Blues & Bourbon Wednesday
at The Starlet Room
5:30pm doors | 6:30-9pm music!
ONLY $10 admission most nights!
Dance Floor + Food + Bourbon Flights
The Starlet Room (Above Harlow's)
2708 J St., Sacramento CA 95616
We've lined up a superb Wednesday series of blues artists
from SoCal, NorCal and Delta to Delta!
Come on up and get on down!
Check out this write up about the series in Submerge Magazine:
(San Francisco, CA)
"Live on Tape!" CD Release Party
September 4, 2019 - CLOSED
|September 11 -
HowellDevine (San Francisco, CA) - $10
The popular shack-shakin' Delta and hill country blues trio returns to Sacramento.
"I love country blues and I also love 60s blues/jazz trios (like Jack McDuff) so they could be onto creating a great new sound combining the two approaches. I enjoyed every tune on HOWL. "
"There is no blues band performing today as different as HowellDevine—nor as delightful."
-Lee Hildebrand, Living Blues
"These days it’s crowded field of rock guitar-driven blues and there sits HowellDevine singularly offering a refreshing content-laden recording. The ease with which they play is a pleasant change from the relentless need by others to continuously display musical gymnastics. Easier said than done, they have done the near impossible, “ownership” of the idiom that they perform. Propulsive prowess is at play here: this is minimalist juke joint music with a groove so deep that you could grow giant heritage oaks in a year.”
-Jim Pugh, Little Village Foundation
Triple threat talent, Joshua Howell (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and percussion savant, Pete Devine (drums, washboard), plus veteran upright bassist, Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix Delta/Country Blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present-day sound rooted in early blues. HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago.
HOWL was recorded at the mecca of blues production on the West Coast these days, Kid Andersen's Greaseland Studios in San Jose, the trio- Joshua Howell (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Pete Devine (drums, washboard, jug) and Joe Kyle, Jr. (upright bass) brought their raw and elegant rhythmic simpatico to a carefully selected repertoire of songs, just as they have in the past with their acclaimed albums on Arhoolie Records, Jumps, Boogies and Wobbles (2013) and Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju (2015), and their self-released debut, Delta Grooves (2012).
Some of their biggest heroes-- Sonny Boy Williamson, R.L. Burnside, Robert Johnson, Hound Dog Taylor and Blind Blake—have been introduced to their Gen X and Millennials audiences by way of these three friends. Music critic Andrew Gilbert writes in his liner notes: "Much like the iconic blues musicians who provided the bones and marrow for vast stretches of American music, you can’t keep HowellDevine down on the Delta when they feel the need to roam. The elemental Bay Area trio has distinguished itself over the past decade as a startlingly potent roots-based combo steeped in an array of sinewy shuffles and muscular grooves."
|September 18 -
Kyle Rowland "Live on Tape!"
CD Release Party (Sacramento, CA) - $10
Multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter and young hometown blues hero Kyle Rowland returns from a summer of touring the US for his long-awaited CD release party. "Live On Tape!" was partially recorded at Momo on a reel to reel tape deck.Starring Kyle on harp, guitar and lead vocals, Sacramento Blues Hall of Fame Member Jimmy Morello (drums), Sacramento Blues Hall of Fame Kenny Marchese (guitar) and Greg Roberts (bass).
"He plays harp like they used to play, not all high on nitrous oxide, but like a man."
"The blues ain't black. white, yellow, purple, red --its a feeling, and this boy has it! "
"Kyle can bend notes with the best of them….. He commands the stage like an experienced bandleader. He cues the band, perfectly, banters with the audience, makes sure a well-played solo gets acknowledged….Even more than his connection with a harmonica, Kyle radiates a joy of playing music he obviously loves."
Keeping the tradition alive and sticking with the roots, The Kyle Rowland Blues Band dishes out a sauté of boisterous Chicago and swampy Texas blues with a pinch of West Coast swing. Danceable and listenable this show will have you wanting more with your toes tapping into the next morning. His playing exudes genuineness- as if he pains over each blues note from his harmonica, and deeply feels each lyric in his songbook. With a backing band of veteran musicians, The Kyle Rowland Blues Band brings freshness to the blues scene!
"Blues harmonica player of the year" and "Blues New Artist of The Year" in 2009 from the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, Kyle Rowland, has been dominating the stage since the tender age of 10 years old. Kyle quickly and naturally developed his own sound. With the help from a few of his heroes such as James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, and "Matt Guitar" Murphy along with many other, Kyle learned specific techniques of stage presence, the music business, along with highly revered harmonica secrets.
|September 25 -
Shane Dwight (Monterey, CA) - $15/$12 SBS members
"...an ace songwriter.” - USA Today
Blues and roots music maverick Shane Dwight, noted for his raspy rock voice and swampy vibe, is touring behind his brand new record, No One Loves Me Better, out April 5 on Red Parlor Records. With lyrical storytelling, he paints powerful images of misunderstood men, love, struggle and redemption. His music roots growing up in coastal California were The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and then later, Muddy Waters and Albert King. Country and blues come from the same southern root, hearing Shane Dwight's new music confirms this.
Shane Dwight, will pull you into his house by the ear after the first chord of No One Loves Me Better. This esteemed independent label has long been a champion of music’s best songwriters, and Dwight is no exception. This new collection of songs is some of his most personal yet – gut-wrenching, and heartbreaking to date. The story of a man finding love, committing a crime, and wanting redemption runs deep in Shane’s songs.
From the heartwarming “No One Loves Me Better” to the dark “Bullets & Gasoline” to the sassy “Sucker,” Shane nails life to the wall like a WANTED sign out in the wild west. Shane’s songwriting has evolved so far that he may be untouchable for a while, and fans won’t be able to get it out of their heads, critics won’t know what to do with him. But one thing’s for sure; he’s here to stay.
Recorded at Grammy Award-winning Kevin McKendree’s studio in Franklin, TN with a mega all-star cast of players the sounds of this album, are slick, powerful and groove driven. The heartbeat of the drums and the entanglement of guitars mix well with Shane’s raspy voice. The eccentric guitar tunings bring the haunted voices to life; you can almost see the movie. Says Shane, “You will hear some of my friends, Bekka Bramlett (Elton John), Kenneth Blevins (John Hiatt), and Rob McNelley (Bob Seger) who all came to the table that day to be a part of this story. The story is of a misunderstood man, his trials and tribulations over the perils of whiskey, women, and the music business.”
No One Loves Me Better ends with “The Trial Of A Poet” – a haunting resonator and background vocals from the renowned Bekka Bramlett; it’s filled with fog, crunchy leaves, and a flashlight. There are blues, rock, soul, country and a little bit of hip-hop that shows his California roots. It’s heavy, it’s deep, and it’s a swamp full of characters that show up at the fight. “Exceptional talent…. it’s clear this cat can sing anything he wants.” – Blues Revue Magazine
Shane grew up on a ranch in Morgan Hill, CA a few hours from San Jose and Monterey, where the air was fresh, and the sun was hot. At the age of nine, he was diagnosed with Perthes bone disease in his hips that prohibited from him walking for about a year as a young boy. Since then, the debilitating illness does go into temporary remission but when it returns it forces Shane to live with severe chronic pain. Shane began to learn how to play guitar back in high school, playing with friends and bands along the way, he started The Shane Dwight Blues Band at 28. His musical roots were FM radio, Album Oriented Rock artists like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He dug deep into their influences and found a stack of others, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Albert King; those gave him the nod to take it even further. Sometimes standing on the rock where Moses stood is vital to get the energy of the ground into your soul and when Shane stood on the same burn spot where Jim Hendrix once stood at the famed Monterey Blues Festival, he felt the mysterious aura seep into his bones. Bones that once were strong get weakened at times when you need to fill your cup.
Where do you go to get it filled up? At the well of course, and for Shane that well is his fans. He has crisscrossed this country and the world many a time, to bring the people what they want, his music – a blend of rock and blues with a little dash of country. His band went on to win the Monterey Blues Festival Battle of the Bands in 2001, and that’s when it began. He caught fire that day in Monterey, and never stopped except to get gas. His grassroots approach to his career has also been crucial for he has built it fan by fan, show by show and album by album. From What You Need to Gimme Back My Money to A Hundred White Lies, Shane has conquered it all; festivals, CD sales, radio and press accolades galore from rock to country to blues and back again. Dwight’s most successful to date has been A Hundred White Lies, which received praise from publications , USA Today, Guitar World, and Living Blues Magazine. It charted on several popular radio lists, XM/Sirius Satellite’s Channel, “Bluesville,” Living Blues Magazine, Route 66 – an Americana radio show chart for a total of about six months together. Then, in Spring 2018 he went into Greaseland Studios with Kid Andersen and did a fresh set of his favorite blues covers with another all-star cast of players, called High Time I Got Mine which is only sold at his live shows.
Shane’s hectic touring schedule reads like an airplane flight plan. He keeps it real with a bi-coastal routing to festivals, winery series and of course, he will show up at his favorite dive bar to croon. He has performed over 3500 shows over the past 20 years, headlining at some of music’s most significant events; Beale Street Festival, Portland Waterfront, Reno Blues Festival, Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, Ottawa Blues Fest; sharing the stage with household names such as Blake Shelton, The Doobie Brothers and B.B. King. He’s backed off the 200 dates a year he once did, but he still brings the rock to the table and the blues to the dance floor.
Country and blues music is about the same. You see, they are rooted from the same soil with a Bible and bottle in each hand. And that’s why Guitar World said that Shane Dwight, “rocks hard.”
For a streaming link to No One Loves Me Better: https://goo.gl/4abVvd
For downloadable PR files: https://bit.ly/2UUfuq1