Tommytiger Records presents the highly-anticipated Ursula George “One Steady Roll," the 2013 follow-up to the critically-acclaimed “I’m Drivin’,” heard on over 250 radio stations & syndicates worldwide, making the ranks of national and regional Blues & Roots charts, the Top 50 Breakthrough CD’s chart, featured artist & CD placements, and among the top blues CDs of 2011 in numerous American markets.
A deeper exploration of the era of Black Vaudeville, “One Steady Roll” promises as great an impact and more, as it showcases the jazzy 1920’s side of the Blues, featuring a cast of pre-eminent New England players.
The original track “Blues for Honeyboy,” penned by UG principals Urso & Richards, is a luminous nod to the late, great Delta bluesman David “Honeyboy” Edwards, and the legacy of Mississippi Delta Blues.
Ursula George “One Steady Roll” features vocalist/guitarist Lori Urso, and renowned blues & jazz drummer Marty Richards, along with pianist Tim Ray of the Lyle Lovett Band; Roomful of Blues’ Rich Lataille and Doug Woolverton; Doug James of Jimmie Vaughan’s Tilt-a-Whirl Band; and blues & jazz bassists Marty Ballou, David Zinno, and the legendary Mudcat Ward of Sugar Ray & the Bluetones; plus, pianist Jeff Shore of The Young Adults, and guest guitarists Jimmy Smith, and the legendary Jon Butcher.
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Lori Urso’s deep, silky vocals and rootsy rhythm guitar have led Ursula George for 13 years. Her study of female Vaudeville and Chitlin’ performers and composers has led to this third collection of reimagined period tunes. Previous Ursula George releases “I’m Drivin’” and “Blue Basics” continue to air regularly in worldwide blues rotations. Lori's musical career began at age 7 when she first learned to play guitar. In her teens she discovered the Blues, which commenced a life-long journey of exploration and learning about American music. While a radio producer in the late 1990's, Lori co-created and produced the syndicated show "Backstage with the Blues," hosted by James Montgomery. When asked to serve as executive producer of Montgomery's 2000 CD "Bring it on Home," she met Marty Richards, who came into the project as studio drummer. They soon began living and working together, marrying in 2009, and recording two CD's in 2011 and 2013.
Famed first-call drummer, and occasional pianist, Marty Richards has enjoyed worldwide success in blues, jazz, and rock, since his early 10-year stint in the Gary Burton Quintet, and later with the Duke Robillard Band, the Joe Perry Project, and the J. Geils Band, among many other noted acts. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, and a prolific session drummer, Marty appears on more than 120 recordings, and has performed in over 40 countries in the most renowned venues. He too began his musical career as a child, winning the WBZ television talent competition "Community Auditions" three times as a 9-year-old, with his performance of an original drum solo composition. Shortly after he joined his first paid band, and has continued his professional music career in the ensuing years. More than thirty years later, he became the house drummer for the modern remake of the Comcast television show of the same name.