Next year Whitney Shay will be releasing her 1st album on Ruf Records and will be one of the featured artists on the 2020 Ruf's Blues Caravan
Not sure what that is exactly? Here is a brief description: "The 2020 Ruf Records’ Blues Caravan is unstoppable. Fifteen years after Europe’s most respected label put on its first showcase tour, the founding concept is instantly familiar to blues fans: every night, on club stages across the US and Europe, three rising talents will burn down the house and kick the blues into the modern age. But there’s a twist. With the lineup chosen each year from the cream of the Ruf roster, every Caravan has a fresh vibe, a fizzing chemistry and plenty of flying sparks. And with three wildly different artists running the gamut of styles in 2020, all bets are off.
The 2020 Blues Caravan Artists are... Jeremiah Johnson Jeremiah Johnson is the St. Louis bluesman from the school of hard knocks. After early days as the Southern circuit’s best-kept secret, 2018’s acclaimed Straitjacket album put the bandleader in the spotlight with its searing performances, smart hooks and blue-collar lyrics. “I am Southern blues-rock,” states Jeremiah. “It’s in my blood, my heart and my soul. I always sing my songs from my heart, with the same passion that I had when I wrote them. They come from the blood, sweat and tears of a blue-collar worker in the Midwestern United States. I couldn't be more excited about the Blues Caravan lineup – it’ll be hotter than a two-dollar pistol!”
Whitney Shay There’s no mistaking Whitney Shay. When this San Diego fireball hits the stage, the first thing you’ll notice is the flammable hair and sparkling dresses. But on this year’s Blues Caravan, the singer’s show will match her style, as Whitney shakes out the R&B floor-shakers from her acclaimed A Woman Rules The World album – and gives you a sneak preview of the studio material to come. “When I perform,” she says, “I want people to dance and be engaged. To me, blues has always been about catharsis, the purging of sad experiences. If I can make the audience leave smiling and feeling like they’ve forgotten about the troubles of their day, I’ve done my job.”
Ryan Perry We first met Ryan Perry as a teenage phenomenon, when he hijacked 2007’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis with his Homemade Jamz Blues Band, and announced his talent for sharp storytelling, stinging guitar and soulful vocals. This charismatic bandleader’s talents have only grown over the last decade, and following 2019’s solo debut on Ruf Records, Ryan is the finished article, armed with a setlist to raise the roof. “Fans can expect high action and low ego on the Blues Caravan,” he says. “My live shows are packed with passion and soul, always fun and full of energy – as only a Mississippi bluesman can deliver.”
Jeremiah Johnson, Whitney Shay and Ryan Perry together on one stage! Look for them across all of Europe and the United States in 2020! ⚡️You don't want to miss this show!⚡️
Whitney Shay has been nominated for the Sean Costello Rising Star Award at the Blues Blast Music Awards.
Whitney Shay & Brazilian guitar dynamo Igor Prado will also perform at the 12th Annual Blues Blast Music Awards on September 13th in Rockford, IL.
Artists to include Mary Lane, Teeny Tucker, Dawn Tyler Watson, Mighty Mike Schermer, Bob Corritore Review with Oscar Wilson and Taildragger, Alastair Green, Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones, Katie Henry, Catfish Keith, Whitney Shay, Russ Green, Dave Keller, Bob Frank and Ben Rice.
Whitney Shay, Schizophonics, Hot Snakes, Havnauts & Parker Meridien win big at San Diego Music Awards
It was a five-way tie Monday night at the 2019 San Diego Music Awards, where charismatic vocal dynamo Whitney Shay and the bands Hot Snakes, Parker Meridien, Schizophonics and The Havnauts won two trophies each. The show featured performances by eight bands and solo artists. including the debut of The Java Joe’s All Stars, led by two-time Grammy Award-winner Jason Mraz.
Shay was voted Artist of the Year at the annual awards fete, which was held at downtown’s House of Blues. She also received the Best Blues Album prize for her 2018 release, “A Woman Rules the World.” (The complete list of winners appears below.)
“Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god!” Shay said as she accepted her Artist of the Year award at the end of the show..
“I was just telling my band: ‘There’s no way we’re winning this award.’ This has been the best year of my life and it’s only getting better.”
Whitney Shay's already had quite a year, from San Diego Music Awards nominations to a national Blues Music Awards nomination -- and we're only in February. Watch our exclusive interview with her on SoundDiego