A Stunning New Album in Every Way!
One of the most recognized and sought-after Saxophonists/Vocalists, two-time GRAMMY® nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and utter command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000.
No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and dynamic stage presence. She has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard album charts. In 2014, Mindi received her first GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, followed by a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo LP ‘Wild Heart’, featuring Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, and Max Weinberg.
The daughter and granddaughter of working musicians, Mindi Abair continues to captivate fans while evolving her sound. In 2014, after two seasons as the featured saxophonist on the hit series American Idol, Abair released ‘Wild Heart’. This LP showcased a compilation of grittier rock and soul tracks featuring some of the biggest names in music.
To help translate this sound to her live shows, Mindi enlisted longtime friend and The Boneshakers founder Randy Jacobs (Bonnie Raitt, Was Not Was, Willie Nelson) to inject his brand of Detroit Blues Rock. The collaboration was undeniable, and it lead to an almost immediate decision to join forces creatively.
Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers features band leader Mindi Abair (Saxophone, Vocals), Randy Jacobs (Guitar, Vocals), Sweet Pea Atkinson (Vocals), Rodney Lee (Keys), Derek Frank (Bass, Vocals), and Third Richardson (Drums, Vocals). Their first record together ‘Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers LIVE in Seattle’ was released September 2015 to significant critical acclaim, and a 2 ½ year non-stop tour schedule across the US.
In April 2017, the band took a short break to record their first studio record. ‘The EastWest Sessions’ was recorded over five days at legendary Hollywood recording studio, EastWest Studios, with renowned Blues Rock producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zepplin, Joe Bonamassa, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith).
The album, which will be released September 15, 2017, is a powerful, bluesy, momentous, and deeply emotional journey. The album features a track with iconic blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, and 2017 GRAMMY® winner in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category, Fantastic Negrito.
Mindi Abair is a very unique artist, and this new album ‘The EastWest Sessions’ is a refreshing sound in a very crowded music scene. The artists Mindi has toured with and/or recorded with are a testament to her talent, be it Smooth Jazz, Jazz, Pop or Blues-Rock: Aerosmith, Gregg Allman, Keb’ Mo’, Joe Perry, Bobby Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lalah Hathaway, Duran Duran, Adam Sandler, Lee Ritenour, The Backstreet Boys, Booker T. Jones, Jimmy Webb, Mandy Moore, Max Weinberg, Bill Champlin, David Pack, Mocean Worker, The Ides of March, Rick Braun, Teena Marie, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, and Peter White.
‘The EastWest Sessions’ is Mindi Abair at her best, almost as if she’s found her real roots in music. This is not a Smooth Jazz album, it’s Blues-Rock album that will delight many fans who have watched her career explode over the years.
11 Blues-Rock Tracks that will have you spinning and tapping your feet to sensational boogie jams and bluesy improvisations…featuring Sensational Sexy Sax and Vocals from a Lady Who’s Done Pretty Good For A Girl! A stunning album in every way!
Listen to the new single, ‘Vinyl’