Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers, Hollywood, California. 22 April 2017.

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Video:  “Run Run Rudolph

Here’s a Holiday treat from Mindi Abair, one of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists/vocalists—who is also a two-time Grammy nominee. She has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000. Some say that 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.

Abair has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard album charts. In 2014, she 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 album Wild Heart featuring Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’ and Max Weinberg.

The daughter and granddaughter of working musicians, 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—showcasing a compilation of grittier rock and soul tracks. To help translate this sound to her live shows, she 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 led to an almost immediate decision to join forces creatively.

Mindi Abair, portrait, Henry Duarte Studio, Los Angeles, California. 22 January 2014.

Mindi Abair and 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 and The Boneshakers LIVE in Seattle was released September 2015 to significant critical acclaim, and a two-and-a-half year non-stop tour across the United States.

In April 2017, the band took a short break to record their first studio record, The EastWest Sessions, recorded over five days at legendary Hollywood recording studio EastWest Studios with renowned blues rock producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith). The album, released September 2017, is a powerful, bluesy, momentous and deeply emotional journey. It features a track with iconic blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, and 2017 Grammy winner in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category, Fantastic Negrito.

Mindi Abair, EastWest Studios, Hollywood, California. 22 April 2017.

One can easily catch a glimpse of her talent and strength by the list of artists she’s either recorded and/or played live with: 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.

Abair has also authored a book, How To Play Madison Square Garden—A Guide to Stage Performance, and serves as a National Trustee for The Recording Academy.

To find out more:

Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers – Run Run Rudolph

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