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Winner of THREE awards at the 2013 Blues Music Awards, including the coveted B.B. KING ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR!

Award-winning vocalist/songwriter/harmonica icon Curtis Salgado sings and plays with soulful authority, never giving less than 100 percent. He plays each and every show like its the most important gig of his career. He recalls the time when his friend, the great chitlin circuit singer Buddy Ace, put on the show of his life, singing his heart out, making three costume changes, all while playing at a casual house party. Salgado was floored. I was just there playing with my band, hanging out in cut-offs and a t-shirt, and theres Buddy treating the gig the same as if he was performing at the Apollo, he says. From that moment on, Curtis vowed that every time he got on stage he would deliver his very best shot.

Salgados been perfecting his craft since he first began playing professionally in the late 1960s. He fronted his own group, The Nighthawks, inspired John Belushi to create The Blues Brothers, was co-star of The Robert Cray Band and sang and toured with Roomful Of Blues. He released his first of eight solo albums in 1991, hitting the road hard year after year. Salgado and his band toured with The Steve Miller Band and Curtis spent a summer singing with Santana before being sidelined by serious health issues in 2006. Hes battled all the way back, and, after a full and complete recovery, has been tearing up concert stages all over the country.

Winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist Of The Year, Salgado effortlessly mixes blues, funk and R&B with a delivery that is raw and heartfelt. He moves with ease from the tenderest ballads to the most full-throated stompers. Blues Revue says, Salgado is one of the most down-to-earth, soulful, honest singers ever, and his harmonica work is smoking and thoroughly invigorating...rollicking, funky and electrifying. With his Alligator Records debut, Soul Shot, Salgado is set to reach the largest audience of his career.

Soul Shot was produced by funk and R&B guitarist Marlon McClain, drummer Tony Braunagel and co-produced by Salgado. I wanted to make a soul record that you can listen to and dance to, says Salgado. And thats just what he and members of The Phantom Blues Band, along with additional guest musicians, did. Soul Shot speaks loud and clear to contemporary audiences, carrying on the timeless spirit of 1960s and 70s R&B. The album features four Salgado originals and seven carefully chosen covers. I dont care who writes the songs, Salgado says, as long as I can make them my own. Songs by Johnny Guitar Watson, George Clinton, Otis Redding and Bobby Womack flow into and out of Salgados own compositions. Each trackthe slow-burning ballads and the driving rockersis delivered with the vocal power and passion of a musical master. Soul Shot was the most challenging recording of my career, he says, and its the solid best thing Ive ever done. Thats a fact.

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