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“Earthquake Mama” is the BlueCats second and brand new CD Album Featuring vocalist harpman Tony (The HarpMan) Battelle, and songwriter guitar man Keith Pittell. Rhythm members include Vick Patron (Bass) and Steve Ebner (Drums), formerly of The Cash Cats. The BlueCats are joined on “Earthquake Mama” by Kirk Nelson (Keyboards), Juliette Angelli (backup vocals) and a cameo contribution by B.B Chung King of the Buddaheads. “Earthquake Mama” was release on February 11, 2012 at a gala CD release party and concert at Theatre West in Hollywood. The album is currently available on most digital outlets including iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. More information can be found on the band’s website at http://bluecatsmusic.com/
The original "Venice" BlueCats were born out of the very same neighborhood as Jim Morrison and the Doors, the Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk; where in the winter of 2005, The BlueCats began as The Venice BlueCats performing each Friday night at The Venice Bistro, honing their act and original material leading up to the release of the first album “Perfect Example” in 2007 Since then, The BlueCats have grown and matured with the addition of Keith Pittell (Guitar and Songwriter).
Founder of the band and lead singer, Tony Battelle (aka—Tony B.), was born and raised on New York City’s Manhattan Island. An actor, singer, harmonica player and occasional song writer, his band, The BlueCats , is happy to be releasing their second album, “Earthquake Mama”. Tony has been singing for as long as he can remember and studied with Beatrice Rippy in New York City as a teenager. He took up harmonica while attending Professional Children’s School. As a teen actor, He has performed with the likes of Dolph Sweet, Judd Hirsh, Nell Carter, Rip Torn and Geraldine Page, who personally encouraged Tony in his career. Tony moved to California in 1978 to attend California Institute of the Arts in Valencia where he wrote, performed, designed, and directed his own projects both with and without the approval of faculty. Tony has been in a variety of bands since then and is also executive producer of his own Record Company, AWB Records.