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Shake it for Spring at April Blues Bash

Randy Nicely & Randy Norris by Amy Larimer

Randy Nicely and Randy Norris Photo by Amy Larimer

Tuesday, April 10, at Collector’s Choice in Snohomish, will feature some well-known, respected and beloved northwest musicians on the Blues Bash stage this month. Norris & Nicely will start out a super soulful night capped by the fun and funky Red House. Put on your dancin’ shoes!

Blending soul, rock, New Orleans rhythm and Delta blues, Randy Norris and Jeff Nicely have played music together for nearly two decades. Performing as an acoustic duo for the last 10 years, Norris and Nicely represented the Washington Blues Society at the 2012 and 2013 International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis and last year were awarded the 2017 WBS Best of the Blues Award for Solo/Duo Blues Act after six consecutive nominations in that category. Together, they also fronted the band Blues Therapy, and released two well-received recordings, Doctor’s Orders! and Second Opinion.

Norris’s warm charismatic vocals and high-energy guitar work have carried him through several years with the Randy Oxford Band, where he also earned high marks in Memphis as an IBC finalist, as a member of Jack Mack and the Heart Attack and a stint with The Boxtops doing session and sideman work.

Nicely brings his solid soulful harmonica to this project and to the locally popular Blues Playground. He’s also been inducted into the hall of fame with his brothers in their Ohio hometown where they host a benefit concert every year. In addition he is a well-respected producer, most recently with the Arlington Legends of the Blues.  More at randynorrisandjeffnicely.webs.com

Photo of Red House courtesy of the band.

Powerhouse Blues, Soul, Funk R&B supermen, Red House will be in OUR house! From high-energy booty-shakin’ beats to smooth soulful ballads, you can hear the collective experience and decades of playing together that these seasoned musicians bring to the stage. Described as the band other bands come to see, Red House is one of those bands that works hard and makes it look easy.

Each of the four close-knit members sings and writes, building on a variety of influences. Bassist Tim Scott has toured with Tower of Power, Robben Ford, Dave Mason, Etta James, The Bone Shakers, El Chicano and Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. He’s also performed with legends like Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Billy Preston, Edgar Winter, Chaka Kahn, Buddy Miles, Albert Collins, Big Joe Turner, John Mayall, Herbie Hancock, Steve Vai and Al Dimeola.

Scott played with Red House keyboardist and Hammond Organist Jimmie Holden in an earlier California incarnation, The Reputations. Holden, from a well-known musical family, also played with international legends, including Albert Collins, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Folsom, Billy Preston, Aaron Neville and Etta James.

Drummer Robin Crane and Guitarist Mark Noftsger started playing music back in high school, when they asked Tim Scott to help form the band, Glory. After careers as session players and making their musical marks up and down the West Coast, the two found themselves back in the Northwest, rejoining their old friends to form what is now Red House. You can learn more at redhouseband.net and look for current band dates on the blues calendar at wablues.org. (You can read a similar article in the April 2018 WBS Bluesletter, available at newsstands and venues throughout the state or by becoming a WBS Member at wablues.org)

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