Martin and Blades first came together for a low-key, one-off late night set during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2011. The music that evening was so deep in the pocket that the pair knew instantly there would be more shows together in their future. A West Coast tour was arranged for later in the year, which played to packed houses from Washington to California. In the middle of the run, Martin and Blades ducked into a Berkeley recording studio to capture what would become Shimmy.
Billy Martin & Wil Blades Shimmy is available May 22 on LP, CD & MP3 from The Royal Potato Family.
Stream “Les & Eddie” here
Download a Free mp3 of “Pick Pocket” here
Billy Martin and Wil Blades will tour the West Coast in May to support Shimmy. East Coast and Midwest tour dates will be announced shortly.
Upcoming shows are:
May 24 | The Mix | Seattle, WA
May 25 | The Mix | Seattle, WA
May 26 | The Goodfoot | Portland, OR
May 27 | The Goodfoot | Portland, OR
May 29 | Jambalaya | Arcata, CA
May 30 | Hopmonk | Sebastopol, CA
May 31 | Kuumbwa | Santa Cruz, CA
June 1 | Great American Music Hall | San Francisco, CA
June 2 | The Mint | Los Angeles, CA