With a repertoire drawing on a range of roots music styles including Cajun two-steps and waltzes, blues and New Orleans grooves, Tom Rigney & Flambeau’s shows are musically rich and designed for dancing.
The band, which released their latest CD “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)” last year, will return to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St. in Winters) on Friday, April 27, for a dance show starting at 8 p.m.
Berkeley-based Tom Rigney has become a leading blues and roots music violinist over the past several decades. After 15 years at the helm of the swamp rock band The Sundogs, Rigney put together his current band Flambeau in 2000 and has toured and recorded extensively ever since.
A prolific composer and songwriter, Rigney has released more than a dozen CDs of original songs and instrumental pieces since 2000. His range as a composer runs from Cajun two-steps to blues to roots rock and roll. He also has a knack for seeking out and refreshing old songs from the Cajun and zydecotraditions.
His three blues violin CDs all climbed to Number 1 on the XM/Sirius Satellite Radio Bluesvillechart, and his recordings with Flambeau have gotten countless spins from Americana programmers all over the US and Canada.
Virtuosic playing and a charismatic stage presence are hallmarks of Rigney’s style, and his performances at many North American traditional jazz festivals have brought increased attention to the genre.
Rigney’s long-time band Flambeau — guitarist Danny Caron (who’s alsoplayed with Marcia Ball, Clifton Chenier and Charles Brown), boogie-woogie queen Caroline Dahl on keys, Steve Parks on bass and Brent Rapone on drums – brings tight ensemble playing, deeply infectious grooves and rich soloing, and was voted Best Cajun/Zydeco Band by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame.
Tickets for Tom Rigney & Flambeau’sApril 27 show at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main Street in Winters) are $23 and are available online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, and at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if not sold out.
For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and tomrigney.com.