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Cathy Lemons / Bio

Cathy Lemons is a vocalist, songwriter, song publisher, band leader, and show producer who has been a staple of the blues scene in the Bay Area for 25 years. She has been described as “the finest light-skinned female blues vocalist in the U.S.” (Real Blues 2010) with a “velvety and hypnotic voice—resonant of “a female Howlin’ Wolf” (Fulltimeblues 2010). Hailing from Dallas, TX she honed her chops with the likes of Anson Funderburg and performed with Stevie Ray Vaughan. She has worked with some of the great names in blues including John Lee Hooker (she toured as his send-off singer in 1987), Tommy Castro, Ron Thompson, and many others.

Her current band is called "CATHY LEMONS & the blues xcentric" with Stevie Gurr (of Elvin Bishop and Dr. John), Paul Olguin (of Maria Muldaur), Kevin Zuffi (of Joe Lewis Walker), and Theron Petersen (Primus)

Cathy Lemons writes songs that are as haunting as they are autobiographically revealing. She has 3 CD’s out: “Dark Road” (2000) and “Lemonace” on Vizztone ( 2010). Her 3rd, “Black Crow” (Vizztone) released March 25 2014.

CRITICS:
"One thing is certain…once you hear her, you will be a fan for life. This is music with a timeless quality that will have all the hitting power twenty years down the road that it does today. " Bill Wilson

"A dandy dose of hot stuff that just doesn’t quit, Lemons isn’t about affectation and iconography, she’s the real deal .... Smoking, velvet soul blues that’s right in the pocket throughout, Lemons impresses throughout with this mighty release. A winner throughout." Chris Specter (Midwest Record)

"I declare this [“Lemonace”] to be the greatest thing I’ve heard so far in 2010!" Andy Grigg (Real Blues)

“ A wonderful, beautiful, sonic film that bends the boundaries of genre description.”Johnny Fulltime (Fulltime Blues)

“I remember the first time I heard the Butterfield Blues band as if it was just yesterday. Those guys knew the formula--they had listened to and played with everybody who was anybody in Chicago--and they brought the music to rich throbbing LIFE. It was new and yet it wasn't, and they didn't give a damn if you liked it or if you didn't. Well, this CD captures a bunch of that same feel. It's hard and deep and rich." Bruce Edwards (Sunday Night Blues Project)

“[Dark Road]a burnished, scintillating disc and certainly one of the finest debuts from a contemporary female blues singer this year.” Hal Horowitz (Blues Revue)

"She presents an almost classical quality to her voice. A dangerous approach to a tradition? You bet! But Lemons makes it work. The more you listen to this self-produced effort, the more you realize that it is a very individualistic emotional approach." (Vintage Guitar)

LINKS:
Website – http://www.cathylemons.com
The VIZZTONE online STORE – http://www.vizztone.com/new-music-store/#thelatest/blackcrow
FaceBook – https://www.facebook.com/cathy.lemons1
Facebook Band Page – https://www.facebook.com/bluexcentric (PLEASE “LIKE” US)
YouTube Video of “Black Crow” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycrCDnswEDE
ReverbNation – http://www.reverbnation.com/cathylemons
iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/black-crow/id825833572
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=music&tag=wmnforg-20&keywords=Cathy%20Lemons%20Black%20Crow
Nimbit – http://www.nimbitmusic.com/artists/cathylemons
POD Cast: "Stories of The Grand Dell – Cathy Lemons"-
http://ec.libsyn.com/p/6/6/e/66ecc720e81e50ed/Cathy_Lemon_Stories_of_Musicians_from_The_Grand_Dell_Saloon.mp3?d13a76d516d9dec20c3d276ce028ed5089ab1ce3dae902ea1d01cf8534d9c85f1753&c_id=5685258
http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/artist/Cathy+Lemons/a/albums.htm

DISCOGRAPHY:
1. “Dark Road,” The Saloon Recordings, 2000
2. “Lemonace,” Vizztone, May 2010
3. "Black Crow" Vizztone, March 25 2014

UPCOMING SHOWS:
Saturday May 31, 2014
THE POOR HOUSE BISTRO
1 S Autumn St, San Jose, CA 95110
With Stevie Gurr, Paul Olguin, Kevin Zuffi, Theron Petersen
START TIME: 7:00 PM—10:00 PM
http://www.poorhousebistro.com/
(408) 292-5837

Thursday, April 24, 2014
THE SALOON
1232 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
With Stevie Gurr, Paul Olguin, Kevin Zuffi, Theron Petersen
START TIME: 9:30 PM--1:45 AM
http://www.sfblues.net/Saloon.html
415-989-7666

Wednesday April 9 2014
OFFICIAL CD RELEASE PARTY FOR “BLACK CROW”
SPECIAL GUESTS; VOLKER STIFLER, KID ANDESREN, LISA ANDERSEN, PHIL BERKOWITZ … AND MORE (Garth Webber, Ron Hacker, Aki Kumar, Jon Laughton, GG Amos, Dave Workman)
BISCUITS AND BLUES
401 Mason St., San Francisco CA 94102
http://www.biscuitsandblues.com/
415-292-2583
Tickets $15.00

LIVE on KPOO RADIO 89.5
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
Wednesday Blues with Noel Hayes
Cathy Lemons and Stevie Gurr perform live in studio: 11:30 to 12:00 Noon
http://www.kpoo.com/noel-hayes

LIVE on KPFA RADIO 94.1
Tom Mazzolini's "Blues By The Bay" for March 29, 2014 - 12:00pm--2:00 PM
KPFA 94.1 FM (24k mp3)
Cathy Lemons and Stevie Gurr "live" playing 3 songs from CD "Black Crow"
Plus Tom Mazzolini interviews Cathy Lemons and Stevie Gurr
You can hear the show for 2 weeks after air date of March 29th at: http://www.kpfa.org/archive/id/101412

Thursday, March 24 2014
THE SALOON (AS "THE LUCKY LOSERS")
1232 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
With Phil Berkowitz, cathy Lemons, Marvin Greene, Kevin Zuffi, Steve Hazlewood, Theron Petersen
START TIME: 430 PM--8:30 PM
http://www.sfblues.net/Saloon.html
415-989-7666

Thursday, March 20 2014
THE SALOON
1232 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, 94133
With Stevie Gurr, Paul Olguin, Kevin Zuffi, Theron Petersen
START TIME: 9:30 PM--1:45 AM
http://www.sfblues.net/Saloon.html
415-989-7666

Sunday March 16, Poor House Bistro
Metro Fountain Blues Festival Benefit
With Ron Thompson
Cathy Lemons
Ron Hacker
Chris Cain
JC Smith
Lara Price
and more

Saturday March 8 2014
TUPELO
“A Swingin’ Thang” (3 part harmony songs and more)
1337 Grant (Between Vallejo & Green) San Francisco, CA 94133,
& Phil Berkowitz, Marvin Greene, Burton Wynne, Kevin Zuffi, Theron Peterse

General Info

Band Members
Cathy Lemons on vocals, Stevie Gurr on guitar, Paul Olguin on bass, Robbie Bean on drums, Kevin Zuffi on keys
Artist Name
Cathy Lemons
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/cathylemons
Active Since
01/12
Genres
Blues / blues / Soul

Contact Info

Location
San Francisco, CA
Manager
Cathy Lemons

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