New season of blues kicks off with Morrison & Strifler
Shana Morrison has emerged as one of the most dynamic contemporary singers in the blues/soul scene. Her father – Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison – may have steered her towards the blues but she has developed a unique style that has gathered fans both sides of the Atlantic.
Sharing the bill is Bay Area guitarist Volker Strifler. Strifler has been one of the top West Coast guitar players and singers for years, touring and recording with greats including Robben Ford, Chris Cain and the Lowell Fulson.
Emery says, “Together, these two bands will kick off the fall season with a great night of contemporary blues and soul.”
Morrison’s musical style has been called pop with a side of blues and a side of rock with a dash of country, R&B, and jazz into the mix. Morrison began performing with her group Caledonia in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996. Her debut CD, Caledonia received favorable reviews and tours across the country soon followed. Vanguard Records signed Shana in 2001, and 7 Wishes was released in 2002. Steady touring and performances include opening shows for Lyle Lovett, Joe Cocker, Michael MacDonald, John Hyatt, Keb ‘Mo and Bob Weir.
Spiced with the British flavor of Peter Green and Eric Clapton and infused by the stylings of artists like Wes Montgomery and Ry Cooder, Strifler creates music that ranges from modern blues rock to soulful chunky back beats. His songwriting stands out, lending a caring sensitivity that erases lines and connects his audience by recognizing joy and sorrow with an acute social awareness.
Strifler spent his childhood in Heidelberg, Germany. In 1996 he recorded his fledgling solo release titled ‘Full Moon’ then in 2002 released his eponymous first release on Blue Rock’It records to great reviews.
The release of his third solo CD ‘The Dance Goes On’ shows just how gifted Strifler is as a guitar player, singer and songwriter. Strifler has also lent his talents to the Ford Blues Bands releases of ‘Tribute To Paul Butterfield,’ ‘In Memory Of Michael Bloomfield,’ ‘Another Fine Day’ and ‘1999’ and is currently fronting the band, touring Europe and the US.
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