Rick Estrin & The Nightcats bring “Groovin’ in Greaseland” to The Palms

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Rick Estin & The Nightcats includes, from left: Lorenzo Farrell (keyboards), Kid Andersen (guitar), Rick Estrin (harmonica, vocals), Alex Petersen (drums). Photo by Bob Hakins

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Sacramento-based and internationally-acclaimed band Rick Estrin & The Nightcats will bring their harmonica- and guitar-driven blues to The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, May 26. The show will start at 8 p.m.

“No matter how much fun we have and how relaxed we can be in the studio, there’s still nothing like being in front of, and interacting with, our live audience,” said the harmonica-wielding frontman Rick Estrin

Singer/harmonica player/songwriter Rick Estrin ranks among the very best harp players in the blues world. Estrin’s work on the reeds is at once deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs while at the same time pushing that tradition forward. Accolades and honors include winning The Blues Foundation’s Instrumentalist of the Year—Harmonica in 2013. The Associated Press called his harp playing, “endlessly impressive.”

For more than 30 years and nine albums, Estrin fronted the jumping, swinging band Little Charlie & The Nightcats. After guitarist “Little Charlie” Baty retired from the band, Estrin took the lead on his own as frontman, lead vocalist, songwriter, and harmonica wizard.

Estrin is joined by the Nightcats‘ longtime bassist-turned-keyboardist Lorenzo Farrell, fiery guitarist Kid Andersen and newest Nightcat drummer Alex Petersen.

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats‘ sound is a harmonica-powered, rocking, guitar-fueled rave-up celebration. The band performs the well-known, well-loved songs from Estrin’s massive catalog (such as the 1994 Blues Music Awards Song of the Year “My Next Ex-Wife” and “If You Dig It, Don’t Do It”), and will introduce plenty of new material along the way. 

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats‘ newest CD is the Alligator Records releaseGroovin‘ in Greaseland,” which features 13 original songs, 11 by Estrin (including one co-write with Andersen) and one each by Andersen and Farrell.

Their previous release, “You Asked For It – Live!” packed the immediacy, feel and fun of a true Rick Estrin & The Nightcats performance.

“No matter how much fun we have and how relaxed we can be in the studio, there’s still nothing like being in front of, and interacting with, our live audience,” reflected Estrin.

In addition to Estrin’s 2013 Harmonica Player of the Year win, The Nightcats have been nominated for some plum Blues Music Award nominations, including B.B. King Entertainer of the Year (Rick Estrin), Band of the Year, Harmonica Player of the Year (Estrin) and Guitar Player of the Year (Kid Andersen). Andersen has again been nominated for Guitar Player of the Year for this May’s Blues Music Awards.

Tickets for Rick Estrin & The NightcatsApril 26 show at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main Street in Winters) are $22 and are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis and at the door if not sold out.

For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and rickestrin.com.

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