Shuggie Otis, born 1953, is the son of Johnny Otis, a rhythm and blues musician. He started performing in his youth and released his first record in 1970. He not only writes songs, but also plays guitar, piano, organ, and bass. He has recorded with Frank Zappa, Al Kooper, Etta James, and Eddie Vinson, and more recently Mos Def. The Brothers Johnson's version of his composition "Strawberry Letter 23" reached #1 in the Billboard rhythm and blues chart and #5 in the Billboard pop chart in 1977. Shuggie's albums include: "Here Comes Shuggie Otis", "Freedom Flight" and "Inspiration Information".
Arabella are a four piece band based in Coventry UK. Their self-described style of Dirty Blues Pop aims to harmoniously combine the raw passion that is the Blues with contemporary Pop melodies and a dash of down right dirty Funk. Likened to acts as diverse as Cage the Elephant, Jamiroquai and Incubus, Arabella have a sound that is both fresh and accessible, with a live show that smacks of passion and energy.
Gift Of Gab (Tim Parker) and Chief Xcel (Xavier Mosley) met at John F. Kennedy High School in 1987 in Sacramento, California and formed the group in the early 1990s. They released their first recording, "Swan Lake", on solesides records. The Solesides Crew consisted of the duo, as well as other friends of theirs they had met at University of California - Davis, including DJ Shadow, Lyrics Born and Lateef The Truth Speaker. The single was an underground hit, but label trouble prevented the duo from immediately capitalizing on their fame.
The Holmes Brothers blend Blues Rock with three-part Gospel harmonies to create something that's extremely difficult to listen to standing still. The Brothers are a trio made up of Wendell and Sherman Holmes, as well as their friend Popsy Dixon. The Brothers are festival favourites and have been recording music since their d
Sally Barker (born 19 September 1959, Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, England) is an English folk singer and songwriter, known for her solo work and as a founding member of The Poozies. After winning the Kendal Songsearch Competition in 1986, Barker began touring in a support capacity to acts such as Fairport Convention, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Wishbone Ash and Roy Harper. Her self-titled first album was well-received and contained cover versions of songs previously featured in her live act.
Quandrant are a four-piece band hailing from Liverpool, England. The band formed in January 2009. Comprised of drummer David Stephenson, guitarist Rob Hamer, singer Lloyd Rock and bassist Stephen Burns. The band have a genuine passion for music, write, perform and record all their own material
Best known from the T.V. show 'Later...with Jools Holland' who provide back up for guests that perform on the show. They also tour the U.K each year, normally promoting songs from their albums, which are collaborative in nature playing with names such as: George Harrison, Ringo Star, Sting, Dr John, Norah Jones, Sam Brown, Eric Clapton and many more.
Dave Thompson was nine when his father bought him a guitar and taught him how to play it. Sadly, his father did not live long enough to see Dave, at the age of 15, join the blues band Booba Barnes and the Playboys (later renamed the FM Stereo Band, following Barnes's departure). Life on the club circuit was, to say the least, eventful: Dave survived two car crashes and a bullet in the thigh, as well as having the odd brush with the law.