Cafe R&B, featuring vocalist “Roach” and her guitar-slinging husband Byl Carruthers, have been wowing audiences throughout America, Canada, and Europe, since they were first discovered in Los Angeles by the likes of Ike Turner and Buddy Guy in the late 90’s… After seeing the band at L.A.’s famed Troubadour nightclub, Ike Turner exclaimed:
“I ain’t seen nuthin’ like that since Me and You-Know-Who!”
Buddy Guy heard about the commotion, and invited the band to his Southside Chicago club where, opening for blues legend Otis Rush, the band received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd. They were soon recognized as a force to be reckoned with, leaving a trail of incendiary performances, as they shared stages with Etta James, Little Feat, The Black Crowes, and Bettye LaVette, to name a few. They gained a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts in blues and beyond.
Soon they were in the studio recording the first of their four critically acclaimed albums, and spreading their message throughout the U.S. and Europe, one stage at a time. Encountering Roach and the band’s blisteringly contemporary skills, wrapped around such a deeply reverent passion for the real blues, critics raved…
“This is a group that knows its material better than most people know themselves…”
“Stunned is not a strong enough word to describe what they did to the audience…”
“She is fearless -a torch in a Holy Roller’s body!”
While firmly rooted in the Blues, theirs is a tapestry of Blues, Jazz, Rock, R&B, and every other stitch in the fabric of American Music. As Blues Historian Dick Shurman put it: “No one ever forgets the first time they see CAFE R&B”
Now in Summer/Fall 2019, after staying close to home in California for a few years, while Roach and Byl’s son finished school, CAFE R&B will be releasing their long-awaited 5th Album and heading back out on tour throughout the U.S. and Europe. And your SLO Blues Society has called in many many favors to bring in this high energy group to wow the Central Coast!
Advance Tickets for this kick up your heels show may be purchased in SLO at Boo Boo Records and Cheap Thrills, in Santa Maria at Paradise Records, or online at My805tix. Day-Of Tickets are also available at the door.