2018 Blues Band of the Year Rick Estrin & The Nightcats will bring "Groovin' in Greaseland" to The Palms Saturday, May 11

The quartet will bring their harmonica- and guitar-driven blues to The Palms Playhouse Saturday, May 11.
When Rick Estrin (front) and The Nightcats – keyboardist Lorenzo Farrell, guitarist Kid Andersen and drummer Alex Petersen – appear at The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Saturday, May 11, they’ll bring their newest album “Groovin’ in Greaseland” with them. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $22 ($12 with student ID). Bob Hakins/Courtesy photo

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Sacramento-based and internationally acclaimed band Rick Estrin & The Nightcats had a banner year last year, winning Blues Music Awards from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation for Band of the Year, Traditional Male Artist of the Year (Estrin) and Song of the Year for the Estrin-penned “The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere.” The quartet is nominated for BMAs again this year, and will bring their harmonica- and guitar-driven blues to The Palms Playhouse Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 ($12 with student ID). Singer, harmonica player, songwriter and bandleader 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 also pushing that tradition forward. Instrumental accolades and honors include winning The Blues Foundation’s Instrumentalist of the Year–Harmonica in 2013, an award for which he is nearly a perennial nominee. The Associated Press called his harp playing, “endlessly impressive.” Estrin’s vocal talents and songwriting chops also earn high praise. In addition to his recent Blues Music Awards wins, he won Song of the Year in 1994 and has earned a nomination for B.B King Entertainer of the Year, which is the BMA’s top prize.   According to DownBeat, “Rick Estrin sings and writes songs like the brightest wiseguy in all of bluesland and blows harmonica as if he learned at the knee of Little Walter.” Estrin is currently nominated for Contemporary Male Artist of the Year. 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 Christoffer “Kid” Andersen (who is again nominated for BMA Guitarist of the Year) and newest Nightcat drummer Alex Petersen.   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 “My Next Ex-Wife” and “If You Dig It, Don’t Do It,” and introduces plenty of new material along the way.  Rick Estrin & The Nightcats’ newest album is the Alligator Records release “Groovin’ in Greaseland,” which earned a 2018 BMA nomination for Album of the Year. The album features 13 original songs, 11 of which are by Estrin (including one co-write with Andersen) and one each by Andersen and Farrell. The band’s previous release, “You Asked For It – Live!” packed the immediacy, feel and fun of a 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. Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and rickestrin.com.  ]]>

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