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Monster Mike Welch

- US Somerville, MA Blues



Monster Mike Welch is one of the East Coast’s best-loved blues guitarists and, at 33 years old, already a twenty-year veteran of the international blues scene. As frontman or as the guitarist for New England blues legends Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Mike has toured Nor... See Full Bio

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    Oct 2

    Lille, FR | 8:30pm
    Thu Oct 02 8:30pm
  • 2014

    May 31

    Northampton, MA, US | 3:30pm

    Northampton, MA, US
    Sat May 31 3:30pm


    David Maxwell's Maximum Blues featuring Sugar Ray Norcia and Monster Mike Welch Featuring: David Maxwell, keys Sugar Ray Norcia, harmonica & vocals Monster Mike Welch, guitar Marty Ballou, bass Per Hanson, drums Opener: Chase Garrett at 7 PM. David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years playing piano with some of the greatest and well- known musicians in the blues. David plays many styles of blues, jazz and improvised music, but he is best known for his soulful virtuosity and unmatched ability to reach the heart of post-war Chicago Blues. Through his work, he has gained the respect of artists, critics and fans and has established a reputation as one of the finest blues pianists alive. Maxwell took part in James Cotton's 1997 Grammy winning album "Deep In The Blues" and also contributed a solo piano piece to a Fred MacDowell tribute album that was nominated for a Grammy. David has 14 WC Handy Blues Music Award nominations. His album, "You Got To Move", featuring the late Louisiana Red, won the 2011Acoustic Album of the Year BMA award, and in 2012, his CD "Conversations in Blue", a collaboration with one of Otis Spann's records, won the same award. His other nominations were for the "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year". David has played with many of the greats including John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rodgers, Charley Musselwhite, Johnny Adams and Ronnie Earl; and gigs with Muddy Waters (replacing the ailing Otis Spann one night), The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Levon Helm, Jimmy Witherspoon,Lowell Fulsom, Junior Wells and many others. He has been involved in dozens of recording sessions and can be found playing keys on many blues albums that have been released over the last 40 years. David backed up Keith Richards and Eric Clapton for Hubert Sumlin's CD "About Them Shoes" released in 2005. David's latest album "Blues In Other Colors" (Blue Duchess) features the mohan veena player, Harry Manx and other musicians blending in Indian, Moroccan,Turkish and African influences with the blues. The album received high critical acclaim. Maxwell is often compared to the great blues pianist Otis Spann (of the Muddy Waters band), for his ability to resurrect the spirit and sound of the master of post-war Chicago Blues Piano. But Maxwell is no mere imitation. He has created a style and sound uniquely his own. His diverse experience, technical virtuosity, sense of timing and rhythm, and ability to complement other band members has earned Maxwell a reputation as one of the finest blues pianists alive. David's special guests will be two time Grammy nominee Sugar Ray Norcia, of The Bluetones, who have multiple Blues Music Award nominations. Guesting with Sugar will be his bandmate, Monster Mike Welch and his blues drenched soulful guitar stylings.

  • 2014

    Apr 5

    Liège, BE | 8:00pm

    Liège, BE
    Sat Apr 05 8:00pm


    Sugar Ray Norcia feat. Monster Mike Welch (usa), blues Paf 15€. Prévente 12€. Plat du jour à 19h L’harmoniciste Sugar Ray Norcia & the Bluetones est un formidable navire de blues qui vogue sur les scènes américaines et européennes depuis 1979…L’association plus récente avec le jeune prodige de la guitare, Monster Mike Welch, apporte une dimension remarquable à ce groupe qui va chercher les meilleures récompenses aux USA. Sugar Ray Norcia : chant et harmonica Monster Mike Welch : chant et guitare Michael “Mudcat” Ward : basse Neil Gouvin : batterie http://www.sugarrayandthebluetones.com/

  • 2014

    Mar 22

    Talant, FR | 8:00pm
    Sat Mar 22 8:00pm
  • 2013

    Jun 1

    Tournon D Agenais, FR | 9:00pm
    Tournon D Agenais, FR
    Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:00pm
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