RICK ESTRIN AND THE NIGHTCATS

Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:00PM

1414 Alaskan Way, Seattle, 98101, WA, United States
Tickets: $20.00

Rick Estrin, according to The San Francisco Chronicle, “is an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant songwriter.” The award-winning musician, another critic said, “sounds like Little Walter playing and singing Leiber and Stoller.” Along with The Nightcats- jaw-dropping guitarist Chris “Kid” Andersen, fantastic drummer Alex Petterson and dynamic keyboard player Lorenzo Farrell -Rick Estrin serves up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. Since the 2009 release of their celebrated Alligator Records debut, Twisted, the band has toured non-stop, at festivals and venues not only all around the country, but all over Europe too. Night after night, the band blazes their own innovative musical path while still remaining true to the blues.

 

Rick Estrin ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward. The Associated Press calls his harp playing “endlessly impressive.” 

 

In addition to his harmonica and vocal skills, Rick Estrin is a songwriter of unparalleled talent. Critics have compared his original songs to the work of Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, Willie Dixon and Leiber and Stoller. And his hipster, street-smart vocals are the perfect vehicle for driving those songs home. Blues Revue says, “Estrin has created some of the finest blues songs of any artist on the planet. His carefully wrought lyrics penetrate human weakness with the precision of a boxer, though more often than not, he chooses to leave you laughing after the blow’s been struck.”

 

Their latest album Groovin' In Greaseland,features a plethora of original songs: 11 by Estrin himself (one co-written with Andersen), one by Andersen, and one by Farrell. This dazzling new album filled with many life wisdom nuggets was produced by Estrin and Andersen themselves at their studio in San Jose, California.

 

Estrin has won two Blues Music Awards, and been nominated 20 times. In addition, he won the 2013 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica, and the 1994 Blues Music Award for Song of the Year (My Next Ex-Wife).