The Blue Shadows Join The Rip Cat Family

Rip Cat Records is proud and excited to welcome The Blue Shadows as our newest family members!!

In The Blue Shadows line~up are some of the most respected and seasoned members in the Blues community. Javier Matos out front on vocals and guitar, with the original Blasters rhythm section of John Bazz on bass and Bill Bateman on drums.

blueshadowsannouncementpicfinalThey will be recording their first Rip Cat release, as yet untitled, in February at world renowned Pacifica Studios in Los Angeles.

With this inimitable line~up, the new project will follow in the roots of their early influences, as well as the music created by themselves for over four decades.

The Blue Shadows were originally formed by Bill Bateman and featured many legendary musicians such as Lester Butler, Paul Size, the Bartel Brothers (Johnny Ray and Dave Lee), and others.
Javier met Bill after Lester passed and they reformed the band. Javier had his own style with his prewar blues strengths and influences and together they forged a sound on the hardened streets of Hollywood and became part of the LA Sound that included bands like Canned Heat and the Blasters. While applying deep blues to the modern culture of the times, they respected the past..with an eye to the future.

Javier has a lengthy resume, with awards and great reviews throughout his musical career. As once signed with Storyville Records, he worked with, and was produced by none other than one of our other family members, Mr. Barry Levenson. It seems Javier was destined to create music with us.

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Welcome to the family Javier!! And we welcome our continued ancestry with John and Bill!!

~All of us at Rip Cat Records~

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