For almost 40-years pianist, Hammond organist and composer Anthony Geraci has played behind some of the most influential blues musicians of the 20th century. He is an original member of both Sugar Ray & the Bluetones and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, and has been recognized for his contributions on numerous albums by nominations from both the Blues Music Awards and the Grammys.

Why Did You Have To Go - Set for September 21 Release

Shining Stone Records announces the signing of multi-Blues Music Award nominee Anthony Geraci, and will release the keyboardist’s new CD, Why Did You Have to Go, on September 21. Geraci has assembled an impressive cast of musicians to perform with him on the new disc, including guitar legend Ronnie Earl, as well as many Blues Music Award nominees/winners, such as Sugar Ray Norcia, Monster Mike Welch, Michael Mudcat Ward and Neil Gouvin (all fellow members with Geraci in Sugar Ray and the Bluetones). Other guests include singers Sugaray Rayford, Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson, Willie J. Laws, Dennis Brennan and Brian Templeton; guitarists Kid Ramos and Troy Gonyea; bassist Willie J. Campbell; drummers Jimi Bott and Marty Richards; and a mighty horn section of “Sax” Gordon Beadle and Doug Woolverton. The CD package also features extensive liner notes by respected journalist and editor of Blues Music Magazine, Art Tipaldi. 

“As a songwriter and arranger, I chose each musician for their individual talents that I knew would sound awesome on the songs they were singing and playing on,” Geraci says about the album sessions. “The recording process can always be a daunting experience. Being surrounded by musicians that are your friends is a very special feeling. I played music with many of these musicians for almost 40 years, others more recently. As the ‘producer,’ it was my job to get the material to everyone, coordinate the studio(s), and make sure everyone could make the dates – not an easy task especially with these many in-demand musicians! I wrote some of the songs while in Clarksdale, Mississippi – ‘Why Did You Have to Go’ and ‘Baptized in the River Yazoo.’ Most of the other songs were written at my home in Marshfield, Massachusetts, from notes I make while I’m on the road. If you keep your eyes and ears open you never know what ideas might happen. I try and tell a story with each song…a short narrative that people can relate to.”  (Read Press Release)

Anthony Geraci Receives 2018 Living Blues Award Nomination

Living Blues Magazine has announce the nominees for it's 2018 Living Blues Readers Awards.  Anthony Geraci is nominated in the Category of Most Outstanding Musician (Piano). 

Voting is open until July 15, 2018 at  Winners will be announced in August..

Vote for Anthony Geraci in the 83rd Annual Downbeat Readers Poll

Anthony Geraci is nominated in Category 32 - Blues Artist or Group in the 83rd Annual Downbeat Readers Poll.  Voting is open now and results will appear in the December issue, which comes out October 2018.


Anthony Geraci Named Piano Instructor For the 9th Annual Pinetop Perkins Workshop Experience

For the past nine years, the Pinetop Perkins Foundation has focused on offering world-class musicians to lead their Master Class Workshop Experience held in Clarksdale, MS each June. The 2018 Workshop Experience will be no exception. 

Anthony Geraci, a 2016, 2017 and 2018 Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award nominee, will be leading the piano workshop. Anthony brings extensive experience to the workshop, having played with many blues legends. 

The Foundation’s Master Class Workshop Experience takes place on the grounds of the historic Hopson Plantation and the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, the cradle of the blues in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, and runs from June 12-15, 2018. During this time participants will take in a total delta experience which begins with a BBQ meet and greet on Tuesday evening, nightly jams at the Hopson Commissary, and a final show featuring all workshop participants at the famous Ground Zero Blues Club co-owned by Morgan Freeman and Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett. 

Complete information can be found at The Pinetop Perkins Foundation website.

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