John Mayall with opener Tommy Odetto presented by WMOT/Roots Radio - 8/4/19Sunday, August 04 2019 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start / Ends 9:30pm (Estimated End TIme)
John Mayall with opener Tommy Odetto presented by WMOT/Roots Radio - 8/4/19
at City Winery Nashville
- 9:30pm (Estimated End TIme)
Often referred to as "The Godfather of British Blues," John Mayall has an impressive musical career that spans over 50 years. The English blues singer, pianist, harmonica player, guitarist, and songwriter founded the band, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers in the 1960s -- a band whose members included many celebrated blues and blues rock guitarists, such as: Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington.
Attracted by the West Coast climate and culture, Mayall then made his permanent move from England to Los Angeles in 1969 and began forming bands with American musicians. Throughout the next three decades, Mayall became further revered for his many jazz/rock/blues innovations featuring such notable performers as Blue Mitchell, Red Holloway, Larry Taylor, and Harvey Mandel. Mayall's popularity continued with a succession of dynamic albums including the Grammy-nominated "Wake Up Call" that featured guest artists Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples, Albert Collins and Mick Taylor.
In 2008 Mayall made the decision to permanently retire the Bluesbreakers name and in 2009 started a new era of touring with band members Rocky Athas on guitar, Jay Davenport on drums and Greg Rzab on bass. They toured together for over seven years, averaging about 100 shows a year, and are featured players on John's last four studio albums. John has also recently released a couple of never before heard live albums from 1967 featuring Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, which along with the new studio albums have been enthusiastically received by critics and fans alike.
In August 2016 there was another big shift when thunderstorms prevented Rocky Athas from attending a festival, compelling John, Greg and Jay to perform as a trio. The sound they came up with lent an amazing new slant to John's music and he made the bold decision to move to the trio format. They have toured the USA, India and Europe in this format, and have had enthusiastic responses from audiences everywhere. A sample of the fireworks they create onstage was released in February 2018 entitled "Three For the Road." Recorded in Germany in 2016, this live CD has been very well received garnering excellent reviews!
Always one step ahead, John has now hired a new member to be added to all live shows. Her well-known name is Carolyn Wonderland and she will be the first ever woman to hold the position of lead guitarist in any of John's bands. She is also one of the featured guitar players on John's next studio album, Nobody Told Me released February 2019, that will also feature Todd Rundgren, Joe Bonamassa, Steven Van Zandt and Larry McCray on selected cuts. The road continues!
Tommy Odetto first got the chills from music as a little boy when he came across Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and The Beatles. As Tommy approached his teens, he discovered guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Deeply inspired, he picked up the guitar and never looked back. A few years later, he was a semi-finalist for Guitar Center’s King of the Blues. He has also been featured in Guitar Player magazine as an Artist-Watch. After two successful stints with local bands, in 2016 he decided to pursue his dream of being a front-man.
Since then Tommy has been fortunate to be invited to perform at last year’s Bottlerock Napa Valley, and has opened for bands like, Chevy Metal, Tommy Castro, Coco Montoya, Y&T, Walter Trout, Uriah Heep, Ace Frehley, Trainwreck with Kyle Gass (Tenacious D), Ana Popovic, Marshall Tucker Band and Robin Trower to name a few. He is also a regular fill-in for Big Brother and the Holding Company.
Only two years after stepping to the front of the stage, the Marin County native is celebrating his long-awaited sophomore release, Curses and Revelations. This EP is an unapologetic Rock and Roll record with themes of love lost, depression, addiction, recovery, self-discovery and redemption. Five original melodic hard rock songs that highlight his raw, honest lyrics and peel back the curtain of the heart and mind of Odetto. Curses and Revelations features many standout guitar moments that are so passionate and soulful that it’s as if we are witness to a musical truth serum. Recorded at Studio 606 and produced by John Lousteau and Ethan Turner, this new work touches on everything Odetto loves: Hard Rock, Blues, a 60’s Pop mentality, with a Grunge era swagger.
Tommy is honored to present his original songs and some of the music that inspired his journey with this intimate soloperformance. He is grateful to Mr. John Mayall for bringing him along for some of his US dates this summer.