Sounds Like: Muddy "Mississipi" Waters, Son House, Little Walter, *Susan Tedeschi*, Carolina Chocolate Drops
Label: Mojo Rodeo
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PAUL RISHELL & ANNIE RAINES
When 22-year-old harmonica ace Annie Raines first sat in with 42-year-old country blues guitarist Paul Rishell in a Boston bar in 1992, few in the crowd suspected that they were witnessing the beginning of a musical partnership that would span the next nineteen years a... See Full Bio
Roots Blues with Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, winners of the W.C. handy Awards and the Blues Music Awards and multiple nominations. Rich Brown opens the show.
Rich Brown is opening for Paul and Annie's amazing Blues performance!! This just in...The legendary harp player Otto Lenz will be joining Rich for his set.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2012. LENNY SOLOMON BAND, PAUL RISHELL & ANNIE RAINES. 7 pm, doors open 6:30 pm, BYOB and food allowed, $16 advance, $18 at the door. Advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/268982 . A little bit of Cambridge MA comes to Tiverton RI! Lenny Solomon and Paul Rishell first met each other in the early 1970’s when they were both regular players at various Harvard Square haunts. Since that time their musical careers diverged, and only now will they be brought back together again to entertain at Sandywoods. Paul Rishell and Annie Raines are equally passionate about their craft and devoted to the study and performance of a wide range of blues styles, from the syncopated acoustic guitar wizardry of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Son House to Chicagoan “Little” Walter Jacob’s swinging amplified harmonica. Paul has reached what Boston Phoenix writer Ted Drozdowski called “a place deep and resonant as Robert Johnson’s crossroads, where authenticity, soul, and a sense of purpose and commitment ring out in every note he sings and plays.” Annie has added vocals, mandolin, piano, and other instruments to her musical arsenal, while being recognized by top professionals and fans worldwide as the “queen of the blues harmonica.” Says blues legend Pinetop Perkins, “She plays so good it hurts!” Touring internationally at festivals, clubs, and concert halls, and teaching workshops and seminars, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines have earned loyal fans around the globe. They have performed on diverse radio and TV shows including A Prairie Home Companion, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and PBS’s Arthur. They have performed and recorded with Susan Tedeschi, John Sebastian, Pinetop Perkins, and Rory Block. As a working team, Paul and Annie have racked up hundreds of thousands of miles on the road in the U.S. and Europe, collaborated on original songs, and released I Want You To Know (Tone-Cool/Artemis 1996), Moving To The Country (2000), the W.C. Handy Award winner for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year, and Goin’ Home (2004), which was nominated for two Handy Awards. "Rishell is a master of country/blues styles, particularly slide played on a National steel guitar. Raines, a rare female ace blues harmonica blower, shows that she is as strong an acoustic country harp accompanist as she is a harder-edged, electrified Chicago-style lead player à la the great Little Walter." (Billboard Magazine). Singer/songwriter/guitarist Lenny Solomon's style has been compared to early Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Solomon began his career in the late 1960s when he played at Idler Coffeehouse in Harvard Square for over eight years. During his tenure as a solo performer he shared bills with people such as Chris Smither, Carolyn Hester, Bonnie Raitt, and Spider John Koerner. From 1980 through the mid-1990s, although he continued to write songs, Solomon rarely performed. During that period he raised a family and worked on environmental research at Harvard University. In 1997 Solomon got back into performing and formed a folk/country band. Performing his original material, he’s released four CDs: Four Shortened, Not Life Threatening, Armando’s Pie, and Maybe Today. His music has been aired on over 140 radio stations around the country and he has won a fistful of songwriting awards, most recently taking a Second Place in the 2012 International Indie Songwriting contest and runner-up status in the 2012 Song Of The Year Songwriters Contest. In 2008, one of his songs, Let's Go To Mars, sat atop Neil Young's LWW songwriter website for well over a month. In a CD review for www.Southwestblues.com, Dianne Wells wrote "Although Mr. Solomon has a penchant for creating solid blues music with a lyrical social conscience, Maybe Today (2007) is a multi-flavored, 14-song collection encompassing dreamily reflective folk ballads, dance-friendly country shuffles, upbeat soft-rock melodies and rhythms and fusions with a Dylan-like blues foundation."
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