The Kootenay Blues Society will present a powerful mix of blues talent at two Kootenay venues. The Balfour Beach Inn in Balfour and Finley's in Nelson will host the the Andy T. Band: an American blues band based in Nashville, Tennessee led by Andy "T" Talamantez.
The band not only features Andy “T” - a formidable guitarist and singer in his own right who has played with Smokey Wilson and Guitar Shorty - but “Alabama Mike” Benjamin as lead singer. Many of you Kootenay folk will remember Alabama Mike when he appeared with Country Pete and The Riverside Blues Band last year. He's a dynamic, energetic and entertaining vocalist who strongly connects with his audience. He's a true force on the microphone with his first rate, church house tenor and delivers a sound that will remind you of a young BB King, Buddy Guy or Elmore James.But wait, there is more: Anson Funderburgh is also in the band! Again, many of you will remember Anson and his stinging stratocaster, from the Mark Hummel show last month when the band played to a packed Wednesday night crowd of rabid blues fans. This BMA-nominated guitarist has led his band Anson Funderburgh and The Rockets since 1977. The band has won ten W.C. Handy Blues Awards.
Andy T Band have garnered many accolades, including:
- 2016 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE for BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM
- 2016 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE for BAND OF THE YEAR
- 2015 BLUES MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEE for BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM
- 2015 BLUES BLAST AWARDS NOMINEE for BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM
- 2013 BLUES BLAST AWARDS NOMINEE for BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM.
The Balfour Beach Inn show is Friday, June 21 @ 6 pm. Finley's show is Saturday, June 22 @ 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20.