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Tangiers Blues Band / Press

“The cast of the Tangiers Blues Band shifts occasionally, but core members King (lead vocals, guitar), Eric Brown (drums), Chris Scianni (guitar), Dave Sellar (bass), Danny Clinch (harmonica, vocals) and Peter Levin (keyboards) whip up toe-tappin’ finger-poppin’, head-boppin’, hip-shakin’ rock ’n’ roll that begins with Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon and barrels through Buffalo Springfield, Bob Dylan and Prince all the way to Lady Gaga. The miracle is, you’ll love them all. The fact is, TBB is a musician’s band, where great performers get to have fun and play what they love without all that incredibly tiresome touring that major record labels demand.”

“The Tangiers Blues Band (frontman and lead singer simply known as KING, plus Chris Scianni, Danny Clinch, Dave Sellar, Peter Levin, and Diego Voglino), kicked off the night with a slick blues riff by guitarist Scianni on his vintage 1954 Blackguard Telecaster. This riff quickly turned into a stellar blues version of “Waitin’ For The Man” (The Velvet Underground), which became clear when lead singer KING came in with the first verse. Their set would have cured anyone’s need for soulful blues, even bringing out legendary harmonica player Mickey Raphael from Willie Nelson and Family to jam for a few tunes. Tangiers closed their set with an amazing cover of The Beastie Boys “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!).” When their badass lead, KING, dressed to the nines in a three-piece suit, took off his top hat and revealed he has hair as long as Willie Nelson’s, he began to head-bang to the song before going right back into the last verse, making the crowd really come ali”

“The New York-based Tangiers Blues Band has entertained audiences for years with outstanding musicianship on rock and blues staples and deep cuts, all delivered with humor and good (but not-squeaky) clean fun. The challenge here is to have as much fun as the guys onstage. With hard-driving, rockin’ blues at the core of their repertoire, the TBB draws material from a wide range of sources: Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon, of course, but some of the highlight tunes of the night came from Buffalo Springfield (“Hello Mr. Soul”), the Beastie Boys (“(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)”), Prince (“Kiss”) and Lady (fer cryin’ out loud) Gaga (“I Want Your Love”). The band nailed them all, and then some. The cast of characters shifts occasionally, but core members King (lead vocals, guitar), Eric Brown (drums), Chris Scianni (guitar) and Dave Sellar (bass) also usually includes Danny Clinch (harmonica, vocals) and Peter Levin (keyboards, absent this night)....”

“last night to celebrate the opening of Still Moving, the new exhibit by iconic and well loved rock photographer, Danny Clinch. The exhibit coincides with the launch of his new book, Still Moving (Abrams). Friends such as Julian Lennon, Jackson Browne, Rick Rubin, Lucinda Williams and others, took in the impressive works of Danny’s that lined the walls of the West Hollywood Morrison Hotel Gallery location. Danny’s band, The Tangiers Blues Band took to the stage for some incredible music and was joined by Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams and Citizen Cope. WHERE: Morrison Hotel Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood WHEN: Last Night – Thursday, October 23rd WHO WAS THERE: Julian Lennon Jackson Browne Rick Rubin Charlie Sexton Citizen Cope Lucinda Williams John Oates Charlie Musselwhite Jon Fishman (Phish) Mike Vallely Iconic photographers and gallery co-owners Henry Diltz and Timothy White among others”

“Famous music photographer Danny Clinch celebrated the release of his new photo book Still Moving with a star-studded, John Varvatos-hosted party and show at Sleep No More home McKittrick Hotel last night (10/13). The private event featured Danny's band Tangiers Blues Band as a house band, and they were joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for most of the set. Special guest performers included Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (in town promoting the new Foo Fighters stuff), Perry Farrell (in town doing Jane's Addiction stuff as part of CBGB Festival), Zac Brown (playing with the Foo Fighters on Letterman this week), Roy Bittan (E Street Band), Jesse Malin, and Jon Herrington. Courtney Love and Michael Stipe were in the crowd, but didn't perform. Pictures from the event and a video teaser Danny made for the book are in this post.”

“Hours after teaming up with Zac Brown for a quadruple-guitar cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" for Late Show With David Letterman, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins headed downtown to cover the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" and Bob Dylan's "From a Buick 6." As Courtney Love, Michael Stipe, Brown and Rachael Ray looked on at New York's McKittrick Hotel, the duo joined rock photographer Danny Clinch and his Tangiers Blues Band onstage to celebrate the release of Clinch's new book Danny Clinch: Still Moving. Preservation Hall Jazz Band provided sporadic horns on a spontaneous, shambolic version of "From a Buick 6," which found Grohl ceding his frontman duties to New York rocker Jesse Malin. The duo would stay onstage for a rambunctious version of "Miss You," as Clinch enlisted Perry Farrell and Farrell's wife Etta to handle backup vocals on the Stones classic...”

“From the time Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil and Leadbelly was freed from the chain gang through Louis Armstrong and Billy Holiday to Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash to Chuck, Bo & Muddy, to the Beatles & the Stones to Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, CCR & Ram Jam to the Talking Heads, and the Ramones to Nirvana to the White Stripes & the Black Keys to Nas/Alabama Shakes/ C2C/ & Strypes and even Lady Ga-Ga people continue to find and update the blues. Not to repeat myself but ALL MUSIC IS BLUES MUSIC!!”

“Celebrated rock photographer Danny Clinch also gets his mojo on in the live setting by performing with The Tangiers Blues Band. Last night, the group appeared at New York City’s tiny R Bar. There the band was joined over the course of its set by fellow blues aficionados Phil Lesh and Jackie Greene, who are in town to open their Nokia Theatre run this evening. Other guests who have have sat in with the Blues Band over the years include: Bruce Willis, Lars Ulrich, Gavin DeGraw and John McEnroe. Back on February 12, 2006, Clinch sat in with Phil Lesh and Friends at the Beacon Theatre, joining in on harmonica for the In the Midnight Hour encore.”

“Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and tennis legend John McEnroe at a the Tangiers Blues Band concert at the Iridium . . .”

“High-flying Delta Spirit handed the stage over to the more mellow and cool Tangiers Blues Band. The band played what seemed like at least a 10-minute version of “Midnight Rambler,” with most of the band moving to the bluesy rhythm in their black suits and skinny ties while lead singer King (yes, that’s his name) kept his arms crossed, a pained look on his face while he stood there, nearly motionless, in a red zip-up jacket, sunglasses, fedora and plaid (possibly pajama) pants. King sings like a man who knows he’s the coolest cat in the room. Eventually, as the song builds, he slowly removes his jacket, then his hat, and lets his long hair fly. This doesn’t happen until “Midnight Rambler” has taken over everyone in the room, as if King has allowed it to take him over too, but he had to be the last. I know nothing about the blues, but I’d be happy to take in a night of the Tangiers Blues Band perform a set on their own. (Seriously, look at these guys. How cool are they?) ”

“After starting 2013 with a performance during the On The Beach benefit show alongside My Morning Jacket, The Tangiers Blues Band followed Jim James in playing the intriguing venue that is The Manderlay Bar at The McKittrick Hotel. The ever rotating Tangiers cast brought their honky tonk stylings including a rendition of Robert Johnson’s “Stop Breaking Down Blues” with Danny Clinch bringing an impassioned vocal take to the folk blues standard. ”

“Tangiers Blues Band, who feature Clinch on harmonica and backing vocals, opened the evening offering a modest assemblage swampy Rock renditions of such classic cuts as The Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right To Party” and a sloppily seductive rendition of Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up.””

“Native New Jerseyan and world-class photographer Danny Clinch performs with his Tangiers Blues Band during On the Beach: A Sandy Relief Concert, which he helped organize. ”

“King of the Tangiers Blues Band opens up the night at On the Beach: A Sandy Relief Concert in Asbury Park, New Jersey. ”

“King from the Tangiers Blues Band let down his hair to sing a roadhouse blues cover of The Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right to Party" with rock photographer Danny Clinch on harmonica during the set Sunday on the Preservation Hall Stage. ”

“The band tore through a set of straight-ahead, rock n’ roll blues, including classics like Bo Diddley’s “You Can’t Judge A Book” and “I Just Want To Make Love To You.” King’s voice is a raunchy, raspy creeper – as he shook, hollered and made bug-eyed faces (not to mention plenty of references to rock n’ roll vice) the sunny afternoon took on a deliciously nasty, roadhouse-stomp vibe. The set wasn’t entirely drawn from the crossroads songbook. Toward the close, King announced, “We’re gonna do one by a bluesman from way in the deep South of Minnesota, named, up, Mississippi Bob Dylan.” Joined by backup singers from St. Cecelia’s Asylum Chorus and members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the band took on a slinky, funky R&B version of Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35.” ”

“Perhaps the most original reworking was TBB’s take on Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime,” transforming the upbeat, funky, dance number, into a growling waffle stomper, instilling new life into the selection. The group played long into the night, giving the patrons of The Press Room just the kind of after-party they were looking for. After all, nothing quite chases a shot of whiskey like the Blues.”

“Danny Clinch & The Tangiers Blues Band came out in full fur for "Midnight Rambler" (Let It Bleed, 1969):”

"Well all I can say is if you have an oppurtunity to see Gregg Allman or The Tangiers Blues Band perform don't hesitate to do so."

“Made up of an all-star cast of musicians, the Tangiers Blues Band rolled and rocked the crowd at Joe’s Pub last Sunday. The 8 piece ensemble, fronted by a bedazzled and pimped out singer named King, brought the sounds of the South to the Big Apple.”

“Despite the rain, the humidity, and the peals of thunder, The Tangiers Blues Band brought the crowd to its feet Thursday night.”