Jason Ricci with the The James Southwell Band
Jason Ricci is one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet. Listed at number 1 on almost every top ten list of blues harmonica players today. Jason Ricci is a polarizing force always in the spot light and on the tips of critics, artists and fans tongue’s everywhere. Through two plus decades of endless touring, TV appearances, recordings and the internet Jason Ricci’s style of playing is so revolutionary and influential that there exists an entire younger generation of players imitating his music, clothes, gear, and even stage presence. Nick named “Moon Cat” (a street name he once used in Nashville and New Orleans) Jason has been an almost constant force for decades in the studio, festivals, club dates and press. Love him or hate him, through performing, singing, song writing, teaching, harmonica playing and activism in the fields of L.G.B.T., mental health and addiction, it is not an overstatement that this young, white, queer, skateboarding, punk rock loving, multiple convicted felony having Moon Cat from Maine is currently changing the world through music and education.Jason was a featured performer on Johnny Winter’s Grammy award winning CD ‘Step Back’ (2014)
Has received multiple Blues Music Award Nominations 2009 – 2016, and won a Blues Music Award in 2010.
Featured performer at the Rock & Roll hall of fame with Zac Brown & Tom Morello for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band induction in 2015.
Jason has worked and/or recorded with Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside, Nick Curran, Johnny Winter, Zac Brown, Tom Morello, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Cedric Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, Peter Karp, Sue Foley, and many others. Jason is widely regarded as the greatest blues harmonica player on the planet, and is highly sort after to headline blues festivals throughout the world.
Over the past 11 years James has firmly established his credentials as one of Australia’s leading blues/rock/funk performers, constantly playing at the top of the bill at almost all music and blues festivals throughout Australia and New Zealand.
James Southwell commands the stage like few others, with powering riffs and vocals that bite. James and his incredible band are truly world class and would not be out of place on any stage anywhere. James is not afraid to push his music past all previously existing boundaries and well past what most musicians consider the limits of what is safe. His music comes from a deep love of the blues with heavy inspirational funk and rock & roll influences. This band will capture your attention and you will be totally engrossed as James projects himself off the stage and through you with his music.
July 2017 saw the release of the new James Southwell album “The Dockside Sessions” (Where The Wind Blows) that Ricci features on, as well at the new Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind album “Approved by Snakes” Both these albums have charted on many of the same international blues charts throughout the world, as well as Southwell’s album reaching number one on the Australian Blues Radio Charts.
Jason and James will be bringing a killer band to the 2018 Thredbo Blues Festival, where they will be presenting songs from both their respective new albums, as well as a few really cool surprises. This is a show that is truly not to be missed. Jason Ricci is a huge star of the absolute highest order, teamed up with James Southwell who is a rising star of the Australian blues scene, and a definite Thredbo Blues Festival favorite.
Jason Ricci with the Zac Brown Band and Tom Morello at the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Awards, https://www.youtube.com/watch?