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Date posted: December 20, 2021

On Monday, December 20, award-winning vocalist and musician Curtis Salgado, the man NPR Music calls “an icon” with “a huge voice,” will launch the emotionally riveting video of Always Say I Love You (At The End Of Your Goodbyes). The original song  a heartfelt, soulful ballad with a moving, universal message of loss and the redemptive power of love – is a featured track on his 2021 Alligator album, Damage Control.

The video  which visually follows the song’s narrative and includes Salgado’s passionate performance  was recorded in Salgado’s hometown of Portland, Oregon in April 2021, and directed by Joshua James Huff. According to Salgado, “The song is about closure. And when someone you know and care about passes on, you might wonder when was the last time you saw them and what were your final words together. Was it something you now regret or something heartfelt and positive? Life is uncertain and finite. That’s why I always try to say, ‘I love you,’ at the end of my goodbyes.”

Alligator founder and president Bruce Iglauer says, “This is one of the most beautiful and moving songs and performances I’ve ever heard, and the video perfectly captures the power and passion of the story and the soulfulness and subtlety of Curtis’ performance.”

Damage Control
 is being hailed as the best album of Salgado’s long career. Produced by Salgado, Damage Control is packed with soul-searching, street-smart, vividly detailed, instantly memorable songs. With a career spanning more than three decades, Salgado, a six-time winner of the Blues Music Award for Contemporary Soul Blues Male Artist Of The Year (most recently in 2021), is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into “Joliet” Jake Blues to touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana, he is a true musical giant.

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Date posted: November 4, 2021

Kat Riggins

Inspired by the variety and abundance of music in her parents’ collection, it makes sense that Kat’s own music is peppered with hints of R&B, soul, country, gospel, hip-hop, and rock-n-roll. Make no mistake; however, Kat Riggins is undeniably a BLUES WOMAN! She travels the world with the sole mission of keeping the blues alive and thriving through her Blues Revival Movement.

She has been vocally compared to Koko Taylor, Etta James and Tina Turner to name a few. While obviously influenced by those icons, Mrs. Riggins has a voice and delivery all her own. Full of power, rasp and grit she can belt out one of her contemporary blues originals one minute, then deliver a tender, sultry standard the next. She does this all while making each person in her audience feel as if she is speaking directly to them. Blues Revivals are interactive and personal no matter how large the crowd. This intimacy is what makes every Blues Revival a memorable experience…not only for the audience, but also for Kat.

Date posted: September 24, 2021

Altered Five Blues Band

The Altered Five makes music with swaggering, bruising, barrelhouse grit! A 2018 Blues Music Award nominee, this Milwaukee-based quintet released its latest album, Holler If You Hear Me, on Blind Pig Records. Recorded over five days in Nashville, TN and produced by three-time Grammy winner Tom Hambridge, the 13 original tracks showcase the band’s deft songwriting, frontman Jeff Taylor’s mighty baritone voice, and the intuitive musical interplay of the longtime bandmates. Harmonica ace Jason Ricci also joins the group on five tracks. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Blues Chart.

With the reviews for the new record already pouring in, Look for The Altered Five to make a Huge Blues Rockin’ Splash in 2022!!! Lookout! CANNONBALL!

Date posted: September 24, 2021

Larry McCray

Larry McCray’s Heart and Soul are entwined in the Blues! Born and raised in Arkansas, now residing in Michigan, Larry has laid down 30 plus years of award-winning, Scalding-HOT, Southern Blues Rock!

Many consider Larry and his guitar to be the Heir Apparent to a lineage that includes personal influences and heroes such as BB King, Albert King and Freddie King, all of whom Larry personally knew and got the chance to play with.

Just recently Larry flew out to LA to make a record with producer and famed guitarist Joe Bonamassa at the helm. The album has yet to be titled but expected out in early 2022. Be on the lookout and expect Big Things from Blues Rock Legend, Larry McCray in 2022!

It’s a New Day and the Best is yet to Come!

Date posted: August 25, 2021

A Big Heartfelt Congratulations to Intrepid Artists’ Veronica Lewis and Curtis Salgado on winning 2021 Blues Blast Music Awards

Blues Blast Award

Veronica Lewis Curtis Salgado

Piano Bangin’ Fireball, Veronica Lewis snagged 2 awards!!! She WON Both the “Sean Costello Rising Star Award” AND the “Best New Artist Debut” for her debut record, You Ain’t Unlucky on Blue Heart Records.

Veronica Lewis –
You Ain’t Unlucky


Soul Blues Legend, Curtis Salgado took home more hardware (to add to his growing collection) WINNING “Soul Blues Album of The Year” with his release of Damage Control on Alligator Records.

Curtis Salgado –
The Longer I Live from Damage Control

Intrepid Artists International salutes you both and congratulates all the Winners!