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Part 2 of the spirited conversation with a true legend is here! The hang that Curtis and I had couldn’t be contained in one episode. I can’t WAIT to get to part 2 of the live chat w/Curtis. Join us to be a part of it!

Award-winning vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Curtis Salgado, the man NPR calls “an icon” with “a huge voice,” is revered worldwide for his ability to wring every ounce of soul out of every song he performs. Salgado is famed not only for his powerhouse live shows and ten previous albums, but also for his passionate and insightful original songs. He has been nominated three times for the Blues Music Award for Song Of The Year, winning in 2018 for Walk A Mile In My Blues from The Beautiful Lowdown. In total, he has won nine Blues Music Awards, including the B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year. DownBeat calls his songwriting skills “an impressive gift.” Billboard says Salgado’s music is “inspired and powerful.” Now, after 40 years of recording, performing, touring and songwriting, Salgado is back with Damage Control, his first full band album in four years, and it’s packed with fresh, original material.

“Glorious and memorable… Salgado’s voice is center stage just as it should be. Highly recommended” – Blues & Rhythm UK

“Salgado’s vocals are soulful beauty. Fresh, unexpected, authentic, percolating…perfectly executed… simply delicious” – Living Blues

“Salgado inspires chills. Upbeat and original…poignant and wise with a great sense of humor” – Blues Music Magazine

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Award-winning vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter Curtis Salgado, the man NPR calls “an icon” with “a huge voice,” is revered worldwide for his ability to wring every ounce of soul out of every song he performs. Salgado is famed not only for his powerhouse live shows and ten previous albums, but also for his passionate and insightful original songs. He has been nominated three times for the Blues Music Award for Song Of The Year, winning in 2018 for Walk A Mile In My Blues from The Beautiful Lowdown. In total, he has won nine Blues Music Awards, including the B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year. DownBeat calls his songwriting skills “an impressive gift.” Billboard says Salgado’s music is “inspired and powerful.” Now, after 40 years of recording, performing, touring and songwriting, Salgado is back with Damage Control, his first full band album in four years, and it’s packed with fresh, original material.

With Damage Control, Salgado has created what he calls “a rock ’n’ roll record with lyrics that hit.” The 13 songs—12 originals and a raucous cover of Larry Williams’ Slow Down (famously covered by The Beatles)—will surprise and delight longtime Salgado fans. Salgado has crafted a soul-searching, street-smart collection of vividly detailed, instantly memorable songs. From the defiant opener The Longer That I Live to the bouncy New Orleans crime story You’re Going To Miss My Sorry Ass to the foot-tapping history lesson of Hail Mighty Caesar to the plaintive honesty of Always Say I Love You, Salgado’s vocals weave, bob and soar, at times jabbing with nuance, and then striking with unlimited power. Of the title track, he says, “Life is all about damage control…trouble and then some. It’s about dealing with what gets thrown at you and saying, ‘I ain’t finished yet.’”

Damage Control was produced by Salgado and recorded in three studios with three different groups of musicians, featuring some of the very best players in the business. At Nashville, Tennessee’s Rock House Recording, top notch support included guitarist George Marinelli (Bonnie Raitt), keyboardist Kevin McKendree (Brian Setzer, Delbert McClinton, Tinsley Ellis), singer Wendy Moton (Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton) and special guest Cajun accordionist and vocalist Wayne Toups. At Studio City, California’s Ultratone Studios, guitarist/ bassist Johnny Lee Schell (Otis Rush, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt), pianists Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Paul Simon) and Jim Pugh (B.B. King, Etta James, Robert Cray), drummer Tony Braunagel (B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt) brought the goods. And at Greaseland in San Jose, California, guitarist/bassist Kid Andersen (Rick Estrin, Charlie Musselwhite), bassist Jerry Jemmott (B.B. King, Aretha Franklin) and drummer Kevin Hays (Robert Cray) added their fuel to the fire.

For all of his successes, Salgado is no stranger to adversity. During his career, he has overcome multiple health challenges, battling back from liver cancer in 2006 and lung cancer in 2008 and 2012. In March 2017 he underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He’s not only come back stronger, he’s become one of the genre’s most prolific songwriters, going from writing a few songs per album to writing full albums of original songs. In 2016, many critics declared The Beautiful Lowdown—featuring 11 original songs—as the best of his career. According to Salgado, Damage Control is even better. He’s excited to bring his new songs to the stage, where the crowd fires him up even more. “I want people to relate to the songs,” he says. “You can dance to it but the words have to carry the weight. I know if a song hits me, it’ll hit others just as hard.” On Damage Control, the hard-hitting songs just keep on coming.

“Glorious and memorable… Salgado’s voice is center stage just as it should be. Highly recommended” –Blues & Rhythm UK

“Salgado’s vocals are soulful beauty. Fresh, unexpected, authentic, percolating…perfectly executed… simply delicious” –Living Blues

“Salgado inspires chills. Upbeat and original…poignant and wise with a great sense of humor” –Blues Music Magazine

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Originally from Niagara Falls, NY. — Vocalist, multi-ethnic drummer / percussionist and founder of Brothers of the Baladi (1976), Arabesque (1994 – traditional Middle Eastern music band) and Radio Remedy (2018). Based in Portland, Oregon, Brothers of the Baladi performed both traditional and original Middle Eastern World Music featuring vocals in seven languages [Arabic, Turkish, Armenian, Farsi, Spanish, French & English] with instruments & songs from around the world. The band successfully brought their music to festival, college and concert audiences all over North America and England for over four decades. The Brothers’ 12 albums (distributed exclusively by Burnside Distribution) are sold online and in retail stores worldwide.

The Brothers’ Just Do What’s Right album was nominated for a Grammy in the Contemporary World Music Category in 2008 and their twelfth Gravity of Love album was nominated for a Grammy in the Rock Album of the Year in 2016.

Michael was a well known Middle Eastern Drums and Percussion clinician locally, regionally and internationally and his 1991 Basic Middle Eastern Rhythms video was the first Middle Eastern Drum instructional video ever marketed.

Michael was co-founder of the infamous Gypsy Stage at the Oregon Country Fair in 1979.

In addition to his World Music, Michael has always maintained his love of ‘normal’ music and his drum kit skills and he has performed with many local and regional Blues, Rock, etc. bands through the years. Currently he performs on drum kit and vocals with The Roadless Travelers (songs you know and love from the 60s-80s) and Radio Remedy (Pop cover band).

For any more info or history on Brothers of the Baladi see http://www.baladi.com.

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From 1994-2003, Eklund was the drummer for Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum selling Capitol Records recording artists Everclear. He played on the band’s most successful albums, including Sparkle and Fade and So Much for the Afterglow, including their MTV and radio hits Santa Monica, Father of Mine, Everything to Everyone, Wonderful, and AM Radio.

After leaving Everclear in 2003, emotionally and physically exhausted and burnt out from playing drums, Eklund suffered from public anxiety after being in the public eye. He went into therapy for panic attacks and his inability to leave his house. While at home, Eklund says, “I was tired of playing drums. I wanted to try something new, and I wanted a new challenge, so I picked up a guitar. I taught myself to play in a straightforward style and started to write songs.”

With his younger brother Mark Eklund and Olivia Stone, Greg formed The Oohlas in 2004 and released their debut record Best Stop Pop on Stolen Transmission Records (an imprint on Island/Def Jam Records) in 2005. When the music industry imploded in 2008, The Oohlas left their label and went on an indefinite hiatus.

Greg released his solo debut album entitled “Muffled Tears,” on August 1st on all digital platforms (iTunes, Spotify etc) with limited edition clear vinyl available at gregeklund.bandcamp.com.

Greg’s fortune revealed:

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Zia McCabe is a keyboard player, percussionist and bass guitarist, and member of American alternative rock band The Dandy Warhols. She is also a solo DJ (DJ Rescue), and part of a six-piece country music band called Brush Prairie. She graduated from Battle Ground High School in Battle Ground, Washington in 1993. In 1995, with hardly any prior musical experience, Zia joined The Dandy Warhols.

Fast-forward to today, her tenure with the Dandys has been sprinkled with advocacy (last time I saw Zia, she was leading Bernie Sanders onstage at Portland’s Moda Center for the 2016 Presidential Campaign), a burgeoning real estate career, multiple original projects & raising chickens!

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The infectious grooves and million-dollar smile of drummer Dave Kendall has graced more stages in the Pacific Northwest than almost anyone.

Dave’ll bring that smile and brilliant conversation to All Access Live to discuss the earliest metal days and his beloved band “Gargoyle”, to today’s contemporary country group “Night Rose”.

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Ramble On is Portland, Oregon’s most popular Led Zeppelin tribute.

Lead singer Rich Ray nailed the high tenor vocals made famous by Robert Plant, with all the power and soul one would expect from seeing Led Zeppelin their prime.

Virtuoso axe man Steve Adams plays the part of Jimmy Page to perfection..complete with the double-neck guitars, violin bows, and ripping solos.

Chael Emmett was heroic on bass and keys, a la John Paul Jones, while drummer Merrill Hale anchored the rhythm section with master chops and an authentic set of Ludwig Vistalites to boot.

As one of the most remarkable bands honoring perhaps the greatest rock & roll band on the planet, Ramble On have done just that (rambled on), but we are going to catch up with the guys on their current situations, funny stories from those days of tribute, and other shenanigans. Come join us!

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Rock journalist and local icon SP Clarke and I rap about the rich musical history of the Pacific Northwest, LONG before Portlandia brought snickers from afar about the beloved Rose City. We dig deep looking at La Bamba Club, Starry Night, Satyricon, X-Ray Cafe and other venues, as well as a look at the influences of artists like Billy Rancher and The Kingsmen.

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Brian is a professional touring drummer, singer, songwriter and arranger. He has countless studio sessions, recording with a variety of artists. Brian frequently tours the US and has played gigs as far as Japan and Poland.

A native of Portland Oregon, Brian is a gold mine of every music style. Synonymous with musical heavyweights he started playing in church with the anointing of music at the age of 5 years old. By the age of 15 he played his first gig with Jazz artist Dennis Springer and from there built a promising career in the music industry that has taken him around the world. Brian is Internationally known, and a highly sought after musician.

Having been brought up in the art of drumming, he credits mentors like Bruce Carter, Mel Brown and Carlton Jackson. Brian gives back to his community by giving drum lesson clinics, and reaching out to local youth by providing positive opportunities as a means to follow dreams and ambitions to help stay away from street life and gangs as it did for himself.

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Bobby Pallotta is the eye behind the camera, capturing “The Story” from every still shot to video for his clientele for over 25 years.

He started in the industry at the age of 14 in the production of audio recording which grew throughout the years having worked with Twisted Sister, George Clinton, Dream Theater, Three Doors Down, Village People & many others. The audio recording business gave him the opportunity to expand into video & photography production which led him to work in the entertainment and broadcast industry and found his passion. Clients say that “the experience of working with Bobby P.” is the reason they continue coming back to Bobby P. Media.

Capturing “The Story” is Bobby’s passion.

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