Cobalt Rhythm Kings
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Get ready for a great night of blues and bluesy stuff, featuring the return of Garry Segal (of Garry & the Moodswingers fame) sharing the stage with long-running Connecticut blues institution The Cobalt Rhythm Kings, who will both open for Segal and back him.
Garry Segal: After 20 years of successful recording and touring in and around Connecticut with his band Garry & the Moodswingers, bandleader Garry Segal moved to North Carolina -- and later to Surprise, Arizona -- and set off on a solo career. Seeking a more personal connection with his audience, Garry got back to basics with a guitar, his voice, harmonica, paper, pencil and the insights gained from many years on the road ...taking notes along the way. His CD, "Taking Notes," is an eclectic mix of Americana styles featuring Garry's sly & wry lyrics, detailing his world of failed dreams, humor & hope -- and featuring longtime friends Jeff Pevar, Phil Rosenthal, Collin Tilton and the late Stacy Phillips. Segal's soulful singing, acoustic guitar and harmonica are featured throughout.
The Cobalt Rhythm Kings: The Kings lay down real-deal, play-it-like-you-mean-it blues -- and have been doing it now for close to 25 years. They are steeped in the jazzy jump blues of Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner and Wynonie Harris; the cool, raging West Coast blues of William Clarke and the hard-edged Chicago blues of Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Junior Wells, Freddie King and Otis Rush, to name a few. Formed in 1996 – with two Chicago natives up front on vocals -- The Kings have played all over Connecticut and as far away as the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Ark. and the BMW Riders Association national motorcycle rallies in Vermont and Asheville, N.C. They've opened for Johnny Winter at Toad's Place, blues diva Etta James on the New Haven Green and Son Seals at the New Haven Jazz Festival. Other stops have included many of CT's top clubs and festivals, plus slots opening for or sharing the stage with the Fabulous Thunderbirds; Roomful of Blues; former Muddy Waters Band members Pinetop Perkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bob Margolin and Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson; Tommy Castro; Duwayne Burnside; Mark Naftalin of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Ronnie Earl; John Hammond Jr.; Debbie Davies; Mississippi Johnny Rawls; Phil Guy, and Ron Levy, to name a few.