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Curtis Salgado - An Oregon Coast Favorite Live at Roadhouse 101 in Lincoln City
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Curtis Salgado Salgado plays with words like a jazz player improvises with notes. Even his speech has musical cadence. Salgado is part showman and part scholar. His music is grounded in a serious grasp of musical history that extends to a collection of rare film and video shorts he’s amassed featuring his musical heroes in blues, R&B, jazz, gospel and rockabilly.

"My voice sounds a certain way. I am a certain kind of personality with a certain kind of aura, and I wanna capture that. That’s exactly what all my material is about. It’s about me in search of and putting out something that’s ‘Curtis Salgado music,’ so that it becomes recognizable: That’s a Salgado tune. That’s Curtis Salgado."

Curtis Salgado wins the 2010 Soul Blues Male Artist Of The Year Award.

The 31st Annual Blues Music Award Ceremony was presented at the Cook Convention Center on May 6, 2010 in Memphis, Tennessee. The star-studded event brought together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. Each year, the Blues Foundation presents The Blues Music Awards to the artists selected by the vote of its members. They are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists.

This year, the ceremony honored winners in 26 categories, presented by some of the most influential members of the blues community. Bonnie Raitt - an inductee in this year's Blues Hall of Fame - presented Buddy Guy with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Also presenting at the ceremony was Koko Taylor's daughter, Cookie Taylor, to present the renamed Koko Taylor Award (formerly Best Traditional Female Artist) to it's first ever recipient Blues guitarist Debbie Davies, whose album Holdin' Court was released last year.

Salgado has been nominated six times, once in 2002 for Soul Blues Album of the Year and four nominations in 2009 including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Soul Blues Album of the Year and Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year.

Salgado was the inspiration behind John Belushi's creation of the Blues Brothers characters in the late 1970s. They met and became friends while Belushi was in Eugene, Oregon filming the movie Animal House. The Blues Brother's debut album Briefcase Full of Blues is dedicated to Salgado and Cab Calloway's character in The Blues Brothers film is named after Curtis. For six years he performed with Robert Cray's band, and sang lead on Cray's debut album. Later in 1995 he spent a short stint as the lead vocalist with the latin rock band, Santana.

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Salgado was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2005 and underwent a successful liver transplant in 2006. On June 13, 2006 a benefit concert was held in his honor in Portland to raise funds for his medical treatment. Among those who performed were Little Charlie and the Nightcats, the alternative rock band Everclear, Taj Mahal, The Robert Cray Band, and Steve Miller. Also in attendance was the widow of John Belushi who spoke of Salgado's part in the development of The Blues Brothers. On April 29, 2007 another benefit was held in Curtis' honor, bringing Steve Miller and Little Charlie and the boys back, and adding Jimmie Vaughan, and harp players Charlie Musselwhite and Kim Wilson.

See Curtis Salgado Live at Roadhouse 101 in Lincoln City July 30, 2010

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