Paul Rishell & Annie Raines // MID-WINTER BLUES

PARLOR SESSION No. 3

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines // MID-WINTER BLUES

Eli Catlin

Sun · February 18, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Parlor Room

$15/Adv, $18/Door, $10/Students

This event is all ages

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
Paul Rishell & Annie Raines
We've been waiting a long time to add a great night of mid-winter blues to the Parlor Session listings. Paul Rishell and Annie Raines have been hailed as one of the world’s best blues duos. They have performed and recorded with John Sebastian, Susan Tedeschi, Pinetop Perkins, and Rory Block; opened for Ray Chares, Dr. John, and Little Feat; and performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and A Prairie Home Companion. Together they have recorded six albums, including the W.C. Handy Award-winning Moving to the Country. Rishell and Raines are devoted to the study and performance of a wide range of blues styles, from the syncopated acoustic guitar wizardry of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Son House to Chicagoan “Little” Walter Jacob’s swinging amplified harmonica. Rishell has reached what Boston Phoenix writer Ted Drozdowski called “a place deep and resonant as Robert Johnson’s crossroads, where authenticity, soul, and a sense of purpose and commitment ring out in every note he sings and plays.” Raines has added vocals, mandolin, piano, and other instruments to her musical arsenal, while being recognized by top professionals and fans worldwide as the queen of the blues harmonica.

Annie Raines was born in 1969 in Boston and grew up in the suburb of Newton, Massachusetts. She picked up the blues harp at 17 and made her stage debut at the 1369 Jazz Club in Cambridge, a few months before her high-school graduation. Enthralled by the recordings of Muddy Waters, Little Walter Jacobs, Big Walter Horton and Sonny Boy Williamson, she became a fixture at Boston area blues jams. One of the few female blues harmonica players in the country, Raines played the New England club circuit with local bands, and traveled to Chicago where she met and played with many of her musical idols including Pinetop Perkins, Louis Myers, and James Cotton. She also enjoyed yearlong stints with the Tarbox Ramblers and the Susan Tedeschi Band, going on to perform on Tedeschi's first three albums.

Paul Rishell was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1950, descended from a long line of Methodist preachers and Norwegian painters. At the age of ten, he discovered that he could keep time on the drums, though his feet didn’t reach the pedals. He started a band a few years later, playing surf music and rock ‘n roll, until a friend turned him on to the country blues records of Son House, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, and Blind Lemon Jefferson. He took up the guitar and in the early 70’s moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and had the chance to play with many of the first and second generation of blues masters — including Son House, Johnny Shines, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Howlin’ Wolf. His debut recording, Blues on a Holiday, was released in 1990 to resounding critical acclaim. The album was half acoustic, half electric, and established Rishell as a masterful, versatile blues player and as well as a deeply soulful singer/songwriter. Rishell's original music has been used in plays, films, and countless television shows including Friends, Oprah, and A&E’s Biography.


“…Rishell is a master of country/blues styles, particularly slide played on a National steel guitar. Raines, a rare female ace blues harmonica blower, shows that she is as strong an acoustic country harp accompanist as she is a harder-edged, electrified Chicago-style lead player à la the great Little Walter…” -Billboard


About the Parlor Sessions: On assorted winter Sundays we welcome American roots musicians to the Parlor Room for a concert, some good hot soup, and an all-comers' jam. These Parlor Sessions, now in their fifth year, are our antidote to the dark of winter. They're a little like home, if home is a houseful of wicked great musicians. The Parlor Sessions are sponsored by Goat Peak Strings of Easthampton, where you can find rare, vintage, and handmade stringed instruments; and by generous donations from Captain Jack's Roadside Shack, Bread Euphoria, Hungry Ghost, and Florence Pie Bar.
Eli Catlin
Eli Catlin
A featured headliner in the 2016 Guthrie Center Troubadour series, Catlin has supported Joe Lois Walker, Room Full of Blues, and JD McPherson, as well as headlining his own shows. For the past four years Catlin has held a steady gig at the Alvah Stone in Montague, where he plays every Friday and Saturday night.
Venue Information:
The Parlor Room
32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA, 01060