Blue Roots artists Joe and Vicki Price are heading your way, bringing with them a sound which has been described as a righteous, joyful, foot-stomping jubilee.
On July 31, 1982 Joe Price walked into Dar’s Bar to do a solo gig. The band he normally played with “Mother Blues”, out of Iowa City, was on a break. It’s not in Joe Price’s nature to take a break from making music, so it became his custom to do a solo show whenever he wasn’t doing band work. Joe launched into his first set and stunned everyone with his guitar work and his original songwriting talents. At break the crowd asked if Vicki could play. Coming from behind the bar where she’d been working, Vicki Ewing took up Joe’s National Steel guitar and played a couple of her own compositions. That was the beginning of a life time of making music together.
This roots music in the Muddy Waters, Elmore James tradition, a bit rough and tons of fun. The couple’s latest release, “Rain or Shine” won them the Independent Music Award for best blues CD of 2010. Joe was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame in 2002, The Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge in 2006. In 2012 they won a show case at the Far West Folk Alliance. The couple has appeared on NPR’s Michael Feldman’s show and are regular performers at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago