Big Shoes 2015 - Announcing the release of their new album
Big Shoes is a Nashville Tennessee based "progressive" blues band, meaning they incorporate traditional blues influences like B.B King and Ray Charles along with tastes of The Allman Brothers' Band, Bonnie Raitt and the Neville Brothers into their originals/cover song format. Big Shoes was originally formed as a "tribute project" to recreate the music of the band Little Feat, a bluesy Americana band formed in the late 1960's. Although Big Shoes still performs some Little Feat material, the release of the new CD, Shoe Blues, has helped create the more discreet identity that Big Shoes now presents at its live performances.
Big Shoes members have played and recorded with Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, Delbert McClinton, Taj Mahal, Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland and many other blues oriented pop artists. Keyboardist, Mark T. Jordan, was a band member on the Van Morrison classis album "Tupelo Honey", Bonnie Raitt's "Road Tested" live CD and scores of other albums that can only be classified as "music history.' Guitarist Will McFarlane has contributed to albums by Levon Helm, Joss Stone, Bonnie Raitt and Bobby "Blue" Bland. Will resides in Muscle Shoals, AL and is in constant demand with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, aka, "The Swampers." Big Shoes lead singer, Rick Huckaby is an "in demand" session singer on Nashville's Music Row after being on the Warner Brothers, Nashville artist roster for 4 years. The credentials go on and on for the members of Big Shoes. The combination of talents is impeccable. See Big Shoes when they come to your neighborhood. The core band of Big Shoes is 7 members but appears with special guest vocalists and a 5-pc horn section, "The Shoe Horns" at some shows.
To hear and view Big Shoes with some special guests, click on these links;
Rick Huckaby - Vocals, acoustic guitar.
Rick is a successful Nashville songwriter, support musician and recording artist. He has had numerous songs that he has written recorded by major label artists. Rick was signed to a major Nashville record label but never received the support to "break him" as an artist. He now heads his own record label and writes daily for himself and other artists. He is truly a major label quality vocalist and interprets his own songs as well as the Little Feat material with soul and conviction.
Will McFarlane - Vocals, slide and electric guitar.
Will commutes to Nashville from Muscle Shoals Alabama. He was recently inducted into the Musician's Hall of Fame in Nashville. He has played on records for Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton and Etta James to name only a few. He was also a musical partner with Bonnie Raitt for 6 years.
Mark T. Jordan - Keyboards, vocals.
As pianist, Hammond organist, singer/songwriter and arranger, Mark Jordan is a page in American pop culture, having toured and recorded with Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Boz Scaggs, Edgar Winter, and Lyle Lovett.
Tom Szell - Bass guitar, vocals.
Tom’s most recent artist support gig was with guitar virtuoso, Robben Ford but he is soft-spoken about his amazing resume’ which also includes work with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chaka Khan and Robert Palmer.
Kenne Cramer - Electric and slide electric guitar, vocals.
Kenne has toured or recorded with Ronnie Milsap, Lee Roy Parnell,T. Graham Brown, and Dr. Hook. He is also known for his great blues-rock guitar, backing T. Graham and former Little Feat vocalist Shaun Murphy.
Andy Peake - Drums, vocals.
As a resident of the Nashville music scene for 20 years, Andy’s touring credits with Lee Roy Parnell and Delbert McClinton have fueled his love of the music of Little Feat. Andy Peake recruited and coordinated Big Shoes. He engineered and produced the album "Shoes Blues."