NORWCH – Memphis-based vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini, who graced Chenango County with a performance at the 2014 Chenango Blues Festival, is set to perform 7 p.m., tonight, at The Blarney Stone Pub.
“We’ve been looking forward to coming back through Norwich and playing The Blarney Stone,” said Santini. It was a blast when we did the Chenango Blues Fest after party there several years back.”
Santini purchased his first harmonica in 1997, when his mother took him to the local music store. Since that time, he has released three albums, the most recent in January 2015.
Santini, a North Carolina native, moved to Memphis where he founded the band Delta Highway in 2003, which was nominated for a Blues Music Award.
According to Santini’s website, it was in Memphis where he “absorbed the sounds and culture of the Delta and North Mississippi Hill Country, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King did decades before him.”
His website additionally states that, “His love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield.”
“I first saw him at the Chenango Blues Festival two years ago,” said Sarah Woods of The Blarney Stone Pub in Norwich. “He plays a really energetic blues harmonica and he is a lot of fun to watch.”
For Brandon Santini, “It’s all about the vibe of your surroundings. With a great live audience fueling you it’s a lot more inspiring and allows you to give more to the audience.”
Santini recently announced that he has signed a global music publishing deal with Atlas Music Group based out of New York City. “I’m proud to be the first blues artist on a roster that includes artists like Van Halen and the Counting Crows,” wrote Santini.
Woods added, “He played a show at the Pub that year (2014), where I had a chance to talk to him. He’s a super nice, down to Earth guy, and we’re psyched to welcome him back.”
The show is set to kick off at 7 p.m., and The Blarney Stone never has a cover charge for live music.
“That he thought of Norwich, and wanted to stop on his way through, says a lot about the Chenango Blues Festival, and the welcoming vibe he must have felt his first time here,” said Woods.
“I may have a broken shoulder,” said Santini in an interview early Thursday morning, “But we’re gonna put down some high energy blues!”