Tommy Z to Release Blizzard of Blues
Join Tommy Z February 5 at Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St, Buffalo to celebrate the latest release of his "Blizzard of Blues"!!! With special guest David Julia all the way from Florida. Also opening is Ms. Grace Lynn Stumberg.
Join us at the Strand Theatre for the Tommy Z Band's CD Release Party Part 2!
Tickets are $15.00 either show - Blues Society Members enter WNYBLUES for a 15% discount!
Part Two of the CD Release at the DHU Strand Theatre will feature the Tommy Z Band doing what they do best...giving the audience his hottest blues in one of the most intimate concert venues in WNY! Grab your cooler, friends and get ready for another night of musicial magic! Once again, Tommy will welcome, from Florida, young blues artist David Julia. David has been hot on the blues scene being mentored by some of the blues greats!
Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)
DHU Strand Theatre - 540 Oliver St. North Tonawanda, NY 14120 - View Map
South Blossom Records announces the release of international touring and Buffalo-based recording artist Tommy Z's fourth full-length commercial CD entitled, "Blizzard of Blues" officially worldwide on February 5th, 2016. The initial release parties will be at the Tralf Music Hall in Buffalo, NY on 2/5, and Strand Theatre on 2/6. Special guest openers include 15 yr. Old Generation Blues guitarist David Julia from Florida, and soulful songstress Grace Stumberg; both who have roots in South Buffalo.
Behind stunning cover art which depicts him walking alone with a guitar in a stormy winter setting, is a fifty-three minute collection of nine songs, eight of which were penned by Tommy plus a funky cover of a Muddy Waters classic. The songs range stylistically from guitar-driven post-war electric blues, to hard-rockin' blues, to cool jazz/blues, and even an uplifting pop/gospel blues ballad. There are seven vocal tracks all sung by Tommy, and two instrumentals. The single, “Going to a Party” is already a crowd favorite that gets the audience involved by shouting their location when Tommy says,”Tell me where is the party?” It's destined to be a hit and likely to be added to the list of fun songs by cover bands around the world.
Tommy produced/mixed and had a hand in engineering all the tracks and the list of musicians who played on the album include the legendary Jerry Livingston on bass and an appearance by Jeremy Keyes on blues harp.
The album concept and rocking title song, “Blizzard of Blues,” was born after driving on NY's 219 Expressway during a blizzard where cars were sliding off the road, and emergency vehicles were towing them out. "I had never written a song that combined Buffalo weather with the blues, and so after getting home safe and having a bite to eat, I wrote the song.”
The lyrics about peril, losing your woman, and at times comic relief add to the heavy blues and memorable riffs of the cut.
Another interesting fact about the recording is that Tommy got the news about a close personal friend and business associate passing away about ninety minutes before the first of two recording sessions at Robby Takac's (Goo Goo Dolls) GCR Recording Studio. "It was upsetting to say the least, but I didn't tell anybody; not my bandmates, the engineer or anyone."
Instead that emotion made its way onto the recording for at least half the tracks on the album including the nearly nineminute long epic slow blues called, "Blues For KP," a tribute to his late friend.
"Blizzard of Blues" is the highly anticipated follow-up to "Sometimes (2013)" which made the Top 50 Blues Charts for radio airplay, and was given a Grammy nod for the first round of voting for Top Blues Album that year. Since then Tommy and his band have continued to play venues, events and festivals in the US/Canada and most recently in Colombia, South America where keeping consistent with his work as an educator, Tommy ran master classes and blues music seminars along with the concert performances there. Recently he was added as a blues radio host on WBFO 88.7, WNY's NPR affiliate.
The CD and full album download are available right now at www.tommyzband.com/shop (the specific link is here:
http://tommyzband.com/album/329157 ) The album can also be downloaded on iTunes here:
Tommy Z is an award-winning Buffalo-based electric blues/rock guitarist/singer who has achieved worldwide recognition with an extensive resume of live performance and recording/TV/Film credits. American Blues Scene said,"Sometimes brings back real guitar. It’s sexy, bluesy, fretboard magic; blues guitar, played the way it should be.” In addition to a long list of musical associations and accomplishments like touring with Grammy-winning Muddy Waters' pianist Pinetop Perkins, Tommy has also brought his band overseas to perform tours for US troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe, Asia and Africa.
For more information visit www.tommyzband.com or to schedule an interview/media appearance contact: