"[Tijerina's] newest release is a perfect example of how to take the old and mix in the new to get a feeling of something very special… From the opening instrumental you can tell you're in for a ride you won't forget."The Promised Land Entertainment Magazine
"[Todd Tijerina] creates his own style and sound… His manner of guitar playing, singing and song writing is refreshing andinspiring."Rootstime (Belgium)
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"His music is distinctive...his guitar playing has as much power and expression as any guitarist I’ve heard in a short one minute solo....It’s just a matter of time before he gets a major label release." Putnay Thomas,Blues On Stage
"From the first note he strikes on his guitar, it's apparent that something great is happening...[Todd] plays with an almost incomprehensible intensity."--Aiding & Abetting
About the Band
For the last fifteen years singer/songwriter/guitarist, Todd Tijerina (Tee-her-ee-na), has steadily made a living playing his unique blend of blues, funk, roots-rock and jazz. In addtion to frequent tours of the central and southwestern United States with his band, Todd has worked as guitarist for Chicago-based artists such as internationally revered bluesman, Byther Smith, the legendary Harmonica Hinds, and BB's daughter, Shirley King. Currently based in Albuquerque, NM, though originally from Chicago, the band is a former winner of Chicagoland's Rory's Blues Talent Competition (1999). This victory funded recording expenses for the group's 2000 release, The Lowdown. Since then Tijerina has released three more albums, Welcome Home in 2004, Now in 2006, and Walk This Road in 2009 which have enjoyed radio play in the US, Australia and Europe.
Todd has always striven to be musically unique. Rootstime (Belgium) declares that he "creates his own style and sound… His manner of guitar playing, singing and songwriting is refreshing and inspiring." The Promised Land Entertainment Magazine states "[Tijerina's] newest release is a perfect example of how to take the old and mix in the new to get a feeling of something very special." Todd's unique sound is a result of his own take on songwriting with an emphasis on maintaining potent hooks, personal identity and grooves that cross genre lines. This approach helps explain his musical contribution's relevancy to blues as an evolving art form.
Providing the backbone and punch in TTB's grooves on bass/harmony vocals and drums/harmony vocals respectively areDave Heidtand Donnie Frank, both of whom have toured internationally and recorded with various blues, funk, latin, rock and jazz ensembles.Together they are well established as a force to experience first hand. The band's unique sound and mastery over its music has enabled bookings at some of the most prestigious venues in the southwest and Chicago.
Southwest notables include:
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival (Telluride, CO) Silver City Blues Festival (Silver City, NM) Blues Under the Bridge Fest (Colo Springs, CO) Animas River Blues Fest (Aztec, NM) Beaver Creek June Jam (Beaver Creek, CO) Madrid Blues Festival (Madrid, NM) Rally in the Rockies (Ignacio, CO) Morro Theater (Gallup, NM) River Fest (Farmington, NM) Mesa Theater (Grand Junction, CO) Trinidadio Blues Fest (Trinidad, CO) Tugboat (Steamboat Springs, CO) The Foundry (Boulder, CO) The Birdcage (Prescott, AZ) Scoot 'n Blues (Durango, CO)
Chicago notables include: House of Blues hotel, Chord On Blues, Slice of Chicago
Mountain of Blues Fest (Ruidoso, NM) Keystone Blues Fest & Art Show (Keystone, CO) Blues & Brews Festival (SLC, UT) Silverton Jamboree Music Fest (Silverton, CO) South Park Music Tour (Alma, CO) Fire & Ice Bike Rally (Grants, NM) NM Blues & Brews Fest (Santa Fe, NM) Albuquerque Blues Festival (Alb., NM) Sherbino Theater (Ridgeway, CO) Mission Theatre (Grants, NM) The Dead Goat (Salt Lake City, UT) Charly's (Flagstaff, AZ) Brendan's Pub (Denver) Railroad Blues (Alpine, TX) Boomers (Grand Junction, CO) and many others…
Rosa's, Harlem Ave Lounge, Beale Street Blues Café, and many others
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Consistently increasing its touring radius and base of support amongst fans and music industry allies alike, the band is making strides towards the international market.
The Todd Tijerina Band has shared the stage with such well-known artists as:
Kansas Head East Chris Duarte Kelley Hunt Canned Heat Coco Montoya
Sonny Landreth Ronnie Baker Brooks Anders Osbourne Richard Johnston The Campbell Brothers The Lee Boys
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers Joanna Connor Michael Hill's Blues Mob The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
"Todd Tijerina is more ego-free soulman than six-string showboat. Not that he can't burn a fretboard with the best of `em--one spin of his new disc proves that -- but [Todd] and his band lay down a tune and a rock-solid groove well before the solo sparks fly, not the other way around. Nothing against the over-the-top likes of your Chris Duartes, but it's nice to hear a guy who puts his audience above his own stroke-fests once in awhile." Bill Frost--Senior Arts Editor--Salt Lake City Weekly
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