Blues singer-songwriter and harmonicist Curtis Salgado will bring his newly-released CD “The Beautiful Lowdown” to Tacoma in a show April 16 at Jazzbones. With what Billboard calls an “exceptional range and muscular, soulful vocals,” the award-winning Salgado has built a 40-year career in blues and R&B, and his latest album is entirely self- or co-written.
“My heart and soul are in this,” said Salgado in the press release. “I worked my tail off and let the songs lead the way.”
Born in Everett and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Salgado, listened to jazz and blues growing up, including hearing Count Basie live. Now 62, Salgado taught himself the harmonica, and began playing Eugene’s bar scene in his 20s with The Nighthawks and the Robert Cray Band. His career includes teaching John Belushi about blues in the 1970s, touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana and recording nine solo albums. Recent gigs include Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, the San Francisco Blues Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival and more.
“The Beautiful Lowdown” is released through Alligator Records.
Curtis Salgado live
When: 8 p.m. April 16.
Where: Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma.
Information: 253-396-9169, jazzbones.com.