Nominated for Musical Group of the Year by the L.A. Music Awards, the New Blues Revolution continues a long winning streak in 2012. The band previously Hosted the Red Carpet for the awards show. The band leads the vanguard of the new blues movement in the U.S. Akin to the boom in the British Blues in the 1960’s, they work to broaden, deepen and contemporize the blues.
The band set a box office record performing at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip and draws impressive crowds at other top nightclubs (including the House of Blues at Disneyland), concerts and festivals all over the United States and Europe. They open for a diverse range of music legends including Tab Benoit, Macy Gray, Leon Russell, Rick Derringer, Burt Bacharach, Blood Sweat & Tears, Three Dog Night, David Lindley, Michael Burks and Katey Segal.
Forging a unique, distinctive style featuring Bill Grisolia's vocals and piano and Chap Cooper’s guitar, the band brings exciting showmanship to a mix of high-energy New Blues numbers and ballads – deep, modern, rocky but soulful. A favorite of critics, The New Blues Revolution receives rave reviews from national trade magazines such as Cashbox and Music Connection. Critics recognize NBR’s exciting talent and their extraordinary songwriting. Chap and Bill’s song “Blue Revolution” was nominated for an LA Music Award.
The band’s exciting live show makes for great TV. Television appearances include live satellite broadcasts from New York City to prime-time television in Spain. Broadcast performances in major U.S. television markets (UPN in Los Angeles) confirm the appeal of the band's music across the U.S. Los Angeles television appearances include KNBC, KCAL, KCOP and KMEX including the number one morning show in the LA market. NBR will be the featured "Artist Spotlight" on the American Veterans Radio network (www.avradio.org) the week of July 29-August 5, 2012.
Bill Grisolia – Singer\Songwriter\Pianist – No matter where Bill Grisolia’s career takes him, he always brings along the music. He was elected to the last two national nominating conventions, appointed twice as a Commissioner in Long Beach becoming an advocate for the homeless and was a restaurateur, owner of the Sunfish Grill in Shoreline Village. While his first memories of life are the Spanish coast of the Mediterranean, the bilingual singer grew up in the blues rock jazz stew of Kansas City. His international career began at 18 by playing the top clubs Tres Triste Tigres and Pub Gent in the rough Barrio Del Carmen district of Valencia, Spain. Self taught, he earned himself an endorsement contract with Yamaha acoustic pianos.
Chapman Cooper – Guitarist\Composer – Before he was 12, Chapman played rhythm guitar for members of the Yardbirds and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. It was old hat to the guitarist who scored his first paying gig at age 8. Growing up among Rock's most famous legends has lead to his working with many top musicians and recording artists. Early on, Chap led the house band at Gazzari’s, a top Sunset Strip locale. These experiences color the rich array of ideas - complete with guitar stylings that "span the emotions" - of the New Blues Revolution.
Brad Dawson, (Drums/Vocals) comes from a very musical family: his father is well-known professional drummer, Bob Dawson. His aunt, Jinx Dawson, was the lead singer for "Coven", best known for their hit "One Tin Soldier" from the seminal movie, “Billy Jack”. Brad’s future in music was written in the stars – it’s in his blood. From high school Drumline to college-level smooth, contemporary and Latin jazz bands to blues and classic rock on the Sunset Strip, Brad’s training and musical curiosity stretch to today’s new blues and the revolution! His rhythmic pulse drives the award-winning songs of the New Blues Revolution into your heart. He is as handsome as his playing is driving; his look is unforgettable – a post-modern James Dean. So accomplished, so young and so much more to go – Brad is the real deal.
Randy Reems (Bass Guitar – Vocals) While playing with Cowboy Attitude Band, Randy opened for Patty Loveless, Mark Wills, Trent Willman, Highway 101, Neil McCoy and 38 Special and toured nationally. Besides his prowess on the bass, Randy is well-known for his engaging stage persona and high vocal harmonies.
Born in Santa Monica, California and raised in Marina Del Rey and Washington State apple country, Randy’s musical life started with trumpet in school and then bluegrass guitar. His older Brother locked him in a room and said "You are not getting out till you learn this." After three hours with a tape deck and guitar, he emerged ready for a gig that night! That gig led to playing the Pacific North West Rodeo circuit at age 14. By the time Randy was 17, he was back in California working the Sunset Strip with Madame X and others.
After moving to Grand Junction, Colorado, Randy committed to playing bass guitar exclusively. Playing with Craig and Dead Cowboyz brought him full-circle back to his Rock~n~Roll roots. Randy played with the Dead Cowboyz for a few years then moved back to Southern California in 2010 where his versatility and musicianship brought Randy the opportunity to play with artists in various genres. Now, Randy returns to concert and festival stages with the “New Blues Revolution”!