International Women's Day!

Today is International Women’s Day. On this day, we sharpen our focus on the issues that will help women and girls achieve their dreams by creating a more gender inclusive world in which all people have an equal opportunity to pursue their ambitions.

IWD 2017 celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also raises awareness of the serious challenges women around the world face every day, like domestic violence and the lack of access to education.

I’d like to share a song I wrote about domestic violence. It’s a hard subject to tackle, but it is important to bring the conversation to the forefront if we are ever going to take concrete actions that will bring us closer to ending domestic violence forever.

The song is called, “Damn the Reason.” It was important to me that the song took a compassionate rather than judgmental look at the plight of the victim and how easily someone can become trapped. The double entendre in the line, “Don’t want to see myself in your eyes” shows that she knows how dangerous it is to be physically close to her partner, but it is also the shame she suffers at loosing sight of herself. But, shame will not survive if it is met with empathy.

Shockingly, 1 in 3 women around the world, regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, or class, will be victims of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. If we break the silence by speaking out and stand together, I do believe we can end domestic violence.

IWD is calling on us to make a change. Find out how you can take action: www.internationalwomensday.com/BeBold

Are you ready to #BeBoldForChange?

 

Not too Cold for Warm Hearts!

February is bitter and shakes me and my fellow New Yorkers to the core.  We are numbed even more so by the cold truth that the world is becoming a more dangerous place.

As much as I love New York, I am grateful for the opportunity to travel around the world and gain perspective. And, I do so while doing what I love, for people I love.

We just finished our first official tour of the Netherlands. The Dutch seem to know something about life that I sometimes forget. The Dutch are joyful and optimistic with a practical fearlessness. I spent some time at the Amsterdam Museum and was fascinated by the history of this 1000-year-old trading city. Amsterdam has always had a strong focus on creativity, free-thinking, and community. And, they love their music!

Throughout the entire tour, the band and I were met by so many enthusiastic fans who made us feel at home. I’m always in awe of the power music has to unite people. I was watching Innes during one of his epic solos and was thinking – he is manifesting the sound of love and that is how music can change the world.

Photo by Alain Broeckx ©2017

Photo by Alain Broeckx ©2017

It’s 5:30 AM here in NY. I’m up early to start writing lyrics before the chaos of the city becomes too distracting. The band and I have begun working on new material for the next album. We met up with our producer Mike Vernon in Spain before the Netherlands tour for a very productive week of songwriting in my favorite studio in Antequera. Mike shared his lovely finca with us. It’s perched high in the mountains with breathtaking views of endless acres of olive groves and almond trees set before cascading mountain ranges. Innes and Kevin O’Rouke took control of the kitchen and whipped up one gourmet meal after another. I decided I love commune living.

Photo by Johan Sonneveld ©2017

Photo by Johan Sonneveld ©2017

I feel inspired in Spain. Like the vast expanse of the big sky in Montana, the wide open spaces in Spain, and the pureness of the light provides a fertile ground for the seeds of my imagination to take root. This is where I wrote most of the lyrics for A Force of Nature. 

A second album is always wrought with a certain amount of pressure, especially when a debut album, as with A Force of Nature, has received so much critical acclaim. So, we will work even harder to make the best possible album. I’m getting excited just thinking about it!

So, my dear friends – stay warm, stay joyful and hear the love in the universal language of music.

See you down the road!
Sari x

Word-of-Mouth – Music's Champion

I started growing my audience in small clubs in New York City. I certainly wasn't making music that was commercially viable. In fact, my songwriting skills were still years away from being anything viable. Developing as a writer takes time and plenty of patience. And then one day you feel ready to present your music to the world and you hope like hell that someone will find value in your work.

A Real “Force Of Nature”

Wow - 10/10! “The quality of the record frequently touches jaw-dropping. Sari Schorr & the Engine Room have just made one of the blues records of the year.” – Maximum Volume Music 

“This is an album that quite honestly is as close to faultless as one could wish. That Schorr’s voice ... is every bit as unquantifiable rich, melodic, engaging, powerful, mesmerizing and – above all – harmonious, so that once the album is finished the listener is searching for the ‘Replay’ button almost immediately.” – Planet Mosh

“During her performances her vocal range and delivery are a compelling combination that just holds your attention right from the start, casting a spell over the audience that is incredible to witness.” – Blues Matters

“One of the most recognizable tunes that should arguably never, ever be covered is Ram Jam’s Black Betty, yet this stripped back, pain-infused piece of musical magnificence takes on a whole new lease of life and comes out the other side reborn and rejuvenated in ways otherwise unimaginable.” – Fabrications HQ 

“A deeply personal album for Schorr, Force of Nature is a hailstorm of an album sure to go down in blues history.” – Blues Rock Review 

“Together they generate kind of intensity that producer Mike Vernon probably heard in the younger Clapton. The end result is an album with real vitality, freshness and spark, voiced in songs with enough emotional depth and intensity to make an enduring impact.” – Pete Feenstra 

“That incredible voice she possesses seems god-given, much like the way Bonamassa has a god- given talent to play the guitar, Sari Schorr has been blessed with a voice not of this world.” – Devil’s Gate Media

Wow - 8.5! “Produced by Mike Vernon, the album is tantalizing, it is has lungs and Ms. Schorr is not afraid to use them to their fullest potential; each breath produces an inspired kick that finds its way easily to the listener’s door and barges down any sign of neglect.” – Liverpool Sound and Vision

“Schorr is undoubtedly a find, writing strong songs in a range of styles, with interesting lyrics. Vocally she has the goods to do justice to that range too, with a bluesy voice that can deliver both power and delicacy. The partnership with Innes Sibun is a winner too.” – Blues Enthused

“This is an album which will make you press the repeat button over and over again.” – UK Music Reviews 5/5

“Sari Schorr presents us with some timeless material on this album...This confirms to her existing fans and her many new followers that she is definitely a force of nature ...Her voice is a mixture of controlled burning and ever-accumulating passion.”

“A Force of Nature’ is a thrilling, riveting listen and this, coupled with Mike Vernon’s raw, yet perfectly focused production job, makes for one of the albums of the year.” 

“A Force Of Nature is an absolute belter of an album from the outset!”

An Amazing Year!

It's been an amazing year! We could not have possibly predicted the success the new album would receive. We will be forever grateful that we had the chance to share our music with so many wonderful people.

#1 on the IBBA Chart!

What an honor to be the most played album on the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Chart! I am so grateful to all the hardworking members of the association for supporting and promoting blues radio!

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SARI SCHORR Is the New Undisputed Female Rising Star of Blues Rock! Sari Makes the Cover of Blues Matters AND Blues In Britain! 

My Album is out today

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Blues In Britain + Album release

I'm honoured to be on the cover of September's Blues In Britain magazine. If that isn't enough, we make our debut in Holland on Saturday at none other than the legendary Paradiso Amsterdam. We are back in London on Monday 5th September for the 'A Force of Nature' album launch party at The Half Moon Putney. It would be wonderful to share this special night with you.

 

The tour has started!
I'm having such fun with the band in the UK and Europe. Playing songs that nobody has heard yet is daunting and I have been surprised at some of the reactions. We performed the ballad “Ordinary Life” as an encore, and although there were several hundred people in the theatre, you could hear a pin drop. That choked me up. I love all the songs in the set. When I check the setlist, I’m always looking forward to the next song up, although I’m sweating bullets before "Black Betty" because of the emotional toll it takes on me to get it right. My amazing guitarist Innes Sibun has broken out his twin neck just for that song!


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The album is available now on Amazon, Manhaton Records and iTunes

The album is available now on AmazonManhaton Records and iTunes

My album launch party is on Monday 5th September at The Half Moon Putney, London

My album launch party is on Monday 5th September at The Half Moon Putney, London

SARI SCHORR & THE ENGINE ROOM TOUR

SEPTEMBER
Sept 3             Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
Sept 5             Half Moon Putney, London, UK (Album Launch) 
Sept 9             Darlington RnB Club, The Forum Music Centre, Darlington,

Sept 10           Blues Club, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
Sept 11           Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK
Sept 14           The Tunnels, Bristol, UK
Sept 15           Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier, West Sussex, UK
Sept 16           New Crawdaddy, Billericay Town FC, UK
Sept 17           Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, UK
Sept 23           Selby Town Hall Yorkshire, UK
Sept 24           The Iron Road, Evesham, Worcs [Cancelled]

Sept 25           Hope Tavern, Caistor Rd, Holton-le-Moor, Market Rasen, UK
Sept 28           Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham
Sept 29           Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh, Surrey
Sept 30           B.A.R Festival, France

OCTOBER
October 1       Hereford Blues Club, Booth Hall, Hereford, UK
October 5       Bar Brunel Bridgewater, UK
October 7       Deux Rivieres Blues Festival, Brittany, France

Thank you for all your support so far, it has been overwhelming!

Much Love

Sari x

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Blues Matters Cover Story

What a surprise - a front cover for Blues Matters magazine and the record isn't event out! I met up with them for a chat, which turned into an epic interview about my life. The magazine is out now, with a second part next month. Told you it was epic!

Blues Matters Cover
'A Force of Nature' Reviews and Interviews
National Rock Review interviewed me about the album with some great questions - Led Zeppelin II is the record I couldn't live without!
Festival Photo gave the album a 5 star review here! "A superb album - highly recommended" and Fabrications summed it up with a "Hot Damn, Sari Schorr!"
You can also listen to a full interview on Sonicbandwagon Radio from an hour in, including a new song 'Aunt Hazel'.
And if you head over to Bluesdoodles there's more interview about my love of photography and Pitbulls!
Amazon PreOrder
The album is available to pre-order now, and is No.2 in the Hot New Blues Releases!
Black Betty Video
Watch the full length video of debut single 'Black Betty' in HD on Youtube. Also iTunes

SARI SCHORR & THE ENGINE ROOM TOUR

AUGUST

August 13       Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ USA
August 20       Chan's, Woonsocket, RI USA
August 21       The Brick House, Scarborough, ME USA
August 26       Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, UK 

August 27       Varenwinkel Festival, Herselt, Belgium 
August 28       Seacroft Double Festival, Norfolk, UK
August 29       Great British RnB Festival, Colne, UK

SEPTEMBER
Sept 3             Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
Sept 5             Half Moon Putney, London, UK (Album Launch) 
Sept 9             Darlington RnB Club, The Forum Music Centre, Darlington,

Sept 10           Blues Club, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
Sept 11           Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK
Sept 14           The Tunnels, Bristol, UK
Sept 15           Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier, West Sussex, UK
Sept 16           New Crawdaddy, Billericay Town FC, UK
Sept 17           Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, UK
Sept 23           Selby Town Hall Yorkshire, UK
Sept 24           The Iron Road, Evesham, Worcs [Cancelled]

Sept 25           Hope Tavern, Caistor Rd, Holton-le-Moor, Market Rasen, UK
Sept 28           Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham
Sept 29           Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh, Surrey
Sept 30           B.A.R Festival, France

OCTOBER
October 1       Hereford Blues Club, Booth Hall, Hereford, UK
October 5       Bar Brunel Bridgewater, UK
October 7       Deux Rivieres Blues Festival, Brittany, France 

I really look forward to seeing you all on tour this year.

Much Love

Sari x
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Sari Schorr - Black Betty Official Video

I'm delighted to announce the release of 'Black Betty' as my debut single which is available today on iTunes! I had so much fun filming the video with the band - well you can watch the results below right now!:

Black Betty Official Video
iTunes LinkDo let me know what you think, and leave a comment on Youtube.
We've been doing some amazing shows recently, one of which was Guitar En Scene Festival which you can see on Facebook. In 7 days this video reached over 100,000 people, has already been watched by over 50,000 people - what a wonderful start to people hearing the album!
Listen to Sari on Soundcloud

SARI SCHORR & THE ENGINE ROOM TOUR

AUGUST

August 4-5     Notodden Blues Festival Norway
August 26       Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, UK 
August 27       Varenwinkel Festival, Herselt, Belgium 
August 28       Seacroft Double Festival, Norfolk, UK
August 29       Great British RnB Festival, Colne, UK

SEPTEMBER
Sept 5             Half Moon Putney, London, UK (Album Launch) 
Sept 9             Darlington RnB Club, The Forum Music Centre, Darlington,

Sept 10           Blues Club, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
Sept 11           Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK
Sept 14           The Tunnels, Bristol, UK
Sept 15           Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier, West Sussex, UK
Sept 16           New Crawdaddy, Billericay Town FC, UK
Sept 17           Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, UK
Sept 23           Selby Town Hall Yorkshire, UK
Sept 24           The Iron Road, Evesham, Worcestershire, UK 

Sept 25           Hope Tavern, Caistor Rd, Holton-le-Moor, Market Rasen, UK
Sept 28           Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham
Sept 29           Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh, Surrey
Sept 30           B.A.R Festival, France

OCTOBER
October 1       Hereford Blues Club, Booth Hall, Hereford, UK
October 5       Bar Brunel Bridgewater, UK
October 7       Deux Rivieres Blues Festival, Brittany, France 

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Our 1st UK Festival

Blues on the Farm:

All hell broke loose in the first song. The rain was pounding on the giant tent. Everyone was drenched and muddy. Then a resounding thunderclap fell right on the downbeat and I knew it was going to be a great show!  

Glastonbury was happening that same weekend. I’m gobsmacked by the sheer enormity of Glastonbury! 175,000 people coming together to celebrate life and music. I’m a product of the 60’s and love the hippie and counterculture ethos. I can’t see this working in the States, unfortunately. At our Brooklyn block party 2 people were shot.  

It was a great, wet and wonderful mud covered weekend. Hey, Woodstock didn't stop the rain! 

The Engine Room & I will be touring throughout the UK & Europe this summer and fall. Please check our tour dates for more info.  See you down the road, rain or shine! :)

Official Press Release

"My songs are rooted in the blues and honouring that long tradition is important to me.” Sari Schorr launches her official UK press page here: http://bit.ly/291TtAi. The new LP features guitarist Innes Sibun, & special guests Walter Trout & Oli Brown. Produced by Mike Vernon.

For press inquires please contact: Peter Nobel Noble PR Consultancy Limited

Album photo: Rob Blackham

Sari Schorr Teases A Force Of Nature

by Martin Kielty for Team Rock

Hear a clip of Sari Schorr’s Stop In The Name Of Love cover, taken from debut album A Force Of Nature

Sari Schorr has released a clip of her cover version of Stop In The Name Of Love, which appears on debut album A Force Of Nature.

It’s set for launch on August 17 via Manhaton Records, featuring guest appearances by Walter Trout and others.

Schorr – New York Blues Hall Of Fame inductee and former Joe Louis Walker vocalist – recently said: I'll be forever grateful to have been given this extraordinary opportunity to record the music I love with artists I so deeply admire.”

She commences a UK tour with her band The Engine Room next month.

Sari Schorr & The Engine Room UK tour

Jun 04: Frome Rockabella
Jun 09: Stockton-On-Tees ARC Art Centre
Jun 11: London Nell’s Jazz & Blues
Jul 15: Oxford Haven Club
Jun 16: Evesham Iron Road
Jun 17: Birdham Blues On The Farm
Jul 18: Edinburgh TBA
Aug 26: Maidenhead Norden Farm Centre
Aug 30: Evesham Iron Road
Aug 31: Colne Great British R&B Festival
Sep 09: Darlington R&B Club
Sep 10: Marden Long Street Blues Club
Sep 11: Winchester Discovery Centre
Sep 14: Pensford Tunnels
Sep 15: Worthing Piers Southern Pavilion
Sep 16: Billericay New Crawdaddy
Sep 17: Hemel Hempstead Old Town Hall
Sep 25: Market Rasen Hope Tavern
Sep 28: Cheltenham Vonnie’s Blues Club
Oct 01: Hereford Blues Club

Sari Schorr & the Engine Room Touring Europe

Sari Schorr & the Engine Room will be touring Europe extensively this Summer and Autumn in support of Sari's 'A Force of Nature' album. An incendiary debut release produced by Mike Vernon and out on Manhaton records in September. Full tour details at www.movinmusic.co.uk.

Sari Schorr Revives the Blues at the Turning Point

Review by Dan Cohen for Nyack New and Views:

The blues. So American, yet so primitive. So powerful and yet so dark. So specific, so raw, and yet the blueprint, the skeleton, the wellspring from which virtually all modern popular music has sprung, whether country, pop, jazz, or R&B. It all goes back to Robert Johnson and his magic guitar. And the line of singers and pickers — both guitar and cotton — extending back before him. The blues today, what little you hear of it, seems to have taken on the sheen of the academy, far from its sweaty, pulsing roots. We Americans seem to learn about the blues, maybe read about the blues, even respect the blues — everything but listen to the blues. Those old Johnson or Leadbelly recordings seem awfully quaint, and awfully remote, in light of the latest stream of song from Rihanna or Justin, despite — or perhaps because of — sharing the same source. Then along comes Sari Schorr, who played at the Turning Point in Piermont on Friday. And the blues, the real dirty sad funny wonderful blues, lives again!

Through her voice, and that of her excellent band, featuring the extra-special guitar stylings of Chris Bergson, we are able to tap into the extraordinarily elastic expressive light of the blues and experience its power and poetry anew. First of all, for ninety percent of the show Sari has this huge grin on her face like she’s having the time of her life, which makes it easy to join her. Second, the hair. I could spend the entire review — write an entire book, an ongoing series, even — about her raven tresses: the wonderful weight and volume of them; the way she’s able to swing her hair around and still sing with a stripe of it pasted diagonally across her face; the way it’s such a cliché and yet so freakin’ awesome. Is her power, like Samson, somehow bound up in her locks? I ask you, how can you not sing like that when you’ve got that hair?

Well, you need a voice. And at long last we come to the voice. Not Joplin nor Aretha, but some planet in that galaxy; Sari’s is her own unique blend of utter commitment and sweet ease, floating notes up over the tops of our heads and then swooping down into her meaty lower register and belting with the best of them. She’s a force of nature, a meteor, a comet, and the blues speak through her. She is merely the medium, the tool. And, in the manner of great athletes who, off the court or field, could be passed over as ordinary mortals, she has the unassuming look of a great artist. In streetclothes you’d never guess Steph Curry was an all-star basketball player. Mike Trout on a grocery line looks, well, normal. So it is with Sari. Backstage she appears fairly unassuming. She was wearing some black and white sort of sparkly shirt, and over it a draping wrap or poncho in black. Her biggest rock star affectation was her shoes,  black leather thigh-high boots that seemed like they should be platforms. All in all, she gave the impression of that cool art teacher you had in high school, or that wacky friend who could never keep a job but always had something funny to say. She’s unassuming, and yet… her eyes sparkle. And put a mic in her hand and, well, she’s a gal possessed. Baby, baby, she’s got the feeling.

Her band could not be better. And they had the sort of easy rapport with her that comes from lots of playing, years of hard work. Bergson is a brilliant guitarist and an elegant sideman, never pulling focus from Sari but relishing his opportunities to shine — and Sari gave him many. He’s got an original soloing style. He remains strictly in key; he never plays “out there,” jangling, discordant lines like Scott Henderson or Vernon Reid. No, he distinguishes himself through his acute sense of time, and his grand surprising gestures and leaps of register. He’ll play a twisted flurry of notes way up the neck and suddenly jump down two octaves and hold and bend a single note for all it’s worth. He’s a great listen. Likewise, Craig Dryer backed her up ably on keyboard, and really shined in his few tasty solos on sax. He should have played it more! Rhythm section of drummer Diego Voglino and bassist Andy Huenenburg laid down a rock-solid, unfussy groove.

So Sari didn’t do it alone, as she’ll be the first to admit. She introduced each of her colleagues by name, and not when they were playing. No, when they could take a real bow. I spoke to her before the show and she was at pains to acknowledge, as most real blues artists are, her debt to her elders, especially Buddy Guy and Walter Trout, with whom she had just played at Carnegie Hall, as well as Joe Louis Walker, with whom she has toured extensively in Europe and beyond. But Sari’s sound is her own. She cycled through a few blues styles to start the show, including a killer ballad, “Letting Go,” dedicated to the wife of Mike Vernon, her producer, before singing a gorgeous version of the old classic “In the Pines.” Near the end of her set she sang “Ordinary Life,” a wistful, evocative song from her new album (set to drop in August 2016), whose name she still hasn’t totally decided on. Decide, Sari, decide already! The world needs to hear your voice.

She played a quirky version of Leadbelly’s “Black Betty,” which I didn’t even know was a Leadbelly song. Started like a dirge, just voice and guitar, before the band kicked in and they kicked out the jams. The only odd note of the evening was when they ended with a straight cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Go Ask Alice.” Though of course Sari sang the hell out of it, it seemed odd to end her celebratory set with this martial cautionary tale of a song. But I quibble. She’s got an amazing voice and sang with fire and grace. Go see her, and hear the living blues again, for the very first time.

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Sari Schorr to Perform on the Lead Belly Fest at Carnegie Hall, Feb 4th

LEAD BELLY FEST AT CARNEGIE HALL FEBRUARY 4, 2016

PERFORMERS TO HONOR LONG-TIME NEW YORKER & ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE LEAD BELLY TO INCLUDE 5-TIME GRAMMY WINNER BUDDY GUY; ERIC BURDON OF THE ANIMALS; & MANY MORE

CONCERT PROCEEDS GO TO NON-PROFITS THE ASSOCIATION TO BENEFIT CHILDREN AND PROJECT ALS

“No Lead Belly, no Beatles.” – George Harrison

“Lead Belly wasn’t an influence, he was the influence.” – Van Morrison

Lead Belly Fest presents its first US performance at Carnegie Hall on February 4, 2016, a multi-artist, immersive tribute featuring five-time GRAMMY Award winner Buddy Guy and Eric Burdon (the Animals), among others.

Lead Belly gave his final performance in 1949 at Carnegie Hall shortly before he died of ALS on 6th December of that year. Tom Paley of the New Lost City Ramblers performed at that 1949 concert and is the last man alive to have played with Lead Belly. Paley will return to the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall February 4.

Other performers include three-time GRAMMY winner Tom Chapin; Blues Music Award nominee Nick Moss with Michael Ledbetter, who is Lead Belly’s first cousin twice removed; two-time British Blues Award winner Laurence Jones; Josh White, Jr., (son of legendary folk singer Josh White who sang at Lead Belly’s funeral); Hot 100 Singles charting artist Ali Isabella, the “high-octane” (UNCUT) Walter Trout; NYC Blues Hall of Famer Sari Schorr; NYC’s very own Dana Fuchs; and NYC folk and blues artist and Village Voice cover story subject Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton; all playing with a house band led by Jon Cobert.

Lead Belly Fest sold out Royal Albert Hall this past June in a concert headlined by Van Morrison and received rave reviews:

“The stars came out to pay tribute in an incredible ensemble of talent. ‘Lead Belly Fest’ was, more than just a concert – it was a happening: without doubt one of the most diverse and authentic productions that this venerable hall has witnessed in many a year…”

- The London Times

A commemorative plaque to celebrate the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s longtime residence at 414 E. 10th Street, which became a hub of the folk revival, will be unveiled by a special guest at a ceremony to be announced in January.

Inspired by Lead Belly’s love of children, proceeds from the concert will go to NYC’s Association to Benefit Children (ABC). The Association to Benefit Children (ABC) is dedicated to bringing joy and warmth to disadvantaged children and their families through compassionate, sustainable, comprehensive and integrated services, designed to permanently break the cycles of abuse, neglect, sickness and homelessness.

ABC’s humane and innovative programs today include early childhood education for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, educational advocacy, housing assistance, mental health services, family support and preservation, crisis intervention, therapeutic out-of-school and summer day camp programs, youth leadership development and mentoring.

Project A.L.S. was founded in 1998, as a non-profit 501(c)3, when Jenifer Estess, a 35-year-old New York theater and film producer, was diagnosed with ALS. Told at the time of diagnosis to “max out her credit cards and eat junk food,” Jenifer instead committed her efforts to making a difference for people with ALS—and producing treatments and a cure.

Project A.L.S. identifies and funds the most promising scientific research that will lead to the first effective treatments and a cure for ALS. The new paradigm for brain disease research, Project A.L.S. recruits the world’s best scientists and doctors to work together rationally and aggressively toward a better understanding of the ALS disease process and, in parallel, better therapeutic strategies.

Tickets go on sale today and start at $40 at carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, Box Office at 57th and Seventh.

Blues Magazine feature on Producer and British Blues Pioneer Mike Vernon

Mike Vernon talks to The Blues Magazine about his new artist - Sari Schorr in an in-depth four-part feature. Here's the highlight:

As if that wasn’t enough to be getting on with, his most immediate concern is explosive American blues singer Sari Schorr. Vernon met her at an awards bash in Memphis earlier this year, when she sidled over to introduce herself and ask if he’d produce her new album. “It turned out she’d just finished a year-long tour with Joe Louis Walker as his Tina Turner-type singer,” Vernon recalls. “She looked exactly like the way I remember Martha Veléz did in 1972: jet-black hair parted in the middle and very exotic-looking. We got on like a house on fire, but it was only when I heard the demos that I realised what I was dealing with – she’s the most extraordinary singer, a big-voiced blues rocker.”

Perhaps more than any of Vernon’s other recent projects, the Sari Schorr album serves as a sharp reminder of his past. Aforementioned US singer Veléz, whom he produced for Blue Horizon back in 1969, is due to make a guest appearance. And more importantly, Vernon has rediscovered his enthusiasm for nurturing vital new talent.

“For the first time since the days of Blue Horizon, I broke my golden rule never to invest my own money in a project,” he says. “Sari did actually make an album in the early 90s, but her record company had their doors closed on them and it never came out. She then turned to being a songwriter. So this will be her debut album proper.”

Basic tracking was done in Spain, with Vernon bringing in members of top local combo Q & The Moonstones. Oli Brown has overdubbed some guitar too. “Guitarist Innes Sibun is putting together a band for Sari and the plan is for her to come and work in Europe next year. I’m really excited about the project – it’s sounding wonderful.”

And with praise like that coming from the man who broke the Bluesbreakers, Focus and Fleetwood Mac, who are we to argue?