THE NIGHTHAWKS are true Legends of Blues and Rock n' Roll. As their 50th anniversary approaches, The Nighthawks step forward with two new members: Dan Hovey on guitar and Paul Pisciotta on bass. Dan delivers strong lead vocals along with his tasty guitar playing. Paul brings the band's already famous four-part harmonies to a new level. The band has been touring the world since 1972 - led by founding member Mark Wenner - with thirty recordings, local and international awards, and an award winning DVD to their credit. The Nighthawks are churning out new material while drawing on more than four decades worth of signature tunes from their legendary live shows. Now with new blood and new tunes the Hawks are set to release their 31st CD, 'Tryin' To Get To You' on April 17th. There are damn few bands that can match the output and quality of American Roots music, from down home blues, vintage rock n' roll, early R&B, soul and Doo Wop. Always putting the Nighthawk magic on everything they touch.

Big Al and the Heavyweights

Originally formed in 1993 as the ‘Unknown Blues Band’ with founding members Warren Haynes and Big Al Lauro. This is long time road warriors, Big Al & the Heavyweighs 7th cd of original Louisiana Roots Music. It reflects their passion for so many musical styles from blues to rock, zydeco to jazz and even country. The CD was recorded at Suite Mix Studios in funky Slidell, LA . All in all if you are a fan of blues/roots music with a soulful southern flair, this is it!

Markey Blue

The Nashville-based duo and their touring band have a long list of accomplishments for the short amount of time since they first joined forces. The band has been headlining and playing festivals and clubs around the country and the world in support of their latest album. The band name has changed and with it comes some of the best music the writing duo of Markey and Latina has ever written. This album takes a walk through several sides of the blues genre — the swampy side of roots, rock and soul blues, traditional blues and two tribute songs. Raised in Muddy Water offers a little something for every blues palate. The team of musicians brought together for this release have a resume that reads like a “who’s who” of the music industry. Raised in Muddy Water also features guest artists Ronnie Keith Owens (harmonica on “Red Room) and Blues Hall of Famer and Alligator Records Artist Eddy “the Chief” Clearwater (vocal duet and guitar on “I Like it Like This”). The final song is a live “bonus track” with guest musicians Wes Little on bass and Brian Allen on drums and keyboardist Shannon Wickline.

Jason Ricci

This is Jason’s eighth release as a band leader first in seven years. Of course he’s been busy with other projects including special guest on the (late great) Johnny Winter’s Grammy winning CD, ‘Step Back’. His fantastic duo release of acoustic blues with J.J. Appleton, ‘Dirty Memory’ in 2015. And of course his knockout TV performance of the induction of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, quite an honor indeed. He has also been nominated and won many awards including Blues Music Award for Best Harmonica 2010 and is nominated again this year (2017) He and his band still tour the world playing the biggest Festivals and concert venues. Jason is an amazing song writer, entertainer and innovator of the blues harmonica (blues and beyond) but this CD is about Jason & his great New Orleans band, ‘The Bad Kind’. Their new material further showcases the growth of their incredible talents. This new recording is going to smash any preconceived notions of genre boundaries. I don't think they've come up with a name for the music these cats make. We just call it Jason Ricci & the Bad Kind.

Rev Billy

As we all know the Rev. Billy usually works alone as he needs no help in bringing the truth and healing powers of music to those heathens in need. Only He, in his semi-divine wisdom can bring bona fide relief to the great unwashed, the sinners and do-gooders alike. A very serious acoustic blues / boogie piano player in the mold of his mentor Sunnyland Slim, and accomplished song writer of great depth and wit, he can preach the blues and gospel without the need of a net! With his long career and life experiences his music. Whether live or recorded, is food for the soul. If you're already a fan you know the wonderment that awaits you. If you’re new to his greatness then hang on for a divine time.

Big Walter

Most of you know him as leader of ‘Little Charlie & the Nightcats’. There is no mistaking Charlie's creative blues guitar playing as he is truly tops in this field. Charlie always played some jazz tunes with the Nightcats, which has led him where he is today. This record finds him in one of his favorite settings, organ jazz trio. His former Nightcat band mates, Lorenzo Farrell on Hammond organ and J. Hansen on drums and percussion join him on this swinging CD. This CD Showcases jazz, ballads and blues all done with Charlie’s unique guitar stylings. If you’re a Charlie Baty fan I think you’ll really dig this record.

Big Walter

I’d first like to thank all the great harmonica players, other musicians, engineers & studios that made this record possible. This is a project I’ve wanted to do for some time. Bring together some great musicians / friends and pay respect to one of the all time greats, Big Walter Horton. Big Walter has been a major influence on all of the great players of my generation and beyond. We want to do our part in spreading the blues genius of Walter Horton. To quote Willie Dixon, “he was the best he ever heard”. And Dixon heard and worked with all the greats. This is a non-profit project with proceeds going to The Blues Foundation and Hart Fund. Everyone involved is donating music for the cause. We’re very excited about this record and hope everyone things it worthy. Special shout out to Bob Corritore for his help and support on this project. The response to this recording has been fantastic from radio, critics and especially fellow harmonica players. Hope we can do a volume II so we can get some great players involved. - Ronnie Owens

Andy Poxon

Andy Poxon has been called “a complete and mature musician, … already developed past his years, and ready to lead us all into the future of pure American blues and roots music,” by legendary blues guitarist Duke Robillard. He has released three albums of original music on the EllerSoul Records label, including the Robillard produced Tomorrow (2013) and You Must Be Crazy! (2015), produced by Grammy-winning pianist Kevin McKendree. These albums have received extensive airplay on B.B. King’s Bluesville station on SiriusXM radio, and have been nominated for numerous awards. Poxon has performed across the United States and Canada, with performance highlights including the Sacramento Music Festival, Festival d’été de Québec, and the Kennedy Center.

In addition to blues, Poxon is also a rising classical guitarist, having won first prize in the James Stroud All-Ohio Guitar Competition in 2017 and the Appalachian Guitarfest Solo Guitar Competition Undergraduate Division in 2015. He is also an accomplished arranger, having his arrangements performed by Grammy-winning artists such as Jason Vieaux, Anne Akiko Meyers, and Sasha Cooke. Poxon recently received his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying under Jason Vieaux and Colin Davin, after receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Towson University in 2015, under Troy King. Poxon

Joe Stanley

“Legend” is one label we might apply to Joe Stanley. Others might include mentor, inspiration, trailblazer. Stanley was an integral part of the dynamic Washington D C music scene for more than five decades His swooping, growling tone combined the dexterity of Plas Johnson and Sil Austin with the raw, emotive wail of Earl Bostic and Red Allen. And Joe could hold his own with any of them right up until his passing on January 7, 2007. He kept that muscular, honking sax tradition alive throughout his career. Upon first hearing him in the 1980s, Big Joe Maher likened it to entering a time machine and hearing the best R&B sax men of the 1940s and 50s. Stanley began playing with the D.C. area's premier club band,“The Saxtons,” (AKA “The Saxons”) as a teenager. The band dominated the local pop music club scene. ( He kept the band alive in one form or another for more than 30 years.) Joe went on to work with luminaries including Link\X/ray, Charlie Daniels, Roy Clark, Big Joe Turner, Bill Black's Combo and a then-unknown D.C. talent named Marvin Gaye. Stanley was the first to bring the young, future guitar legend Danny Gatton to the stage, gave D.C. music stalwart Billy Hancock his start and formed various combos and bands that served \X/ashington’s most promising and talented musicians. Beginning in his teens,he was among the first area musicians to cross the color line,playing with some of the area's first integrated bands. Fueled by Stanley's gritty, wailing sax, The Saxtons backed a who's who of 1950s and 60s popular entertainers, Sam Cooke, The Drifters, Bobby Darin, Jackie \X/ilson, Dion and the Belmonts and too many others to list here. Later in his career he worked extensively with Big Joe &the Dynaflows, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, The Big Four Combo and others He was an inexhaustible source of incredible stories culled from an astonishing career, There was always something to learn from — and about — Joe Stanley. Let this special edition tribute continue the education.

John Cocuzzi

John now lives in Northern California, spreading the jazz / blues / swing gospel in the Sacramento area as a soloist and bandleader, and working with the finest musicians in town. Famous jazz drummer Louie Bellson called John a "Gentleman of Jazz" and hired John's band to perform at his wedding Reception in 1992.
Swingster John Cocuzzi has New Orleans flavor and East Coast class, playing with passion and intensity on piano, vibes and drums. For more than 25 years, John had been entertaining crowds in the Washington, DC area and performing alongside jazz and blues greats at festivals across the United States and in Europe. With dynamic style and diverse rhythms, John's innovation breathes new life into familiar tunes, from swingin' and burnin' jazz and blues to lush and sultry ballads. An intuitive performer, John possesses that musical "fire in the belly," igniting the crowd with skillful improvisation, "telling his story" through spirited, high-energy solos. In addition to being a fine pianist, John has earned a nationwide reputation as a premier swing vibraphonist. The names of prominent jazz and blues musicians John has worked with over the years is too long to list here. For more information:

"His command of a vibraphone and piano, as well as being a fine ‘shy-guy‘ vocalist, make him a triple-threat musician whose enthusiasm and engaging personality brighten any room in which he performs.”
- Jazz journalist, Cam Miller

The Mike Henderson Band

Renowned musician, singer-songwriter Mike Henderson has come full circle with this long awaited CD and return to his blue’s rockin’ roots. A thirty plus year veteran of the music industry, he has worn many hats. Henderson is a Grammy nominated songwriter, having written many songs recorded by a wide range of artists. He's also an "in demand" guitarist, lending his skills to countless recordings. As band leader, he not only handles the vocals and guitar, but also blows some very impressive blues harmonica.
All of his Bel Airs, Snakes and Bluebloods fans will rejoice upon hearing this new release, ‘If You Think it’s Hot Here...’  his debut on EllerSoul Records ®. The Mike Henderson Band still holds court every Monday night at Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe, laying down the many shades of the blues… you better get there early, there's always a line.

The Nighthawks

Now in their fifth decade of recording and live performing, the 21st century Nighthawks are a tight, cohesive unit - the kind that comes only from years and miles. Guitarist Paul Bell and bassist Johnny Castle have been in the band for more than a decade; drummer Mark Stutso, the "new kid," is starting his fifth year; and founding member singer / harmonica player Mark Wenner is counting 40 plus. The nightly consensus from fans is that this version of The Nighthawks is the best ever. The concept that was mapped out in the liner notes of their 1974 debut recording, Rock and Roll, has grown into a powerful expression of the American musical tradition.

Almost every Nighthawks recording has featured at least one Muddy Waters tune, and 444 is no exception. This time the band showcases its acoustic version of Muddy's "Louisiana Blues" (staying close to the country blues of Muddy's original version), recalling their Blues Music Award-winning acoustic release, Last Train to Bluesville, and Muddy's live introduction on the band's Open All Night album. As the legend said that night way back when, "They have a beautiful name. They are THE NIGHTHAWKS."

The BlueBeats

The BlueBeats were a very popular regional band in the 80's and early 90's. They just recently finished their 2nd CD that they started recording way back in 91'. The record features the incredible gospel tinged vocals of Claudia Carawan. The rest of the band is Jim Wark- guitar, Stu Grimes - drums, Mike Moore - bass, Eric Holt - keyboards and vocals and Ronnie Owens on harmonica and vocals. They had written all the songs and had recorded 8 tunes in 91' but sometimes things don't turnout as planned and life just gets in way. Well here it is 23 years later and they're finally got it finished with a April 15th release date. The CD is a real mix of styles with 12 impressive originals and 2 choice covers by Ray Charles and Louie Prima. This is Ronnie's band before the Grand Dukes. Sounds like he'll be a busy man fronting both bands.

Holland K. Smith

2013 has proven to be a notable year as Smith's fourth release, 'COBALT' (EllerSoul Records®) is already receiving stellar reviews and awards. The CD was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and Smith made it to finalist status for Best Blues Song, 'Love Liquidation'. The project placed blues guitar master, Anson Funderburgh as the producer. He and Smith were back in the studio again where they have logged more than 240 hours in studio time.

Holland is best known for his penning of a song recorded by rock all-star, George Thorogood. Smith's original song, Rock Party was first recorded for the album 'The Hard Stuff' in 2006, and is used as the opening theme song for Thorogood's performances.

Several years after discovering and studying blues, he recorded with local bluesmen and became a regular performer during the west coast blues/swing revival that swept over Dallas during the early 90's. Smith landed a record deal and released his first CD, 'Jungle Jane' on the Topcat label. A few years later, he would release his second album for the label entitled 'Walkin' Heart Attack'. Both projects were also produced by Dallas blues guitar legend, Anson Funderburgh. Smith self released a third CD, 'Enough Is Enough' and toured the EU behind it like his first two albums. He slowly began building a following in both EU and in Brazil as well Smith met Ronnie Owens on a trip to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis where a deal was struck after an introduction by Funderburgh. The recording began right away and in September 2013, 'COBALT' was released on the EllerSoul Records® label. K. Smith

4 Jacks

There's hardly enough room here to list the accomplishments of these 4 great artists, only that the whole is even better than it's parts. I know that's a pretty big claim but the music on this disc is all the proof one needs. Its just what you'd expect from these top shelf musicians whose song writing and playing skills has the authenticity that few players can produce while still sounding fresh. Texas guitar legend Anson Funderbrugh is consider by his peers as one of the very best blues guitars to come out of Texas, that puts him in some mighty fine company. Anson has been a major part of the blues scene with his band 'The Rockets' for over 30 years. Washington D.C based Big Joe Maher is a one time label mate of Anson's on the old' Black Top Records' label. Drummer/vocalist Big Joe Maher also leads his own band 'the Dynaflows' and has several great CDs out on the Severn Records label. Many of you may know keyboardist Kevin McKendree for his many years as Delbert McClinton's band leader, Kevin also tours with roots rocker Brian Setzer. Grammy nominated Kevin, recorded, mixed and produced this CD in his studio 'The Rock House' and rock it does. Steve Mackey is the bass player in the new band and his lists of credits are too long to list. Steve is one of Nashville's first call session players. I could do some serious name dropping here with these guys but I'm running out of space.

Julius Pittman

This horn driven band delivers smokin' southern soul music for the 21st century. Julius Pittman & The Revival features keyboardist/vocalist Julius Pittman, guitarists Randy Moss and Velpo Robertson, bassist Audie Stanley, drummer Chris McIntyre, tenor sax player John Stanley,tenor/baritone sax player Howard Smith and trumpeter/flugelhorn Dave Triplett. Julius and the band mix smoking originals with timeless classics to keep the crowd engaged and dancers on the floor. From uptown, horn propelled blues to funky downtown soul, mercy, mercy it don't get no betta!

Ivan Appelrouth

EllerSoul is proud to release the new CD by Ivan Appelrouth, Blue and Instrumental! It is Ivan's first recording as band leader. Ivan has been playing and recording for almost thirty years. The early 80's found him in the New England area playing with some of the areas finest blues band and learning from his mentor Duke Robillard. He later returned to his home town of Richmond, VA and played with a number of groups, including touring and recording with Jumpin' Johnny Sansone & the Blues Party. The 90's found him recording & touring with Li'l Ronnie & the Grand Dukes and the DC based Big Joe & the Dynaflows. While touring the US, Canada and Europe with Big Joe Ivan had the pleasure of playing with such luminaries as Earl King, James 'Thunderbird' Davis, Nappy Brown and many others.

Accompanied by an all-star band of former and sometime band-mates, the renown guitarist showcases his collection of original blues, swing & jump instrumentals plus 4 choice "covers". These tracks stand, in part as a musical tribute to the plethora of rocking and swinging blues and R&B greats who have influenced and shaped his playing and musical taste.

What you'll hear are fourteen tunes recorded live in the studio over 2 five-hour sessions. None of the tunes had ever been performed on stage as a complete band. At each session everyone essentially walked in cold with no rehearsal except for what was in Ivan's head. "I got a idea" was his blueprint, and they went to work. What they got down and done speaks volumes for Ivan and the cats he was honored to have join him. This is the way it's supposed to sound, not retro or old school, just the way it was meant to be played. You can feel it, drenched in emotion, spontaneous and impeccable.

...dig these tracks, they're hot! - Duke Robillard

Marion James

'Nashville's Queen of the Blues'

Ellersoul Records ® is proud to reissue the great R&B recording, 'Essence' from 'Nashville's Queen of the Blues', the renowned singer/ song writer Marion James. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Marion grew up in a family with a love for music. Like most great R&B singers, Marion's musical background is firmly rooted in the church. Her first experience with blues music came from watching vaudeville shows, checking out local performers and listening to her mother's record collection of 78s.

In 1966, she recorded the top-ten hit "That's My Man" for Nashville's legendary Excello Records. The track featured legendary blues guitarist, Johnny Jones (Bobby Blue Bland) and Marion's husband, trumpeter/arranger Jimmy Stuart. Stuart also arranged horn charts for such notable artists as Junior Parker and Bobby Blue Bland. During the early 1960's, Marion's touring band included guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, and bassist, Billy Cox. Their live performances electrified audiences throughout the South. Marion continued performing till the mid 1980s when she decided to take a long overdue break from the road.

In the early 90s, Marion met guitarist Casey Lutton. She began to perform with his group, The Hypnotics. Several years later, she and this funky outfit recorded an album for the Italian label, Appaloosa Records. Since then, Marion has shared the stage with Rufus Thomas, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Chick Willis, and many others! She's played to sold-out audiences in Europe and the Southeastern United States. Marion was also part of a exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame, "Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970". It covered the rich and vibrant R&B music history of Nashville.

Essence, is an intoxicating blend of blues, soul, and jazz and features some of Nashville's finest musicians. Legendary jazz pianist, Beegie Adair, and her trio accompany Marion on six of the twelve songs. Adair's restraint and poise perfectly complement James unique vocal styling. Marion's vocal style is reminiscent of her influences such as Billie Holiday, Ruth Brown, and Etta James.

The remaining tracks find Marion in an electric soul blues setting. Musicians like keyboardist Reese Wynans (Double Trouble), guitarist Jack Pearson (The Allman Brothers) , bassist Bob Babbitt (Motown session musician), and drummer Chucki Burke (Willie Dixon, Issac Hayes) drive the point home with music that'll make you jump out of your seat! From the greasy funk of "Tables" to the silky groove of "Let's Straighten It Out", Marion commands each track with the profound conviction that only a veteran can convey. Ellersoul Records ® is excited about adding this great recording to our catalog and look forward to working with Marion on her next recording project.

Terry Garland and Li'l Ronnie

Blues masters Terry Garland and Li'l Ronnie have been performing as a duo since December 31, 2009. Although they had performed together in the past, this time it really clicked. Their electrifying sound mesmerizes the listener. Both Terry & Ronnie have long distinguished recording careers, as they are both vocalists, songwriters and interpreters their repertoire is varied, exciting and spontaneous.

Terry Garland is known internationally as a master slide and acoustic guitarist. Terry performs world wide and has performed at top blues festivals across the globe. The artist's impassioned songs, rare musical insight and depth make him one of the most innovative and praised contemporary blues and roots musicians. Terry's meticulous finger-picking and driving percussive foot-stomping unite with his vocal prowess to create an evocative, engaging transformation.

Born in Johnson City, TN., Terry's musical roots were pioneered by forefathers of the blues. During his youth, he studied the sounds of Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed, Blind Willie McTell, Howling' Wolf and Lightning Hopkins, who inspired him to follow his calling. These pioneers played the blues on guitar or piano, they were the music. Just a voice and an instrument.

Harpist, singer/songwriter and Hohner Harmonica endorsee Ronnie Owens has been performing since the 60's and has been fronting his own bands for over 25 years. Ronnie and band have performed at top music festivals and venues including a headlining performance at the prestigious Lincoln Center. They have also played with and opened shows for some of the biggest names in the blues /rock world.

Terry and Ronnie recently recorded an electrifying live CD, 'Live at the Canal Club', with a planned release date of January, 2011. Terry and Ronnie are very excited about their new musical partnership.

Terry and Ronnie are available for festivals, events, private functions and music venues.

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Li'l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes

Lil’ Ronnie and the Grand Dukes are, to quote one reviewer, “ the real deal!...superb talents well versed in traditional blues”. They are led by harpist, singer/songwriter and Hohner Harmonica endorsee, Ronnie Keith Owens. While Ronnie & the band are well schooled in all styles of blues they also use elements of 50's r&b, soul, vintage rock & roll & jazz in their unique blend of American roots music.

Ronnie was born in Richmond, VA. Inspired and encouraged by his jazz drumming uncle, Ronnie was beatin’ the skins by the time he was 8, and giging in local bands by the tender age of 13. Ronnie was weaned on the sounds of swing jazz, rhythm & blues and early rock & roll, but it was the post-war urban blues that really spoke to Ronnie, especially the deep blues of Muddy Waters,the wicked harp of Little Walter and all those great Chess artists. This led Ronnie to finally change instruments from drums to harmonica and he ain’t looked back.

Ronnie has now been leading his own bands for over 25 years. He has played with or opened shows with some of the biggest names in the blues/ rock world, John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Taj Mahal, Johnny Winter and way to many to name drop here.

Ronnie and his band ‘the Grand Dukes’ are a critically acclaimed touring band and play anywhere from funky little blues bars, where the music was invented, to major blues festivals, including a headlining & swinging night at New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center. They have earned the reputation as an exciting, must see band! The current line up includes Ivan Applerouth on guitar, Ivan has also toured & recorded with Big Joe & The Dynaflows, was original guitarist for Jumpin’ Johhny Sansone’s Blues Party & has fronted his own great bands, John Sheppard plays bass & also played & recorded with both Big Joe & Johnny Sansone, John Fralin plays piano & was also a former member of Big Joe & the Dynaflows, The Bopcats & others, rounding out the band is drummer Mark Young who also played drums in Ivan’s former bands.

Ronnie and the band have recorded 3 critically acclaimed and internationally distributed CD’s. Their latest CD ‘do what’cha do’ was a hit with Blues & Americana radio worldwide. The CD reached #5 on XM Radio’s Bluesville and reached #15 on ‘Living Blues Top 25 ’ worldwide radio charts, where it stayed for 2 months!

‘do what’cha do’ was ranked # 8 in Real Blues Magazine top CD’s of 2005, the band was also named ‘Best US Blues Band 2005’ from Real Blues Magazine. Li’l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes were voted ‘Best Blues Artist’ at the 5th Annual Virginia Music Awards.

Li'l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes

When Terry Garland sings the blues the listener is drawn into a new dimension of reality. The artist's impassioned songs, rare musical insight and depth make him one of the most innovative and praised blues musicians of the 1990s. Born in Johnson City, Tennessee, Terry's musical roots were pioneered by forefathers of the blues. During his youth he studied the sounds of Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed, blind Willie McTell, Howlin'Wolf, and Lightnin' Hopkins who inspired him to follow his calling. "They played the blues on guitar or piano, just themselves. They were the music. Just a voice and an instrument."

He spent many years playing guitar in a string of rhythm and blues touring bands. A major turning point in Terry's career occurred when he opened a show for Leon Russell. This was his first solo performance and there was no turning back. Terry knew then that he must continue to "express my feelings with the blues."

After developing a catalog of songs and deciding which songs worked solo, Terry took his "own style" of blues to his audiences. He features country and delta blues covers complemented by spirited originals. A master slide and acoustic guitarist, Terry's meticulous finger-pricing and driving percussive foot-stomping unites with his vocal prowess creating an evocative, engaging transformation.

A seasoned entertainer and reputed true-blues troubadour, Terry Garland continues to spread his blues worldwide. Terry smiles when he quotes the words of blues veteran, John Lee Hooker, "It's in me and it's gotta' come out!" Terry's fifth CD, "Whistling in the Dark", was released in 2006. This record is Terry's first all-original endeavour.