Tune in Wednesday morning 10/24 in the 9am hour as I'll be interviewing Casey Hensley, playing her music and giving away tickets to the "Divas of Blues" event this weekend.
All over the world people are talking about 26 year old powerhouse vocalist Casey Hensley. Her talent and power are taking the Blues by storm. Surrounding herself with only the best musicians, and heavily influenced by all of the greats, it is no wonder she has everyone talking. Her self-monikered backing band always includes incredible celebrated guitar slingers such as Anthony Cullins, Laura Chavez, Kid Ramos, Johnny Main, Steve Wilcox, and many more to match her larger than life voice. Drummer Evan Caleb Yearsley (son of the late vocalist Candye Kane), saxophonist Johnny Viau, and bassist Mark C. They are well known for their ability to cross blues subgenres, including jump, swing, and Chicago blues.
The press took notice of Casey Hensley right away. In May 2017, the singer's band played the main stage at Doheny Blues Festival, headlined the Ojai Blues Festival, and appeared at Gator by the Bay. Later that year, they also played Las Vegas' Big Blues Bender at the Plaza Hotel. After Hensley signed to Vizztone Records, the album "Casey Hensley Live (Featuring Laura Chavez)" was released in October 2017 and hit #1 on the Global Radio Indicator Charts, #4 Roots Music Report Soul/Blues Chart, it debuted at #17 on ITunes Blues charts and hit #10 on the Living Blues Radio Charts. Casey Hensley has also been Nominated for the 2018 San Diego Music Awards “Artist Of The Year” category, and 2X 2018 Blues Blast Music Awards! 2018 Making A Scene “Independent Blues Award Nominee”, Spain Tour 2018... Casey Hensley is an undeniable rising star that will bring tears to your eyes and leave you breathless.
“Rising Star” - L.A. Times
"Casey Hensley has what it takes to match the biggest powerhouse singers of Rock N Roll history!"- Boogie Magazine
"Comparisons to Janis Joplin, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor and more couldeasily be drawn, but that would essentially be cutting this young star short."-Bill Wilson/ Reflections in Blue "Solid blues that is performed flawlessly"-Blues Blast Magazine"She could cover Koko Taylor's signature 'Wang Dang Doodle' and no one would dare to compare... Yeah! The bar has been raised!" - Chris Spector/Midwest Record
“She’s got Torque!” Dave Gonzalez (The Paladins)
“Casey is as BAD as they come!”- Earl Thomas
"She is a rising star"- Candye Kane
“Casey Hensley Set The Tone..., Armed With A POWERFUL Voice…” – OC Register / Doheny Blues Festival
Divas of Blues Festival
The Old Town Blues Club presents The SoCal Divas of Blues music festival on October 27th, 2018. The venue is outdoors, in the heart of Old Town Temecula at the Civic Center Plaza. This blues festival is unique in that we are solely promoting the dynamic influence of women in blues music today. All eight acts are fronted by female performers, with most all of the performers coming from the Southern California region.
The Lineup is set and it's stellar!!
-Give Me Back My Wig 2:PM
-Brigette Rios Purdy.3:PM
-Shy But Fly5:PM
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are also partnering with NBCF (National Breast Cancer Foundation) and Michelle's Place, a local Breast Cancer Resource Center and will be donating a portion of all ticket sales to both organizations.
This is a festival for everyone who enjoys blues and great live music.
For more info go to www.socaldivasofblues.com.