Formed in April 2010 by vocalist Keite Young and guitarist Mark Lettieri, the Black & Blues’ sound could best described as an amalgamation of rock, electro-funk and soul, straddling the line between classic and 21st century sonic idioms, with one foot firmly planted in the blues. It’s an unrelenting sound that will leave listeners feeling like their name suggests.
Prior to forming the Black & Blues, Keite Young enjoyed a successful solo career as an artist signed to Hidden Beach Recordings. His debut album, The Rise and Fall of Keite Young, made an immediate impact on the indie soul scene, thanks to frequent touring and the single “If We Were Alone,” a duet with Dallas native N’Dambi. The record also showcased his unique ability to write in both neo-soul and pop/rock formats.
Mark Lettieri led the Metroplex-based progressive pop band Soulever Lift, releasing three albums and playing a steady stream of shows throughout Texas during their four year run. He also performs with instrumental funk/jazz powerhouse, Snarky Puppy. As a sideman, he operates frequently in the r&b/gospel scene, having played with artists such as Erykah Badu, Kirk Franklin ad Myron Butler & Levi.
Joining Young on vocals is co-lead singer Goldie Fornow, a true rock diva both visually and sonically, with a voice that can peel the paint off a club’s walls. Literally. The groups modern edge lies in its rhythm section, featuring longtime Keite Young solo collaborator Evan Gentry on drums, and techno-wizard Matt Skates, from Fort Worth-based electronica band Shuttle, on bass.
With new material in the works for an upcoming EP to be released in the summer of 2010, the Black & Blues are on a mission. From God? Maybe, but they’re certainly from a place where rock and roll, soul and pop still had their roots in the music from which they were directly birthed: the blues.