Eliza Neals & the Narcotics Record Release wsg: The Billy Davis Rhythm Machine / The Reefermen
Sat, May 6, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00amView event on Facebook
ELIZA NEALS is a dynamic front woman, multi-talented musician, confident producer and outstanding live performer plus the voice of the ‘new blues’ for this generation.
““Neals took the Detroit ethos of working at your craft to heart, and the rewards can be heard all over her new album “Breaking and Entering.” Not only is it one of the finest records you’ll hear this year, it’s also one of the most eclectic. The blues flag is flown proudly throughout.” Blues Magazine UK
“10 emerging artists in Blues music to Watch… Gritty, powerful vocalist!” AXS 2015
“She sings with the power of Beth Hart, the emotion of Janis Joplin, yet the voice is still her own… Neals blends rock and blues seamlessly” American Blues Scene 2015
“Neals delivered two solid sets of high energy soul-drenched rocking blues… A consummate show person” + “Top 100 Live Unsigned Bands in the USA” Music Connection Magazine 2015
A blues rocker to the core that understands and respects tradition without being bound by it… no gimmicks” Midwest Record 2015
Performing at venues across the United States and United Kingdom to enthralled crowds at festivals, stages and concerts many whom become instant fans of this ‘Detroit Divas’ voice, stage presence and delivery. A combination of BluesRock, Psychedelic Soul with a twist of Jam band and southern rock covers the spectrum. Often playing on piano or keys with a list of covers many a band would never attempt “Eliza Neals and the Narcotics” perform masterly. Original compositions have garnered Eliza Neals, multiple Detroit Music Awards for Best Blues Album and
Blues and Rock songwriter, which would seem impossible until you listen.
A cadre of amazing guitarists have backed up Eliza Neals over the years. Howard Glazer the 21+ country international blues with a super side of Rock and a hell-of -a-feel takes the reigns. As a duo, trio or full blown eight to ten piece band, Eliza Neals delivers the most compelling storytelling in ages.
The award winning sultry and powerful blues rock soul vocalist, recording artist, composer, performer, publisher and producer is being compared to greats like Etta James, Janis Joplin and Ricki Lee Jones among others.
Billy Davis Rhythm Machine:
Inductee of: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , Doo Wop Hall of Fame , R&B Hall of Fame
25 Years with Hank Ballard
Inspiration and Tutor to Jimi Hendrix
Jackie Wilson’s Original Lead Guitarist
‘It’s Your Thing’ Guitarist for The Isley Brothers
Billy Davis is a trailblazing guitarist who grew up in Detroit, Michigan, a Southern transplant from Memphis, Tennessee. He has been a professional musician from the age of eighteen. Raised in the 1950’s Black Bottom neighborhood of Detroit with strong musical influences, he started his first band at the age of 17, as the headliner for Billy Davis & the Upsetters, which became Berry Gordy’s first in-house live band, pre-Motown, long before the ‘Funk Brothers’. Davis was so ahead of the times that a song title with “funk” had to be changed to “spunk” to receive airplay. His early use of the wah-wah pedal was outright rejected by his producers and band mates, then in later years became the signature for many other musicians.
Davis was a student of music from his earliest memories at age four years old; and at age eighteen, when an opportunity came about to audition for HANK BALLARD AND THE MIDNIGHTERS, he aced it. Joining this national act, he made it to the top right out of the gate. He toured with the Midnighters from 1959 through 1965 and acted as a right-hand-man to Hank Ballard.
Davis met the teenaged Jimi Hendrix in 1959, in Seattle while on tour with The Midnighters, becoming mentor to the future legend, teaching him what he knew about guitar. Also in 1959, Davis met B.B. King, one of his own personal heroes, and they became friends for life. Davis was to meet and become friends with many music legends.
In 1962 Davis was drafted to Ft. Knox, Kentucky, for basic training before heading to South Korea for 13 months. He arranged for Jimi Hendrix to audition with The Midnighters and Hendrix did join them for a short time. He himself rejoined Hank Ballard’s group upon his return from service, and continued until the group disbanded.
After The Midnighters, Davis made his way to New York and became a sought-after studio musician. He played with Jackie Wilson, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, among others, on stage and in studio. He played lead guitar on Jackie Wilson’s recording of ‘Higher and Higher’.
Billy Davis has an avant-garde guitar style that is difficult to categorize and package; he is skilled in many different genres. Back then, in spite of two record company contracts he failed to find his following. Making his way back to Detroit, Davis moved away from professional music for a time, married and had two children. He never lost his guitar skills or abilities, or his innate talent for music, nor his interest in being a musician. He kept in touch with his musical friendships. Recently he was invited to present an award to Sam Cooke’s daughter, Carla.
In the mid-1980’s the group SAM AND DAVE called and asked Davis to back them on a gig where James Brown was headlining. Brown, an old friend for over twenty years, gave Davis Hank Ballard’s phone number and suggested he call to reunite the band. Due to a call from Billy Davis, the Midnighters were on tour again, steadily throughout the 1980’s. The Legendary Hank Ballard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and Davis, his main collaborator, has a statue of his own. In 2001, most of the Midnighters along with Hank Ballard and of course Billy Davis, were among the first to be inducted into the Doo-Wop Hall of Fame, out of Boston.
The Reefermen: This dynamic but veteran band has been leaving audiences wanting more for years. Leading the charge is guitarist Bobby East and long time singer James Wallin. The duo has been together for ten plus years.
Bobby played stints with Kid Rock; first as his bassist, and later as his lead guitarist. Bobby has toured the world and earned song writing credits on platinum albums with Kid Rock.
James has always been splendidly versatile. He will go from Black Sabbath to Beatles, and everything in between.
Mike B on bass and Todd Glass on drums round out the most solid rhythm section in the bizz. Both have been in numerous bands over the years.
The Reefermen’s live show includes all originals, with a heavy dose of the classics. They’re known for their blistering Led Zeppelin medley, where they pull off twenty plus zeppelin sample tunes in a row. The live show is not to be reckoned with or outdone.
Their new album was partially recorded at Blackbird studios in Nashville with John Mcbride. They also recorded a live album. The Reefermen are poised to tour the U.S. and abroad, and bring their music to the masses. Make sure you can say you witnessed the band on their way to the top.
The Reefermen have adopted the saying, “Let the music speak for itself”. With this band’s track record, it has been speaking loud and clear.