✫ Gulf Coast Records is excited to announce the signing of John Blues Boyd.
His new release "What My Eyes Have Seen..." is now available for pre-order ! ✫
I was first introduced to the music of John Blues Boyd by Kid Andersen when we were working together on Billy Price's new record back in February this year. I was immediately struck by the clarity of his diction and the magisterial tone of his voice. I am not religious but it sounded like how l would imagine the voice of God. Strong, commanding but calm. Filled with warm emotions, a palette with many colours and shades. I could see why Kid raved about John and l was converted in an instant. We had to make a record with John. Neither Kid or l wanted to do covers, John is a completely original artist and deserved songs written for him and him alone. Then Kid told me John's story. Born in Greenwood, Mississippi in 1945 he was picking cotton in the fields at the age of seven. At eighteen he was run out of town by racist forces for joining Martin Luther King's Freedom March at sixteen. It was obvious to us both that this record had to be about his life. A life that has witnessed the struggle and oppression of Afro Americans through the dark days of Jim Crow. The murders of many including Dr. King, Malcolm X, and John F Kennedy. John overcame all this and married and made a good life for himself and his lovely wife Donna Mae in California.
The songs that Kid, John, and l have written here are snapshots from a life camera. Pivotal moments in a long life, well-lived and John has inhabited them with his body and soul. With the passion and sadness, anger and joy that he felt at the time the events he sings about happened. This record is not just John Blues Boyd’s story but stands as a testament to the struggle and contribution of the Afro American people who have contributed so much to make this country great. It also gives warning of what happens when racism and inequality are allowed to have a voice in society. Modern politics are indeed divided and dark. In John's songs and memories is a warning that we should all heed about what can happen when we allow evil to prosper.
This is a great record by a man who should be regarded as a National Treasure and hopefully, this record will go some way to addressing this but this magic could only happen with the musical brilliance of the great Kid Andersen. You send him lyrics he sends you back musical gold, sometimes within hours. The sweep of his imagination knows no bounds. He hears things that no other producer l have worked with hears and he plucks them from that fertile imagination and makes them come alive. He is the conduit that has pulled this record together and helped John Blues Boyd make what l believe will be one of the seminal Blues records of this or any century. Mike Zito and l are so proud to have this record on our label and have the privilege of working with two giants of the Blues. John Blues Boyd and Kid Andersen.
~~ Guy Hale, Gulf Coast Records
✫ Gulf Coast Records is excited to announce the signing of
UK artists SAYER & JOYCE.
Their new release MAKES YOU STRONGER is now available ! ✫
“Always dapper & powerful" - John Mayall
"One of the few guitar heroes I have" - Oli Brown
Makes You Stronger is the third studio album from the award winning writing team of Ron Sayer Jr & Charlotte Joyce, and a continuation of their alternative blues style. The album follows on from Better Side (2011), Hard To Please (2013) and Live At The Little Theatre (2015). Containing a diverse selection of all out rockers, powerful blues ballads, country shuffles, haunting laments, fusionesque funk and roots rock, Makes You Stronger interweaves Charlotte’s soulful, dynamic vocal with Ron’s incendiary, yet classy guitar.
The album also marks a new phase in the Sayer & Joyce story as Charlotte provides lead vocal on all tracks, thus leaving Ron free to concentrate on delivering what he does best; guitar, guitar and more guitar! In fact the pair cover most duties between them on this album with Charlotte supplying vocals, Hammond B3 and piano while Ron contributes electric and double bass lines, percussion and additional keys as well as guitar.
Long-standing drummer Paul Wooden lends his talents to the mix, and another first for the new album is the addition of a brass section (Dave Land, Clive Hitchcock) not to mention Charlotte’s own choir members joining in for the roots-rock of the song Life Is What Happens.
Ron has many endorsements from the music industry and respected names such as Blackstar Amplification, Rotosound Strings, Bare Knuckle Pickups, Wampler Pedals, RealtoneFX and their cumulative talents and tone can be found in spades on Makes You Stronger.
Ron Sayer Jr.
Ron Sayer Jr. is the consummate ‘Guitarist’s guitarist. As a trained music teacher having influenced the learning curves of the likes of Oli Brown, Sol Philcox, The Sharps & Mark Howes of Dove & Boweevil he’s now a mainstay on the UK blues circuit. He was nominated for no less than four awards in the British Blues Awards in 2013 in the album ‘Better Side’, band, song ‘Don’t Make Me Stay’ and guitarist categories walking away with runner-up in band of the year, he also co-wrote Oli Brown’s third album ‘Here I Am’ and won another British Blues Award for co-writing the title track. He was voted Guitarist Of The Year by Guitarist Magazine, was voted 4th Best Bassist in Blues Matters Magazine and has a degree in classical music to boot. He has worked with/supported Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Matt Schofield, Nine Below Zero, Ten Years After, Robin Trower among others.
Award winning Charlotte Joyce has been a professional singer for all her working life and is vocal coach and choir leader to many other professional singers. She has won awards for her songwriting & was inaugural winner of the Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year in Guitarist Magazine. Charlotte was also runner up in the keyboard category in the 2014 British Blues Awards. Holding professional qualifications, not to mention an unmistakable talent for both singing and keyboard, Charlotte had been Ron’s ‘right hand man’ for years in the Ron Sayer Band. She provided backing vocals on Better Side (2011) in addition to dueting with Ron on ‘My Mother In Law’ from the album. Charlotte also co-wrote the British Blues Award nominated album Hard To Please, taking vocal duties on half the album. She has worked with/supported the likes of Paul Jones, Dr. Feelgood, Clem Curtis, Jo Harman & Joanne Shaw Taylor.
✫ Gulf Coast Records is excited to announce that the new studio album from saxophonist/singer-songwriter Jimmy Carpenter, SOUL DOCTOR,
is NOW available! ✫
"I have been a Jimmy Carpenter fan for 20 years, from the first time I heard him play with Jimmy Thackery. He's always been one of the premier sax players around. But Jimmy is also a stellar songwriter and singer. His voice is at its best on ‘Soul Doctor’, Jimmy's best record to date.This album oozes cool and rocks hard with a classic sound that only Jimmy Carpenter can bring to the table.” — Mike Zito
On September 20th, Gulf Coast Records will release Soul Doctor, the new studio album from saxophonist/singer-songwriter Jimmy Carpenter. Jimmy was excited to be invited to record on Gulf Coast Records, founded by his long-time friend and frequent collaborator, Mike Zito, and new friend Guy Hale. Soul Doctor is Jimmy Carpenter’s fourth solo project and was recorded in Las Vegas at Nonebody Studio 1.
Jimmy assembled a first-class group of musicians on Soul Doctor which features Jimmy Carpenter on saxophone and vocals along with musicians Cameron Tyler (drums/percussion/background vocals), Jason Langley (bass), Trevor Johnson (guitar), Chris Tofield (guitar/background vocals), Red Young (keys), Carrie Stowers (background vocals), and Queen Aries (background vocals). Soul Doctor also features special guest appearances by guitarist Nick Schnebelen on the track Soul Doctor, The Bender Brass: Doug Woolverton on trumpet and Mark Earley on baritone saxophone, and Al Ek on harmonica on Wrong Turn. Musician and Gulf Coast Records co-founder, Mike Zito also contributed guitar & slide on Wild Streak.
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Soul Doctor contains 10 songs, 7 of which are original compositions that Jimmy wrote or co-wrote. He successfully collaborated for the first time with Guy Hale (co-founder of Gulf Coast Records) on the tunes Soul Doctor and Wrong Turn. Setting the tone for the album, the title track, Soul Doctor, is a straight-up blues with a soul twist on the chorus. Special guest Nick Schnebelen just happened to be in Las Vegas, and oined Jimmy in the studio for this tune, adding his guitar expertise to the track. When I Met You, originally written as a country bluegrass song, was revamped with a Memphis groove, complete with horns, soul guitar, and beautiful harmonies sung by Carrie Stowers, the inspiration for the song. Carrie also inspired Wild Streak, a blues shuffle which highlights Red Young on piano and Trevor Johnson and Mike Zito on contrasting rhythm guitars, and a great slide solo by Zito. Love It So Much, with it’s Bender Brass horns, funky guitar and organ, driving bass line and New Orleans 2nd line groove, is the perfect song to describe Jimmy’s love for Crescent City, and his continued internal conflict between being a road dog musician and having a “normal” home life. Need Your Love So Bad, by one of Jimmy’s favorite singers, Little Willie John,features Chris Tofield on guitar, and a beautiful, sultry tenor sax solo by Jimmy. Mike Zito once said to Jimmy, “Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?” That question stuck with Jimmy, and was the inspiration behind the song Wanna Be Right. A Coasters classic, One Mint Julep, which Jimmy enjoyed performing for years with Walter Wolfman Washington and The Roadmasters, was re-worked as a funky instrumental. Based on a guitar lick that Jimmy wrote, Gulf Coast Records co-founder Guy Hale provided the lyrics for Wrong Turn, on which Jimmy plays guitar, with Trevor Johnson on slide throughout, and a wild harp solo by Mr. Al Ek. Next on Soul Doctor comes LoFi Roulette, a noir-ish vibe the band took as “lo-fi” as they could, with Chris Tofield contributing a blistering guitar solo and spooky organ by Red Young. Finally, Jimmy has been a long-time fan of Muscle Shoals guitarist/singer/songwriter Eddie Hinton since they met in the early ’80s. Hinton’s Yeah Man, withits positive, encouraging message, seemed to Jimmy to be the perfect way to end his upbeat and (mostly) happy album, Soul Doctor.
✫ GULF COAST RECORDS SIGNS ALL-STAR SUPER GROUP THE PROVEN ONES ✫
Gulf Coast Records is proud to announce that all-star band The Proven Ones has signed with Gulf Coast Records. The Proven Ones will release their new album produced by Mike Zito in 2020! Welcome to the Gulf Coast Records family!
The Proven Ones are Kid Ramos, Brian David Templeton, Anthony Geraci, Willie J. Campbell, Jimi Bott, Joe Mack, and Chris Mercer. They are truly an All-star band to be reckoned with.
Their first recording Wild Again (Roseleaf) earned a 2019 Blues Music Award Nomination from the Blues Foundation for Best Contemporary Blues Recording. In addition Willie J. Campbell, Anthony Geraci, and Jimi Bott were nominated in 2019 on their respected instruments. Collectively The Proven Ones (TPO) have been featured on hundreds of recordings! All members have recorded with and shared the stage with many legendary and contemporary Blues Artists and have played at various music festivals worldwide.
✫ Kid Ramos is one of the most respected blues guitarist anywhere. He has been a member of the James Harman Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Mannish Boys-that also included Campbell and Bott. Ramos was awarded The Orange County (CA) Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. He has received 14 Blues Music Award nominations. Kid Ramos also produced legendary pianist Floyd Dixon’s final recording as well as the accompanying documentary. He has also appeared on sound tracks in movies that feature Bernie Mack, Sylvester Stallone, and composer Hans Zimmer.
✫ Lead singer Brian Templeton brings soul power to The Proven Ones. A veteran of over 40 years in the powerful Boston, MA music scene. Brian was part of the Radio Kings which released recordings on the Icehouse Record label. He has been featured with harmonica ace Jerry Portnoy, Sonny Rhodes, James Cotton, Otis Grand and has toured under his own name in Europe, Canada and the United States. Brian was also a featured performer at the Original House of Blues (Cambridge, MA) Blue Monday Band along with Geraci.
✫ Pianist/Hammond Organist Anthony Geraci is an original member of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones and Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters. He has appeared on over 40 recordings and has received a Grammy Nomination for Super Harps I (Telarc). Anthony has numerous Blues Music Award nominations-most notably the Pinetop Perkins Piano Award 4 years in a row and an unprecedented 6 personal Blues Music Award Nominations in 2019. Anthony was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame in 2016 with Sugar Ray and the Bluetones.
✫ Willie J. Campbell has been the bass player for some of todays most notable blues bands/musicians-The Fabulous Thunderbirds, James Harman, The Mannish Boys. Willie has also recorded with these Artists: Sugaray Rayford, Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King, Cheech and Chong- Get Out Of My Room, Mike Morgan, Kevin Selfe, Kid Ramos, as well as Geraci’s 2019 BMA nominated Why Did You Have To Go (Shining Stone) CD.
✫ Drummer Jimi Bott is one of todays hardest working blues and roots drummers. He has been nominated by the Blues Foundation for Instrumentalist-Drums 20 times! Winning the Blues Music Award in 2015. Jimi was inducted into the Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame in 2009-The Blues Drummer Award is now named after him. Jimi was also a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Mannish Boys and Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers. He has been featured on over 100 recordings.
✫ Rounding out The Proven Ones sound are trumpeter/arranger Joe Mack and tenor saxophonist/arranger Chris Mercer. Joe has played on recordings with, and arranged for Artists such as Paul Delay, Curtis Salgado, Kevin Selfe, Karen Lovely, and Lisa Mann. Tenor saxophonist/arranger Chris Mercer has been an in demand Musician for decades. He has toured or recorded with an amazing group of Artists including: Bob Marley, Dr. John, The Pretenders, Janiva Magness, The Temptations, John Mayall, Freddie King, Procol Harum, Marc Bolan and T. Rex, Buddy Guy…and many, many more.
✫Billy Price Releases His Latest Album Dog Eat Dog On Gulf Coast Records ✫
“Billy Price is an outstanding singer and artist. He’s simultaneously steeped in the Soul tradition
and 100% original and instantly recognizable. He will make you believe anything he sings.” — Christoffer ‘Kid’ Andersen
Dog Eat Dog contains 12 songs, 8 of which are original compositions. The album opens with “Working on Your Chain Gang,” co-written by Price and his longtime collaborator, keyboardist Jim Britton. Price and Britton also co-wrote the atmospheric “Lose My Number,” “All Night Long Café,” and “Toxicity” (with Executive Producer Guy Hale), and Britton wrote “Walk Back In.” Price teamed with another longtime collaborator, French guitarist Fred Chapéllier, to write “Remnants,” a great new blues song, and the tuneful sweet soul track, “More Than I Needed.” Price worked with Bill Troiani, writer of “Reckoning” for the last album, on a great new blues for this album titled, “You Gotta Leave.”
The covers, in addition to “Dog Eat Dog,” are Bobby Byrd’s “We’re in Love,” the Otis Rush blues classic “My Love Will Never Die,” and “Same Old Heartaches,” first recorded by the Impressions and written by Price’s friends, the songwriting team of Melvin and Mervin Steals, best known for writing “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” by the Spinners. The Otis Rush song, a staple in Price’s live repertoire, was added after Andersen saw a YouTube video of Price performing the song and suggested recording a new version of it.
2016 Blues Music Award Winner Billy Price first attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan's LPs, That's What I'm Here For and Live Stock. Since then, with the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band, and solo projects, Billy Price has recorded and released a total of 17 albums, CDs, and DVDs. In April 2016, he was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ’n Roll Legend at an award ceremony. Price’s album This Time for Real, with the late Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received a 2016 Blues Music Award in the category of Best Soul Blues Album of 2015. Billy’s last album, Reckoning, was released in June, 2018, and nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best Soul Blues Album of the year.
On August 2nd, Gulf Coast Records will release Dog Eat Dog, the new studio album from soul blues singer Billy Price. After the critically acclaimed success and Blues Music Award nomination of his last album, Reckoning, Billy was excited and eager to get back into Greaseland Studio in San José, California with producer Kid Andersen. Kid and Billy’s mutual love for the music and commitment to making an original contribution to the soul blues genre is evident in this new collection of recordings.
Kid and Billy assembled a first-class group of musicians on Dog Eat Dog, which features Price on vocals along with Andersen (guitars and assorted instruments), Alex Pettersen (drums), Jerry Jemmott (bass), Jim Pugh (keys), Eric Spaulding (tenor sax), Jack Sanford (baritone sax), and John Halblieb (trumpet). Andersen added congas to most tracks, covered by Jon Otis (son of the great Johnny Otis) and Vicki Randle (Jay Leno Tonight Show Band, Mavis Staples). Randle also provided background vocals along with Lisa Leuschner Andersen, Charlie Owen, and the Sons of the Soul Revivers gospel group. Dog Eat Dog also features guest appearances by Rick Estrin, Alabama Mike, and Mike Zito. Estrin plays harmonica on the title track, which he wrote and recorded on one of his earlier albums. A big fan of Alabama Mike, Price was thrilled to share the lead vocals with Mike on “Dog Eat Dog.” Gulf Coast Records co-founder Mike Zito also contributed a scorching guitar solo on “All Night Long Cafe.”
Photo Credit: Christopher Myers
Gulf Coast Records is excited to announce the signing of Diana Rein!
Her album QUEEN OF MY CASTLE to be released June 21st.
"When you want something so bad it feels like a curse...Heading down a narrow path. Don't let them make you feel small and question your worth.”
~ Lyrics from the song “Worth” off Diana’s forthcoming album "Queen of My Castle."
There’s nothing traditional about blues artist Diana Rein. Diana’s parents escaped communist Romania in 1981 when she was 3 years old. They arrived in Chicago, Il on Halloween with only $50 and a dream for a better life. Diana brought her family's strong Romanian work ethic to performing arts school, where her talents flourished, eventually leading her to a role in the classic American 90’s comedy "Home Alone”.
Diana's love of Blues started at 8, when her parents brought her to a Chicago Blues Club, arranging to have her perform some songs with the band. This was a defining moment. A blues artist was born. Over the years, Diana's music heroes and influences emerged: SRV, Prince, and Phillip Sayce to name a few. But it all started back in Chicago, the home of amazing Blues legends like Buddy Guy.
Diana followed her heart to California, where it would be broken repeatedly and made stronger each time. With experience came strength, self-reliance and plenty of songwriting material. At one point when hope was slipping away, Diana promised to make music her life's work and grabbed the reins on her songwriting and guitar playing.
Music never stopped knocking and Diana is glad she finally swung the door wide open and let it in. So are her fans. Today Diana calls Southern California home, where she continues to release original music and play what feels good for anyone who will listen. Her promise to her fans is that she will never stop making music and growing as an artist.
✫ DIANA REIN TO RELEASE “QUEEN OF MY CASTLE” ON GULF COAST RECORDS ✫
✬ Odds Lane to Release "Lost and Found"
June 7th on Gulf Coast Records! ✬
Gulf Coast Records is excited to announce the signing of Odds Lane . The band is the musical outlet of the songwriters Doug Byrkit and Brian Zielie. The duo worked together while in college studying music, subsequently touring both nationally and internationally with various artists. After recording at legendary Sun Studios, they released the first of several projects as independent songwriters in 2004. Their new release Lost and Found was recorded at MARZ Studio in Nederland, Texas with musician/producer Mike Zito.
"Doug Byrkit and Brian Zielie are more than great musicians. With songs and stories and deep grooves, Odds Lane is the real deal. Doug's singing is honest and he's got the band to back up his vision." -- Mike Zito
“Brilliant, and sometimes darkly humorous, it is impossible to categorize Odds Lane and we wouldn't have it any other way.”
-- American Blues Scene Magazine
Gulf Coast Records is proud to announce that BMA nominee Jimmy Carpenter has signed with Gulf Coast Records. Jimmy will release a new album on Gulf Coast Records this September! Jimmy Carpenter saxophonist, singer-songwriter, and arranger began his musical journey over 35 years ago. In the '80s, he toured the east coast with the Alka-Phonics and later worked with the blues-rock band The Believers. Over the years, Jimmy has toured internationally with Tinsley Ellis, Jimmy Thackery, Walter Wolfman Washington, and Eric Lindell. In 2012 Jimmy joined Mike Zito, his long-time friend and musical cohort, and recorded and toured as a member of Mike Zito and the Wheel. In addition to touring nationally & internationally, Jimmy has written, arranged and recorded the horns for many artists and has gained a reputation as a master Blues, Rock-n-Roll and R&B saxophonist. Along with contributing to numerous recordings, Jimmy Carpenter has released three solo albums Toiling in Obscurity, Walk Away, and Jimmy Carpenter Plays the Blues. Gulf Coast Records is very excited to have Jimmy Carpenter as part of our Gulf Coast Records family. We look forward to releasing his newest album this September!
“Jimmy Carpenter has music bursting through his veins. He’s heart and soul!”
✬ GULF COAST RECORDS SIGNS MULTIPLE BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE JIMMY CARPENTER ✬
✬ Contemporary Blues Artist Albert Castiglia Signs With Gulf Coast Records ✬
Albert Castiglia To Release Masterpiece in May
Gulf Coast Records is excited to announce the signing of Contemporary Blues Artist Albert Castiglia. Albert’s new release MASTERPIECE was recorded at MARZ Studio in Nederland, Texas with musician/producer Mike Zito. “Albert Castiglia is pure emotion. He wears his heart on his sleeve and lets his guitar do the talking”, says Zito. Masterpiece is a raw, deeply personal album for Albert who recently lost his grandmother but simultaneously discovered he had a daughter. This significant life altering event was the springboard for Albert to hone his songwriting skills on Masterpiece with nine deeply meaningful original songs. Mike Zito and Guy Hale, founders of Gulf Coast Records, knew instantly that Masterpiece was exactly the type of record we wanted on our label. We are extremely proud to add Albert Castiglia on Gulf Coast Records’ growing roster of artists and look forward to releasing this ground-breaking new album.
“Masterpiece” is the pinnacle in a career that’s just taking form, it is his best and most personal work to date. I’m proud of this album and proud to call him one of my closest friends. — Mike Zito
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Albert Castiglia [pronounced ka - steel - ya] was born in New York City on August 12, 1969, the son of a Cuban mother and an Italian father. He moved with his family to Miami, when he was five years old and began learning the guitar seven years later. Fast forward to 1996 when Albert hit the international radar after meeting the legendary Junior Wells. Mentored by Junior Wells, he toured for several years alongside the iconic harp player right up until Wells' passing in 1998. "It was an incredible adventure," recalls Castiglia. "Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to be a Chicago bluesman. Junior opened the door for me to do that.” Albert then joined the great Atlanta vocalist Sandra Hall and toured nationally. In 2001, Albert returned to South Florida from Chicago to start his solo career. Since that time, Albert Castiglia has toured the US & Europe extensively, released 8 solo albums, and most recently in 2017 was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Rock Blues Album and Contemporary Blues Male Artist.
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When producer/musician Mike Zito and Guy Hale founded Gulf Coast Records, Tony Campanella was exactly the type of musician they wanted to sign. Mike Zito has known Tony Campanella nearly 30 years. Tony learned from the local greats: Tommy Bankhead, Marcel Strong, Big George Brock, Lonnie Johnson, Henry Townsend, Bennie Smith and many others. A veteran rockin’ blues artist from the St. Louis area, Tony Campanella has been playing regularly for 25 years, making a name for himself as one of the best guitarists in the city. Tony has a new sense of purpose to his playing and a spark he felt when he was just a kid learning to play the guitar. Now is the time for Tony Campanella to shine, to bring his passion and soul to more people. St. Louis has know what a rare commodity it has in Tony for a long time but now it will share him with the world. Tony is a virtuoso level guitarist with a big voice full of fire. He brings years of experience in his debut recording for Gulf Coast Records and an album that will make Blues Rock fans swoon. Tony is ready and he is taking it to the street.
Tony’s debut album on Gulf Coast Records, Take It To The Street, was recorded at MARZ Studio with producer Mike Zito. MUSICIANS: Tony Campanella: Guitar, Vocals, Terry Dry: Bass Guitar, Matt Johnson: Drums, Lewis Stephens: Piano/Organ/Wurlitzer, and Mike Zito: Rhythm Guitar/Slide Guitar.
✬ Gulf Coast Records Is Proud To Welcome
Blues Music Award Winner Billy Price ✬
Billy Price’s New Release On Gulf Coast Records
To Be Produced By Kid Andersen at Greaseland Studios
Nederland, Texas - Blues Music Award Winner Billy Price signs with newly established Gulf Coast Records. Soul Blues artist Billy Price will be going into Greaseland Studios in San Jose, California with award-winning producer/musician Christoffer “Kid” Andersen this week. The new album on Gulf Coast Records to be released this Spring.
Guy Hale and Mike Zito, founders of Gulf Coast Records, have both been long-time fans of soul blues singer Billy Price. Needless to say, we jumped at the opportunity to sign Billy to our label and we are excited to add him to our growing roster of artists.
2016 Blues Music Award Winner Billy Price first attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan's LPs, That's What I'm Here For and Live Stock. Since then, with the Keystone Rhythm Band, the Billy Price Band, and solo projects, Billy Price has recorded and released a total of 16 albums, CDs, and DVDs. In April 2016, he was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ’n Roll Legend at an award ceremony.
Price’s album This Time for Real, with the late Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received a 2016 Blues Music Award in the category of Best Soul Blues Album of 2015. His latest album Reckoning, produced by Kid Andersen at Greaseland Studios has been nominated for a 2019 Blues Music Award in the category of Best Soul Blues Album of 2018.
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✬ Newly Launched Gulf Coast Records Signs St. Louis
Blues Guitarist Tony Campanella ✬
Tony Campanella To Release Debut Album This Spring
NEDERLAND, TEXAS - Newly established Gulf Coast Records is proud to welcome St. Louis native
Tony Campanella to their label. Focusing on Regional Roots, Blues and Americana genres, Gulf Coast Records’ mission is to provide a supportive home for the working musician and get their music out to the world. A veteran rockin’ blues artist from the St. Louis area, Tony Campanella will go into MARZ Studio
this month with producer/musician Mike Zito.
An old Stella Harmony acoustic guitar and an old record Guitar Boogie inspired the young eleven year old Tony Campanella to start playing guitar. His uncles continued to feed him a steady diet of Albert Collins, Albert and Freddie King, Son Seals, Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher, Jeff Beck, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Jamming with local musicians whenever he could paid off with his first club gig at age twenty. In the early 90's, Tony performed in the LA West Blues Band with Tommy Bankhead and then later joined The Sliders in the mid to late 90's. He then branched off and started his own power trio The Tony Campanella Band. Best described as a heavy, rockin' blues band, The Tony Campanella Band has been working the St. Louis circuit for a lifetime. For twenty years, Tony Campanella has been a part of the well known Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Show in St. Louis, MO. Talent and experience gained Tony the respect of fellow artists. Tony has had the honor of opening for Etta James, Robin Trower, Deep Purple, Bernard Allison, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Koko Taylor, and Shemekia Copeland. Tony Campanella was the perfect choice to be the first artist signed to the newly launched Gulf Coast Records.
“Tony Campanella is pure soul, one of the finest guitar players I know.”
--- Mike Zito