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The Bottoms Up Blues Gang "Handle It"
The Bottoms Up Blues Gang from St. Louis celebrate a decade of playing together with their third release “Handle It.” The album features a perfect patchwork of original music in the band’s eclectic blend of St. Louis Blues and New Orleans Jazz, with instrumentation ranging from guitar and vocals up to a full band with organ and New Orleans horn section. The band, based around a nucleus of guitarist Jeremy Segel-Moss and vocalist Kari Liston, have surrounded themselves with a phenomenal gang of legendary local musicians to support a wide range of new sounds and influences. The album also includes an outstanding version of “Drown In My Own Tears” recorded with St. Louis’ legendary blues guitarist Bennie Smith, recorded before his death in 2006.
The Bottom’s Up Blues Gang is known for being a hard-working touring act, performing no less than 225 shows a year across the country. Currently time is divided with roughly 1/3 spent in St Louis, 1/3 spent in New Orleans, and the rest touring across the country. They’ve opened for acts such as Chuck Berry, Robert Earl Keen, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Robert Randolph, and George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic – in the 10 years they’ve been on the road. Vocalist Kari Liston says, “You don’t work music, you play music. If you’re not having fun doing it, you’re doing something wrong.”
"If you haven't come across the Bottoms Up Blues Gang yet, you must be either dead or in jail.“ —Christian Schaeffer (Riverfront Times, St. Louis)
“...phenomenal new album... commands repeated listens, so go check it out.“ -KWUR
“And like all great blues bands, no matter what the decade, they succed wildly in making you feel anything but blue.“ -Seattle Weekly
2008 Best Blues Act - Riverfront Times People's Choice (St. Louis)
2008 Most Votes Received - Riverfront Times People's Choice (St. Louis)
2007 Best Blues Act - Riverfront Times People's Choice (St. Louis)
2006 Best Acoustic Duo - St. Louis Music Awards
2009 Contestant at International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN
2007 Contestant at International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN
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Artist Website... http://bottomsupblues.com/