Washington Blues Society’s Entry in the 2018 Best Self-Produced CD Competition:
Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method – Black Crow Callin’
The Washington Blues Society, the statewide affiliate of the Blues Foundation in Memphis, has chosen Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method: Black Crow Callin’ as its entry in the Best Self-Produced -CD competition held during the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis in 2018.
The International Blues Challenge, established in 1984, is the world’s largest gathering of blues talent. Black Crow Callin’ joins Washington Blues Society Representatives The CD Woodbury Trio and the Benton Townsend duo competing in the Solo/Duo and Band categories of the International Blues Challenge. Best Self-Produced CD Judging will take place in three rounds, the final results will be announced at the finals of the International Blues Challenge on Saturday, January 20, 2018, held at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN.
About Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method: Polly’s eclectic blues style reflects her colorful history. She grew up in a log cabin with no electricity or plumbing and began her music career a teen working bars in Mexico. At 19 she had a husband in prison and an 8th-grade education. Twenty years later, she was a bassist for touring blues bands, playing a total of four continents, was one of the Pacific Northwest’s most highly awarded blues artists, and was working toward a Ph.D. Her fourth album, Black Crow Callin’, features the incendiary guitar work of California Central Coast legend David Miller, as well as the technical mastery of her long-time world touring partner and drummer Tommy Cook. The album was released in May of 2017 and featured ten new tracks written and produced by Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm Method and Jason Shavey at Synergy Productions in Seattle. Guest musicians included The Powerhouse Horns, featuring Rich Cole on baritone and tenor saxophone and Pete Kirkman on trumpet. Horns on “Plan B” and “Yours To Lose,” Sheri Roberts Greimes and Christina Porter, backing vocals on “Reconciled” and “I Don’t Understand”. Norm Bellas, Hammond B3 on “Reconciled” and “Red Light”.
Washington Blues Society “best of the blues” 6-time female vocalist of the year winner
Washington Blues Society “best of the blues,” bass player of the year winner
Washington Blues Society “best of the blues,” 4-time songwriter of the year winner
Washington Blues Society “best of the blues,” Best new band of the year winner
Washington Blues Society “best of the blues,” 2-time Washington Blues Recording winner
Washington Blues society “best of the blues,” Blues drummer award
Empire Blues Society “Empire Blues Awards,” album of the year winner
Cascade Blues Association “Muddy Awards,” regional act of the year nomination
“A power blues trio in the finest sense of the term- guitarist David Miller is a revelation. The songwriting is consistently strong and catchy without ever losing its driving edge”-Chameleon Fire
“Polly O’Keary is a powerhouse blues/rock singer whose voice has the resonance and attitude that permeates her impressive bass playing” –Blues in Britain
“This hard-hitting primal blues rocker knows her mind and heart…O’Keary can blaze her own trail and beat all comers to the finish line…Excellent stuff.” –Midwest Record
“With powerful pipes like Bonnie Raitt and Etta James, bass licks worthy of Sir Paul or Sting, and a musical chemistry that is head and shoulders above many other bands, these cats have come to sing. They immediately grab your attention from the first note of the album, and never let up… The combination of rich guitar and bass riffs and soaring blues vocals creates music that will stimulate your senses and make you want to move. Get out and get it and thank us later.” LA Music Critic
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