Too Far North Productions and the Wallace District Arts Council proudly present this years amazing lineup.
Coyote Kings with Tiphony Dames
Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings are well known and loved by the Inland North West blues community. For our Festival, Coyote Kings will be adding Diego Romero to their line up for a VERY special performance! Coyote Kings with Tiphony Dames, have garnered 9 Empire awards among them, including 3 times Best Female Performer, 2 times (and reigning) Best Female Vocalist, and induction into the IEBS Hall of Fame for the songbird from Harlem, Tiph. Plus 2 times Best CD, Best Blues Band, and Best Blues Guitarist, Robin Barrett & Coyote Kings. Guitarist/singer Diego Romero, the current recipient of the Best New Blues Artist award, brings his passion and fire to the mix. Tiphony and Diego on the same stage is not to be missed. Add Richard Sabol on drums to this all-star lineup and you have the incendiary bluesrock/RnB/funk show of the year!
The Daniel Castro Band
One of the finest singer/songwriter/guitarists on the West Coast, Daniel Castro has emerged at the forefront of the gifted San Francisco Bay Area blues scene. Funk. Shuffles. Rumbas. Second line. Slow blues. They’re on every Castro band set list — but it takes more than clever chord changes and melodies to draw fans night after night. Well-known for being a dynamic performer who “leaves it all on the stage” night after night, Daniel brings crowds to their feet with his blistering solos, soulful singing, and tight arrangements. Castro is a consummate bandleader, backed by a tight well-seasoned band. A Daniel Castro show is both passionate and electrifying. Historic Wallace Blues Festival is excited to finally bring The Daniel Castro Band to our Main Stage!
Last year, Sammy Eubanks put together a band of veteran Inland Northwest players and achieved what over 260 blues bands from across the world could not by becoming the Second Runner Up at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Sammy Eubanks has been a BIG part of the Wallace Blues Festival since it began and this year is no different. A very popular entertainer as well as talented, Sammy has been voted Best Male Vocalist 12 times in Washington State and is a Hall of Fame Member of the Inland Empire Blues Society. Don’t miss Sammy and his band AND the closing Jam promises to be off the hook this year!
Hailing from Missoula, Montana, Moneypenny formed this Blues and Rock quartet in 2015, where they quickly gained notoriety by capturing the Zoo Music Award for Best Blues/Jazz Band. Moneypenny brings a funky, high energy, authentic Blues experience with an emphasis on improvisation and experimentation that builds on the traditional sound that is “The Blues”. This group is made up of musicians well known to the vibrant Missoula music scene, with tour experience and backgrounds as diverse as Nashville to Madrid. They bring a wealth of musical knowledge to their love of the blues.
In 2019 Moneypenny headlined The Salmon Blues and Brews Festival in Salmon Idaho and were a favorite at Maontana’s Flathead Blues Festival, The River City Roots Festival, The Deadgrass Festival as well as the Blues Festival in Kalispell. Moneypenny will perform Friday night on the Cedar Street Stage and will open our Main Stage on Saturday!
Perennial favorites, Doghouse Boyz are the Winners of the 2017, 2016 & 2015 I.E.B.S. Best Acoustic Blues Act. The Doghouse Boyz duo consists of the 2018 Best Blues Slide Guitar winner Neil Elwell on acoustic guitar, dobro and vocals. His compadre Ramiro Vijarro, reigning 2019 I.E.B.S. Best Blues Bass Player. adds fretless bass and vocals. Consummate musicians, they play original blues as well as dynamic renditions of old favorites and obscure tunes from ‘back in the day.’ This duo is an Inland Northwest staple at festivals and watering holes and have opened many concerts for such notable acts as Roy Rogers and the late Norton Buffalo, among others. It would not be The Wallace Blues Festival without them!
Rusty and Ginger
Sara Brown, and her husband Jesse, will perform TOGETHER this year as a duo in our beer garden as Rusty and Ginger. Sara is an amazing vocalist, a Festival favorite and a well known ginger. She is the reigning Best Female Blues Performer Award Winner by way of the Inland Empire Blues Society. Sara brings a fun filled sassiness to her shows and a smile to all who see her. Her band is like a musical buffet and to see her acoustic is the dessert.
Jan Harrison and Steve Brody
A Cleveland, Ohio girl, Jan moved to Colorado during high school and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Then pursued a music career, first in her brother Scott’s funk band, and then as a back-up singer for headliners in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Los Angeles and Reno. Breaking out on her own with her own band, she did some regional touring and then relocated to the Pacific Northwest. Jan launched her Jan Harrison Blues Experience band in 2018 and soon after garnished the Inland Empire Blues Society’s Best New Blues Band award. She has already played most of the areas Festivals and venues,and been featured on the cover of the Washington Blues Society Bluesletter as well as a 2019 nominee for the Best Blues Singer and Best Blues Performer by the I.E.B.S..
Now, Jan has teamed up with locally renowned blues guitarist/singer Steve Brody for our Festival.
Born and bred in Butte, Montana, Steve Brody moved to be a working musician in the Bay Area. Returning to our area, he graduated with Music and Education degrees from the University of Montana, Missoula. Steve is currently a beloved educator and guitar instructor in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. He has performed with Carl Rey and the Blues Gators, The Culprits, What About Bob, and he is currently performing with the Jan Harrison Blues Experience.
This is a talented duo with much skill and experience and we look forward to seeing them together.
We are thrilled to find Tina Bailey touring the Northwest during our Festival, up from her home of Phoenix Arizona. She is a singer, songwriter, performer and artist in the truest sense of the word. Whether performing with her band on a large concert stage, or by herself to a handful of people, Tina pours her heart and soul into every note. She has a lifelong passion for music and has shared the stage with the likes of Eric Burdon, Kansas, Steppenwolf, Paul Rodgers, Great White, Head East, Pat Travers and Steve Cropper. Born and raised in Hamilton Montana, Tina was a hit at last years Wallace Blues Festival when she joined Sammy Eubanks at The Red Light for a special Sunday afternoon show. Do not miss Tina this year!
Polly O’Keary is today’s blues woman, rooted in tradition, but informed by the 21st Century. Pulling in influences from zydeco, country, funk, jazz, rockabilly, surf and rock and roll, she and her trio, Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, bring a searing and joyful performance of today’s blues to audiences across the U.S. and Canada.
The band includes Polly on vocals and bass, Tommy Cook on drums, and David Miller on guitar. Tommy cut his teeth in blues as a drummer for the house band at Blues Central in Anchorage Alaska, where he eventually became a first call drummer who played all over the state before moving to Seattle in 2005. Today he is endorsed by several elite drum and drum equipment companies and is an instructor at the prestigious Seattle Drum School. Guitarist David Miller grew up listening to blues in Texas. At 17, then living in California, Miller met a piano player who was then working for Tommy Castro. The older musician recruited Miller to come play at several bars, and assured the young man that he could get him in, underage though he was. Miller became a regular in clubs in the Bay Area, sitting in with local and touring acts night after night. At 25, then living in San Luis Obispo, he assembled The Dave Miller Band, and for the next 18 years, he and the group went on to become one of Southern California’s most popular blues bands, leading one reviewer to describe his “jaw-dropping guitar licks” and praise his “extraordinary mixture of inspiring virtuosity both vocally and instrumentally.
Since forming as a trio in 2014, the band has been steadily building success. Every year brings another national tour (with the exception of 2020). The 2017 album Black Crow Callin’ was an International Blues Challenge finalist in the best self-produced CD category, earned high praise from critics, and spent all summer on blues radio charts. In 2018, the band won the LA Music Critic Best Blues Band award and represented Washington at the International Blues Challenge, where they were semi-finalists. The band released ``As Live As It Gets” in 2019, which won the Washington Blues Society Best Blues Album award. In 2021, the year each band member turned 50, the band released the album “50,” and the single “You Better Think” debuted at #1 on the contemporary blues radio chart. That album also made the Living Blues chart and the Cashbox chart and stayed at the #1 radio position in Washington state for more than two months. And the band has racked up an impressive haul of Washington Blues Society awards, including Drummer of the Year (3x), Guitarist of the Year (2020), Best Female Vocalist (6x), Best Songwriter (6x), Best Blues Bass (3x), Best New Band, Best Album (3x) and more.
Justyn Priest has brought vast and virtuosic guitar playing to the Inland Northwest. You may know him from the cover band Royale, his post at Learn to Burn School of Music or perhaps from any number of other groups in which he’s performed.
Needless to say, if you’ve been around the local scene, you’ve heard Priest’s name – or, better yet, heard him shred. Lately, though, times have been changing for Priest. He is now amid a transformation, an exploration and redefinition of who he is as an artist and his capabilities.
Joel Astley & the Second Hand
LINKS TO VIDEO:
McMenamins- Spanish Ballroom 5/21
High Note Group
McMenamins- Spanish Ballroom 8/21
Johnny Burgin and Joel Astley featuring Lorenzo Farrell
CSTB Chopped up:
Since forming his first band in 2014, Joel Astley has been performing around The Pacific Northwest and beyond, and has quickly risen to local favorite. He has appeared on many recordings and has been recognized by the Washington Blues Society with multiple honors including Best Blues Harmonica (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021), Best Male Vocalist (2019, 2021, 2022), Best Songwriter (2020, 2021), and has been nominated for many more. He earned his reputation for band leading during his time with top bands on the northwest including Tacoma-based T-town Aces and Seattle-based High Note Group. He is now booking under his own name and has performed and toured with national blues artists throughout the country.
“Joel Astley is a great songwriter.” - Mark Hummel
"[Joel] can sing like Lowell Folsom and play like Cary Bell.” - Bluesletter article February 2018
"Joel you can write, you can play harp, and boy can you sing." - Leslie Fleury KSER Blues Odyssey DJ
“[Joel has] exceptional vocals and exudes charisma on stage to match his showmanship.” - Bluesletter Cover story, November 2018
“Joel Astley is the Picasso of the Blues.” - Kid Andersen, Greaseland Studios
Casey Ryan, formerly of the Vagrant Records act Hymn & Her, is an indie singer-songwriter out of the Pacific Northwest. He has performed and toured with globally-touring artists such as James Bay, Third Eye Blind, Dashboard Confessional, appeared as a side-stage artist at the iconic Austin City Limits Festival in 2016, and was a top-200 contestant on NBC's The Voice in 2015. Playing over 250 shows a year in the United States alone, he has also performed live on 4 continents.
Thrilled to be back to live performing, over the last 8 years, his music has pushed well over 1 million streams on Spotify and over 100K downloads on iTunes.
In June 2017, he released his third self-produced album entitled 'III' which received local and regional acclaim on radio and magazines alike. Early in 2018, he released the single 'Shapeless'; and toured extensively to promote its release.
On iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, SoundCloud, & YouTube searching 'Casey Ryan'
YouTube - Shapeless - 2018 Single Release
YouTube - Official Music Video for 'A Game With No Winner' - 2017
YouTube - Official Music Video for 'Oxygen': 2016
WALLACE BLUES FESTIVAL 2022 SCHEDULE
Friday July 8th
The Metals/Brooks/Day Rock Stage
7:00PM Casey Ryan
8:00PM -11:30PM Justyn Priest
Saturday July 9th
The Beer Garden: Noon -2PM Jan Harrison & Steve Brody
2-4 Tina Bailey
4-6 Justyn Priest
6-8 Rusty & Ginger
8-10 Doghouse Boyz
The Metals/Brooks/Day Rock Stage
11:30PM -2:00PM Dr. Phil & The Enablers
3:00PM-5:30PM Kosta la Vista
1:30 3:30 5:30 7:30 Casey Ryan
2:00PM-3:30PM Coyote Kings w Tiphony Dames & Diego Romero
4:00PM-5:30PM Polly O'Keary & The Rhythm Method
6:00PM-7:30PM Joel Astley & the Second Hand
8:00-9:30PM The Daniel Castro Band
10-12AM Sammy Eubanks All Star Jam
Elk Lodge Pancake 8:00AM-11:00AM Tina Bailey