JOHN HIATT & THE COMBO
Genre: Americana, Blues, Folk, Rock
John Hiatt’s career as a performer and songwriter has spanned more than 35 years and everyone from Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, BB King, Bonnie Raitt, and Iggy Pop has covered his work. He has played a variety of musical styles on his albums including Country, Blues, and Soul; and has been nominated for several Grammy Awards. Known for captivating crowds with his exceptional guitar performances and enthusiasm, Hiatt has been called “...one of rock’s most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years” by the Los Angeles Times. This summer Hiatt and his extraordinary band, The Combo, are touring in support of his critically acclaimed album Mystic Pinball. Known for their vibrant live performances, The Tennessean describes the experience saying “He prowls the stage, delivering the bluesy stuff in a whiskey-burn howl, shouting the rock stuff and fronting a formidable band that can turn on a dime, from ballads to bombast.”
Genre: Blues, World Music, Jazz Blues
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. He has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards, receiving one on 1997 for Senor Bluesand the second in 2001 for Shoutin’ In Key. Born Henry St. Claire Fredericks in 1942, he grew up in a musical family, and in a very culturally diverse Springfield, MA, playing piano, clarinet, trombone, harmonica, and guitar. He also loved to sing and became fascinated by the roots of music—where it came from. Though is career began more than four decades ago with American Blues, he has since broadened his artistic scope to include more world music representing virtually every corner of the world—West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin American, Europe, the Hawaiian Islands, and so much more. What ties Taj Mahal’s career together is the insatiable interest he has had in musical discovery all his life. His passion and curiosity have led him all over the world, resulting in a global perspective reflected in his music.