ADVENTURES IN BLUESLAND
Adventures in Bluesland are a New York-based roots music group featuring the original songs of Phil Gammage (lead vocals, guitar, blues harp) as well as a diverse selection of classic American covers. Joining Phil are some of New York’s finest musicians - Don Fiorino (lap steel guitar); Kevin Tooley (drums, vocals); Johnny Cement (bass); Robert Aaron (sax, keyboards); and occasional special guest performers.
Adventures in Bluesland’s new album is The American Dream. It features eleven songs: nine written by Gammage plus the band’s renditions of two early 20th century songs, Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “One Kind Favor” aka “See That My Grave is Kept Clean” and Geeshie Wiley’s “Last Kind Word Blues.” Since coming together, the group has created a sound that is built upon taking traditional roots music and playing it in their own unique style. Their music swings, it rocks, it boogies, and it conjures ghosts of our country’s past like no other music you’ve ever heard. It is about exploring what is at the heart of the American music experience.
While the band itself is relatively new, the collective works of this group of musicians is not. They have all played and recorded together in numerous combinations in the past as session and touring musicians. Their resumes are impressive and include working with a diverse range of artists including David Bowie, Julee Cruise, John Cale, Melissa Etheridge, and others. In live performance, Adventures in Bluesland are an ever-shifting combination of incredible musicianship and kinetic dynamics between the players. For their audience, the interplay between the musicians is a one-of-a-kind experience.