Congratulations to our GRAMMY Nominated Artists touring in 2017!
The 59th GRAMMY Award Nominees were made public on Tuesday and Bluesfest Touring is thrilled to announce the following artists are amongst it’s esteemed ranks! GRAMMY winners will be announced on February 12th 2017. Here’s wishing a big Australian good luck to all!
Rhiannon Giddens Best American Roots Performance – Factory Girl Best Folk Album – Factory Girl
Already a GRAMMY-winning artist; Rhiannon Giddens came to fame as the lead singer of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Incorporating country, gospel, jazz, blues and a hint of proto-rock n’ roll Giddens displays an emotional range to match her dazzling vocals. Giddens’ second solo album Factory Girl is up for an incredible two nominations.
SYDNEY – Factory Theatre, Saturday 8th April MELBOURNE – The Corner Hotel, Tuesday 11th April – also Performing at Bluesfest 2017 – Tickets and more information
Gallant Best Urban Contemporary Album – Ology
Up against Beyonce, Rihanna and Anderson .Paak no less… Gallant holds his own counting amongst his supporters Elton John and Seal; gracing stages from Coachella to the White House!
Labeled as “breakthrough artist of 2015” and “the voice that will redefine R&B” by Billboard and NME respectively, the young Los Angeles artist identifies his music as future soul, bridging contemporary productions with old school songwriting.
The sky is the limit for Gallant. Catch him on the rise.
MELBOURNE – The Corner Hotel, Monday April 17th SYDNEY – Oxford Art Factory, Tuesday April 18th – also performing at Bluesfest 2017 – Tickets and more information
Gregory Porter Best Jazz Vocal Album – Take Me To The Alley
Gregory Porter’s second album Liquid Spirit saw him take home a GRAMMY in this same category in 2014. This, his fifth nomination may prove a charm for the Californian jazz, soul and gospel singer.
After selling out shows in Sydney and Melbourne in September 2016, Gregory Porter will return to Australia in April; sharing what has been witnessed all around the world as “a room-bursting voice and a heart the size of a house” – SMH
MELBOURNE – Melbourne Recital Centre, Tuesday April 11th SYDNEY – Enmore Theatre, Wednesday April 12th – also performing at Bluesfest 2017 – Tickets and more information
The Record Company Best Contemporary Blues Album – Give It Back To You
Rock-and-soul trio The Record Company have scored a nomination with their debut album Give It Back To You. The lead single ‘Off The Ground’ spent two consecutive weeks on the US radio #1 charts, with Rolling Stone declaring them in the “10 New Artists You Need to Know”.
Since it’s release the band have toured widely, playing alongside Blackberry Smoke, Trombone Shoty & Orleans Avenue and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.
Hailing from Los Angeles and formed in 2011; this is the first tour for the band TimeOut described as “reminiscent of some of the best acts of the ’50s and ’60s – like if John Lee Hooker and The Stooges had a well-behaved love child”.
SYDNEY – Newtown Social Club, Wednesday 19th April MELBOURNE – Northcote Social Club, Thursday 20th April – also performing at Bluesfest 2017 – Tickets and more information
Snarky Puppy Best Contemporary Instrumental Album – Culcha Vulcha
Snarky Puppy have gone from being the best kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Seamlessly fusing a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation.
Performing regularly with Erykah Badu, SnoopDog and JustinTimberlake among others; and led by bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger MichaelLeague; this ever-evolving quasi-collective has created a new model for independent artists.
MELBOURNE – Melbourne Recital Centre, Sat April 8th 4pm (all ages) MELBOURNE – Melbourne Recital Centre, Sat April 8th 7:30pm (18+) SYDNEY – Enmore Theatre, Mon April 10th – also performing at Bluesfest 2017 – Tickets and more information
Bluesfest and Bluesfest Touring wishes all of these artists the best of luck!