Sunday, January 13, 2013

John Lee Hooker Jr. To Perform in Seattle Jan 29th and 30th

The son of legendary blues man John Lee Hooker will take the stage for two nights in January at Jazz Alley in Seattle. John Lee Hooker Jr. is touring in support of his latest release ALL HOOKED UP! Band members are James 'Gig' Anderson (keyboards), Frank “Tebo” Thibeaux (bass) , Jeffrey James (guitar), and Mike Rogers (drums). Set times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. CLICK HERE for details.

Two-time Grammy Nominee John Lee Hooker, Jr.'s 5th and arguably greatest CD release to date All Hooked Up features music luminaries such as the great Betty Wright, the legendary Lucky Peterson, harmonica master Dave Barrette, D'Wayne Wiggins of Tony, Toni, Tone, Eddie Minnifield, sax player for Sheila E and Prince, as well as outstanding vocalists Jeanie Tracy and Sakai.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Hooker Jr. was exposed to the blues as some children are exposed to a parent who practices carpentry, bricklaying or farming. The son of the blues legend, John Lee Hooker, naturally developed a curiosity and appetite for his father's livelihood. Hooker Jr. performed on Detroit's WJBK radio at the tender age of eight years old and toured with his father throughout his teens. Exposed to blues greats such as, Jimmie Reed, Washboard Willie, and Boogie Woogie Red, little Hooker Jr. would eventually perform his talents at prestigious venues such as Detroit's, Fox Theatre and other upscale Motown clubs in the shadow of his father. By the time little Hooker Jr. turned eighteen, he was a recording artist performing with his father, most notably on John Lee Hooker's, Live at Soledad Prison (ABC Records) release.

His 2004 release, Blues With a Vengeance was John's "celebratory redemption" from addiction and the sub-culture of life on the streets. In other words, he would celebrate his redemption through the hard work and dedication it takes to create a musical classic - and redeem himself he did. The newly awakened artist received 2004, "Comeback Artist of the Year Award" from the San Francisco Bay Area Blues Society, "Outstanding Blues Album of the Year" from The California Music Awards (formerly known as the BAMMYS), "Best New Artist Debut" nomination from the W.C. Handy Awards, and "Best Traditional Blues" nomination from the Grammy Awards. Etta James won the actual Grammy award but to be in her company along with fellow nominees, Eric Clapton, Pinetop Perkins, and James Cotton was a strong indication of the direction Hooker's career was taking.

In 2010, between sharing the stage with artists such as, Lenny Kravitz, Taj Mahal, and ZZ Top, Hooker Jr. was the musical face of America's prestigious, U.S. Open (CBS). He was also interviewed by the 700 Club, and in 2011, appeared on the cover of Healthy Living magazine. He is currently celebrating and touring in support of his new release All Hooked Up!

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