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JJ Appleton & Jason Ricci


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From a Dirty Memory to a Beautiful Slop

It was an unlikely phone call made in 2014 that brought Jason Ricci and JJ Appleton together. “You don’t have an acoustic album yet, let’s make one” said JJ. A few songwriting sessions, a live to video and pro tools recording in NYC with Tedeschi Trucks bassist Tim Lefebvre, and the album Dirty Memory was birthed.

Cut to a multi-week long stay in the top 10 iTunes Blues Charts and the Roots Music Report, headlining festivals and venues from the tip of Icy Maine, to steamy New Orleans – it was quite a run, it became obvious to Appleton, Ricci and their fans, that a new album was in order.

The duo took over bassist/producer Derek Nievergelt’s Brooklyn basement studio for two days, 90-degree heat and no AC. The swampy heat and the stage for what can only be described as 10 recordings dripping with raw grit, groove, acoustic soul and sweat. Their new album “Beautiful Slop”.

Ricci, a harmonica legend and winner of the 2018 Blues Award for Best Instrumentalist/Harmonica, has broken another barrier melding perfectly his Sonny Terry on speed style with beautiful melodic flowing riffs that consistently bring a smile or tear throughout the record. Appleton’s original songs and unique takes on some very unusual covers shows the duo’s penchant for keeping people guessing as to what they’ll do next.

The much-anticipated October 2018 release of “Beautiful Slop” will be in conjunction with a tour throughout the Northeast, New England and Mid-Atlantic.

About Jason Ricci:
• Featured performer/harmonica player on Johnny Winter’s Grammy award-winning CD “Step Back”
• 2018 Blues Award winner for Best Instrumentalist/Harmonica, and multiple Blues award nominee
• Featured performer at The Rock and Roll Hall of fame with Zac Brown and Tom Morello for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band induction.
• He has worked and recorded with (NOT sat in with) Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside, Nick Curran, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Cedric Burnside, Joe Louis Walker and many others.

About JJ Appleton
• Handpicked by David Bowie as guitarist for his critically lauded musical “Lazarus”
• Live television appearances on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America and Carson Daly show.
• JJ has produced records for Darius Rucker, Kesha, Grace Gaustad and Erin Bowman.

DateVenueCity & State
02 Oct 18Terra Blues New York, NY
04 Oct 18Chan's Woonsocket, RI
05 Oct 18Local's Cafe Wilton, NH
06 Oct 18Moose Alley Rangeley, ME
07 Oct 18Lakeside Theate Rangeley, ME
11 Oct 18Sellersville Theater Sellersville, PA
13 Oct 18Blue Soul Fest Smyna, DE
* New dates are shown in RED

“The McGhee-Terry tandem easily comes to mind when listening to the seamless operation these two consistently demonstrate”
- Living Blues Magazine

“Ricci is the Paul Butterfield of our time”
- Blues Blast Magazine

“Acoustic blues at its best, in the tradition of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee”.
- Blues Blast Magazine

“Foot Stompin’ swampy feel.”
- Bmans Blues Report

“Jason Ricci and JJ Appleton definitely take me back in time to an era where life was simpler , the blues was too. The raw simplicity and expressions of their instruments are spot on.”
- Blues Bytes

Jason Ricci - Blues Award Winner 2018 “Best Harmonica”
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“Passionate Acoustic Blues”
- Blues Magazine , NL

“keeping the tradition of Piedmont Blues alive”.
- music existence

“Original songs that give a nod to Delta blues and roots history, with raw emotions.”
- Out and About Magazine

“Appleton and Ricci’s departure from Ricci's very, hard and electric sound was a shocking and necessary tool in establishing Jason as a well-rounded blues performer, serious about the roots of blues music and harmonica”
- Biscuits and Blues

“Ricci's unrestrained playing is very appealing here, like Sonny Terry on speed”
- In A Blue Mood

“The closer you listen, the more righteous they sound”.
- Midwest Record

“Intoxicating acoustic Blues-Rock with a touch of brilliant Delta”
- Folk World