BLUES | CONCERT
One Of The Great New Voices In International Blues With An All-Star Band
Alabama Mike - Vocals
Anson Funderburgh - Guitar
Rusty Zinn - Guitar
Anthony Geraci - Keyboards
Willie J. Campbell - Bass
Jimi Bott - Drums
Alabama Mike - his registered name is Michael Benjamin - was until recently a truck driver, traveling between Richmond and Fresno County (California) during five or even six days. His performances as a blues singer were always a side job for Alabama Mike. After his fame steadily increased and he was nominated for the best "Traditional Male Blues Artist of the Year", he turned his side job into his main job.
Alabama Mike was born, of course, in Talladega, Alabama (1964). In 1984, he was drawn to the San Francisco Bay Area. His singing reminds once of Howlin' Wolf then again of Sam Cooke. But also legends like Elmore James, Little Johnny Taylor or even B.B. King come to mind. Like his idols, Mike attaches great importance to his appearance. His clothes can be described as 'hot'. Great singers don't just want to shine with their voice, they also want to look great.
His first CD 'Day to Day' was released in 2009, followed a year later by 'Tailor Made Blues'. Suddenly he is an 'opener' for greats like Mavis Staples or The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He plays in bands of Anthony Paule or Andy T. Alabama Mike is certainly one of the most important and interesting male voices in blues today.
Alabama Mike is accompanied by a band that represents the 'Who is Who' on the international blues scene. With Anson Funderburgh and Rusty Zinn there are two great guitarists on stage. The rhythm section is perhaps the best in the blues: Jimi Bott on drums and Willie J. Campbell on bass. With the band leader, composer and keyboardist Anthony Geraci, there is a musician at the keys who also belongs to the crème de la crème in international blues.
Alabama Mike has certainly never had a better band on a stage in Europe.
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