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Congratulations to Carolyn Wonderland, 2021/2022 Austin Music Awards Winner

Carolyn Wonderland

On Tuesday, March 8, the four-decades-running tradition of the Austin Music Awards returned to celebrate the best and brightest locally-sourced music of the past year.

Carolyn took home two awards, Best Blues Band and Best Guitarist.

In addition to taking home her two awards Carolyn also performed as part of a fundraiser presented by the Society for the Preservation of Texas Music, The Austin Chronicle, and Capital Metro for the essential artist-serving nonprofit the SIMS Foundation.

Congratulations Carolyn!

The Love Light Orchestra New Release Leave the Light On Out Now

Leave the Light On

Completion of Leave the Light On, the group’s studio debut, reflects three-years of sheer determination to coordinate schedules of a group consisting of Memphis’ most in-demand artists, in addition to navigating the unforeseen impact of a global health crisis on the entire music industry.

Though the maturity and dexterity of the orchestra members shone loud and clear on the group’s first release, the sophomore effort refines and elevates the group’s presentation, employing a clarity and quality complementary to the veteran musicianship within Love Light’s ranks.

Tossing the songbook aside in favor of mostly original tunes, Love Light proves their staying power and reinforces an outlook pointed toward the future while honoring the context of their collective musical past.

The Love Light Orchestra is lightning in a bottle.

– Scott Barretta, Living Blues

Congratulations to the Intrepid Ones 2022 BMA Nominees!

Intrepid Artists Int’l wants to congratulate All of the 2022 Blues Music Award Nominees! We especially want to recognize those we represent and send a Big Congrats out to our 33 Artists Nominations in 17 different categories.


All Intrepid Nominees listed below


B.B. King Entertainer of the Year –
Eric Gales
Mr. Sipp (Castro Coleman)

Band of the Year –
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials

Song of the Year –
“Fragile Peace and Certain War”
written by Carolyn Wonderland
“Holler If You Hear Me”
written by Jeff Schoedl & Mark Solveson
(Altered Five Blues Band)
“I’d Climb Mountains”
written by Selwyn Birchwood

Contemporary Blues Female Artist –
Vanessa Collier
Carolyn Wonderland

Soul Blues Female Artist –
Kat Riggins

Instrumentalist: Bass –
Larry Fulcher

Instrumentalist: Guitar –
Laura Chavez (Nikki Hill / Vanessa Collier)
Eric Gales

Instrumentalist: Horn –
Marc Franklin (Love Light Orchestra)
Regi Oliver (Selwyn Birchwood)

Instrumentalist: Vocal –
John Németh
Curtis Salgado

Album of the Year –
Altered Five Blues Band, Holler If You Hear Me

Contemporary Blues Album –
Curtis Salgado, Damage Control
Altered Five Blues Band, Holler If You Hear Me

Best Emerging Artist Album –
Veronica Lewis, You Ain’t Unlucky

Blues Rock Album –
Mike Zito, Resurrection
Popa Chubby, Tinfoil Hat

Blues Rock Artist –
Albert Castiglia
Ana Popovic

Contemporary Blues Male Artist –
Selwyn Birchwood
Mr. Sipp

Soul Blues Male Artist –
John Németh
Curtis Salgado

Instrumentalist: Drums –
Danny Banks (John Németh)

Instrumentalist: Piano –
Mike Finnigan (Phantom Blues Band)
Dave Keyes (Popa Chubby)
Veronica Lewis
Jim Pugh (Phantom Blues Band)

We are booking dates now for 2022.

The Full List of Nominees can be found at:


Curtis Salgado launched video for “Always Say I Love You”

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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Intrepid Artists is Thrilled to Announce the Addition of Kat Riggins to the Intrepid Family

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.

Intrepid Artists International proudly welcomes Altered Five Blues Band to our Intrepid Family

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!

Congratulations 2021 Intrepid Ones Blues Blast Winners

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!

Carolyn Wonderland’s Latest Release Tempting Fate Out October 8

Tempting Fate

With incendiary guitar chops and raw, powerful vocals, fiery Texas blues rocker Carolyn Wonderland  draws instant comparisons to fellow Texans Stevie Ray Vaughan and Janis Joplin.”  —NPR Music

On Tempting Fate, Wonderland delivers ten riveting songs, including five fiery originals (and one co-written with her Mayall bandmate Greg Rzab). The ex-lead guitarist in John Mayall’s Blues Breakers delivers an exuberant and astonishing collection of songs, deeply rooted, yet fired by a rocker’s sensibility.  The tracks pit brilliant originals with revelatory versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, John Mayall and Billy Joe Shaver, with sparks flying from Wonderland’s guitar and the undeniable soul in her voice.

“I can’t wait to share the new album,” says Wonderland. “I got to record a dream list of songs and play with a dream list of people. And Dave (producer Dave Alvin) really got me to kick the doors in.”

Davy Knowles New Release What Happens Next Out October 22

What Happens Next

On his aptly-titled Provogue Records’ debut, ‘What Happens Next,’ out October 22nd, roots singer-

songwriter and guitarist Davy Knowles boldly steps forward with timeless and cohesive songwriting; sleek modern production; and a lyrical, play-for-the-song guitar approach informed from soul, folk, rock, and blues.

“When it came time to record this album, it was all about supporting the songs as opposed to ‘how quickly I can get to the guitar solo’,” the Isle of Man-born, Chicago-based artist says laughing. “I’m not a purist, and the way for roots music to stay relevant is to adapt and progress.”

Despite the songs on ‘What Happens Next’ featuring concise lead guitar playing, fans of Knowles’s fleet-fingered lead style fear not for the blues-rock fire still burns inside him. Knowles says: “This album taught me about restraint in terms of guitar playing. I had to reign it in to let the songs breathe, but I am looking forward to reimagining them and stretching out when we play live.”