Anthony Geraci-Nominated for the third year in a row for the
Prestigious Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award
in the 39th Blues Music Awards
by the Blues Foundation-Memphis, TN
-Anthony wraps up recording his second album for Delta Groove Music. This will be a follow up to the critically acclaimed recording-Fifty Shades Of Blues. The new recording features all original compositions by Anthony and features a who's who of great blues musicians-Ronnie Earl, Kid Ramos, Monster Mike Welch guitars; Sugar Ray Rayford, Sugar Ray Norcia, Michelle "Evil Gal" Willson, Brian Templeton, Willie J. Laws, Dennis Brennan-vocals, Willie J. Campbell, Michael Mudcat Ward-bass, Jimi Bott, Marty Richards, Neil Gouvin-drums. Look for a spring 2018 release date.
-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.
-Anthony Geraci makes his Delta Groove Music debut with the album Fifty Shades Of Blue along with the Boston Blues All-Stars, the same musicians Geraci has been playing with for parts of the last four decades. They include vocalists Toni Lynn Washington, Darrell Nulisch, Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson and of course Sugar Ray Norcia. The are backed by guitarist “Monster” Mike Welch, bassist Michael “Mudcat” Ward and drummers Marty Richards and Neil Gouvin. The All-Stars take on thirteen Geraci penned numbers that are full of fresh original ideas that are applied to music that come from many shades of the blues palette. http://deltagroovemusic.com
Anthony Geraci Named Piano Instructor For the 8th Annual Pinetop Perkins Workshop Experience
For the past seven years, the Pinetop Perkins Foundation has always focused on offering world-class musicians to lead their Master Class Workshop held in Clarksdale, Mississippi each June. The 2017 Workshop Experience will be no exception.
Anthony Geraci, a 2016 and 2017 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 13-16, 2017. 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.
Fifty Shades of Blue Receives Blues Music Award Nominations
The Blues Foundation Announces
37th Blues Music Award Nominees
Memphis, TN (December 15, 2015) – The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the nominations for its annual Blues Music Awards, which the international organization will present at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 5, 2016. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world. The focus of this celebration is to honor this rich cultural tradition by recognizing the past year’s superior achievements in blues performance, songwriting, and recording.
James Harman leads the list with five nominations, with Anthony Geraci and Sugaray Rayford close behind with four nominations each. Harman and Geraci will go head to head in three categories: Best Song, Best Album, and Best Traditional Blues Album. Harman’s special gift at musical storytelling combined with the soulful sound on his newest release Bonetime propelled him to a nomination as Best Traditional Male Blues Artist, and his strong musicianship opened the door for a nomination as Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica, while Geraci’s piano finesse led to a nomination for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player. Rayford, with a more modern sound, received nods for Contemporary Blues Album and Contemporary Blues Male Artist as well as Best Song and B.B. King Entertainer. 2016 Grammy nominated Cedric Burnside and Shemekia Copeland along with Doug MacLeod, The Cash Box Kings, Victor Wainwright and Wee Willie Walker each received three nominations.