TELLURIDE BLUES & BREWS: BIG SOUND, LITTLE HURRICANE

 

Bal de Maison features Little Hurricane to warm up Blues & Brews crowd for super cool weekend

"C.C." and "Tone" of Little Hurricane

“C.C.” and “Tone” of Little Hurricane

Hurricane season is not quite over. At least not in the Telluride region.

The 19th annual Telluride Blues & Brews Fest kicks off with San Diego-based rock/dirty blues duo Little Hurricane for the Bal de Maison, a special weekend opening performance at the historic Sheridan Opera House on Thursday, September 13, 9:00 p.m. Little Hurricane is also featured on the Main Stage Friday, September 14, around 1 p.m.

Formed in 2010, the band consists of front man Anthony “Tone” Catalano and drummer Celeste “C.C.” Spina.

The history of the duo begins in August 2009, when Chicago-born Spina, then a cook and bartender, returned to playing drums after eight years away from a set . She put out an ad on Craigslist looking for musicians to jam with. She found Tone, a former MTV/VH1 audio/video engineer who was then making custom guitar slides from wine and whiskey bottle necks.

Little Hurricane mixes soulful verses with harmonized vocals, a synergic approach to finding the thread that binds the electric soul of Chicago blues with the raw grit of West Coast indie rock. Since they hooked up, the two young multi-instrumentalists have been making waves with their tension-building song structures embedded in six string distortion, heavy percussion and way too honest lyrical content about lines, loneliness, aging,  and  home-wreckers..

As I Live music blogger, Adam E. Smith put it this way:

“This dynamic chemistry has afforded them the chance to take their deep blues tales to the front lines of festivals with spots at Lollapalooza, South By Southwest, and Austin City Limits.”

Little Hurricane currently is touring the country in support of their freshman album, Homewrecker, released in 2011, a hard-hitting release that spins Spina and Tone’s  raw, filthy dirty blues with indie rock influences, the duo’s signature truth-telling lyrics into an unforgettable sound that combines comforting familiarity with you-will-wish-you-knew-them-back-when originality.

In 2010, the duo won Best New Artist the the San Diego Music Awards.

To learn more, click the “play” button and listen to my chat with Tone and C.C.

Note: Blues & Brews is nearly sold out. Limited tickets remain for Friday and Sunday Main Stage performances, plus Thursday night’s Bal de Maison.

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