Just like the lyric in the classic American road song"Route 66," The Nighthawks, one of the premier American roots bands of the past 40 years, have announced they'll be "motoring west" for their first extensive visit to the West Coast and Southwest in many years.
"TheNighthawks Motor West Tour 2010" will not only bring the band to the Southwest for shows in Phoenix and Tucson, but also to the West Coast for dates in the Los Angeles area, San Francisco and several other Bay Area markets - places they haven't played in four to six years. The band will close the tour with dates in Colorado and the Midwest.
The vehicle for this tour is the group's current CD, Last Train to Bluesville, released earlier this year on Rip Bang Records and recorded live and acoustic at the Sirius XM studios in Washington, D.C. The album features down-home versions of 10 blues classics, from such artists as Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Slim Harpo, Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson and James Brown.R
ecorded with an intimate, back-porch feeling, Last Train to Bluesville bristles with all the energy of a live gig and the world-class performances that fans from around the world have come to expect from The Nighthawks. The continuing buzz on the new CD helped propel The Nighthawks to the winners' podium at this year's Washington Area Music Association awards, better known as the Wammies. The group won in the Blues/Traditional R&B category for the best band and best recording for their 2009 release, American Landscape, which garnered enthusiastic reviews and substantial airplay both in blues and Americana radio formats. Guitarist Paul Bell was also nominated as best instrumentalist.
In 1989, The Nighthawks were inducted into the association's Hall of Fame.
Since the album was recorded, longtime Nighthawks drummer Pete Ragusa left to follow other pursuits. Without missing a beat, the band picked up veteran D.C.-area drummer and soul singer Mark Stutso, who's played with a host of blues, rock and roots legends, including 18 years with former Nighthawk guitarist Jimmy Thackery and his band, the Drivers. Fans who've heard them- from the East Coast to Europe and the big summer blues festivals in the Midwest- agree that this is the best lineup yet.
THE NIGHTHAWKS MOTOR WEST TOUR 2010
9/30 The Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
10/1 Plaza Palomino Tucson, AZ
10/2 Harvelle's Blues Club Santa Monica, CA
10/3 Nick's Taste of Texas Covina, CA
10/5 Mickey's Pub & Grille Ridgecrest, CA
10/6 The Crystal Bay Club - Red Room Crystal Bay, NV
10/7 Palms Playhouse Winters, CA
10/8 Biscuits & Blues San Francisco, CA
10/9 Poor House Bistro San Jose, CA
10/10 Moe's Alley Santa Cruz, CA
10/11 The State Room Salt Lake City, UT
10/12 The Toad Tavern Littleton, CO
10/13 Boulder Outlook Hotel Boulder, CO
10/14 New Lift Lounge Omaha, NE
10/15 Knucklehead Saloon Kansas City, MO