Winter Blues Fest 2018 ARTISTS AND HEADLINERS Tinsley Ellis Tinsley Ellis has traveled a million miles, and through that journey he has become a man with clarity about where he stands today and his future destination. As a proud Georgia-based artist, with his new album Red Clay Soul he celebrates a legacy built on four decades of performing, recording and song writing. Travelers headed to Florida or other destinations in the Southeastern U.S. encounter red clay embankments as they hit the state of Georgia, and Ellis has chosen to title this new collection Red Clay Soul to celebrate the music of the area. He offers, “Georgia is where the Blues has got Soul. From the gospel inspired Ray Charles, to the R&B of James Brown and Otis Redding, to the Rock and Roll of Little Richard, to the Blues Rock of The Allman Brothers Band, all these acts have one thing in common. They all have the sound of Georgia and down here we call that sound red clay soul.” For more info, Read Full Bio. Noah Hunt A native of Cincinnati Ohio, Noah has a deep past as a musician, songwriter and vocalist. Noah’s musical journey began at the age of four when he started taking piano lessons and sang in church choir. While in college he formed a very popular Cincinnati based band Uncle Six and recorded four albums. It was in 1998 that Noah was tapped to be the lead singer for the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band where his signature vocals have been an integral part of the band’s success for the past sixteen years. Jane Lee Hooker With double lead guitars, a hard-driving rhythm section and soul-scouring vocals, few bands today deliver the goods with as much raw soul as JLH. Since forming in 2013, JLH has graced many notable stages including NYC’s B.B. King’s, Irving Plaza and the Highline Ballroom, Mountain Jam 2016, The Viper Room in Los Angeles, Pappy & Harriet’s (Pioneertown, CA), the Continental Club (Austin & Houston), and the Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas. They’ve shared bills with Wilco, Courtney Barnett, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Samantha Fish, Beth Hart, The Blasters, and the Death Valley Girls, among others. JLH recently completed a European tour where they played to packed houses in Germany, Switzerland, France, and Luxembourg, and performed live on Germany’s legendary TV show Rockpalast. For more info, Read Full Bio. Samantha Fish Whether one leans towards the blues, opts for Americana or ignites some special fervor by playing with a garage band, there’s a common bond that suggests a reverence for the roots. Looking back towards an earlier template — no matter what the genre — proves the point that appreciating what came before can be a stepping stone for what comes next. Samantha Fish knows that all too well, and it’s been evidenced in the music she’s made her entire career. While she’s well known as a purveyor of blues, having been lauded by such legends as Buddy Guy, the Royal Southern Brotherhood and Luther Dickinson, her real love is simply raw, scrappy rock and roll. “I grew up on it,” she insists. “Working with Luther on my last album further instilled that spirit in me. It made me realize just how much that basic, unfettered sound means to me, and how well it ties into soul music, R&B, country and so many other forms of music that are essential even today.” For more info, Read Full Bio. Local Artists We will have many outstanding local and regional artist also performing at the winter blue & heritage fest. On Friday, January 27th, the Cincy Blues Society will be offering a Tickets for Veterans program at the 2017 Cincy Winter Blues Fest. For every $20 donated, the Cincy Blues Society match and provide 2 tickets for free to veterans distributed through local veterans organizations. Please join us in helping to honor the men and women who have served our country.