Johnny Nicholas: "Rockin' My Blues To Sleep"

"Johnny Nicholas is a long time Texas musician who has played with legends like Johnny Shines, Snooky Pryor and Asleep at the Wheel. Proficient on guitar, piano, harp, mandolin and bass, Nicholas is a sideman extraordinaire who has also made some fine solo albums.

For his latest, Nicholas has brought together some of his friends to back him on this project and dubbed the band the Texas All-Stars. A look at the guests who appear on the CD are indeed some of Texas' finest musicians and include Marcia Ball, Stephen Bruton, Bill Campbell and a host of others. The album is dedicated to the memory of Doug Sahm, and is a fitting tribute to a man that shared a similar vision of Texas music with Nicholas." ~ www.southwestblues.com

Mississippi Heat: "Footprints On The Ceiling"
"A contemporary blues combo resurrecting the vintage Chicago sound of the 1950s, Mississippi Heat was formed in the Windy City in 1992 by vocalist/drummer Robert Covington, harpist Pierre Lacocque, guitarists Billy Flynn and James Wheeler, and bassist Bob Stroger.

While remaining a fixture of the local club circuit, the band's lineup remained in flux in the years to follow; Covington exited in 1993, and was replaced by vocalist Deitra Farr and drummer Allen Kirk in time to record their debut LP Straight From the Heart. Learned the Hard Way followed in 1994, with Thunder in My Heart appearing a year later; both Farr and Kirk exited in 1996, and in 1997 Mississippi Heat welcomed vocalists Mary Lane and Zora Young, pianist Barrelhouse Chuck and drummer Kenny Smith. " ~ www.allmusic.com