Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
There is no other band like Rick Estrin & The Nightcats out on the scene today. Their combination of showmanship, virtuosity and substance is unparalleled in the Blues world. Whether it be Live, or Studio recordings, they continuously deliver this trifecta with impeccable style and enthusiasm. If Estrin's poignant original lyrics and wit doesn't get you, the bands sheer instrumental prowess will, and if their deep roots in the classic Blues tradition isn't your thing, their mind blowing stage antics are still sure to leave you with your jaw on the floor.
Originally founded in Northern California in the mid 1970s, the band went on to dominate the international Blues scene as Little Charlie & The Nightcats for several decades to follow. as fans became more and more attracted to the band's hip blend of classic Blues, jumping Swing and retro Rock’n’Roll, with Rick Estrin up front and center, with his unmistakable fashion sense and his pimpin' persona.
Rick's Blues harp playing has won him heavy hitting fans such as Robert Jr. Lockwood and Muddy Waters himself, and many have drawn comparisons to Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. As if that wasn't enough, it is his brilliant original songwriting that really sets him apart. His tunes have garnered fans across a wide range of the blues, roots and rock spectrum, from Percy Mayfield to JJ Cale to Tom Petty and beyond. Rick's unique, deep blues baritone voice is the perfect vessel to deliver these songs, and upon hearing him, longtime Aretha Franklin bassist, Jerry Jemmott declared Estrin as "one real soulful cat".
The band's original founder, Little Charlie Baty, retired in 2008, and it was finally time for Rick Estrin to put his own name in front of the band he had carried for all these years. An undisputed master of the genre, Baty's shoes seemed like they might be impossible to fill, but filled they were and then some with the introduction of Scandinavian guitar madman Kid Andersen.
With the addition of Andersen, along with longtime members, drummer/vocalist, J Hansen and Organist/bassist Lorenzo Farrell, the Nightcats have been revitalized in a big way.
The roots of the band are still firmly planted in the classic blues tradition, and few can touch them in that style, with elements of Soul, jazz, funk, surf and rock protruding into the music as well, reflecting the guys' eclectic tastes and talents. Still, it's at a live show where you can truly see what Rick Estrin & The Nightcats are all about.
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