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HARMONICA ICON CURTIS SALGADO TO PERFORM IN
joyful blues-soaked R&B – this is music that hits hard and makes you want
to move.” --Blues Revue
vocalist/songwriter/harmonica icon Curtis Salgado, touring in support of his
blistering Alligator Records debut CD, SOUL SHOT, will perform as
part of the Alive After Five Summer Concert Series at
Grove Plaza in Boise on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Winner of the 2012 Blues
Music Award for Soul Blues Artist Of The Year, Salgado effortlessly mixes
R&B, funk and blues with a delivery that is raw and heartfelt. He moves with
ease from the tenderest ballads to the most full-throated stompers. Salgado was
recently nominated for four 2013 Blues Music Awards: B.B. King Entertainer Of
The Year, Soul Blues Album Of The Year--SOUL SHOT, Soul Blues Male
Artist Of The Year and Song Of The Year--She Didn’t Cut Me Loose (by
Curtis Salgado, Marlon McClain and Dave Duncan) from SOUL SHOT.
Concert information is as follows:
June 5, 2013
Event: Alive After
Five Summer Concert Series
Venue: Grove Plaza
Address: 800 West
City: Boise, ID
Ticket price: Free
Please click on the link to access digital press kit
(bio, full album stream):
SHOT was produced by funk
and R&B guitarist Marlon McClain, drummer Tony Braunagel and co-produced by
Salgado. SOUL SHOT speaks loud and clear to contemporary
audiences, carrying on the timeless spirit of 1960s and ‘70s R&B. The
album features four Salgado originals and seven carefully chosen covers. Songs
by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, George Clinton, Otis Redding and Bobby
Womack flow into and out of Salgado's own compositions. Each track — the
slow-burning ballads and the driving rockers — is delivered with the vocal
power and passion of a musical master.
February 4, 1954 in Everett, Washington, Salgado grew up in Eugene, Oregon. His
home was always filled with music. His parents' collection included everything
from Count Basie to Fats Waller, and his older brother and sister turned him on
to the soul and blues of Wilson Pickett and Muddy Waters. He attended a Count
Basie performance when he was 13 and decided then and there that music was his
calling. Curtis began devouring the blues of Little Walter and Paul Butterfield,
fell in love with the harmonica and taught himself to play.
played his first professional gigs when he was 16, and by 18 he was already
making a name for himself in Eugene's bar scene. Salgado quickly developed into
a player and singer of remarkable depth, with vocal and musical influences
including Otis Redding to O.V. Wright, Johnnie Taylor, Muddy Waters, Little
Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson I and II, Lightnin' Hopkins, Howlin' Wolf, Otis
Spann and Magic Sam. With his band The Nighthawks, he became a must-see act in
Eugene and throughout the Northwest. Salgado earned a reputation for
high-intensity performances and a repertoire that was informed by his
encyclopedic knowledge of blues, soul and R&B music.
1977, comedian/actor John Belushi was in Eugene filming Animal House.
During downtime from filming, Belushi caught a typically balls-out Salgado
performance. Afterwards the two got to talking and a friendship grew. Before
long Salgado began playing old records for Belushi, teaching him about blues and
R&B. Belushi soaked up the music like a sponge and soon developed his idea
for The Blues Brothers, first as a skit on Saturday Night Live and
then as a major motion picture and a best-selling record album and
Salgado was getting more serious about his career, he realized some of his band
mates were not. It was then that Salgado joined forces with his friend Robert
Cray and began playing together as The Robert Cray Band. As the stature of the
group grew, Salgado found himself sharing stages with blues icons like Muddy
Waters, Bobby Bland and Bonnie Raitt. The band performed a transcendent set at
the 1977 San Francisco Blues Festival to thunderous ovation before backing up
the great Albert Collins.
Salgado and Cray parted ways in 1982, Curtis went on to front Roomful Of Blues,
singing and touring with them from 1984 through 1986. Back home in Oregon, he
formed a new band, Curtis Salgado & The Stilettos, and was once again
tearing it up on the club scene. He wrote many new songs, and honed his band to
a razor's edge before releasing his first solo album in 1991. His friend and fan
Steve Miller invited Curtis and his band to open for him on a summer shed tour
in 1992. Two years later, Salgado spent the summer on the road singing with
Santana. In 1997 he performed in front of an audience of millions on NBC
television's Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Salgado then joined forces
with Shanachie Records in 1999, putting out four critically acclaimed albums
over the next nine years and finding his biggest audience yet.
2006 Salgado was sidelined when he underwent a successful liver transplant and
then shortly afterwards was diagnosed with and then beat lung cancer. Like so
many musicians, Curtis had no health insurance. His medical expenses were paid
for in part by a huge outpouring of love and money from his fellow musicians and
his huge Northwest fan base. He bounced back with a perfect bill of health in
2008, releasing Clean Getaway.
with SOUL SHOT, Salgado is ready for more, tougher and more
focused than ever. He will again hit the road hard, proving his reputation as a
fire-breathing live performer night after night. And that's just how he likes
it. "Always give it your best," he says. "Be honest and be real.
Treat every show like it's the biggest night of your life."
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