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Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2015: Girls with Guitars

They're back – like you've never seen them before!
Ruf Records first presented the "Girls With Guitars" in 2011. The three electrifying musicians on that year's edition of the Blues Caravan tour caused such euphoria among international blues audiences that they were back by popular demand the following year. Now, starting in January 2015, the 11th annual Blues Caravan takes to the road with three new, young and dynamic "Girls With Guitars" who are ready to conquer the blues world.
Hailing from northern Italy, Eliana Cargnelutti is an award-winning singer and guitarist who can do it all. During her budding career, she has worked in a number of different musical genres – but the blues has a special place in her heart. She has already shared the stage with the Crème de la Crème of the Italian blues scene and has also collaborated with renowned American jazz and blues guitarist Scott Henderson. Influenced by contemporary masters such as Bonnie Raitt, Ana Popovic and Joe Bonamassa, Cargnelutti combines boundless energy with impressive technical chops.
Sadie Johnson may be the youngest musician ever on the Blues Caravan – but this 18-year-old wunderkind has already made quite a name for herself. The native of Bloomington, Indiana has proven equally adept at playing classic old-school country blues like Robert Johnson and modern-day blues-rock like her hero Eric Clapton. Leading female artists like Samantha Fish and Susan Tedeschi have encouraged her commitment to the blues. Johnson released her first EP with her band project Sad Sam Blues Jam in 2013, enabling her to break out nationally in the USA.
Heather Crosse, a respected bassist from Clarksdale, Mississippi, provides the earthy foundation. Her band Heavy Suga‘ & the SweeTones has appeared frequently at the world-famous Ground Zero Blues Club and has performed at major festivals, opening for B.B. King, Robert Plant and others. As a singer, Crosse looks to soul and blues icons like Etta James, Koko Taylor and Big Mama Thornton for inspiration. Together with drummer Denis Palatin, a Blues Caravan veteran, she'll drive the rhythm section with strength and precision.
In the summer of 2014, Crosse, Johnson und Cargnelutti paid a visit to legendary producer Jim Gaines. The album they recorded at his home studio near Memphis will be released just in time for the Blues Caravan Tour 2015. If that recording is any indication, the new line-up may just have what it takes to top the "Girls With Guitars" of the past!

Blues Caravan 2014

The Blues Caravan is on a roll. Now in its 10th triumphant year, Ruf’s touring showcase of new talent is sticking with the winning formula that has made it an institution. One stage. Three artists on the brink of greatness. And a crowd strapped in for the night of their lives. With an illustrious roll call of past alumni including Ana Popovic, Oli Brown and Joanne Shaw Taylor, the Blues Caravan has always been a golden ticket to catch the scene’s next-big-things before they explode onto the world stage. Now, with the 2014 lineup of Albert Castiglia, Laurence Jones and Christina Skjolberg shaking up an international cocktail of talent from the US, the UK and Europe, the only place to be is down the front.

Laurence Jones

British blues has never had it so good, and with 2012’s debut album Thunder In The Sky still shaking the scene, it’s no wonder they’re calling 21-year-old Laurence Jones “the head boy of the new breed” (Classic Rock). Leading his power trio with maturity and flair, Laurence has opened for icons including Pat Travers and Buddy Whittington, conquered the festival circuit and even planted a flag in the European market with his rocket-fuelled sets. The BBC’s much-respected Radio 2 has even compared Laurence’s intelligent guitar heroics to “a young Robin Trower, exciting and full of energy”, and when the Blues Caravan pulls into your town, fans can expect to find a precocious-but-ferocious bandleader with his pockets full of killer songs.

Christina Skjolberg

The Blues Caravan has a reputation for turning the spotlight onto the best female blues artists – so remember the name, because you’ll be seeing a lot more of Christina Lorentzen Skjolberg. Born on the tiny Norwegian island of Smøla, she fell for the guitar via Jimi Hendrix, picked up her first left-hand electric aged 12 and has broken out of the Scandinavian circuit since 2007 with gutsy funk-blues originals like Feel So Free. For now, Christina might be a best-kept-secret on the world blues stage, but with her head-turning stage presence, force-ten charisma and a setlist sure to have punters stampeding back from the bar, she’ll be on everybody’s lips after the 2014 Blues Caravan.

Albert Castiglia

The Caravan will be completed by the US-American musician with Cuban and Italian roots. As a teenager Albert Castiglia started playing guitar and realized that writing his own music was the best way to express his thoughts.
His first breakthrough was when Junior Wells hired him for his touring band, so they played several world tours together. In 1997 the New Times magazine in Miami named him the “Best Blues Guitarist” and finally, in 2002, Castiglia released his debut “Burn”.
With Albert, Christina and Laurence being part of the 2014 Blues Caravan we look forward to some fantastic nights full of great, new Blues music.



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