NORWICH — On the heels of a blistering 2018 Chenango Blues Festival appearance, bluesharp flamethrower Jason Ricci and side pal JJ Appleton are still hitting the touring trail hard with a blues-driven acoustic appearance on April 21 at the Chenango Arts Council's (CAC) Kappel Theater, Norwich.
While many a Blues Fest die-hard can recall catching Ricci in action along the Blues circuit with either one of his former supporting acts—The New Blood or The Bad Kind—the Spring performance at the historic 515-seat former high school auditorium in downtown Norwich will be a first for both Ricci, Appleton, and first act The Nate Gross Band slated for 7 p.m.
The award-winning blues harp master and internationally touring singer/songwriter/guitarist will be joined by bassist Derek Nievergelt, a Berklee College of Music alumni and accomplished soundtrack producer.
Keeping alive an American musical tradition while bringing a 21st century sound to songs that speak to the heart and soul of Americana blues, Ricci and Appleton’s collaboration is a stand-up-and-shout force to be reckoned with—a performance that will have you screaming for more.
Ricci, well known as the top harp player of his generation, has worked with legendary blues artists like Johnny Winter, RL Burnside, Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, and Otis Taylor, as well as being a headliner at blues festivals and clubs worldwide. His appearance with Zac Brown and Tom Morello as the featured harp player for Paul Butterfield’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction was aired on HBO, and his performance on Johnny Winter’s Step Back album was nominated for a Grammy, and in February Ricci was nominated for both Rock Blues Artist and best Harmonica Instrumentalist of 2018 by the US Blues Foundation...