A couple of months ago, Randy McAllister & his band LIT IT UP on The Matthews stage. Our audience wanted more. So did we. Randy, Maya, Matt, and Rob are back–with a couple of added surprises.
AT THE DOOR: $25 Adults, $15 Youth & BHSU students
“…a master of Americana…”
McAllister will be playing some old favorites and recent releases from his extensive library. With over ten albums released, he is back from the recording studio and ready to bring his energetic music to Spearfish with his all-star band. Also appearing on stage this evening are Maya Van Nuys on fiddle, Matt Higgins on bass, and Rob Dewan on guitar.
Raised in the small town of Novice, TX, McAllister is a fifth-generation Texan, whose father was both a fireman and musician. The elder McAllister was a drummer in a band called “The Flames.” At a very young age Randy took up in his father’s drummer footsteps. The drums were just the beginning for him, as he began to develop as a singer and songwriter.
In performance, his songs combine an uncontainable energy and intensity with lyrics that dig into the tough topics. From urban violence and homelessness, to more common concerns like love and dating, McAllister’s songwriting is particularly skillful.
Randy performs across the US, Canada, and Europe. His strong, soulful voice, amazing harp, and drums have earned glowing reviews everywhere he goes. According to RootsTime.com, “When listening to him you are listening to the best America has to offer. This man is a Master of Americana.”
Just below is a video of Randy McAllister performing “When I Get Back Home.”
Randy’s back with even MORE BLUES TALENT!
On Thursday, August 20, Randy McAllister will be back with his band — Maya Van Nuys (fiddle), Matt Higgins (bass), and Rob Dewan (guitar). An added BONUS — Randy will be joined by Cookie McGee and Rachelle Coba, two amazing blues guitarists.
Rachelle has consistently brought the house down to cheering audiences around the world by bringing her own high-powered brand of blues; from soul, to country, to uptown, onto the stage. Rachelle’s take on the blues is unexpectedly honest and mesmerizing.
Dallas born and raised Cookie McGee, a multi-instrumentalist and former child prodigy, also sings and writes her own songs. McGee started playing music at about the age of five or six. Her neighbor, Eugene Tanner, played guitar, which she observed on a daily basis. Tanner played with Freddie King back in the day. Freddie King was also a neighbor. With that type of musical influence, Cookie’s parents got her an old guitar. Her playing started by observing Eugene and Freddie.
Cookie McGee At Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival
Cookie McGee – Right Place (audio)
Meet Rachelle Coba
Rachelle Coba at the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards