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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.
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.