“These are serious musicians having a hotter than hot good time. It’s tough to stay in your seat when Estrin and his musical cohorts get cooking.”
– Chicago Sun-Times
Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, 2018’s Blues Music Award winning Band Of The Year Rick Estrin & the Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognizable sounds and no-holds-barred styles. Featuring the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll.
BLUES MUSIC AWARDS Trifecta for Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
It was a trifecta for Rick Estrin & the Nightcats at the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards held May 10, 2018 in Memphis, TN. Estrin and the group had collectively garnered eight nominations. Rick was presented with Best Traditional Blues Male Artist and awarded Song of the Year for his recording, “The Blues Ain’t Going Nowhere”. Band of the Year honors went to Rick Estrin & the Nightcats.
This event brings together Blues performers, industry representatives, and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. The BMAs are generally recognized as the highest honor given to blues musicians and are awarded by vote of Blues Foundation members.
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Estrin and his celebrated band of virtuosos present another infectious collection of whip-smart blues, filled with crafty songwriting and exceptional musicianship. The songs are delightfully wily and warped lyrically, effortlessly tight and playful musically. Thirteen fresh originals ride Estrin’s powerhouse harmonica and “hard-luck sandwich on wry” lyrics and the Nightcats’ wild guitar, soul-deep organ and greasy grooves.
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats @ Blue Wing Labor Day Blues Extravaganza
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats @ Alberta Rose Theater