"Blues is honest music and people the world over desire honesty
in their lives and the music they listen to."  
- Anthony Geraci

For almost 40-years pianist, Hammond organist and composer Anthony Geraci has played behind some of the most influential blues musicians of the 20th century. He is an original member of both Sugar Ray & the Bluetones and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, and has been recognized for his contributions on numerous albums by nominations from both the Blues Music Awards and the Grammys.

Anthony Geraci makes his Delta Groove Music debut with the album Fifty Shades Of Blue along with the Boston Blues All-Stars, the same musicians Geraci has been playing with for parts of the last four decades.  They include vocalists Toni Lynn Washington, Darrell Nulisch, Michelle “Evil Gal” Willson and of course Sugar Ray Norcia.  As Geraci points out, “I don’t sing, so why not get the best.”  The “best” are backed by guitarist “Monster” Mike Welch, bassist Michael “Mudcat” Ward and drummers Marty Richards and Neil Gouvin.  The All-Stars take on thirteen Geraci penned numbers that are full of fresh original ideas that are applied to music that come from many shades of the blues palette. http://deltagroovemusic.com

Anthony Geraci Named Piano Instructor For the 8th Annual Pinetop Perkins Workshop Experience

For the past seven years, the Pinetop Perkins Foundation has always focused on offering world-class musicians to lead their Master Class Workshop held in Clarksdale, Mississippi each June. The 2017 Workshop Experience will be no exception.

Anthony Geraci, a 2016 Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award nominee, will be leading the piano workshop. Anthony brings extensive experience to the workshop, having played with many blues legends. Legendary recording artist Phil Wiggins will be teaching the harmonica master class and has been an ambassador of the blues with over 30 years of performance experience. Phil teaches by breaking the songs down phrase-by-phrase, encouraging students to use their ear in order to get the melodies down. Jonn Del Toro Richardson returns for his third year as head of the guitar workshop assisted by the talented young Marcus Cartwright. Jonn played with Pinetop often, including on Pinetop’s 2007 Grammy winning CD, “The Last of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen.” He and Marcus offer a “hands on” approach to teaching many different styles, which keeps students coming back year after year. Foundation Board member and Music Director Bob Margolin will be leading the advanced workshop in recording and engineering with Gary Vincent at The Clarksdale Soundstage recording studio. This class is for advanced students who have at least one year’s experience at the workshops. It goes deep in the art of recording and utilizes the best of old and new techniques.

The Foundation’s Master Class Workshop Experience takes place on the grounds of the historic Hopson Plantation and the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, the cradle of the blues in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, and runs from June 13-16, 2017. During this time participants will take in a total delta experience which begins with a BBQ meet and greet on Tuesday evening, nightly jams at the Hopson Commissary, and a final show featuring all workshop participants at the famous Ground Zero Blues Club co-owned by Morgan Freeman and Clarksdale Mayor Bill Luckett.

The cost of the workshop is $450.00 with a $100.00 deposit required. Cost does not include lodging. Scholarships are available for students 12 to 21 and cover tuition and partial lodging expenses for first and second year attendees. Registration begins November 15, 2016. Complete information can be found at The Pinetop Perkins Foundation website.

In The Studio

What an incredible week in the recording studio with these great Blues Musicians-Ronnie James Weber, Marty Richards, Michael Ledbetter, Mike Welch, Anthony Geraci. This is going to be one awesome record! Get ready...

What an incredible week in the recording studio with these great Blues Musicians-Ronnie James Weber, Marty Richards, Michael Ledbetter, Mike Welch, Anthony Geraci. This is going to be one awesome record! Get ready...

Fifty Shades of Blue Receives Blues Music Award Nominations

Anthony Geraci's Fifty Shades of Blue Receives Three 2016 Blues Music Award Nominations and Geraci is nominated for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award

The Blues Foundation Announces
37th Blues Music Award Nominees

Memphis, TN (December 15, 2015) – The Blues Foundation is pleased to announce the nominations for its annual Blues Music Awards, which the international organization will present at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 5, 2016. The Blues Music Awards are universally recognized as the highest accolade afforded blues music performers. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world. The focus of this celebration is to honor this rich cultural tradition by recognizing the past year’s superior achievements in blues performance, songwriting, and recording.

James Harman leads the list with five nominations, with Anthony Geraci and Sugaray Rayford close behind with four nominations each. Harman and Geraci will go head to head in three categories: Best Song, Best Album, and Best Traditional Blues Album. Harman’s special gift at musical storytelling combined with the soulful sound on his newest release Bonetime propelled him to a nomination as Best Traditional Male Blues Artist, and his strong musicianship opened the door for a nomination as Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica, while Geraci’s piano finesse led to a nomination for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player. Rayford, with a more modern sound, received nods for Contemporary Blues Album and Contemporary Blues Male Artist as well as Best Song and B.B. King Entertainer. 2016 Grammy nominated Cedric Burnside and Shemekia Copeland along with Doug MacLeod, The Cash Box Kings, Victor Wainwright and Wee Willie Walker each received three nominations.

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