Tony O Blues
Tony O Blues keeping Traditional Blues Alive
Legendary Tony O brings to blues a steadfast approach in keeping American Traditional Blues alive. What makes Tony legendary is his roots in becoming the blues guitarist that he is. He started playing the blues at 15 when he would hang out near the stage doors of various blues clubs. It is where he would catch the attention of Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. It was Wolf and Sumlin that gave Tony the nickname Tony-O. These men befriended and mentored Tony O into the Delta Chicago blues sound.
Recorded on over 25 records & on 7 record labels
He has played and recorded with such blues greats as James Cotton, Jimmy Rogers, Victoria Spivey, Little Mike & the Tornados, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Pinetop Perkins. He was part of the Legendary Blues Band invited to join by Willie “Big Eyes Smith. Later on in life, he was nominated for the Grammy with Pinetop Perkins for Best Traditional Blues Recording for ‘Born in The Delta’. It was in 1995 that Tony stepped out as a solo artist, creating the Tony O Blues band, making it his mission to keep the Chicago blues alive.
Bluesman from New York, Tony O
Grammy Award Nominated – 40 Years Playing the Blues
Both of Tony O Blues CD’s included participation of Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Pinetop Perkins. The later CD, ‘Life of the Blues’, is a complulation of past studio and live performances that included some with Smith and Perkins and was dedicated to the memory of both bluesmen. Both CD’s as well as his current catalogue of songs resinates that original Delta Chicago blues with smooth vocals and crisp guitar tones.
• A1A Aleworks – St. Augustine, FL – Dec. 9th & 10th
• Tall Pauls – Gainesville, FL – Dec. 12th
• Great Outdoors – High Springs, FL – Dec. 17th
• Tall Pauls – Gainesville, FL – Dec. 19th
* Club Thai Rock – Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY – Dec. 31st – New Years Eve
Upcoming Shows:Bonita Springs Blues Festival – March 11th
Zora Young with Tony O
When these two legends are together it is dynamite. Zora Young has been singing gospel at 8 after the family moved to Chicago. Zora also has a connection to Howlin Wolf in that they are distant relatives. She later got into blues in her late teens and soon found herself performed for Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Albert King, BB King.. just to name a few. She has joined Tony O numerous times along with Little Mike and the Tornados.
CD with Zora Young & Little Mike and the Tornados with Tony O by her side.
Tony O with Zora Young performing together with Little Mike & the Tornados:
Latest News: Tony O Blues preparing to release a new CD in 2017.
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