If you want to hear Blues Rock Funk and Swing with good vocals, good musicianship, and young energy, you need to be at Roadhouse 101 in Lincoln City this Friday to hear the Ty Curtis Band.
The Ty Curtis Band recently earned 2nd place in the prestigious 2009 International Blues Challenge. The Challenge started with more than 2,000 bands in nine countries and 36 states. One hundred bands earned the right to come to Memphis, ten made it to the Finals and The Ty Curtis Band was voted 2nd place by a panel of judges made up of industry professionals.
Playing a mix of blues, blues-rock, funk and swing the band keeps audiences attention with a multi-talented line-up. The band’s performances feature passionate vocals and driving guitar from Ty Curtis' masterful harmonica and powerful vocals of Hank Shreve and three part harmonies with the added voice of bass player Milo Fultz. Milo’s tasteful bass lines coupled with Davis “Super D” Brown on drums lock in the rhythm that ties everything together.
Joe Whitmer, the coordinator of the International Blues Challenge, said, "I think they are a pretty tight and polished band. They are young, they do have a traditional feel about them, so I think they advanced because they play some damn good blues."
Perhaps the late great Paul Delay said it best about Ty Curtis: “He plays it like a young man should—straight ahead and from the heart.”
To round out your weekend you need to come back to Roadhouse 101 on Saturday Night (June 2009) and listen to the award winning band THE INSOMNIACS.
The Insomniacs seemed to literally explode onto the scene out of nowhere in 2007 as a fully-formed and functional unit delighting audiences with their joyous and highly contagious musical sound and irresistible sense of swing.
Their self-produced debut release "Left Coast Blues", recorded in the living room of bassist Dean Mueller, was quickly snatched up and issued on Delta Groove Music, hitting a peak position of No. 5 on the national Living Blues radio charts.
Critical praise and industry recognition from the blues community soon followed. This resulted in a 2008 Blues Music Award nomination for Best New Artist Debut, as well as a 2007 Muddy Award presented by the Cascade Blues Association for Best Contemporary Blues Act.
They play vintage instruments and channel a blues style from the 1950's, but there is a distinct new cyberspace bent to The Insomniacs.
These musicians, who have quickly jumped into the top tier of clubs, tour endless highways in a beat-up van, babying a gut-string upright, a 1951 Fender "Nocaster" guitar, a 1964 Framus Star Bass, and their Magnatone and Ampeg tube amps.
"The Portland, Oregon, group has that West Coast Swing sound down pat, performing tight numbers with original songwriting...There are no wasted notes and the music breathes with the palm trees." Blues Wax
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