knows Roguie Ray Lamontagne understands that he is the first person to begin a support system, pull together a benefit or anything he can do to help others in need and I believe that now it is our turn! Roguie Ray needs help from his friends, family, musical tribe and more. A benefit is being put together for him on June 20th, 2015 in Nashville, TN at the Twin Kegs 2 (the old Smokehouse) from 2pm-till. This will be a perfect time to come out and show your support and love to everyones favorite; blues harmonica playin’, red sox lovin’, exaggerated story tellin’ guy. Thank you for all of your love and support and we can’t wait to see you there. GoFundMe Roguie Ray
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