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.