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Jason Ricci And New Blood

Harmonica player, bandleader, and singer/songwriter Jason Ricci is one of a handful of new young lions on the blues scene who are helping to expand the parameters of the idiom. Ricci steers clear of traditional blues themes in his songwriting, yet his playing shows a tremendous amount of knowledge and respect for the masters of the instrument, people like Little Walter Jacobs, Sonny Boy Williamson, and George "Harmonica" Smith.

Ricci's harmonica skills really took off after he moved to Memphis from his native Portland, ME in 1995, as he had the chance to sit in and learn from others on the fertile Memphis club scene. By the time he was 21, Ricci had won the Sonny Boy Blues Society contest and performed at the King Biscuit Blues Festival. Ricci and his band, New Blood, arrived on the blues scene in the early 2000s and kept up a rigorous touring schedule, nearly 300 shows a year, for the better part of seven years. Along the way, they racked up critical accolades and continued to release some very fine recordings that are by no means straight-ahead blues. Ricci, who is openly gay, has a warm and friendly stage presence and typically makes some kind of fashion statement with his punk-rock-goth dressing style. Old traditionalists or "moldy figs" in a festival or club audience are soon captured by the spirited live show put forth by Ricci and his band.

He began his recording career with the independently released Blood on the Road, which won accolades from The San Jose Mercury News as one of the Top Ten albums of 2007. In 2008, Ricci & New Blood were signed to record for the California-based Eclecto Groove Records, releasing Rocket Number 9, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer John Porter. The recording is often autobiographical, revealing Ricci's drug-related problems and alternative lifestyle in a selection of songs that smeared the lines between modern blues, funk, rock, and Eastern music. The album rose to number four on the Billboard blues charts and stayed there for several months. Ricci's harmonica playing can also be heard on recordings by Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm, Motor City Josh, and Walter Trout.

In 2009, Ricci & New Blood released Done with the Devil, also for Eclecto Groove Records. The album showcases Ricci's original songwriting but also includes two eclectic covers, one by the punk rock outfit the Misfits, the other by legendary avant-garde jazz composer Sun Ra. In 2010, Ricci won the Best Harmonica Player award from the Memphis-based Blues Music Foundation, but was also sidetracked into the hospital for a bad case of pneumonia. After a few months in recovery, Ricci was rested and ready to get back out on the road, selling records the old-fashioned way, at his numerous live shows around the U.S., Canada, and Europe. ~ Richard J. Skelly, Rovi
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Has chops to make you listen and the soul to grab a hold of you. I'm impressed, play on man.
Mark and I saw Jason in Denver and got to know him fairly well. We gave Jason a Lobster and clams birthday.... The smile on his face was great......W e look forward to seeing you again Jason..... Ray and Mark
Sounds so good... smooth, raw. .. it moves me
Whoa just found gem.
I'm a huge SRV fan...this man has chops for sure
Everyone this my story hope you like it!!. So 9 years ago.....a person names jerry got dared to sleep in a house that was believed to be haunted. The next day his friends waited for him outside the house..... They had to go inside and search for him. They went through every room but the attic. He wasn't suppose to sleep in the attic. He was suppose to sleep in the living room they went to the attic. They found
jerry's corpse and they left because they got scared. But that night all died because
Are you ever planning a west coast tour I'm in Los Angeles California and I would like to see you perform live You play AWESOME
clarence_shi e l d s
The Stevie Ray Vaughn of the harmonica... . . . . P . E . R . I . O . D .
Jason is a dear friend of mine and an inspiration to me as a mentor and a teacher... he has the most defined ability to play the harp like no other...he is in a class of his own and hands down the most versatile player I have ever met.... glorious
as a harp player, he inspires me. oh the bends! Dukeman
First time to hear me Jason Ricci he really plays with a lot of soul
manuelmierjr
Jason Ricci has saved Blues Harmonica playing! His cutting edge style has resurrected Blues from the grave. I hope to one day see him live. From one harp player to another, Thank You Mr Ricci!
Jason Ricci is just I N C R E D I B L E ! He is the new blues man for sure..
A bit like Butterfield, Trout and Stevie Ray... I like his sound very much
He knows the blues and I can see him being very popular as an artist on the scene (BLUES) God love him!
Had never heard of him, was heading to the car with the kids in tow at a street festival in Reno, he froze me in my tracks. Went to see him that night at Third Street Blues bar there, he was incredible. He sent the guitar player on break and he played the guitar part on harmonica, wouldn't have believed it if I wasn't there. Sonny Boy would love him.
Mr. John Hiatt n Jason n Joe !!! Bet your a** I'd have tickets to that !!!
Smokin ' Joe Bonamassa n this dude gotta tour n jam together !!!!!
lauraandjose p h
I just heard Jason on Pandora,had to learn more and hear more! I've been sharing the music with friends!
He's the man ! Wish I could see him live got all his albums. One of the best harp players .
johnricci57
Your good, I mean real good.
i saw where someone listed similar harp players,if someone asked me to name a harp player like Jason i would be clueless he is that original,als o a great performer!
Jason Ricci inspires me and listenting to him play encourages me to continue to play outside the box blues harmonica. So many people get stuck in one genre harp playing or another,, like traditional chicago style, delta blues style, piedmont blues style or jazz,, I heard Jason Ricci and it encouraged me to fuze all the styles together and just be original. so awesome to see his music on Pandora now!!!!
One of my favorite performers. Hope he is able to get his life together and get back on stage.
dougwhite3
Amazing musician with a talent for gathering talent around him. A great showman!
awesome
jeffreydurbi n
I saw Jason play in a dive bar in Cedar Rapids, IA back in 2002 or 2003. I was entertainmen t chairman of the local blues society at the time and we should have booked him to one of our events. He's got some serious talent!
Similar artists should be Carlos Del Junco, Adam Gussow, Andy Ford, Rod Piazza, Mark Hummel, Magic Dick with J Geils, etc. etc. Harmonica royalty!!
Nice voice great band add 2 my favorites like it.....
Ashley, Just enjoy. I know how you feel but I just suggest...ju s t enjoy good vibes. Peace be with you.
can someone fill me on why his song "the way i hurt myself" is nearly identical to Led Zep's "Since I've Been Loving You"??????
A good command of the Blues genre with the addition of non-traditio n a l musical elements...g r e a t stuff!!
excelente !!!!
wow, just discovered them and I am digging it
danzigblues6 6
i've seen Jason and the band live. great stuff. one of the best guitar players and Harp players you'll ever see.
Nice
Wow .. just discovered Jason Ricci and I'm likin' this!
Similar artists Levon Helm?? Blues Traveler?? Maybe the others but what about the most obvious...St e v i e Ray Vaughan??
I you like some blues, this dude does it right.
danzigblues6 6
J-man is the punk rock of blues and i love the guitar player.Rock on Brother.
Saw them in Des Moines, IA 3/04/10. Totally blew everyone away! Go any chance you get to Jason Ricci and New Blood.
I just saw Ricci, with Ana Popovich in Buffalo 2009, AMAZING. This guy is THE best harp player I've ever heard!!! He Played Bach's Minuet in G at lightning speed on a god damn harmonica!!!
malenurse123
Just saw Jason's show in Boulder CO. The level of virtuosity he possesses is rare and inspiring. I've learned so much from him.
This guys on fire on stage saw him in 2008 in San Jose Ca. the entire band is fabulous.
This artist is at one of the cutting edges of the harmonica, and a great human being.
THANK YOU !!!! Thank you thank you thank you- Jason Ricci Rocks !! I was able to catch one of his shows back in January and I became an instant fan after hearing his harp playing abilities. He plays such a great mix of rock,blues,f u n k and punk and it all just seems to blend in so well together. Jason and his band has more energy then a steam locomotive. Rock on
jason ricci--- an unbelievably engaging young man, as raw and roomful as i have seen !!

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