Blues: Todd Tijerina at 2nd Street Brewery at the Railyard

  • August 2, 2013 · 9:30 PM
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August, 2010 at ABQ Museum Amphitheater. Photo: Melissa LeaFor the last fifteen years singer/songwriter/guitarist Todd Tijerina has played his unique blend of blues, funk, roots-rock and jazz. In addtion to frequent tours of the central and southwestern United States with his band, Todd has worked as guitarist for Chicago-based artists such as internationally revered bluesman, Byther Smith, the legendary Harmonica Hinds, and BB's daughter, Shirley King. Currently based in Albuquerque, though originally from Chicago, the band is a former winner of Chicagoland's Rory's Blues Talent Competition (1999). This victory funded recording expenses for the group's 2000 release, The Lowdown. Since then Tijerina has released three more albums, Welcome Home in 2004, Now in 2006, and Walk This Road in 2009 which have enjoyed radio play in the US, Australia and Europe.

Todd has always striven to be musically unique. Rootstime (Belgium) declares that he "creates his own style and sound… His manner of guitar playing, singing and songwriting is refreshing and inspiring." The Promised Land Entertainment Magazine states "[Tijerina's] newest release is a perfect example of how to take the old and mix in the new to get a feeling of something very special." Todd's unique sound is a result of his own take on songwriting with an emphasis on maintaining potent hooks, personal identity and grooves that cross genre lines. This approach helps explain his musical contribution's relevancy to blues as an evolving art form.

Providing the backbone and punch in TTB's grooves on bass/background vocals and drums/background vocals respectively are Dave Aubol and Jim Magnarella, both of whom have toured nationally and recorded with various blues, funk, latin, rock and jazz ensembles. Together they are well established as a force to experience first hand.

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