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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan 1st thru Feb 1st, 2014

Dual Blues Album Release Concert at 5 points with Nashville's Cotton Blossom Band & Alabama's Debbie Bond and the Trudats

Nashville, TN... Nashville Fringe Festival, Mando Blues Concerts and Yazoo Brewery is pleased to present two Mando Blues Radio Show veterans to the east Nashville venue at 5 points, PERFORMING ARTIST CO-OP, or the purple building as it's know to some locals on Saturday, February 1st at 8pm. The musical groups for the evening are Nashville's own Cotton Blossom Band (Mike Doster, Tony Gerber, Mason Stevens & Roy “Futureman” Wooten) and Alabama blues with Debbie Bond and the Trudats including her musical husband, Rick Asherson. Both groups have a new recording to release for 2014 and will give the audience a live version of these releases in east Nashville. The new CDs will also be available to purchase at this concert.


Cotton Blossom Band is the realization of Nashville's multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and creative director, Tony Gerber, joining forces with his old friend and space music co-pilot, Mason Stevens on Diddly Bo and guitars. In 2010, Gerber and Stevens started creating some new musical material and interpreting some traditional delta blues in their space music flavors to create a kind of delta space blues. Being very inspired by this unique blues sound, Gerber called on his old friend and BB King's bass player of 17 years, award winning Michael Doster. After doing a couple shows as a trio, the last version of the CBB included the legendary 5 time grammy winner, Roy “Futureman” Wooten on percussion, cajon and drum. They are pleased to present this new release, “Soulshining” as this musical blues quartet.


Guitar player, singer and songwriter Debbie Bond made the blues her calling when she was drawn to Alabama over three decades ago and worked with, most notably, Johnny Shines, Jerry “Boogie” McCain, James Peterson, Eddie Kirkland, Sam Lay, Little Jimmy Reed and Willie King. Debbie continues to be an elder statesman of the Alabama blues scene after co- founding the Alabama Blues Project and releasing two albums, What Goes Around Comes Around and Hearts Are Wild.

Rick Asherson grew up in England as a classically trained musician and stumbled onto Willie King while searching for personal growth and the root of the blues. Rick and Debbie were introduced to each other by Willie King which turned into both a professional and personal relationship for both of them. Rick is a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist that is comfortable juggling two instruments at once.


COTTON BLOSSOM BAND - “Really outta site your new group (Cotton Blossom Band) and music. Wow, man, you are truly a Blues man with a happenin' twist of " Feel Good" . Doug and I both think you really got somethin' different happening , sounds very fresh.”

Vikki and Doug Dillard (Banjo Player from Dillards & Andy Griffith Show) – Facebook

DEBBIE BOND and the TRUDATS - "That Thing Called LoveDebbie Bond’s third release, Blues Root Production’s , takes a bold step not only stylistically, but, recognizes the hot band, The TruDats, led by multi- instrumentalist bandleader and partner in crime and love, Rick Asherson, as a full reckoning burning house of sound. ...Every corner of the blues and every musician has a chance to shine on this exquisite live recording that everybody will want to take home to listen after a great show." Brad Hardisty, The Nashville Bridge & Performer Magazine


Cotton Blossom Band (Tony Gerber)

Debbie Bond and the Trudats

© 2011-2014 Tony Gerber and the Cotton Blossom Band