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TOKYO TRAMPS / Press

“Always one of the finest blues bands around Boston, the Tokyo Tramps have outdone even themselves on their new album Rollin’ Rockland Blue Hour. Named after the town Rockland, Massachusetts that hosts recording studio 37 ft Productions where they recorded it, the CD has a freer, looser, and more sophisticated sound structure than any of their previous efforts. Without losing their punch, the trio presents their blues music with a new finesse in their layering and performance.”

“While many others either get caught up with copying their musical heroes or not having strong enough musical chops to add their own original inflection on the standard chord progressions, Satoru, Yukiko and the Tokyo Tramps lay down an irresistible Chicago Blues Rock sound while also paying homage to their Japanese roots by mixing American blues idioms with their Japanese heritage.”

“The Tokyo Tramps are an anomaly, that’s for certain – three Japanese musicians playing down-home American blues in their own unmistakable style.”

“Care for a little sushi with your barbecue? A Japanese blues band is a novelty, but the Tokyo Tramps, led by the husband-and-wife team of Satoru Nakagawa and Yukiko Fujii on guitar, bass and vocals, manage to combine American blues and roots music with an Asian twist. For example, the Tramps use the polite lyric: "I am concerned" in place of something like, say, "Damn right I got the blues!" Fujii and Nakagawa met in Boston, with Fukuyama joining them in 2007. They have played all around New England and have twice been semi-finalists in annual Boston Blues Challenges. Two years ago - on the road again - they represented a blues society from Ohio at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, driving from Ohio to Memphis and taking in the Mississippi Delta while they were at it. ”

Karen Nugent - Worcester Telegram & Gazette

“It was nearly a year ago that guitarist Satoru Nakagawa, bassist Yukiko Fujii, and drummer Kosei Fukuyama made what turned out to be a fateful 13-hour trip from Boston to Marietta to play in the 2010 River City Ohio Blues Competition. "We didn't know what to expect," Nakagawa said. "But we came, played for 20 minutes, and won." Their band, the Tokyo Tramps, was back in town Friday, performing at the Adelphia Music Hall on Second Street. "We were surprised - this venue didn't even exist when we were here last year," Nakagawa said of the music hall. The hall was packed as the Tramps joined fellow blues-makers and 2010 duo competition winners Bongo Joe and Little Steve-O of Akron for a "Memphis Bound Get Down" performance. The event was a fundraiser to help foot the bill as both groups head south next week to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.”

“TOKYO TRAMPS, Boston's most exotic Blues Band”

“A Boston-based jazz trio from Japan was the winner of the 18th annual River City Ohio Blues Competition on Friday and Saturday at the Lafayette Hotel in downtown Marietta. At the end of the two-day blues contest Saturday night, The Tokyo Tramps were chosen as the first place finisher, followed by the Akron, Ohio, duo of Bongo Joe and Little Steve-O in second and Magic Mama Latte, of Gallipolis, in third. The competition was sponsored by the Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society of Marietta. A total of 17 blues bands and solo/duo blues acts competed for cash prizes and BJFMS sponsorship to The Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis. As the winning band, The Tokyo Tramps will be able to compete in the Memphis event in 2011. Since the duo finished in the top three, Bongo Joe and Little Steve-O will also compete in Memphis.”

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