Karen Lovely shot onto the blues scene out of the Pacific Northwest like Stack O' Lee's .44 placing 2nd at the 2010 International Blues Challenge followed by three 2011 Blues Music Award Nominations for BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES FEMALE ARTIST, BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM and BEST SONG for her sophomore release STILL THE RAIN.
She is a two time “#1 Pick to Click” artist on XM Radio Bluesville and was selected as a 2014 Featured Blues Artist of the Year by KJZZ FM in Los Angeles. Lovely’s records have topped the national blues and roots charts and made the Top 10 favorite artist list for dozens of nationally syndicated radio stations.
Known for her passionate, driven performances, this powerhouse vocalist delivers a blistering mix of contemporary & old school blues. Lovely's standout performances have garnered awards and critical acclaim at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
2014 "Muddy Award" NOMINEE
Best NW Recording "Prohibition Blues"
2011 BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE
"BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES FEMALE ARTIST"
"BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM"
"BEST SONG" - 'STILL THE RAIN'
2011 BLUES BLAST MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE
"BEST FEMALE VOCALIST"
Ben Rice a local Blues Legend who will be playing here February 6th starting at 8:30pm Friday Evening. We love having this amazing talent playing in our loft! Join us for a great night of music. Seating is LIMITED! Tickets are $12 or $10 for Members Loft seating is limited and reservations are recomended. Call to reserve your seats today! 971.259.8269
Ben Rice and the iLLamatics were the Cascade Blues Association’s representatives at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN, where they placed as one of the top nine finalists out of 250 acts from around the world.
This year Ben Rice & Lucy Hammond are honored to be representing The Ashland Blues Society in the 31st Annual 2015 International Blues Challenge.
Ben, at 25 is a growing force in the NW Blues scene. Ben Rice brings vintage blues into the modern era. Twisting soul, roots blues, and west coast blues with rockabilly, funk, and rock. Ben Rice, as Lloyd Jones put, “gets it.” Along with their music is an exhilarating stage show featuring, cigar box guitars, resonators, and lots of crowd interaction. Ben Rice has already been established as a virtuosic guitar player with a soulful voice. His inventive twists on blues are creating a buzz up and down the West coast. Winning the 2013 Male Vocalist and Traditional Act of the Year from the Cascade Blues Association as well as Performance and Acoustic Guitar of the Year from the West Side Blues Society. Ben’s last all original CD, “Pour Me Some Whiskey” is being among the best CD releases from the Northwest.
Although Rice is young, he has a lot of experience. Playing alongside some of the top musicians in the National Blues Scene. First picking up his fathers nylon stringed guitar at five, he now has twenty years of playing, numerous awards, nominations, and a music degree from the University of Oregon. In a musical world saturated with young guitarists, his reputation is building. Not as a “hot rod guitar player” but as a good band leader, great songwriter, wonderful performer, soul inspiring singer, and a guitar player that can do it all, “Of course he does, it’s Ben, he can do everything