Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognizable sounds and no-holds-barred styles. Featuring the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. With his wily and unforgettable original songs and his hipster, street-smart vocals, no one on the blues scene writes or sings like Rick Estrin. No one looks like him either, as Estrin is always dressed to the nines, sporting his trademark pencil-line mustache and pompadour haircut. DownBeat says, “Rick Estrin sings and writes songs like the brightest wiseguy in all of bluesland and blows harmonica as if he learned at the knee of Little Walter.” Live, the band is simply unbeatable. They deliver a high-energy show capable of bringing any audience to its feet. According to Living Blues magazine, they play “captivating, powerful blues and roots rock with a wickedly cool and otherworldly twist on tradition…intelligently conceived and executed…hugely entertaining.”
“Powerful, rollicking and magical…virtuoso harp, wildly eccentric guitar, sly, streetwise vocals and great songs” —Blues & Rhythm
“These are serious musicians having a hotter than hot good time. It’s tough to stay in your seat when Estrin and his musical cohorts get cooking.” —Chicago Sun-Times
Rollicking and raucous, super-cool and hip…saritical, sharp lyrics and killer solos. It just doesn’t get any better than this.
– Blues Revue
Rick and the band are “very grateful and happy as hell to once again be honored with multiple BMA nominations. The band is up for Band Of The Year, Kid Andersen is nominated in the Best Guitarist category (Big shock, right? He’s only been Heavyweight Champion of the Guitar for the past 8 years!!!) and Rick Estrin is up for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica AND Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year! Groovin’ In Greaseland is nominated for Album of The Year AND Traditional Blues Album of the Year!! “The Blues Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” is up for Song Of The Year! Become a member of the Blues Foundation and VOTE! Whatever way it goes and with so many deserving candidates, we’re thrilled to be in the running!”