Creating a CD Cover That “Feels Good”
THE RANDY OXFORD BAND TOURS IN SUPPORT OF NEW RELEASE
Seattle, Washington – December 6, 2013 - Seattle-based trombonist Randy Oxford is bringing his 6-piece high-energy blues and funk ensemble to Knucklehead’s in Kansas City on Wednesday, January 15th. During this road trip, the band will be promoting its brand new recording, …it feels good…, en route to a repeat appearance at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis where it earned a highly-coveted spot in the competition’s finals in 2011.
The Randy Oxford Band is composed of a versatile group of seasoned vocalists and instrumentalists who primarily perform original compositions as reflected on …it feels good…; 9 of the 10 songs were written by band members. This is the band’s 7th recording of its 10-year history and features the lead vocals of Jada Amy, Polly O’Keary (who also plays bass), Manuel Morais (guitar), and Randy Norris (guitar). Richard Sabol keeps the beat steady as the group’s long-time drummer.
“I have found that great musicians do not always make for a great band unless there is a harmonious chemistry between all band members, “ observes Oxford. “I believe I have found that special combination, and I know listeners will agree once they hear this recording or see us perform live.” The dexterity of these individuals’ musical abilities means no 2 songs sound the same, and every show features a wide variety of musical styles with an emphasis on blues, soul, and funk.
For more information and to hear samples of the band’s music, check out www.therandyoxfordband.com.
Randy Oxford is a Northwest Legend. He has worked with such outfits as Little Bill & The Bluenotes, Fat Cat and Junkyard Jane prior to taking on the calling of leading his own band. The Randy Oxford Band has gone through several line-up changes over the years, but they have always been consistent on putting out exciting stage performances and excellent CDs. They have represented the Northwest multiple times at the International Blues Challenge and their last trip found them amongst the finalists (actually Randy’s second time as a finalist as he reached this plateau with Junkyard Jane also representing the Cascade Blues Association).
With a new band that may just be his strongest yet, and a new CD, ...it feels good..., Randy and the band will be making an all too rare appearance in the Portland area at The Lehrer, 8775 SW Canyon Lane, Beaverton, on Saturday, November 23rd at 9:00 pm. The band will consist of Randy Oxford leading the group on trombone, the incredible Jada Amy on vocals, the twin guitars of Randy Norris and Manuel Morais, (Richard Sabol on drums), and new to the group on bass Polly O’Keary who has led her own popular band in the Seattle area and most recently was a member of Too Slim & The Taildraggers. This same group will once again be heading to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge representing the South Sound Blues Association in Tacoma. The Randy Oxford Band is always a treat to behold and with this group, The Lehrer will be alive with sensational grooves certain to bring the audience to their feet.
The nation's third largest blues society The Washington Blues Society held its annual "Best of the Blues," awards show at the Kirkland Performing Arts Center June 22. The evening's festivities included live performances from many of the nominees and a special presentation to Little Bill and the Blue Notes.
The 2013 Winners of the Washington Blues Society Best of the Blues Awards:
Blues Writer: Rick J Bowen
Blues Image: Kathi McDonald Bluesletter Cover by Dennis "Blues Boss" Dudley
Blues Graphic Artist: Dennis Hacker
Blues DJ: Jonathan “Oogie” Richards
Blues Club: The Highway 99 Blues Club
Open Blues Jam: Madison Pub – Unbound Blues Jam
Blues Songwriter: Eric “Two Scoops” Moore
Washington Blues Recording: Washington Blues, The WIRED! Band
Non-Festival Blues Event: Jam for Cans
Blues Festival: Mount Baker Rhythm and Blues Festival
Electric Blues Guitar: Mark Riley
Slide Blues Guitar: Mark Riley
Acoustic Blues Guitar: Mark Riley
Blues Bass: Farko Dosumov
Chris Leighton Blues Drummer Award: Richard Sabol
Blues Piano/Keyboard : Frank “Hot Rod” Holman
Mark Dufresne Male Vocalist Award: Sammy Eubanks
Blues Female Vocalist: Jada Amy
Blues Horn: James King
Paul Green Blues Harmonica Award: Jim McLaughlin
New Blues Band: Hot Wired Rhythm Band
Solo/Duo Blues Act: Nick Vigarino’s Back Porch Stomp
Blues Act: The WIRED! Band
Little Bill and the Blue Notes Traditional Blues Act:
Brian Lee & the Orbiters
Blue to the Bone Award: Mark Riley
Blue to the Bone Award: Maridel Fliss
Blues Performer: Kevin Sutton
Keeping the Blues Alive Award: Steve Sarkowsky
Lifetime Achievement Award: Nick Vigarino
Blues Hall of Fame: James “Curley” Cooke
Congratulations – Little Bill & The Blue Notes!
Little Bill and the Blues Notes was inducted to the Washington Blues Society Hall of Fame, and the Traditional Blues Award was renamed the Little Bill and the Blue Notes Traditional Blues Award in their honor.
When The Randy Oxford Band steps into the spotlight tonight at Jazzbones, it will mark the culmination of a busy and successful year for the Tacoma blues band.
Representing the South Sound Blues Association, the band made it to the finals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February, advancing to the final eight out of 110 bands from 12 countries.
Trombonist and band leader Randy Oxford said the ranking is a major achievement. No small words from a man who’s been playing the blues for more than two decades and already has many accolades and awards on his résumé.
“It’s the exclamation point on what we’ve been trying to do and it’s opened new doors for us,” Oxford said.
Following the IBC ranking, the band has been invited to festivals from Quebec (Festival International du Blues de Tremblant) to Portland (Waterfront Blues Festival). Tonight’s event is a release party for the group’s latest CD, “Festival,” and a homecoming of sorts after a hectic summer.
The CD was recorded live at Sunbanks Rhythm and Blues Festival in Eastern Washington. Oxford said it already is getting airtime nationally and internationally.
The band itself is a reflection of just how much the blues have gone global. Featured vocalist Jada Amy is from Texas but has lived most of her life in Tacoma. Guitarist and vocalist Rafael Tranquilino is from Mexico City. Guitarist Jho Blenis is from Japan. Bass player Farko Dosumov is from Uzbekistan, and drummer Richard Sabol is from Rhode Island.
The band is heading back to the Midwest in November to play some of the top venues on the blues circuit. Before that, Oxford will host jam sessions on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas – his fifth year with that gig.
The accolades keep coming. Last week, the band was nominated for the prestigious Muddy Award from the Cascade Blues Association for Best Regional Act. It is the only Washington band to receive a Muddy nomination this year.
“Basically, we have become ambassadors for our Tacoma/Seattle blues scene, and we are now able to spread the word around the country and beyond about this great blues scene we have going around here,” Oxford said.
Oxford has a long history with Jazzbones. He’s hosted weekly adult and kids jam sessions there for several years. The kids jams have developed into an instrument giveaway program for youth in need of their first instrument. Oxford has kept that program going even though his schedule has put the jam sessions on hold. The program has given away more than 100 instruments.
“Some of the kids from my past Jazzbones jam sessions have been on the Blues Cruise with me, and another one (Nolan Garrett, 13) is going this October, so I get to showcase our local youth on the international stage,” he said.
“All of this is related to my history with Jazzbones, so having this homecoming/CD release party at Jazzbones is very special to me. I have met most of my band members at my past Jam sessions as well.”
Tonight’s show will feature guest percussionist Mike Muncy and guest bass player Eliud Atondo.
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