Swing and Blues from North Coast favorites 8 Pc. Blue Lunch with Special Guest Tim Gartland on Vocals and Harp.
The late 1940’s and early 1950’s were a magical time in American musical history, when blues, rhythm & blues, swing and rock & roll were all one thing. Blue Lunch explores that music and makes it their own.
From Cleveland, OH eight virtuoso musicians perform on guitar, piano, upright bass, drums, harp, saxophones, trumpet, and trombone. In addition to their instrumental work, Blue Lunch also boasts five vocalists and includes do-wop style and gospel harmonies in their repertoire. Blue Lunch has released eight cds, Recorded Live at Wilberts, Eyes Wide Open, Not Live at the Copa, Big Sound Blues, Sideswiped, Saxophone Shootout II , Blue Lunch Special, and their newest and most recent release, Above the Fold, for Rip Cat Records of Los Angeles.
2014 marked the 30th anniversary of the band.
Tim Gartland is a singer-song writer harmonica player living in Nashville, TN. He is a contemporary blues artist commited to honoring the rich tradition of blues while moving the genre forward. He has a new release, "If You Want A Good Woman featuring 12 original songs. The cd reached #1 on the blues radio charts on Air Play Direct. It was also named one of the Top Picks of the year by Bill Wilson of the Nashville Blues Society and reached #13 on the national blues charts according to Roots Time Radio.
His original music is a blend of Chicago blues, soul, and Americana. His lyrics are focused on today's world. Following the collective wisdom of writers before him, Tim writes lyrics about themes and issues that he is passionate about.
What sets Gartland apart from other blues muscians is the fact that he is recognized as a triple threat ; singer, songwriter and harp player. It is rare group of artists that can deliver all three talents on such a high level.
He has released two critically acclaimed original cd's, 2011's "Looking Into The Sun" and 2014''s "Million Stars". In 2015 he released "The Willie Project", a heartfelt homage to the songwriting of the legendary blues hall of famer Willie Dixon.