Anthony Geraci & The Boston All-Stars

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Billy Price - It Ain't a Juke Joint Without the Blues

Anthony Geraci And The Boston Blues All-Stars 2019

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Anthony GeraciPiano/lvocals
Billy PriceLead vocals
Barret AndersonGuitar
John VanderpoolSax
Paul LorangerBass
Kurt KalkerDrums

Anthony Geraci & The Boston All-Stars feat. Billy Price

Anthony R. Geraci blev født i 1954 i New Haven, Connecticut. Han begyndte allerede som fireårig at spille klaver og lod sig sidenhen uddanne på Berklee College of Music og Skidmore College med fokus på jazzstudier. I Boston gled han ind i det lokale jazz- og bluesmiljø og fik blandt andet mulighed for at agere opvarmning for Muddy Waters
Han er en amerikansk blues- og jazzpianist, organist, sanger og komponist, med en professionel karriere igennem mere end 40 år. Geraci har spillet på scenen med Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Chuck Berry, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner og Jimmy Rogers og har indspillet med Big Walter Horton, Ronnie Earl, Big Jack Johnson, Zora Young, Sugaray Rayford, Debbie Davies og Kenny Neal blandt andre.

Det førte til kontakter med blandt andre Ronnie Earl og Sugar Ray Norcia, og i slut-1970’erne var Anthony Geraci med til at danne Sugar Ray & the Bluetones. Senere blev han tillige stiftende medlem af Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters og spillede sideløbende med begge grupper. Anthony Geraci er fortsat medlem af The Bluetones og spillede for eksempel med dem i på Blues Heaven 2017.

Geraci har været nomineret til en Grammy Award, og han har haft adskillige Blues Music Award-nomineringer. Ud over sit arbejde med andre har Geraci udgivet syv albums i sit eget navn.

Anthony Geraci udgav sit første soloalbum i 2005, og flere fulgte. 2015’s »Fifty shades of Blue«, udsendt under bandnavnet Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars, resulterede i 15 Blues Music Award-nomineringer, og i 2021 kunne Anthony Geraci endelig kalde sig vinder i kategorien ”Instrumentalist – Piano (Pinetop Perkins Piano Player)”
Den 20. maj udkommer albummet »Blues Called My Name« med Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars, der ved denne lejlighed blandt andre omfatter Walter Trout, Sugar Ray Norcia og Monster Mike Wells (som har gæstet Blues Heaven flere gange).
Når Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars optræder på Blues Heaven, får de følgeskab af soul sangeren Billy Price.

Billy Price, der er født som William Pollak i 1949 i New Jersey, er en af de tunge drenge på soul blues-scenen. Han begyndte karrieren som sparringspartner for Roy Buchanan i 1970’erne, inden han sprang ud som solokunstner i 1979. Siden har han udgivet en lang række plader, de seneste i samarbejde med Kid Andersen, der co-producerede både »Reckoning« (2018) og »Dog eat dog« (2019). Duet-pladen med nu afdøde Otis Clay, »This time for real« (2015), indbragte parret en Blues Music Award.

 

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Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blues All-Stars feat Billy Price

Anthony Geraci is a 2021 Blues Music Award Winner for Instrumentalist- Pianist from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN.  Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blues All-Stars were also nominated in 2021 for Band of the Year (and 2019) as well. Anthony has 15 personal Blues Music Award Nominations. He is an original member of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, and Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters-he has recorded with both Artists extensively. He has recorded with Blues Pioneers: Big Walter Horton, Carey Bell, Odetta, Big Jack Johnson, Charlie Musselwhite, Lazy Lester, Snooky Pryor, and John Brim. As well as contemporary Blues Artists: Kenny Neal, Sugaray Rayford, Debbie Davies, Otis Grand, Welch/Ledbetter, Zora Young, Tas Cru, Kilborn Alley, The Proven Ones, and Duke Robillard. Grammy Nomination: Super Harps I (Telarc.) Be on the lookout for a new recording coming out in 2022. All original tunes by Anthony. With special guests Anne Harris, Walter Trout, Sugar Ray Norcia, and Monster Mike Welch, who has been playing at Blues Heaven several times.

The special guest is the 2016 Blues Music Award (BMA) Winner and frequent BMA nominee Billy Price who first attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan’s LPs, That’s What I’m Here For and Live Stock. Since then, with the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band, and solo projects, Billy Price has recorded and released a total of 17 albums, CDs, and DVDs.Price’s album This Time for Real, with the late Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received a 2016 Blues Music Award in the category of Best Soul Blues Album of 2015. His 2018 album Reckoning, produced by Kid Andersen at Greaseland Studios for Vizztone, was nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award in the category of Best Soul Blues Album of 2018. His latest album Dog Eat Dog, also produced by Andersen, was released on Gulf Coast Records in August 2019 and nominated for a 2020 BMA for Best Soul Blues Album of 2019. He was also nominated for a 2020 BMA for Best Male Soul Blues Artist.