Orphan Jon and the Abandoned’s second release on Rip Cat Records is a live album recorded in their home town of Bakersfield CA at their favorite local venue ‘O’Hennings’. Orphan Jon’s relentless touring has created a live band that rocks the house at every show. “Reckless Abandon” is loaded with energy from the beginning to the end, featuring 4 new original songs and 6 Orphan Jon fan favorites to enjoy.
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Rip Cat Records is proud to present In The Middle Of Nowhere, the latest CD from John Clifton. The California-based singer/harmonica player, whose legend continues to grow with every release, seamlessly translates his onstage blend of West Coast and Chicago Blues, ’50s style hard R&B and high-energy vintage Rock’n’Roll to the studio for 11 tracks that sizzle and shake to perfection. Clifton says “The new record is the live band, the guys who I play with every night, so it definitely has more of a live feel to it.” Clifton’s singing and playing have never been better as he continues to blur the lines between multiple genres; he never lets the blues slip out of sight while touching on everything from soul to jazz to R&B and even country. In The Middle Of Nowhere is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2018 release, Nightlife (which spent six months in the Top 50 Contemporary Blues charts, hit the Top 10 on Sirius/XM’s Rack Of Blues, #11 on Living Blues Radio Chart, and finished the year at #72 on Roots Music Report’s Top 200 Contemporary Blues Chart). …Nowhere features five all-new originals, along with six covers of songs by artists as diverse as Lightning Slim and Merle Haggard. Clifton’s ability to craft a unifying thread between his own originals and those disparate covers is what sets him apart from the pack.
Fronting a band firing on all cylinders, Clifton is an intense and magnetic live performer. His reputation as both a harmonica player and vocalist has led to onstage invites from the legends like James Cotton, Rod Piazza, Mark Hummel, John Mayall, Kim Wilson and Huey Lewis (among others). Since beginning his solo career 4 years ago (after first rising to prominence in the late 1980s as lead singer for California blues-roots favorites The MoFo Party Band) he has emerged as a true showman, delivering straight from the heart, soul, and gut, while staying clear of the typical clichés and novelties.
Clifton will be touring in support of the album on the West Coast in late April and across the US in June and July.
In the Middle of Nowhere is available starting April 19th at Amazon.com iTunes and Rip Cat Records.com
For booking and other info go to John Clifton Music.com. Radio and promotions contact Frank Roszak at Roszak Radio.com
Nov 16th Release Date:
With influences ranging from Leadbelly and Lightnin’ Hopkins to Tom Waits and The Black Keys, San Diego, CA based Black Market III presents “Dashboard Jesus”.
“Americana from the heavy end of the CD bin. After a lifetime of exploring the history of the blues, Scottie Blinn and his bandmates turn their explorations to postwar and modern American folk and gospel…with big fat soul-shaking electric guitar!” ~~Joey Harris (vocals/guitar for The Beat Farmers)
For their 5th release, this trio has signed with Rip Cat Records, home to The Blasters, Kid Ramos, The John Clifton Blues Band, and many other relevant bands. With their RCR debut, “Dashboard Jesus”, BMIII is ready to take their “soul shaking” sound to a wider audience.