January 12, 2015


Angelique Kidjo
Valerie June
Julian Lage
Damon Fowler
Eilen Jewell






Eilen Jewell

Worried Mind

Rio Grande

I Remember You

 Warning Signs

Damon Fowler

Sounds of Home


Old Fools, Bar Stools, & Me

Grit My Teeth

Julian Lage Trio


 Woodside Waltz

 233 Butler



Valerie June

 Somebody to Love

The Hour


Workin' Woman Blues

Angelique Kidjo





 Pata Pata



Larry Groce & Co.

 Respect Yourself

Press Release

Angelique Kidjo - While the music of west African-born, Paris-based vocalist Angélique Kidjo has crossed and combined genres including Afro-funk, reggae, samba, salsa, gospel, jazz, Zairean rhumba, zouk, and makossa, the common thread is a deep soulfulness. Since the release of her 1988, self-produced debut, “Pretty,” Kidjo has achieved popular and critical acclaim worldwide, including a Grammy Award for 2007's “Djin Djin.” “Fifa,” released in 1996, featured more than 100 percussionists, flutists, cowbell and berimbau players, singers, and dancers from Benin. In 1980, Kidjo relocated to Paris to escape the oppressive political environment of her homeland of Benin. Since then, her career has also been driven by a passionate advocacy and philanthropy for her homeland of Africa, particularly for women. Kidjo was named one of the “Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World” by The Guardian. Kidjo's songs have been featured on the soundtracks of such films as “My Favorite Season,” “Street Fighter,” and “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.” She has recorded with a long list of artists that includes Dave Matthews, Cassandra Wilson, Carlos Santana, Davis Z, Roy Hargrove, John Legend, Branford Marsalis, and Dianne Reeves. On her current release, “Eve,” Kidjo collaborates with traditional women’s choirs from Kenya and various cities and villages in Benin, and sing in a wide array of native Beninese languages, including Fon (Kidjo’s first language), Yoruba, Goun, and Mina. 


Julian Lage Trio - In 1999, at age 11, virtuoso guitarist Julian Lage made his recording debut on the CD “Dawg Duos” that featured David Grisman, Vassar Clements, Edgar Meyer, and Béla Fleck. Quite a debut for a musician who was later hailed as “a giant in the making” by “All About Jazz.” His solo debut, “Sounding Point,” earned him his 2009 Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Jazz Album.” Lage was also the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Jules at Eight.” Early on, he gained exposure as a protégé of legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton, recording and touring with Burton on two projects, 2004's “Generations” and “Next Generation” the following year. Recently, Lage has performed in a trio with fiddle master Mark O'Connor and bass virtuoso John Patitucci. His latest release, “Gladwell,” features Bela Fleck and follows the development of an imaginary and forgotten town.


Valerie June - By the time she released her debut, 2013's “Pushin' Against A Stone,” Tennessee native Valerie June had already performed on “Later… with Jools Holland,” sung a duet with Eric Church at the ACM Awards, toured with Jake Bugg, had been featured in music and fashion magazines, and earned some of the year's most glowing reviews. Growing up in Tennessee, June moved to Memphis following high school. She considered attending art school, but fell in love with 1920's and 30's music, specifically, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, and The Carter Family. Self taught, she toured the south and opened for Old Crow Medicine Show. The band was so taken with her music they invited her to Nashville to record an EP, “Valerie June and the Tennessee Express,” at their studio. Since then, June has worked with producer Kevin Augunas, who, upon hearing her music, flew to Tennessee to introduce himself. Augunas, in turn, connected her with The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach who also became a quick fan - and songwriting partner. 


Eilen Jewell - With a sweet, easy-going voice and a delivery to match, Boston-based singer/songwriter Eilen Jewell inflects her music with a timeless quality - no matter what the style. Since her 2006 debut, “Boundary County,” Idaho-born Jewell has surveyed a wide range of traditional musical styles, from the folk and jug band leanings of her early recordings, through an album-length homage to Loretta Lynn and the country gospel of her work with The Sacred Shakers. Her 2009 CD, “Sea of Tears,” took a left turn, adding the electric edge of '60s UK garage rock and Chicago blues. As of late, Jewell and her band have been living on the road, from North America to Western Europe, New Zealand and Australia, and have shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Blind Boys of Alabama, Chris Smither, and Junior Brown. Her last release, “Queen of the Minor Key,” was released in 2011.


Damon Fowler - With his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, Florida native Damon Fowler started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. In last year's "Best of Tampa" poll, Creative Loafing magazine named him "Best Guitarist, Slide Guitarist, Lap Steel Player, and Best Dobro Player. After spending much of the past year touring with the band Southern Hospitality, Damon Fowler is back with his third solo project for Blind Pig Records, Sounds of Home. Damon chose swamp blues master Tab Benoit to produce and record him at Tab's rural Louisiana home studio, and their collaboration has resulted in Damon's strongest effort to date.