Sari Schorr Band + Mike Vernon’s Mighty Combo @ Borderline, Friday 14/09/2018

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Sari Schoor BandA jaw-dropping voice and a live show that erupts like a volcano have catapulted Sari Schorr into the spotlight as one of the hottest new Blues-Rock singers today. The native New Yorker is taking the blues world by storm, and with a voice that jolted legendary blues producer Mike Vernon (think Fleetwood Mac, Clapton, and Bowie) out of retirement, it’s not hard to see why. It’s no wonder that Blues Matters said, “The future of blues is in good hands. Sari is a gift to all of us from the Blues Gods.”

Several years of touring the world with Joe Louis Walker and Popa Chubby granted Schorr notoriety and induction to the New York Blues Hall of Fame. Now with a new, electrifying band, including one of the most exciting young contemporary guitar players and singers on the blues scene today: Ash Wilson. Ash is also heavily featured on Sari’s new album.

Ash Wilson was nominated as Best Blues guitarist of 2017 by Total Guitar magazine.

“‘First Lady of the Blues’… it’s a struggle to think of anyone else right now who deserves the title more than Sari Schorr. Tunes such as ‘Aunt Hazel’ that really highlights just how good Sari Schorr is at invoking passion, grit, empathy and out-and-out rock in a single number” — Chris High, Planet Mosh

Mike Vernon is probably best known as the founder of Britain’s #1 blues record label, Blue Horizon. During the four year period that Blue Horizon was distributed by CBS and Polydor, the label issued around 60 singles and more than 100 albums – most of them featuring blues artists.
Although Mike Vernon is primarily associated with the Blues, he also produced significant acts outside of that field, including David Bowie, Dutch rock band Focus and a five-piece soul group from California, Bloodstone. His first single production for Bloodstone – ‘Natural High’ – hit the #1 spot on the US charts earning the Producer a Gold record. But there were other such Awards already on the wall – Bowie’s ‘Laughing Gnome’; Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Albatross’ and a number from his work with Focus. In future decades, whilst continuing his crusade to record blues acts Mike Vernon worked with Level 42 and, in so doing, collected two further Silver discs. He also produced Andrew Roachford’s debut album – another Gold platter. Mike worked both as a Producer and Engineer throughout the 1980s and early 1990s with some further significant successes – especially in Europe. Albums by Spanish bands Danza Invisible and Los Secretos saw major chart success as did a Renaud Hansen release in France.
During the late 1990s, Mike Vernon launched three new blues orientated labels – Indigo, Code Blue and Blueside. With Code Blue he produced Sherman Robertson, Jay Owens, Eric Bibb, John Primer and Bo Diddley (his album was nominated for a Grammy) whilst Eugene Bridges and Angela Brown were to appear on Blueside. In 2000 Mike retired and moved to Spain.
But in 2010 Mike Vernon came out of retirement to produce both Dani Wilde and Oli Brown for Ruf Records and a ‘live’ set with Louisiana legend, Lazy Lester. His most recent projects have seen him producing chart-topping Laurence Jones and Sari Schorr & The Engine Room CDs.

Approximate timings:
19:00- Doors open
19:20- Mike Vernon’s Mighty Combo
20:30- Sari Schorr Band
22:00- Gig ends
22:30- Venue closes

Borderline, Orange Yard, Manette St, London W1D 4JB
Doors open 7 pm

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