The Bay Area's newest all-star trio's first time in Sacramento! The great NY/Chicago/SF guitar star, Steve Freund joins with two thirds of the SF, HowellDevine, to bring early Delta and Chicago lowdown blues to the Starlet Room.
Guitarist, producer and bandleader Steve Freund, praised by Rolling Stone for his "masterful, no-nonsense guitar work,” continues to share his feeling for the blues wherever he can. Steve has appeared on over 50 albums, and produced seven.His recording credits include work with Sunnyland Slim, Boz Scaggs, Koko Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Maria Muldaur, Saffire, and many other luminaries.
He spent 18 years in Chicago, working with the true legends of the blues. In 1994 Freund moved to the Bay Area. His 2017 Delmark Records album, Back To Chicago, released to great acclaim. As The Rockwell Ave. Blues Band, he is reunited with long-time friends in the their deep blues brotherhood: Ken Saydak (Johnny Winter, Lonnie Brooks, Big Shoulders), Tad Robinson (Big Shoulders, Dave Specter), Harlan Terson (Lonnie Brooks, Koko Taylor) , Marty Binder(Albert Collins, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy ). They made their Chicago debut as headliners at the world's largest blues festival, The 35th Annual Chicago Blues Festival.
Peter Devine and Joe Kyle Jr. are the masterful rhythm section of SF's popular shack-shakin' trio, HowellDevine, The band's releases are on two prestigious record labels, Arhoolie/Smithsonian and The Little Village Foundation. Percussion savant, Pete Devine (drums, washboard), plus veteran upright bassist, Joe Kyle Jr. deftly mix Delta/Country Blues with wildly syncopated rhythms to create a rollicking present-day sound rooted in early blues. HowellDevine breaks from the norm, providing rich and complex textures integral to the music rather than simple backing for a soloist. The result is a sound which stands in stark contrast to the typical blues heard in bars these days and would more likely be shaking the floors of a Southern juke joint some 70 years ago.
Venue Information: The Starlet Room 2708 J Street Sacramento CA, 95816