Ty Curtis is a local favorite. It’s hard not to like the guy and his band. Not only is he down-to-earth humble and genuine, his passion for music is evident, proving years of hard work and dedication can really pay off when you put your heart and soul into your craft. We at Taproot are always honored to have Ty return to perform for Salem. His shows are not to be missed. See you Tuesday, September 19th for this special ‘roots performance!
“Ty Curtis has a Blues mojo that is alive and kicking, a natural musical treat for all that stand before his stage. His offerings have a throwback Rock and Roll flair with an undeniable southern-fried ambiance. Blended, it all adds up to the authenticity of his Blues Rock Style. His explosion of emotion-power-packed performances captures the undivided attention of audiences with tantalizing guitar fret work and highly intellectual lyrics. Add to the mix his exceptional vocals, and in Ty Curtis, you’ve found a classy performer that has ignited an exciting Blues career and a major Blues star in the making.
‘Ty Curtis is a triple threat, since he is the band’s lead singer, as well as the primary composer of their material, and thirdly he’s a sonically incendiary, string-shredding electric guitar player.’ (Blues Rock Review)
Ty Curtis has been winning awards for his vocals and musicianship for the last 10 years. In 2009 his raw soulful version of 5 Long Years by Eddie Boyd captivated the audience and earned the band 2nd place in The International Blues Challenge and lead to performances at The Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada and the St John Blues Festival USVI.
His first live music experience was Silverchair at the LB Day Amphitheater in Salem, Oregon where Curtis grew up. ‘It was their performance and musicianship that made me want to play guitar and sing,’ he recalls. ‘I wanted to rock out like them.’ And with that inspiration ingrained, Ty asked his parents for a guitar which he never let go of. ‘It was this kid’s Toy Western guitar that my parents found at a garage sale, the strings were way off the fretboard,’ he laughs. ‘I played that thing until my fingers bled.’ From the age of sixteen, Ty started showing up at local clubs and playing at any blues jam he could find. It wasn’t long before Ty was winning over admirers and attracting a large fan base in the Northwest. With each subsequent album release Ty’s reputation continued to grow establishing him as one of the torch bearers in a new generation of Blues.
‘His ability to think outside the box, and blend his influences from other genres of music fit perfectly amongst the assortment of true blues rock style. Ty redefines intelligent songwriting stepping away from the rigid forms of technicalities, song structure, and instrumentation used by the majority of blues rock artists.’ (Bluesrockreview.com)
Ty’s musicianship and voice at his live shows are electrifying, draw from the rich blues tradition and leave audiences stunned.
‘Finding an artist that is an originator like Ty has always been a rare thing.’ (David Z; Prince, Johnny Lang) and he is proving to be an artist that will be around for generations to come.”
(for Ty Curtis’ full bio, please visit his website at www.tycurtis.net)
(Tuesday) 9:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Taproot Lounge and Cafe
356 State Street, Salem OR 97301