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.
New Music Release - Why Did You Have To Go
Why Did You Have To Go Debuts
at #4 on the Living Blues Radio Chart
and in the Blues Top 10 on the Roots Music Report
Shining Stone Records announces the signing of multi-Blues Music Award nominee Anthony Geraci, Why Did You Have To Go is the highly anticipated second release by this critically acclaimed Blues pianist and Anthony’s first on Shining Stone Records, This electrifying performance of Anthony’s thirteen original compositions features an extraordinary array of musicians: Sugaray Rayford, Ronnie Earl, Sugar Ray Norcia, Monster Mike Welch, Jimi Bott, Michael Mudcat Ward, Kid Ramos, Michelle Evil Gal Willson, Sax Gordon, Willie Laws, Dennis Brennan, Marty Richards, Doug Woolverton, Willie J. Campbell, Troy Gonyea, Willie J. Laws, Brian Templeton and Neil Gouvin.
.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 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.