Genre: Blues

Billy The Kid & The Regulators

Billy the Kid and The Regulators are a high powered, guitar driven, rhythm and blues band based in Pittsburgh. Lead singer Billy Evanochko is widely known across the Steel City for his impassioned lyrics, seductive vocals, and stinging guitar riffs. Together with his band, The Regulators they deliver a well-balanced dose of funky rhythm and blues, with heart and soul being the main ingredient, playing countless clubs and festivals throughout the country. The band attracts fans with their fresh mix and interpretation of the iconic R&B experience.

Billy the Kid & The Regulators won over the Blues Society of Western Pa taking first place honors among the acts at the Blues Challenge in Pittsburgh in 2013 earning them a spot at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. The Band competed with acts from all over the world in Memphis January 22-25, 2014, earning them the 3rd Place Win among the best blues bands in the world! Their Sophomore CD “She Got a Hold on Me”, released in April 2012, wowed judges in Memphis, TN in which it placed in the top 5 best CD’s submitted from around the world for the Best Self Produced CD.

Billy the Kid and the Regulators earned a spot in the 2008 International Blues Competition in Memphis TN by winning the Appalachian Blues Challenge for the West Virginia Blues Society.

“Billy Evanochko and company deliver a unique blend of contemporary blues with a big side of funk. This definitely is a band to be reckoned with” – Scott Tady, Beaver County Times

“The boy can flat out play.” “Billy and the boys are one of the best kept secrets in the Blues. If you have not heard of them, you better ask somebody!” – Michael Burks, Alligator Records Recording artist

“Billy The kid & The Regulators are the best band I’ve had as an opening act this year period.” – Tinsley Ellis, Telarc Records Recording artist.

Alex Lopez Band

Respecting the rich tradition of the blues and always paying homage to the original blues architects, expand the genre to bring it to new audiences and deliver it with the passion, power and pizazz that keeps fans coming back for more…

Dockta D & The Powers That B

Dockta D and the Powers That Be is a group of well-seasoned, dynamic, top-notch musicians who will lay you low with the blues, roll you over with rock, swing you to the moon and back and funk you up with groovy beats, all while opening up your aching heart with a soulfulness that permeates each note from their expertly played instruments. Bringing solid mind-blowing harmonica-driven blues-rock originals along with well-loved classics from rock, swing, blues, funk, boogie-woogie and soul, adapted to their own style, and with influences ranging diversely from Paul Butterfield to Lee Oskar, J. Geils to ZZ Top, Buddy Guy to Robin Trower, Johnny Winter to Lynard Skynard and the Stones to the Beatles, there is no jam that this band can’t handle.

Crystal Shawanda

“This is a new blues woman on the scene with fantastic chops and a command of songs. She is a valuable addition to the blues world, destined for wide recognition.”

— Steve Daniels, Big City Blues

There’s a tendency these days to try to pigeonhole any artist that attempts to breach the boundaries. Chalk it up to the restrictions of radio playlists or the media’s attempt to strictly define musicians by the music it believes artists ought to be making, creative instincts be damned.

Nevertheless Crystal Shawanda opted to defy those demands and chart her own path forward. Initially signed to RCA in 2007, she hit her stride as a country singer and songwriter when she scored a top 20 hit with her song “You Can Let Go” and subsequently tallied sales of over 50,000 copies of her debut album Dawn of a New Day and subsequently debuted in the Billboard Top 20. Nevertheless, she began to realize that the blues had captured her muse, and with that, she left the label, shifted her stance and began recording albums that reflected her love of blues and her natural affinity for that sound.

As she once told an interviewer, “The whole time I was singing Patsy Cline on stage, I was singing Etta James at home.”

Ben Prestage

Ben Prestage’s musical background began before he was born… even before his parents were born. Ben’s great-grandmother was a Vaudeville musican who toured with Al Jolson and also participated in medicine shows. Her daughter was a Boogie-Woogie pianist and painter who used to play for Ben when he was coming up. On the other side of the family tree, his grandfather, who was a Mississippi sharecropper turned Ben onto the sounds and culture of Mississippi and Blues in general.

“When my father was growing up in Mississippi,” states Ben, “ they never had running water and the only electricity was one light bulb that hung from the ceiling, but they had it better than some of their neighbors, because they didn’t have dirt floors. I grew up in rural Florida, on a 14-mile-long dirt road, near the headwaters of the Everglades. It was 7 miles either direction to the nearest paved road, and when you got to pavement, you still weren’t near a town. It was panther, gator, and cottonmouth country. Out there, there was only one kind of music in the house. Whether it was being played on an instrument, or on a recording, it was Blues.

Annika Chambers Deslauriers & Paul Deslauriers

2019 SOUL BLUES FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR ANNIKA CHAMBERS~~~The dynamic monster vocalist from Houston Texas along with a host of talented musicians continue to shock and amaze many blues lovers who have the opportunity to hear their music. With a variety of soulful, heartwarming and ground stomping tunes, Miss Chambers is sure to rise above and beyond your expectations. 

The beautiful and talented Annika Chambers hails from Houston, Texas. And, like many of the great soulful singers of the past, she started singing in church at a young age. She always wanted to sing, but her dreams of enlisting in the Army and attaining a degree in radio and TV broadcasting took her in that direction. However, that path would start her on her musical journey. While serving in Kosovo, her first deployment, Annika entered a talent contest on base and sang lead in a song. Right after the competition, a guitar player approached her and introduced her to the blues. She’s been in love with the Blues ever since. Annika describes her style as a little bit of Aretha, Etta, Koko and Shemekia and includes as influences – Otis Redding, Shemekia Copeland, Joan Osborne, Robbin Ford, Adele, Etta James, Eryka Badu, Bobby Blue Bland & James Brown

Since completing her 7 1/2 year term with the US Army, Annika has been blazing the Houston blues music scene. With her self-motivated career taking the city by storm, Annika has had the opportunity to work with many of the well-known talents in the area such as Brad Absher, Paul Ramirez, The Mighty Orq, and many others. In the fall of 2012, Annika along with The House Rules Band entered the International Blues Competition. Although they did not proceed past the final round, she has had numerous opportunities to showcase her talent. After the city-wide competition, Annika took advantage of an opportunity to create a demo CD with Larry Fulcher of the Phantom Blues Band and Richard Cagle, both of whom were judges for the IBC Competition. To everyone’s surprise, this has turned into what will be a professionally produced album from Cagle’s ‘Montrose Studios’. The album “Making My Mark” features numerous Grammy Award winning musicians and artist who graciously offered their time and patience to make this project a success. With the album still in the works, Annika has gained a large amount of publicity, allowing her to host a listening party with most of the musicians from the album, prior to the album release for purchase. There is nothing that can prepare the world for the debut of Annika Chambers’ “Making My Mark”, so take a moment and enjoy the Annika Chambers experience and make sure you do what she says when she says…”Shake it for Me”.

David Julia

David Julia is in his teens and dead serious about the blues. He began performing at the age of seven, and over the next ten years has grown in a blues powerhouse who is beginning to establish himself far beyond his Florida home. David has been touring regionally and has already participated in the Memphis-based Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge four years in a row, drawing rave notices from the worldwide crowd.

Bridget Kelly Band

Bridget Kelly Band is an electric blues band that rocks the house with their unique blend of hot smokin’ blues. The Bridget Kelly Band will release Blues Warrior in the summer of 2018 and will be touring this summer to support the new release! Blues Warrior is an emotional body of work that taps into important issues concerning women. The Bridget Kelly Band’s “Bone Rattler” CD was released in May of 2017 on Alpha Sun records. The eclectic 2-disk CD, comprised of 22 all-original songs that cover a fairly wide spectrumof “Electric Blues” and “Blues-Rock” styles, the CD has been well-received by critics and fans alike. A summer tour 2017 included shows in Florida and Georgia, a CD release party at Darwin’s in Atlanta, as well as club and festival dates throughout the Midwest (including a standing- ovation performance at the Northwood Blues Festival).

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