Thursday, May 26, 2011


Rick Estrin
Blues harmonica master /singer/songwriter Rick Estrin and his band The Nightcats will perform in Italy from Friday, June, 24 through Sunday, June 26, 2011.

Estrin and The Nightcats will be performing songs from their Alligator Records debut, Twisted. For more than 30 years and nine albums, Estrin fronted the jumping, swinging Little Charlie & The Nightcats, featuring guitarist Little Charlie Baty. With Baty's recent retirement from touring, Estrin-along with the Nightcats' longtime rhythm section of J. Hansen and Lorenzo Farrell and a new member, fiery guitarist Kid Andersen-has taken the lead on his own. Rick Estrin and The Nightcats were recently nominated for a 2011 Blues Music Award for Band of the Year. Concert information is as follows:

June 24 - Piacenza Blues Festival - Piacenza, ITALY
June 25 - Torrita Blues Festival - Torrita di Siena, ITALY
June 26 - Malcesine Blues Festival - Malcesine, ITALY

The band's debut album, Twisted, while still swinging the blues, is a harmonica-driven, rocking, guitar-fueled rave-up. Featuring 14 songs (including 10 Estrin originals, two by Kid Andersen, one by Hansen, and a superb band-created instrumental), Twisted showcases Rick's seemingly effortless command of the harmonica, his streetwise vocals and his remarkable original songs.

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