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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
There are few artists whose names are synonymous with one instrument and how it’s played in service to an entire genre.
Utter the phrase “young blues rock guitarist” within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums while throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.
In a 20-year recording career that began when he was just 16, Shepherd has established himself as an immensely popular recording artist, a consistently in-demand live act and an influential force in a worldwide resurgence of interest in the blues.
From television performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (amongst others) to features in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Maxim Magazine, Blender, Spin, USA Today and more, his musical career has been nothing short of phenomenal.
At 16 years old, he signed his first record deal and burst onto the national scene with the release of his 1995 debut album Ledbetter Heights, which produced the radio hits “Deja Voodoo,” “Born with a Broken Heart” and “Shame, Shame, Shame.” His relentless touring and success on rock radio helped to drive the album to Platinum sales status. His 1998 sophomore effort Trouble Is… also went Platinum, yielding such radio hits as “Blue on Black,” “True Lies” and “Somehow, Somewhere, Someway.” 1999’s Live On spawned the radio hits “In 2 Deep”, “Shotgun Blues” and “Last Goodbye.”
2004’s The Place You’re In was a blistering rock record and was followed up by 2007’s ambitious 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, for which Shepherd and his band traveled throughout the American South to record with such vintage blues greats as B.B. King, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and David “Honeyboy” Edwards on their home turf. 2010 saw the release of Shepherd’s long-awaited first live album, Live! In Chicago, recorded at Chicago’s House of Blues during the all-star Legends tour and featuring guest appearances by such blues legends as Hubert Sumlin and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. The live disc debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues chart, as did 2011’s How I Go. In 2013, Shepherd further expanded his musical horizons by teaming with veteran rockers Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg to form THE RIDES, whose first album Can’t Get Enough helped to expand Shepherd’s audience as well as his musical resume. 2014 saw the release of Goin’ Home, Shepherd’s sixth # 1 debut on the Billboard Blues charts. Goin’ Home features several talented friends who shared Shepherd’s enthusiasm for the project’s back-to-basics ethos. Those guests include fellow guitar icons Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’ and Robert Randolph, longtime friend Ringo Starr, Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, the Rebirth Brass Band and co-producer Blade’s father, Pastor Brady Blade Sr., who lends a bracing dose of preaching to Shepherd’s version of Bo Diddley’s’ “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover.” In the months since its release, Shepherd and his band have toured the world extensively blazing a fresh trail for the historical American art form in the 21st Century.
Elizabeth Cook, the youngest of 11 half-brothers and sisters, grew up in rural Florida where her musician parents met while playing in local country bars. Known for her clear, beautiful voice and strong songwriting ability, Elizabeth is a relentless performer, touring worldwide, including well over 200 performances at The Grand Ole Opry. Cook currently hosts, Apron Strings, weekday mornings on Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel. Her latest full length album, Welder, is the bold declaration of an uncompromising artist unafraid to be exactly who she is. Welder was produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Kris Kristofferson) and features guest appearances by Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Crowell and Buddy Miller.
For more info on the album Welder, visit Elizabeth-Cook.com
Steven Paul Judd
Steven Paul Judd is Kiowa and Choctaw from Oklahoma and a member of the Writers Guild of America. Was a staff writer Disney XD comedy series “Zeke and Luther.” Zeke and Luther ”
His feature film “The Butchers” was released Nov 2014. And his short film “Ronnie BoDean” staring Wes Studi in early 2015.
MAC v. PC with a Native Twist” garnered Judd a semifinalist position in NBC/Universal’s Comedy Short Cuts Film Festival and inclusion in an installment at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Judd was one of 14 selected from 2,500 script submissions for the Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship Program, a paid writing position with ABC/Disney. In 2009 Judd was nominated Distinguished Alumni for the University of Oklahoma and asked to speak at the University as part of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series.
In 2009 Judd won the Creative Spirt Award and direct his winning screenplay “Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco”. In 2011 it won Outstanding Short at the “North American Indigenous Image Awards” and “Best Narrative” at The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Best Short Film at AIFI.
In 2011 the music video “The Storm” that he directed won Best Music Video at AIFI and is now in rotation at the Hard Rock Cafe’s.
In 2010 he co-wrote the movie “Shouting Secrets” It premiered November 2011 in San Francisco and won Audience Choice Award at the San Diego Film Festival. In 2012 two short films he directed, “Search for the World’s Best Indian Taco” and “Neil Discovers the Moon” screened at the Tribeca Theater, as part of their Summer Youth Screening Series. “Neil Discovers the Moon” screened during the month of April 2012 as part of the Animation Celebration at NMAI in the Smithsonian and was an official selection for the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival.
Judd is known primarily as a filmmaker; Yet he’s also a prolific visual artist whose mashups of Native experiences and disposable American pop culture are sly and often downright funny. His creations include paintings, prints, poster art, photography, and t-shirt designs. He designed the t-shirts for the 2014 NARF (Native American Rights Fund). In 2015 he designed the cover art and merchandise for the group “A Trine Called Red.” His mural “War Paint” can be seen at historic Indian Alley in downtown Los Angeles.
Daniel Tramper is from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee North Carolina. His home is located between the Great Smoky Mountains and the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway. He has danced practically his entire life. Family pictures dated back as early as 1967 document him dancing in the streets of Cherokee doing shows with his family and traveling around the Eastern United States. He had the honor of dancing in Germany as one of Cherokee’s appointed Ambassadors of the Cherokee tribe. He has also had the honor of competing and winning the World Hoop Dance Championship held in Phoenix Arizona at the Heard Museum three times. Once as an adult in 2004 and twice as a senior in 2007 and 2009.
The purpose of Tramper’s Hoop Dance is to share through his performance the different designs of nature and his world. For centuries the hoop dance has been a storytelling dance incorporating one to one hundred and beyond with hoops creating shapes and formations representing animals and their movements or just odd things he has encountered in his world for example…butterflies, turtles, eagles, flowers, Mickey Mouse, snakes, the Macarena Dance or even cartwheels. The Hoop Dance is believed to have been part of Native American healing ceremonies, the dance was incorporated to restore harmony and balance into the world of Native Americans. The hoops represent no beginning or ending to the world, the never ending circle of life. The hoops were typically made of reeds or wood. In today’s world plastic hoops resembling hoola-hoops decorated with elaborate colored tape and even flashing lights are used to impress the spectators as well as to catch the judge’s eye.
Derek Miller is a dynamic performer. Whether you watch him live or when listening to his studio albums, you get a sense of an artist, striving for the pursuit of perfection mixed with fun. Musician, producer, actor, business entrepreneur. Derek Miller can always be counted on to deliver the best performance. As the guitarist, singer/songwriter of his two current Juno Award winning albums Music is the Medicine and The Dirty Looks, Miller has proven he has a knack for blues infected rock, and is always looking to expand his musical horizons. Derek continues to produce a variety of artists in many genres demonstrating his electrifying instinct and versatility.
In late 2008, Derek Miller Enterprises and Keith Garde of Paid Inc. co- produced a DVD of a live performance that captured Derek and his two-piece orchestra in a blistering, sweaty club performance.
Derek is currently finishing an album with Texas rhythm section, Double Trouble of Stevie Ray Vaughan fame, set for an early 2010 release.
Derek traded the “Orchestra” in for a Cosmic Funk Machine! With Donald Quan on Keys, Andy MacKay on drums and Wayne MacPherson on Bass, Derek plows through versions of his early material, along with songs from the Double Trouble album, and new music he continues to develop from his on-going odyssey of musical bliss in the spirit of Bob Marley, The Allman Brothers Band and Link Wray.
Award-winning actor Gil Birmingham has appeared in more than 40 film and television productions. Birmingham generated public acclaim for his portrayal as Billy Black in the blockbuster films Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn, based on the bestselling books by Stephenie Meyer. He appeared in the film The Love Ranch (2010) with Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci, directed by Taylor Hackford. Gil appears as Wounded Bird in the Oscar Award winning film Rango (2011) with Johnny Depp. He also appeared in the film Crooked Arrows with Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) in 2012. Other film credits include roles in Shouting Secrets with Twilight Saga cast member Chaske Spenser, End of the Spear, Dreamkeeper, Gentle Ben, The Doe Boy, and Love’s Long Journey, among others. Birmingham also appears in the film The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammar.
On TV, Gil has guest starred in several episodes of Wilfred, alongside Elijah Wood, and has appeared on The Lying Game, Castle, The Mentalist, Nip/Tuck, Veronica Mars, and Vegas. His powerful portrayal of Dogstar in Steven Spielberg’s six-part TV miniseries, Into the West, captured the attention of audiences worldwide. He has been a recurring guest star in Banshee and House of Cards – Season 2.
Gil recently completed the pilot Dr. Del, and was a supporting lead opposite Jeff Bridges in the upcoming film Comancheria. He is currently working on season 2 of the Emmy nominated Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with Tina Fey. In addition to acting, Gil is an accomplished guitar player and singer, and performs for fans in a variety of venues with his blues/rock style.
For his complete filmography, visit www.gilbirmingham.com.
The Cowbone Band started when Tony, Paul Buster’s dad, Jimmy Roberts’ cousin, Tony Osceola and Jack Micco used to get together when Paul (AKA Cowbone) was younger playing under the oak tree. They also played at church once in a while. Cowbone learned from them, but at the time, he was more interested in football and basketball rather than actually joining the band. However, he did have time to listen to them play.
At the time, there was not much to do in Big Cypress (one of the Seminole Tribe’s reservations), so to pass the time, Cowbone started playing the guitar but didn’t play formally until he was around 18 years old when his mom got him his first guitar.
Tony played at Little Community Center. Five blocks away there was a store they played at called Willie Tiger. They never knew what payments were, but were able to receive free food. It was not until the 70s that the band started getting paid, but mostly played because they loved the music. Their paid gigs were enough to cover travel expenses.
By the 90s, they got on stage with Waylon Jennings and since then, Cowbone’s fees went up.
Cowbone was an outlaw who never reached the main streams, yet he managed to just do things his own way.
The Osceola Brothers are a rock and roll band based out of Hollywood, Florida.
CAMERON OSCEOLA, lead vocals, guitar and songwriter, at 18, brings a presence to the stage like no other. His raspy voice and aggressive guitar playing fuse traditional blues with rock and roll, creating a unique sound. Heavily influenced by Tom Petty and Jimi Hendrix, he is the inspiration behind much of The Osceola Brothers’ music.
TYSON OSCEOLA, bass, influenced by Flea, Geddy Lee, and Nikki Sixx, at 17, drives the band with such a force that not only rattles your heart, but your soul. With a great deal of showmanship, he is an important component to The Osceola Brothers.
SHELDON OSCEOLA, on drums, at 14, is a high energy character influenced by the likes of John Bonham, Jason Sutter, Tommy Lee and more. When he picks up a pair of sticks, there isn’t a single person that sits still. Whether he is playing drums, cymbals, sticks, cowbells, or phone books, he locks into the groove. He is the final and most important piece in creating the band The Osceola Brothers.
When Sheldon, Tyson and Cameron connect, they create a musical fusion that can’t be ignored.
Their music has reached people from Florida to Barcelona and have opened for many great names in music including Derek Miller, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Sarah Evans, Keith Secola, Robert Randolph, Indigenous, Jonny Lang and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The Osceola Brothers also headlined an over occupancy show at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood in January of 2015, and are currently working on their first EP. In July of 2015 they were booked to play the Hard Rock Rising Festival in Barcelona, Spain. Also on the bill were Lenny Kravitz, Kings of Leon and more.
The fusion of these three brothers have brought forth a new music that will not be soon forgotten. The themes involved in their music involve the reality of day-to-day living, which expresses the highs and lows to which the youth of today can relate.
The Osceola Brothers give a cold shoulder to today’s popular music, and are a rebellion to the music and techniques of today. They are a new revolution in rock, returning to the hard-driving music used to stick it to the man.
I was raised on music heavily influenced by my Uncles, Bothers and relatives. Seems as though music was in the blood genes. Growing up I heard old time country, early rock-n-roll and blues from artists like Hank Williams Sr., Lefty Frizell, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Beatles and Stones to mention a few. Throughout my life music has soothed my soul during hard times and goods times.
I formed the Tee Pee Creeper Band around 2008 after playing in the “Hank Nelson Jr Band” since 2004. The Tee Pee Creeper Band members are “Roderick Kohn” on lead guitar, formerly lead guitar for the Buddy Miles Express, “Dana Stevens” on bass guitar, Dana does a tribute Alice Cooper Show from time to time and has his own band “Courage”. On drums, Jeff Shingledecker who has played with many local bands and recorded with “The Shareholders”. I’m Ted Nelson Sr. a Seminole Tribal member and I play rhythm guitar and do vocals.
Our shows reflect genre’s that are country, rock, blues and original tunes. We have performed at tribal fairs, Seminole Casinos (Classic and Hard Rock), many clubs up and down the east coast, as well as tribal events.