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Ike Stubblefield, Herlin Riley and Eric Struthers

Fri, October 28, 2016

Ike Stubblefield: Hammond B3 virtuoso Ike Stubblefield is a music industry legend. With almost 50 years in the business, you may think he’s seen and done it all, but he’s just getting started. He cut his teeth backing Motown legends like the Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves, Stevie Wonder and Rare Earth. He lent his soulful R&B style to Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Curtis Mayfield, B.B. King, The Pointer Sisters and George Benson, and helped create the classic B3 sound that others would imitate for generations to come. In 2010, he collaborated with Grammy-winning Atlanta soul man Cee Lo Green, recording organ and keyboards on 9 tracks. These days, the B3 icon and mini-Moog master stays busy jamming with Papa Mali in New Orleans, rocking with Big Hat in Nashville and producing out of his Atlanta studio. Drawing from his recent time with the Derek Trucks Band and years on the road as a musician-for-hire, Stubblefield is finding his true passion collaborating with old friends and bringing the loose ends of an illustrious career together on his new project, The Ike Stubblefield Trio.

Herlin Riley: Since coming of age in the nurturing environment of a very musical family and a distinguished bloodline of drummers, New Orleans native Herlin Riley emerged from that most creative era of all things rhythmic in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, to enliven the ensembles of such influential and demanding improvisers as pianist Ahmad Jamal and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis through his commanding yet elegant rhythmic presence.His authoritative style of melodic percussion is deeply imbued in the fertile creative soil of the Crescent City, encompassing as it does the entire length and breadth of America’s ongoing musical journey.

Eric Struthers: Best known for his long career as the guitarist for the Neville Brothers band, Eric Struthers has played and recorded with some of the most celebrated artists in American music, including Michael McDonald, Jimmy Buffett, Bela Fleck, Kenny Rogers, Steve Miller, Joan Baez, and Linda Ronstadt—to name just a few. As this list indicates, Eric’s skills on guitar cross multiple genre boundaries and have led to him being an in-demand player for country, rock, funk, jazz, rock, Reggae, and R&B, both on the road and in the studio. A longtime touring musician as well, Eric has appeared on Johnny Carson, Arsenio Hall, Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, 48 Hours, CMT’s Prime Time Country, as well as numerous Canadian, European and Japanese television specials. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also played for feature films like Money Train (Sony Pictures) and Things To Do In Denver (Miramax Films). When not touring or recording in the studio, Eric stays involved in a variety of educational endeavors. A regular instructor at Victor Wooten’s music camps in Nashville, Eric demonstrates his passion for passing on the knowledge and insight he’s gained through his years of experience by offering a variety of master classes on guitar and performance to students from around the world. He also regularly accompanies legendary bassist and performer, Chuck Rainey (Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, etc.) via his Rhythm Intensive workshops. Indeed, Eric’s rhythmic sensibility makes him a favorite guitarist among bass players and drummers in and out of Nashville and often leads to him being asked to join them on stage in impromptu settings. With over twenty-five mainstream albums to his credit, Eric continues to demonstrate that he is a musician first—the electric guitar is merely his main way of expressing his creativity. Eric’s dedication to first and foremost “serving the song” through his instrument explains part of the reason he remains a highly sought after musician; the high level of skill which he does so explains the other part. Presently, he is finishing up a soon-to-be-released solo album that features a host of amazing and renowned musicians, and he looks forward to hitting the road in support of it soon after.