Friday, March 1, 2013
Tomcat Courtney - Tom 'Tomcat' Courtney
Born in 1929, bluesman Tomcat Courtney shows no signs of slowing down. While growing up in Texas, his pianist father owned a nightclub frequented by blues legends like Sonny Boy Williamson. Courtney pursued tap dancing and began to perform in places like the Barnum And Bailey Circus and other type traveling shows and he also began to sing as well, After learning guitar, he fell easily into the rhythm of the traditional Delta blues groove of his most admired musicians, like BB King and Lightnin’ Hopkins.
In the early 1960's Tomcat Courtney moved to Los Angeles where in began to do shows in night clubs like the 54 night club,the Eightball ,Polka Dot,Psychedelic Shack and other numerous clubs.
Moving to San Diego in 1971, Courtney formed the Bluesdusters, who became house regulars at O.B.’s Texas Teahouse, where Courtney played every week from 1972 to 1992. Nowadays, he turns up frequently at P.B.’s Chateau Orleans and La Jolla’s Turquoise Cafe .His album Downsville Blues was released in May 2008. It includes many of his own compositions, as well as classic covers like Mance Lipscomb’s “Meet Me in the Bottom”,Buddy Moss first song it 1935 and Tampa Red’s “Cryin’ Won’t Help You , Tomcat Courtney writes and preforms all of his songs
Tomcat Courtney did a tour at the Lucerne Blues Festival, Marco Fiume Blues Passions Festival in Italy, the Bay-Car Blues Festival in France, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club at Hotel Le Meridien in Paris, Tomcat Courtney also did the Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival Blues Festival in 2010 and captured the audience at the Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Blues Club.Downsville Blues was number one on several of the European Blues charts in 2009 and his European charting and record sales earned him an invitation to the prestigious 2010 Montreux Blues Festival. After playing Montreux and touring Europe, Courtney was inducted into the California Blues Hall of Fame. The Bay Area Blues Society and the City of Oakland have been recognizing worthy local and international blues artists since 1985 with their annual West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and Awards show. This year the event was held in the Grand Ballroom at theHilton Oakland Airport Hotel on March 28th 2010 Tomcat Courtney was awarded the musical accomplishments of having contributed greatly to the music
The 20th annual San Diego Music Awards took place on Sunday, September 12 at 7pm at a concert setting, better known as Humphreys by the Bay Tomcat Courtney won the Best Blues Music Award
The name of some more of that Texas Delta blues that Tomcat Courtney has made and performed so well are Twelve o clock midnight, Sundown in San Diego, Little John, Katrina blues, Downville blues and Mother Davis Tomcat Courtney is a Texas Delta Blues Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Vocal entertainer, with that foot and stomp box down home sound.
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