The legendary Bobby Rush Raw experience of him up close and personal with his guitar and harmonica shares his classic songs pulled from his repertoire of 337 songs recorded over 60 years, stories from his life and career which includes days with Elmore James and Jimmy Reed, and his hilarious comedy told through his stories and jokes.
Known for his big band show, complete with extremely voluptuous dancers, Bobby Rush is absolutely amazing solo as he performs his critically acclaimed “Raw”. According to the Blues Foundation, he is the only artist to ever win both ‘Best Acoustic Artist of the Year’ and ‘Best Soul Blues Artist’ in the same year. It’s true testimony to the phenomena of Bobby Rush with just his guitar, harmonica and tremendous vocals.
With a lustrous career spanning over sixty years, Bobby Rush has performed in every major market in the world. In 2007, he became the first Blues artist to ever perform at The Great Wall of China garnering an audience of over 40,000. Building positive cultural exchanges globally, through his music he has been a major focus since first performing internationally in 1961.
Bobby Rush’s recent debut on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon celebrated him as one of the last performing Blues greats. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006. Among a myriad of awards and accolades, he will have to make room for his 2015 Blues Music Awards garnering ‘Soul Blues Male Artist’ and the most heralded award for ‘BB King Entertainer of the Year’. In his career he’s garnered 17 Blues Music Awards, three Grammy nominations, three Gold Certified Records in three consecutive decades, has been featured in Martin Scorsese’s PBS series The Blues, and recently appeared in theaters in the documentary Take Me to the River alongside Terrence Howard, Snoop Dogg, and Mavis Staples. Rush has recorded for a mix of well-known labels including Chess, London, ABC, Philly Int’l, Malaco, and Warner Bros. Songs he has written have been recorded by an eclectic array of artists including Wyclef Jean, B.B. King, James Brown, Hot Tuna, and The Staple Singers.
Reward yourself with titillating, side splitting fun of traditional Blues, soul, funk, and classic R&B at its best. Bobby Rush on stage solo clearly amplifies the reason he has stood the test of time.
“Okay, so like James Brown is gone, eh, and Richard Penniman a.k.a Little Richard … he’s not going to tour no more, and B.B. King is slowing down. Bobby Rush is the last one left of that generation.” – Dan Aykroyd on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon