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Curtis Salgado

A well-respected veteran of the American blues scene, Curtis Salgado has been rocking audiences with his full-force vocals and powerful harmonica work since the late 1960s, and has performed with some of the biggest and most enduring acts in the genre. Salgado was born on February 4, 1954 in Everett, Washington. He grew up in a family of music lovers -- his folks were fans of classic jazz and blues, from Kid Ory to Fats Waller, and his siblings were hip to soul shouters such as Wilson Pickett and blues masters like Muddy Waters. Seeing Count Basie when he was 13 first inspired Salgado to consider a career in music, and after hearing Little Walter for the first time, he began learning to play the harmonica, picking up some tips from an instruction book his mother gave him. By the time he was 16, Salgado was playing paying gigs, and only a few years later he and his band the Nighthawks (not to be confused with the long-running Washington D.C. act of the same name) were a major draw on the Northwest club scene. In 1975, Salgado and a handful of other blues fans in Eugene, Oregon (which had become Salgado's home) began booking a blues festival that gave Salgado and his bandmates the chance to share stages with (and often back up) a number of legendary musicians, including Willie Dixon, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Albert Collins, Big Walter Horton, and Otis Rush. In 1977, Salgado & the Nighthawks were playing a typically raucous gig in Eugene when he struck up a conversation between sets with an especially enthusiastic patron. The fan turned out to be actor and comedian John Belushi, who was in town shooting the film Animal House. Belushi, whose tastes at the time ran to metal and hard rock, struck up a friendship with Salgado, who turned Belushi into a blues fan, and much of Salgado's suggested listening would form the set list for the Blues Brothers' top-selling debut album Briefcase Full of Blues. Salgado also became friends with up-and-coming guitarist and songwriter Robert Cray, who frequently played the Northwest at the time, and when Salgado's Nighthawks began to splinter, he joined Cray's band on harp and vocals. Salgado appeared on Cray's debut album, 1980's Who's Been Talkin', but left Cray's band in 1982; between 1984 and 1986, he was a member of Roomful of Blues, and sat in on the sessions for RoB's 1988 collaboration with Earl King, Glazed. Salgado then formed a new band, Curtis Salgado & the Stilettos, and after making the rounds of the Northwest club circuit, the group released their self-titled debut album in 1991. Steve Miller, a longtime fan and friend of Salgado's, invited him to open Miller's 1992 summer concert tour, and in 1994, Salgado took a sabbatical from his own band to sing with Santana for a U.S. tour. Salgado released a solo album in 1995, More Than You Can Chew, and a year later he and his band hit the road again with Steve Miller; Salgado also found time to release another album that year, Hit It ‘N Quit It. In 1999, Salgado signed a deal with the roots music label Shanachie Records, who released his album Wiggle Outta This the same year; Soul Activated would follow in 2001 and Strong Suspicion in 2004, as Salgado continued his busy touring schedule. In 2006, Salgado was diagnosed with liver cancer and underwent treatment that included a liver transplant; two years later, he was found to have lung cancer, but was declared cancer-free in time to release the album Clean Getaway in 2008. In the fall of 2011, Salgado signed with powerhouse blues label Alligator Records, and his first album for Alligator, Soul Shot, appeared in February 2012. In July 2012, Salgado announced that another cancerous growth had been discovered on his lung, but after undergoing surgery, he and his doctors expected him to make a complete recovery. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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jaenor
It was great to see Curtis at The Resort At The Mountain. Loved it!
dm_hillyer
Give me more lovin' an less attitude- your the man CURTIS !!
holly911rn
We have every piece of music Curtis has recorded and attend any and every concert we can; he never, ever disappoints and deserves way more recognition than he gets, but as he says, He is Rich and Famous, Rich in friends and Famous in the eyes of God
just_call_me _ g y p s y 3
He has SO much more great music! Why only one album here at Pandora? Simply LOVE me some Curtis :-)
This Man will move any room in ways that have never been felt before! I booked him SV Idaho from 1990-93 and sold -out every show you need to hear this man live!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
If you get a chance to see him live please do he'll blow you away!
robert9457
More of his music needs to be added then just this album. Outstanding stuff.
First time experiencing his music. He sounds really good! I really like him!
gmanred48
Just found out he will be in san Diego soon. I WILL BE THERE!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
erinortmann
ACTUALLY - Curtis grew up in EUGENE, Oregon where he graduated from Willamette High School. He met John Belushi while performing near the U of O campus during Belushi's filming of Animal House... He taught Belushi harmonica and was the inspiration for Belushi's Blues Brothers. Both the movie and the soundtrack credit him.
Most underrated song = I'm Not Through Lovin You
i really am digging this guy! its real gutsy. down home.
THATS MY HOMETOWN BOY! LOVE HIM LIVE, and thank God is he is alive,,,was happy to be at several fund raisers for the guy,have loved him since day one,
daisy.clifto n
Love his music. Love the passion.
Love his music...I've met this wonderful man...so glad his health is better so he can keep up the good tunes.
Love him and his music gets better with age....Confe s s i o n is my favorite song.

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