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The Peterson Brothers

The Peterson Brothers combine infectious energy and modern grooves with jazz, funk, blues & soul to a create their own unique sound.

For a decade, the Texas natives have been building a fan base across America, playing both classic funk and soul, and their original music that includes jam-band style improvisation by Glenn Jr. on vocals and guitar, and Alex on bass, vocals and violin.

The brothers’ love for classic Funk, Soul, and Blues music was born when their mother and grandmother brought home a crate of  assorted albums and turntable from a garage sale. The Peterson Brothers learned to play by listening to artists like The Isley Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Brothers Johnson, and B.B King; from then, they created their own stage show. Some of their first consistent gigs included regular performances at Antone’s, The Saxon Pub and other renowned venues in Austin.

The duo have since traveled the U.S. performing in front of crowds at Chicago Blues Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Texas State Fair, Riverbend Festival, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival and many others. They’ve also opened for legendary artists including Gary Clark Jr., Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jesse Johnson (The Time), Willie Nelson, B.B. King, New Power Generation (Prince’s longtime band), Buddy Guy and more.

“It’s important to point out the ages of these young cats, as they’ve become one of the most popular festival fixtures in the US, in just 10 years,” writes American Blues Scene. Minneapolis Star Tribune named them the band likely to earn the biggest fest buzz after performing at the Roots, Rock and Deep Blues Festival.

In 2018, they performed with the University of Texas Longhorn Pep Band for a special halftime show during the UT vs Baylor game. They’ve also held a packed weekly residency at Austin’s Continental Club for seven years.

In 2019, Gary Clark, Jr. told PBS News Hour that The Peterson Brothers are “some of the baddest cats in the world.” He included them in his finale super-jams at both weekends of Austin City Limits Festival, and they’ve opened for him across the country.

In November of 2019, they followed it with a single from their upcoming EP, and Buddy Magazine (Texas’ original music monthly) writes: ““Give Me Your Love” delivers the sound, feel, warmth, immediacy and fun of their stage show.”

The Peterson Brothers ushered in 2020 performing at The City of Austin’s official New Year’s Eve countdown. Their EP “The Intro” has been released with parties across Texas and beyond in early 2020.

They are featured on the cover Buddy Magazine’s January 2020 issue. In the feature story, Chuck Flores writes, “To witness the Peterson Brothers’ live show is to witness sheer joy. There’s the constant eye contact and electric smiles that pass between them, the undeniable ebullience. And then there’s the way they move together on stage, stepping and twisting, swaying together, then suddenly freezing (but only for a beat or so, but then again you never know — they never play anything the same way twice), then it’s right back into the groove.”

Latasha Lee
LaTasha Lee was born in Corpus Christi Tx. At the age of twenty, Lee caught the attention of Universal platinum producer Salih Williams. LaTasha who has always admired Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Sam Cooke, Gladys Knight, Etta James and Otis Redding, knew her sound must contain the essence of these artists. In 2006 she signed to Salih Williams production company Carnival Beats and immediately started songwriting with him to create the Latasha Lee sound. In 2012 LaTasha made it to the top 50 spot on the television show X-Factor. In 2013 LaTasha along with producer Salih released her self-titled album along with 17 compelling music videos on YouTube. With extensive online and offline marketing, it allowed LaTasha Lee to quickly develop a fast-growing fanbase. LaTasha’s band The BlackTies were quickly assembled shortly after releasing the album and the live shows began rolling in. October 4th of 2013 LaTasha Lee displayed their live performance for the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin Tx. LaTasha Lee has been featured on many radio and blog sites such as GrownFolkMusic.com, NiceKicks.com, Verbicide Magazine/UK, Next2shine.com, Afropunk.com, ThisisRnB.com, Redbullsoundselect.com, Echoes Magazine/UK, RollinSoulsBrasil, KUTX 98.9, The Bob Edward Show, Soulbounce.com and other various internet radio and blog sites across the world. LaTasha Lee has performed throughout the US drawing large crowds and leaving them wanting more. 

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Once a generation, a blues artist comes along who not only reminds mainstream audiences how deeply satisfying and emotionally moving the best blues music can be, but shakes the genre to its core. With both eyes on the future and the blues in his blood, 20-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is set to take the music world by storm with the May 2019 release of his debut album, KINGFISH. Sprung from the same earth as so many of the Delta blues masters, Kingfish comes bursting out of Clarksdale, Mississippi, just ten miles from the legendary crossroads of Highways 61 and 49. A student of the Delta’s musical history, he is acutely aware of the musicians and the music that emerged from his corner of the world. “I do think I have an old soul, that I’ve been here before,” he says. “I’m moving forward with one foot in the past.”

“You don’t see too many kids into blues music,” says the nascent star. “In my town, every kid wants to be a rapper – I wanted to do something no one else was doing.” And although he grew up near the crossroads where Robert Johnson allegedly cut a deal with the devil, Kingfish insists he didn’t do any of that to make his guitar howl the blues. “I just practice all the time,” he says, “that’s the only deal I made, and it’s with myself.”

Recorded in Nashville and produced by two-time Grammy winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Joe Louis Walker), KINGFISH showcases Ingram’s blistering, raw and inspired guitar playing, soulful, deep vocals and songwriting. He tells stories with his solos, channeling the spirits of all the past masters while the music he makes is his own. He co-wrote eight of the album’s 12 tracks. “A lot of folks know me for my covers,” he says. “That’s why it’s important for me to release original music.” The first radio single, “Outside Of This Town”, is a fierce statement of purpose – both musically and lyrically – from this rising star. The songs range from autobiographical (“Been Here Before”, “Before I’m Old”) to humorous (“Trouble”), and from white hot (“It Ain’t Right”) to slow and searing (“Love Ain’t My Favorite Thing”). His friend and mentor, Buddy Guy, adds vocals and guitar on “Fresh Out” while another friend, Keb Mo, brings his warm, conversational voice to “Listen”, and adds his rhythm and resonator guitars to six tracks.

Born to a musical family near Clarksdale, Mississippi on January 19, 1999, Christone Ingram fell in love with music as a small child. There was always music playing around the house. His family sang (and continues to sing) at their family church. His mother, Princess Pride, is first cousin to country music legend Charley Pride. Christone starting hitting drums at age six and at nine he picked up the bass. Around this time his mother enrolled him in a program at the Delta Blues Museum. At age 11, he got his first guitar and quickly mastered it. The young prodigy soaked up music from Robert Johnson to Lightnin’ Hopkins, from B.B. King to Muddy Waters, from Jimi Hendrix to Prince. Before long he could play like them all, but all the while he kept developing his own sound and style.

Christone first stepped on stage at the age of 11 at Clarksdale’s famous Ground Zero Club, playing behind one of his mentors, Mississippi blues icon Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry. Perry gifted the young musician with a new stage name, Kingfish. The young bluesman performed at the White House for Michelle Obama in 2014 as part of a delegation of young blues musicians from the Delta Blues Museum. By age 16 he was turning heads and winning awards, including the 2015 Rising Star Award, presented by The Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

Funk music superstar Bootsy Collins began sharing Kingfish’s YouTube videos – some with millions of views each – online, telling his followers “this is how a child can influence others.” Rapper The Game did the same. Christone’s appeal beyond blues was immediate. He appeared on The Rachel Ray Show as well as The Steve Harvey Show. He was cast in season two of the Netflix program Luke Cage after the series lead producer saw one of his videos. Two of his cover songs appear on the show’s soundtrack album, which immediately introduced him to a young audience who had never heard the blues before. Through Luke Cage, he also recently performed in an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert with rap legend Rakim.

Kingfish has shared stages with Buddy Guy, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Robert Randolph, Guitar Shorty, Eric Gales and many others. He has befriended rock stars from Nikki Sixx to Dave Grohl. Since graduating high school, Kingfish has continued his life on the road. He has performed at festivals around the country, including stops at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, the Bonita Blues Festival in Florida, The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, at Austin’s Antone’s and at San Francisco’s famed Biscuits & Blues. He’s performed in Europe multiple times, including appearances at the Moulin Blues Festival in the Netherlands and the Blues Heaven Festival in Denmark.

In addition to making music and touring the world, Kingfish donates his time and talent to two causes important to him. Through his work with various local Blues In The Schools programs, he visits with students around the country while he’s on tour. “It’s important to teach kids about blues and music and give them another forum to express themselves.” He’s also an official ambassador for United By Music North America, a program helping people with developmental challenges, such as autism, to express themselves through music. “Treat everybody right and anybody can do anything,” says Kingfish.

With the release of his debut album, KINGFISH behind him and a major North American tour announced for Summer and Fall 2019, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is ready to blaze a trail with the blues torch that’s been passed to him. With his eye-popping guitar playing and his reach-out-and-grab-you-by-the-collar vocals, Kingfish delivers each song with unmatched passion and precision. Steeped in the rich, vivid history of the blues, he’s driven by his burning desire to create contemporary music that speaks to his generation and beyond. Kingfish is a real life 21st century bluesman who is inspired by the music of Robert Johnson, but dreams of one day collaborating with Kendrick Lamar and soul-funk bassist Thundercat. “My core is blues,” he says, “but it’s important for me to create a sound and style that is uniquely my own. I have a lot to say, so please stay tuned.”

The Peterson Brothers

The Peterson Brothers combine infectious energy and modern grooves with jazz, funk, blues & soul to a create their own unique sound.
For a decade, the Texas natives have been building a fan base across America, playing both classic funk and soul, and their original music that includes jam-band style improvisation by Glenn Jr. on vocals and guitar, and Alex on bass, vocals and violin.
The brothers’ love for classic Funk, Soul and Blues music was born when their mother and grandmother brought home a crate of assorted albums and turntable from a garage sale. The Peterson Brothers learned to play by listening to artists like The Isley Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Brothers Johnson, and B.B King; from then, they created their own stage show. Some of their first consistent gigs included regular performances at Antone’s, The Saxon Pub, The Continental Club and other renowned venues in Austin.
The duo has since traveled the U.S. performing in front of crowds at Chicago Blues Festival, Minnesota State Fair, Texas State Fair, Riverbend Festival, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival and many others. They’ve also opened for legendary artists including Gary Clark Jr., Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jesse Johnson (The Time), Willie Nelson, B.B. King, New Power Generation (Prince’s longtime band), Buddy Guy and more.

For almost five decades, KPFT 90.1, as an independent community radio station, has been Houston’s home
for independent music, news and public affairs programming.To celebrate the station’s 49 th birthday, KPFT will present a special birthday benefit concert at The Heights Theater. Proceeds from ticket sales will help provide much-needed support for KPFT.

Featured performers include:
– Ruthie Foster – Award-winning singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster can burn down any stage with her
combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. A phenomenal performer, Foster has been
compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.
– Jimmie Dale Gilmore has been writing and playing songs for more than 50 years, with music that
blends folk, rock, country, blues and bluegrass. In addition to his critically acclaimed solo work, his
career features noteworthy collaborations with the Flatlanders, Dave Alvin, and many more.
– Rosie Flores – In a career spanning more than four decades, Rosie Flores has proved to be a musical
chameleon, from punk rock to country, alt-country, straight-up rock, rockabilly, and, with her latest
album, A Simple Case of the Blues.
– Charlie Faye and the Fayettes craft smart soul-pop that merges the swinging, swaying sound of the
‘60s girl groups with a vibe that’s so current, they’re dancing to the forefront of the retro-revival
movement.
– The Peterson Brothers combine youthful energy and modern influences with old-school blues, soul
and funk to a create a sound that is uniquely their own. Their live shows feature not-to-be-missed
jam-band inspirations.

And be sure to get to The Heights Theater early – GenerAsian Radio will be in the house laying down a great set of
world beats to kick things off!

For almost five decades, KPFT 90.1, as an independent community radio station, has been Houston’s home for independent music, news and public affairs programming.

 

To celebrate the station’s 48th birthday, KPFT will present a special birthday party benefit at The Heights. Proceeds from ticket sales will help provide much-needed support for KPFT.

 

(VIP Suites are also available –to donate for a VIP suite, contact KPFT directly at 713-526-4000, extension 314.)

 

Featured performers include:

–       Ruthie Foster – Award-winning singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. A phenomenal performer, Foster has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.

–       Kevin Russell – Known far and wide as the beloved singer-songwriter and guitar/mandolin/ukulele player behind the “swamp pop ‘n roll ‘n soul” group Shinyribs, Kevin Russell will make a special solo appearance for KPFT’s birthday party.

–       Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines – Terri Hendrix is a pioneering independent Texas songwriter who spins sorrow into joy and wrings wisdom from the blues with a poetic grace and engaging melodic flair. She’s joined by legendary producer and musician Lloyd Maines, who’s played an instrumental role in the creation of some of Texas’ most beloved albums.

–       Lisa Morales – Drawing from a creative palette informed by the rhythms, colors and flavors of the Southwest, singer-songwriter Lisa Morales crafts songs with thoughtful, beautiful lyrics in English and Spanish.

–       The Peterson Brothers – The Peterson Brothers combine youthful energy and modern influences with old-school blues, soul and funk to a create a sound that is uniquely their own. Their live shows feature not-to-be-missed jam-band inspirations.

–       Folk Family Revival – Armed with a sound that mixes the rootsy stomp of the Southern states with the trippy swoon of the West Coast, Folk Family Revival make music for rock clubs and rodeos, dive bars and honky-tonks, or campfires and cantinas.

 

And be sure to get to The Heights early – GenerAsian Radio will be in the house laying down a great set of world beats to kick things off!

Born in South St. Louis, Mo. Mike Zito grew up in a working class home with a dire love of music. It was his escape and way out. After a decade working in a local guitar shop, Mike learned his craft from the ground up playing in clubs 7 nights a week. He fell in love with the Blues of St. Louis and the stories of the country singers. His first self released album “Blue Room” hit the streets in 1998 and he has made 12 albums total over the years. He signed and recorded with Eclecto Groove Records and Ruf Records. He is a founding member of the supergroup “Royal Southern Brotherhood” with Cyril Neville and Devon Allman. In 2012 he formed his own group, The Wheel. Mike has produced albums for Samantha Fish, Laurence Jones, Albert Castiglia and others. He tours extensively in the USA, Canada and Europe. He has been honored with multiple Blues Music Awards over the past 10 years. His love of life and pursuit of happiness is felt in every note he sings and plays.

Shinyribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey that began in Beaumont, TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily he chose the guitar.

Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path he landed in Shreveport, LA where he formed his first band. Picket Line Coyotes were a Husker Du meets Elvis Costello hybrid that lived and died between the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders much like their unfortunate animal namesake.

That’s what took him to Austin where The Gourds were born from those Coyote ashes. That storied band of pumpkins came to an end after 18 years of good times and hard travelin’. From that point on Russell, has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle.

A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on, squeezed on, kissed on by this world-class band featuring Winfield Cheek on Keyboards, Keith Langford on Drums, Jeff Brown on Bass and the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns. Whether on his 6 string Uke or his Electric guitar or singing a cappella, Russell will entertain you like no one else.

The freedom with which he moves, coupled with his incredible voice is an experience in and of itself. His original songs laced with magicalrealism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain) are the true art that runs throughout. He’s Burl Ives meets Al Green; Hank, Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass. Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry.

Truly something not to be missed; a unique musical experience and an original expression of our colorful musical heritage.

The Peterson Brothers possess a uniquely modern blend of blues, soul, and funk. Alex, 17, on bass and vocals, and Glenn Jr., 19, on guitar and lead vocals, have grown up playing together since they were young kids. Rising stars in Austin, Texas, the Peterson Brothers hold a standing room only weekly residency at Austin’s famed music hall The Continental Club.
They have opened for the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Los Lonely Boys, the late B.B. King, Willie Nelson, and Lisa Marie Presley. They have also played with Buddy Guy, Michael Burks and many of Austin’s finest musicians. The Peterson Brothers have also gained the attention of the one and only Bootsy Collins, who
has become a true mentor.