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Hot female lead vocal, bold bass lines, and steady groovin' rhythm - add scorchin' guitar and a sparkling blues piano - season liberally with influences from oldies, rock, blues, country, and soul - shake well and spread across the stage and you've just cooked up some rockin' blues by BJ Allen & Blue Voodoo! Performing throughout the Midwest and releasing 4 independent CDs since 2003, BJ and the boys serve up classic as well as original material. From fun to funky to soulful ballads, just one taste and you'll be heading back for another heapin' helping of blues from BJ Allen & Blue Voodoo!
BJ Allen & Blue Voodoo crowned “King of the Roots”
There was one spot left on the schedule for the 4th Annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in downtown Columbia, MO, and that spot was reserved for the king! For two months, a state-wide search for Missouri’s best blues & roots act ensued, beginning with a field of 24 acts in four regional competitions, and culminating August 27th, with BJ Allen & Blue Voodoo being crowned “King of the Roots.”
The win caps off a stellar year for this veteran band for whom 2010 began with their third appearance in the semi-finals round of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, followed by a full slate of shows across the Midwest throughout the year.
Other highlights across their career include sharing the stage with blues greats such as Bernard Allison, Reba Russell, Joe Moss, Janiva Magness, Jimbo Mathus, Magic Slim, Trampled Under Foot, and Harper. Their appearance at RBB #4 this fall will add the likes of Rhonda Vincent, Dan Tyminski, Shemekia Copeland, Tab Benoit, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi to that list.
Since their onset in 2003, they have independently released 3 CDs of original and cover music which have received national and international airplay, including rising to #8 on the Rack of Blues top 15 countdown on BB King’s Bluesville, Siriux/XM Satellite Radio. Their latest CD, Heartless, was released in the spring of 2009 and they are currently writing material for their next CD expected to release in the spring of 2011.
BJ Allen & Blue Voodoo are: BJ Allen, lead vocals; JP Hurd, bass, harmonica, and vocals; Jerry Fuller, lead guitar, keyboards, and vocals; Derek Daniels, Drums and vocals; and David Daniels, percussion.
When not out traveling around the Midwest playin’ the blues, you can
find this crew at home in Kirksville, MO.