The joining of forces between multi-award winning blues harp master Jason Ricci and singer/songwriter/guitarist JJ Appleton have brought together talent that cannot be denied! We are proud to welcome Jason Ricci & JJ Appleton back to Nelson's Candies for their second performance! Doors Open at 7PM, Show time 7:15 BYOB Event
Jason Ricci is one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet today. Listed in almost every top ten list of players on the internet today Jason Ricci is a polarizing force always in the spot light and on the tips of critics, artists and fans tongue’s everywhere. Through two plus decades of endless touring, TV appearances, recordings and the internet Jason Ricci’s style of playing is so revolutionary and influential that there exists an entire younger generation of players imitating his music, clothes, gear, and even stage presence. Nick named “Moon Cat” (a street name he once used in Nashville and New Orleans to avoid police detection) Jason has been an almost constant force for decades in the studio, festivals, club dates and press. Love him or hate him, through performing, singing, song writing, teaching, harmonica playing and activism in the fields of L.G.B.T., mental health and addiction, it is not an overstatement that this young, white, queer, skateboarding, punk rock loving, multiple convicted felony having Moon Cat from Maine is currently changing the world through music and education.
Jason was a featured performer on Johnny Winter’s Grammy award winning CD ‘Step Back’ (2014)
Has received multiple Blues Music Award Nominations 2009 – 2016, and won a Blues Music Award in 2010.
Featured performer at the Rock & Roll hall of fame with Zac Brown & Tom Morello for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band induction in 2015
Jason has worked and/or recorded with Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside, Nick Curran, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Cedric Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, Peter Karp, Sue Foley, and many others.
JJ APPLETON: HAVING TRAVELED OVER MANY MUSICAL TERRITORIES AS A SONGWRITER, SINGER, GUITARIST AND PRODUCER, JJ APPLETON HAS ALWAYS USED ONE COMPASS - THE BLUES. AFTER SEEING SONNY TERRY AND BROWNIE MCGHEE AT AGE 10, HE WAS HOOKED AND CROOKED.
JJ WAS BORN INTO THE PATERNAL INFLUENCE OF A POLITICAL RADICAL & MUSICAL GENIUS WHO PLAYED HIS SON 87.6% OF THE FOLKWAYS CATALOG. REBELLING AS TEENS DO, JJ LEFT THE SWEET SMELLS AND DEEP SNOWS OF VERMONT FOR NEW YORK CITY - MOVING ON TO PAYING THE RENT SINGING ON DIET COKE COMMERCIALS, CO-WRITING WITH POP-TARTS & CHARLATANS, AND ALL THE WHILE PLAYING LOOONG GUITAR SOLOS IN SMOKE FILLED HALLS OF ILL REPUTE.
CUT TO 2015.
A WHAT-THE-HELL SERIES OF PHONE CALLS TO HIRE LED TO A JOINING OF FORCES BETWEEN JJ APPLETON AND 2015 GRAMMY NOMINATED JASON RICCI, A WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION HARMONICA PLAYER, BLUESMAN, SONGWRITER AND PERSONALITY. THEIR NEW RECORDINGS ARE A REBIRTH AND DEEP BREATH OF FRESH AIR FOR BOTH PARTIES. RECORDING 100% UNPLUGGED (NARY A GUITAR PICK UP OR BULLET MIC IN SIGHT), THE UPCOMING RELEASE MIXES GUTBUCKET-NOIR BLUES, ROOTS WITH DIRT STILL ON THEM, AND A SPRINKLE OF CAJUN AMERICANA. ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS,UPDATED TRADITIONALS AND DEVOTION TO MUSICIANSHIP ALL BLEND TO MAKE A MUSICAL COLLECTION OF REAL FIRE, FURY FORTITUDE, & FUN….
IN THIS MODERN WORLD OF LIKES AND VIEWS, JJ APPLETON HOPES TO BRING ANOTHER POETIC COLLECTION TO THE LIBRARY OF AMERICAN TRADITION. MAY THE BLUES AND IT'S FRIENDS BE CARRIED INTO THE FUTURE WITH STRONG, HUMBLE AND CARING HANDS.