Willie McBlind Summons in May Day with a Salty Night of Harmonically Tuned Electric Delta Blues at the South Shore’s C-Note

WILLIE MCBLIND is bringing it on home with 2 sets of Harmonically Tuned, mojo-infused electric Delta blues at C-Note on Nantasket Beach on Saturday, May 1, located at 159 Nantasket Avenue in Hull, MA. Admission is $10 at the door and the venue has a 21+ policy. Doors open at 8pm; sets at 9:45 and 11:30.

Based out of New York City, Willie McBlind is fronted by Cohasset native, innovative guitarist and composer, Jon Catler, who according to the late music critic Robert Palmer “has integrated his Berklee chops, microtonal intonation, and idiomatic blues feel into a radically original voice,” and talented singer Meredith ‘Babe’ Borden, who originally hails from Central Mass.

Synchronicity brought Catler and Borden together in 1994 in the Big Apple when they were both hired to perform on a series of concerts in Germany and Switzerland featuring Catler’s band The Microtones, as well as the music of American microtonal iconoclast, Harry Partch – and they have been tapping into the power of the Naturally occurring Harmonic Series together ever since. Grounded in progressive blues-rock and jazz styles, Jon Catler honed his harmonic vision while performing as featured guitarist with the Granddaddy of Minimalism, La Monte Young, in his epic Forever Bad Blues Band and as a player in the equally hypnotic Just Alap Raga Ensemble; Babe Borden has explored the full spectrum of her 3-octave range performing in world premieres by such cutting edge musical pioneers as Meredith Monk and Philip Glass, and got her wings touring with the European production of the rock musical HAiR.

One critic says, “Borden’s finest achievement is her ability to match Catler’s microtones without flaw or hestitation. She is fully her own woman, never trying to emulate Etta James or Koko Taylor or anyone else.”

Willie McBlind includes the powerful rhythm section of bass player Mat Fieldes, native to New Zealand, who currently lives and works in NYC, joined on this show by drummer Rick Klane, a frequent player on the South Shore and in the Boston jazz music scene. Willie McBlind’s lineup for this show will also include dynamic keyboardist Scott Daniels, longtime resident of Hull, MA, who works with several area bands. Daniels and Catler also share a strong musical legacy, having played in bands together since they were teenagers.

WILLIE MCBLIND’S second CD, Bad Thing, released in 2009, has garnered wide critical acclaim in the press and on the airwaves. In the Feb/March 2010 issue of Blues Revue Magazine, Michael Verity says, “Bad Thing is a swirling, undulating jam session and a sizzling conflagration of musical styles ranging from Aerosmith to John Coltrane to Willie Dixon.” All About Jazz critic, Todd S. Jenkins, says about the new CD – “Jon Catler and Willie McBlind represent a major step forward in the evolution of American blues. Yet they do so without losing any of the music’s heart, which is perhaps the best achievement of all.”

WILLIE MCBLIND is a Harmonically Tuned electric Delta blues band with a modern edge. In addition to striking originals by Jon Catler, the band injects old blues with a vibrant new sound, while keeping true to the nuance and pitch language of the masters in creative rearrangements of classics like Blind Willie Johnson’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine, Robert Johnson’s Stones in My Passway, and the Willie Dixon peace anthem It Don’t Make Sense (You Can’t Make Peace) which speaks to today’s audience in a way that is perhaps more relevant than ever. The original Mississippi blues musicians carved out a unique pitch language that has been largely forgotten over the decades, but Willie McBlind has recaptured the musical essence of these pioneers to forge a new and exciting musical experience that is at once transcendent and immediately felt on a visceral level.

WILLIE MCBLIND has been getting airplay from California to Canada to Macedonia with Bad Thing. Also, the band’s debut CD, Find My Way Back Home, got a glowing three and a half star review from Down Beat Magazine in 2008. Willie McBlind has played the Emerging Artists Stage at Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival, and the band has appeared on many stages and festivals in New York City, including headlining act for the Blue Apple Blues (B.A.B.) Festival @ Crash Mansion, Hoboken Blues Be-iN (HBBi), World Out of Tune (W.O.O.T.) Festival, The Cutting Room, and the MicroTime Tour in June 2009 which spanned NYC to Boston.

For more info about Willie McBlind, go to www.microtones.com. Tickets $10 @ the door. For venue info, go to: http://www.cnotehull.com.

JON CATLER DEMO’S THE 12-TONE ULTRA PLUS GUITAR
Click on the photo to see a brand new sneak preview video of Jon Catler demonstrating the 12-Tone Ultra Plus guitar! For more info on the 12-Tone Ultra Plus guitar, visit us at www.microtones.com

Get your Bad Thing on…….
Buy the new Willie McBlind Bad Thing CD for $15 and get a FREE Willie McBlind T-Shirt (normally $20!) We’ll also give you a free Tee when you buy a Bad Thing CD at the C-Note show, May 1st !!

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