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Cathy Lemons and Johnny Ace with their new CD "Lemonace" have hit the jackpot when it comes to dishing up some rocking, soul-drenched blues. Andy Grigg of Real Blues Magazine says of the effort, "If Cathy Lemons and Johnny Ace don’t become Blues ‘Stars' because of this disc then there ain’t no hope for the future of Mankind.... I declare this to be the greatest thing I’ve heard so far in 2010!" "Lemonace" has hit Bill Wax's XM Sirius blues chart (BB King Bluesville Picks) reaching number three in October of 2010. And that's not all--they are in the rounds for a Grammy (Category # 67 for "Best Blues Album") and for several Blues Foundation Awards for 2011.Cathy Lemons & Johnny Ace
Cathy Lemons started singing blues back in the day when very few women were into the genre. Well, according to Andy Grigg of Real Blues magazine “Cathy is the finest light-skinned female Blues vocalist in the U.S" (2010). During the Texas blues explosion and at the age of only 24, she recorded with Anson Funderburg and performed with Stevie Ray Vaughan. Cathy came out to the dream state of California in 1986 and worked briefly with Mark Hummel and Paris Slim and then moved on to become John Lee Hooker's send-off singer, touring with his Coast to Coast Blues Band in 1987. She has been headlining her own bands since then, working with some of the Bay Area's finest guitarists, everyone from Johnny Talbot or Danny Carron to Steve Freund, but when she teamed up with blues veteran, bass player, and singer Johnny Ace in 1995, a magical partnership was formed that has endured for well over a decade.

Johnny Ace is one of the most respected blues bass players in the business today and a consummate showman. He hails from NYC and has played with a veritable who's who in blues: Otis Rush, John Lee Hooker, Victoria Spivey, Eddie “Clean Head” Vinson, Roscoe Gordon, Charlie Musselwhite, Boz Scaggs, Elvin Bishop, and many others. It has been said that "Johnny Ace plays the bass like it amplifies his heartbeat" ( Midwest Record 2010), but he is also known for his wild stage antics, tremendous energy, and his own special brand of sly east coast humor -- no one is spared. Ace also writes regularly for Big City Rhythm & Blues, a national blues magazine out of Detroit, and he is a gifted documentarist photographer--see links below for details.

Lemons and Ace are joined by tasteful guitarist Pierre Le Corre from Marseilles, France and San Jose's own hard-driving drummer, Artie "Stix" Chavez.

This is a red hot band with a red hot CD which sports a stellar cast of guest artists: Kid Andersen, Tommy Castro, David Maxwell, Paul Oscher, and Ron Thompson.