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NOW ON TOUR: NOW ON TOUR: THE ANDY T – NICK NIXON BAND, BLIND PIG RECORDS RECORDING ARTISTS
Traditional Blues Torchbearers Now Soliciting 2014 Festivals
NASHVILLE, TN — Traditional blues wizards the Andy T - Nick Nixon Band have stormed the international blues scene in the year since their debut album Drink Drank Drunk on the Delta Groove label hit the streets.
The album, produced by Texas blues legend Anson Funderburgh, has been embraced by hundreds of radio stations, reaching number two on Sirius/XM radio’s million-subscriber “B.B. King’s Bluesville” and climbing the Living Blues chart. Critics have praised their tasteful and authentic approach in USA Today, the Nashville Tennessean, Elmore, Living Blues, Blues Bytes and a host of other mainstream and specialty publications. And — most important — the fans have fallen in love with their dynamic, rooted live performances, making Andy, Nick and their band of veteran musicians an in-demand act at festivals and clubs across the world. These include Arkansas’ historic King Biscuit Festival, the Moulin Blues Festival in Oslo, Norway, and such prestigious venues as Phoenix’s Rhythm Room, B.B. King’s on Memphis’ Beale Street, Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco and Knuckleheads in Kansas City, Missouri.
Andy and Nick are currently at work on a new album, also being produced by Anson.
• AIRPLAY: Number two on “B.B. King’s Bluesville”; three months on the Living Blues radio chart peaking at number five; featured on “House of Blues Radio Hour”; airplay on approximately 350 more stations in the U.S. and Europe.
• PRESS: Elmore magazine declares, “a fresh new collaboration. These veterans may be new names to you, but not for long!” And the Nashville Tennessean’s Peter Cooper describes their music as “soulful, present, wise and empathetic,” adding, “Nixon’s voice is like a hammer wrapped in velvet.” Plus USA Today’s “top 10 hits” list. Living Blues called the Andy T- Nick Nixon Band “irresistible.” And there’s been additional praise in the Nashville Scene, the Examiner.com, Music Row, GuitarInstructor.com, Blues Rock Review, the Roanoke Times, the Midwest Record and more.
• LIVE: Many festival and club appearances. Festivals include King Biscuit 2012, 2013, 2014, Waterfront Festival 2014 (Portland, OR) Moulin Blues (Netherlands), Hot August Blues 2103, 2014 (Kentucky), Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival, etc. Clubs include the Rhythm Room (Phoenix), Bradfordville (Tampa), Funky Biscuit (Boca Raton), Bourbon Street (Nashville), B.B.King’s (Memphis and Nashville), Biscuits & Blues (San Francisco), the Double Door (Charlotte), Uncle Bo’s (Topeka), Yoli’s (Ventura), Knuckleheads (Kansas City) and many more.
• HONORS: Blues Blast Music Awards nomination for “New Artist Debut Release,” major feature on Nick Nixon in June 2013 Living Blues, major feature in December, 2104 Blues Music Magazine, cover stories for both Andy and Nick in Blues Blast Magazine.
AND THE STORY: The blues has a history of great collaborations. Now it’s time to add Andy T and James “Nick” Nixon to that venerable list thanks to the red clay covered roots of Nick’s dynamic voice and Andy’s bold, vibrant tones and equally rooted guitar style.
Nick is one of those amazing artists that rarely surface today. This velvet voiced singer was born and raised in Nashville and was part of the thriving Jefferson Street blues scene of the ’60s. Nick was a Chess Records recording artist in the ’70s and is a key figure in today’s reviving Nashville blues scene. As a long-time member of the New Imperials, an act with a 45-year history, Nick had performed with many of the top blues and R&B artists in the world before joining forces with Andy T. He is an institution in Music City, regularly performing for civic functions and even singing before thousands at the Riverfront Park, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony. Despite such a varied and successful career in the music business, Nixon is still remembered by many as a friend and sometimes stage mate of the late, great Jimi Hendrix. Nick befriended Hendrix and his pal (and later-to-be Band of Gypsies member) Billy Cox when they arrived in Nashville in the early ’60s. To this day Nick often writes and performs with his good friend Cox.
“Andy T” Talamantez was born and raised in Southern California, and relocated to Nashville in 2008. His guitar style is influenced by T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Magic Sam and Albert Collins among others, yet it remains his own. Andy has toured internationally with blues greats Guitar Shorty and Smokey Wilson, and has performed with a long list of major blues artists around the country. After meeting James “Nick” Nixon, and watching him perform, Andy knew that they would make an unstoppable combination. And they proved that with 2013’s Anson Funderburgh-produced Drink Drank Drunk, and 2014's Livin' It Up, also produced by Funderburgh.