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Moods: Featuring Guitar Blues: Jump Blues Blues: Slide Guitar Blues Blues: Prewar Blues Blues: Country Blues

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Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans

Guitarist/songwriter BRAD VICKERS learned on the job
playing, recording, and touring with America's blues and roots masters: Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Odetta, Sleepy LaBeef, and Rosco Gordon—to name only a few.

As bass player for Little Mike & The Tornadoes, he cut his teeth
backing up these elder statesmen, many of whom called on him
to work and record with them over the years.
Brad had the good fortune to play on Pinetop Perkins’
Grammy-nominated discs, “Born in the Delta” (Telarc),
and “Ladies’ Man” (MC Records).

Now his group, The VESTAPOLITANS, offer a good-time mix
of originals and covers spanning blues, ragtime, hill country breakdowns, rock 'n' roll, and more great American roots music.
A new release, “Great Day In The Morning” joins their previous three CDs,
“Le Blues Hot” (2008), “Stuck With The Blues” (2010), and "Traveling Fool" (2011)
which have met with terrific reviews, radio play on 250+ stations,
Sirius/XM Bluesville “Pick2 Click”s, and wonderful audience response!

Brad comes from the Pine Barrens of Long Island’s rural East End. He is the scion of a musical family
from the Pine Barrens of Chintoteague, Virginia,
where his grandfather played lap steel and drums.Guitarist/songwriter BRAD VICKERS learned on the job
playing, recording, and touring with America's blues and roots masters: Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Odetta, Sleepy LaBeef, and Rosco Gordon—to name only a few.

As bass player for Little Mike & The Tornadoes, he cut his teeth
backing up these elder statesmen, many of whom called on him
to work and record with them over the years.
Brad had the good fortune to play on Pinetop Perkins’
Grammy-nominated discs, “Born in the Delta” (Telarc),
and “Ladies’ Man” (MC Records).

Now his own group, The VESTAPOLITANS, offer a good-time mix
of originals and covers spanning blues, ragtime, hill country breakdowns, rock 'n' roll, and more great American roots music.
A new release, “Traveling Fool” joins their previous two CDs,
“Le Blues Hot” (2008) and “Stuck With The Blues” (2010),
which have met with terrific reviews, radio play on 250+ stations,
Sirius/XM Bluesville “Pick2 Click”s, and wonderful audience response!

Brad comes from the Pine Barrens of Long Island’s rural East End. He is the scion of a musical family
from the Pine Barrens of Chintoteague, Virginia,
where his grandfather played lap steel and drums.

THE BAND: Brad is joined on 'LE BLUES HOT' (2008) by a great group of musicians. The extraordinary Jim Davis, whose saxophone credits include Paul Oscher and Hubert Sumlin, also takes the clarinet through some dazzling turns. His horns dance among genres with eloquence and aplomb. The estimable Barry Harrison, alumnus of both Johnny and Shemekia Copeland’s bands, holds the house drum chair at the famous Terra Blues club where he backs the creme of NYC’s blues artists. Here he plays drums and percussion with great variety—and humor. Take note of his fills on “ ‘A’ Rag!” Rising star Dave Gross shows off his Gypsy-jazz-tinged guitar talent on “Sunny Side of the Street,” and “‘A’ Rag”—and he contributes some very solid upright bass parts! The versatile Margey Peters, long-time bassist with Big Frank & The Healers, plays electric bass, fiddle, and sings. Margey also co-wrote several of the tunes, as well one she wrote with collaborator Steve Tarshis. Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans have some great music in store for you. Now grab a seat, sit back, and enjoy!

On 'STUCK WITH THE BLUES' (2010) and 'TRAVELING FOOL' (2011), the palette is expanded: Special guest, the great guitarist BOBBY RADCLIFF joins Brad on two tracks! The band is expanded to include versatile piano/guitar man Arne Englund, baritone sax man Matt Cowan joins Jim Davis' tenor and clarinet to make a rich, grooving horn section. Bill Rankin does a great job on drums, Dave Gross, producer of these CDs, handles upright bass, and V. D. King jumps in on percussion and additional guitar!

CRITICAL PRAISE FOR BRAD VICKERS & HIS VESTAPOLITANS' CDs:
“Their best so far. Each disc has improved upon its
predecessor, but this one will be hard to top.”
–Graham Clarke, BLUES BYTES

“You could put any track on the player and enjoy it.
Highly recommended.”
–John Mitchell BLUES BLAST US

"This “rootsy” group settles themselves firmly
in the “Masters” category. Vickers is a natural.”
–Marcie Geukens, ROOTSTIME Belgium

“A set of “old school” blues and R&B that can’t fail to delight.”
–Mick Rainsford, BLUES IN BRITAIN UK

“A real success and a group to discover right away.”
–Bernard Boyat, BLUES MAGAZINE France

“Guardian of The Flame. An exciting recreation of those jug, ragtime,
and old timey bands that first educated me in the 1960s and ’70s.”
–Richard Ludmerer, BLUESWAX US

“Brad Vickers is an artist who quietly creeps under your skin.”
–Rune Endal, BLUES NEWS Norway

“Brad thanks those...from whom he has learned so well.
They would be damn proud of this release.”
–Chef Jimi Patricola, BLUES 411 US

“Vickers expertly conjures his heroes on originals...
and receives superb support from his band.”
–Bob Weinberg, JAZZ/BLUES FLORIDA US

“A true one-of-a-kind band, mixing and mastering
wildly divergent styles, always sounding credible,
and never mass-produced.”
–Roger & Margaret White, BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES US

“‘Traveling Fool’ is simply wonderful.
One can hardly withdraw oneself from the disc.”
–ROCKIN’ BLUES Germany

“A highly-entertaining set of vintage rockin’ blues
that’s guaranteed to liven up your next party!”
–Sheryl & Don Crow, NASHVILLE BLUES SOCIETY US

“Very fine songs...perfect for airplay...irresistible instrumentals!”
–Roberto Rossi, MYSTERY TRAIN, Italy

“Just what the people want, and never tire of. 4 Stars.”
-Bernard Boyat, SUR LA ROUTE DE MEMPHIS, France

“This is the kind of music that gladdens the heart.”
–Stuart Hamilton, ROCKIN’ THE BLUES

“A well-thought-out collection of amusing and witty tunes.
Highest praise!”
–BLUES VAN, Hungary

“If rootsy, Americana and early rock-influenced blues is your thing,
this...will make you swing.”
–Dave Rubin, GUITARINSTRUCTOR.COM

“Great music, that reminds me of the laid back
Chess Records of the 50s and early 60s.”
–Henrik Linden RED HOT ROCK, Sweden

“Masterly work from all band members.
This one should be a must-see-live band.”
–Steven ‘Nick’ Nickerson, WYCE MUSIC JOURNAL US

“…Straight up, well-executed rock’n’roll.
The rhythm section is solid and the saxophone work
gives the underbelly of the music plenty of life…
executed with taste and professionalism.”
-David Hintz, FOLKWORLD

“A steady and enjoyable cruise through authentically traditional blues,
rockabilly, honky-tonk and ragtime numbers.
`Don’t Take My Cadillac’ stands out as the best of [Vickers’] own songs...
Leroy Carr’s plaintive ballad `How Long Blues’ is well done too,
with some nice interplay between the guitar and Jim Davis’s clarinet.”
-Neil B. LEICESTER BANGS, UK

“Perfectly captures the spirit of early rock instrumentals, channeling
Duane Eddy, the Ventures and Booker T. and the MGs, and
they’re just as much fun as those old gems, with lots of burning guitar and sax breaks.”
—George Kopp ELMORE MAGAZINE Review Blog US

“The Vestapolitans, have the amazing ability to carry on the traditions and sounds
of an older style of music without their efforts ever sounding pre-planned or forced.
Playing this music just comes naturally to them.
Give a big shout out to producer Dave Gross and V.D. King for the job they did
mixing this album. Every instrument is represented so wonderfully,
and nothing is masked by someone else's playing—It's truly impressive work.
I have to take time to mention...Don't Take My Cadillac...
it is without question my favorite tune on this record, and that's saying something,
because these songs are all phenomenal. "Don't Take My Cadillac" is the perfect storm
of songwriting, arranging and performance, crafting what would have become a
timeless smash hit had it been released in the height of the Chess era. This song is an instant classic!
Standout Tracks: All of them! Personal favorites include
"Don't Take My Cadillac," "Low Down Dirty Shame," "Without Moolah," and "In My Dream" “
-Johnny Full-time, FULL-TIME BLUES RADIO

“This is a very fine, good-timing, and extremely entertaining set.
As I said the last time I reviewed one of Brad’s albums – more please!”
-Norman Darwen, BLUES & RHYTHM, UK

“ I'm transported indeed to a romantic and uniquely American road trip.
There's no need for hurry---we done forgot where it was we were going anyhow!
But oh the sights along the way! And all of those hip joints we got to stop and hang-out at!
Folks back home are gonna love hearin' some of these tales!
That's the takeaway for me now playing the Vestapolitans
as sonic wallpaper in my shop right now...I'm “THERE!!” "
-Dale Thomas Rates in BLUES 411 US

“Just plain, enjoyable music! A vaired and enjoyable CD.
The use of the horn section reminds you
of the glory days of Chess in the fifties and sixties."
- Eric Campfens BARN OWL BLUES, Holland

"Everything is executed and arranged so that you have the impression
you're right in the middle of American music!
This can surely satisfy most connoisseurs of the the beautiful music of the
pre-war era, and multiple styles of roots music."
-Piotr Gwizdala TWOJ BLUES, Poland

“Keeps you excited not only for the song you are hearing,
but also excited with anticipation for the next track to come…
Traveling Fool” is simply a tour de force .
Highly Recommended for the sheer Fun and Enjoyment of it.
-John Vermilyea BLUES UNDERGROUND NETWORK

Fun, unaffected dance music you will enjoy listening to again and again.
it will immediately grab all listeners. GREAT.
-Vicente Zumel, LA HORA DEL BLUES Spain

The very first jump jive song out of the box ("Traveling Fool")
elicits that primal urge to toe-tap or more. Really tight group, and the sax just smokes.
This is one band that should be a must-see-live band. That's my two nickels worth!
-Steven "Nick" Nickelson: WYCE MUSIC JOURNAL Grand Rapids, MI

“This album called ‘Traveling Fool” is fabulous.!
Thanks for the music and your wonderful band, The Vestapolitans.
Keep playing those blues”. -Pat St John SIRIUS /XM radio

Love the production of this, old school. I like Brad and a bunch of the musician's on this disc,
Some good songs n good feel. Great cover art, which i think is important. Damn good!
-Todd Wolfe WLVR

Brad and His Vestapolitans keep honing their unique sound.
Great to finally have their new disc on the air!!!
-Mike Reisz “Blues All Over The Place” WDPS Dayton, Ohio

Your new disc arrived yesterday, and you guys just "Knocked My Socks Off”!!!
I think this is another super disc from you!
-Peggy Nagel KAFM Grand Junction, CO

I love the album and its songs – they are so joyful and happy.
With Bobby Radcliff again as a guest star “Traveling Fool” is a fully satisfying blues release
–played by a pro and produced by a pro. -Przmek Draheim RADIO SFERA Poland

“Rollicking blend of Blues and Jazz!”—Norman Darwen, BLUES & RHYTHM
“Gets better each time you listen.”—Richard Thomas, BLUES MATTERS
“One of the most uninhibited, original works of these years!”—Eduardo Fassio, IL BLUES
“Good-time feel!”—Tom Hyslop, BLUES REVUE, US
“Outstanding musicians!”—Vincent Zumel, L’HORA DEL BLUES
“Just what the doctor ordered”—Graham Clarke, BLUES BYTES
“A CD by a fabulous musician!”—Przmek Draheim, RADIO SFERA
“Fun, spirited tunes!”—Bill Nolan, WPKN/WPKM
“Highest praise, 5 Stars!”—Mladen Loncar, Soundguardian.com
“Seduces you from the first songs, scores a direct hit!”—Marcie Geukens, ROOTSTIME
“Intelligent, lofty, & very ‘30s jJazz-Ragtime!”—Andre Hobus, SOULBAG
“Fresh-astounding-amazing and unusual!”—Alain Mallaret, BIG BEAT
“Like nothing else you’ll find today!”—Roger & Margaret White, BIG CITY BLUES
“Unpretentious...credible!”—Belinda Foster, ILLINOIS BLUES BLAST
“One of my favorites of the year!”—Olivia Greene, WWOZ