About: Eclecto Groove recording artists: Jason Ricci and New Blood mix blues, rock, funk, eastern, and jazz into a seamless cohesion both eclectic and idiosyncratic while always avoiding cliché’s and histrionics. Television, radio, and literary critics compare them to acts as diverse as The Rolling Stones, John Coltrane, and Lou Reed. Modern day parallels also include acts ranging from Government Mule to Prince and the Revolution. New Blood always delivers a level of musical virtuosity, while effortlessly keeping the fun, angst and energy of a Punk Rock band, with the skill, refinement and reflection typical of a Jazz ensemble.
As a Blues band JR&NB have individually and collectively won various accolades and distinguished awards from blues societies all over the world. Ricci and the boys play many notable blues venues, festivals and events while continuing expansion in this genre.
As a Jam Band, tapers have archived shows from the shores of France and Belgium to San Francisco and weekly Internet downloads, often in the thousands, have surpassed heavily bootlegged acts such as The Grateful Dead and Phish. Jason Ricci’s new CD “Blood On The Road” sold over 12,000 copies in under a year from stage, by word of mouth and through the Internet and without the help of record labels, national distributors, or publicists.
Jason Ricci and New Blood have always been a unit, a band and a collective group. There was one bass player before Todd "Buck Weed" Edmonds, MR. Slim Louis and the band has had at least four full time drummers over the years but t group has always grown together, written together and no one member is or has ever been musically in charge. "Buck Weed" has been a driving force in the Jazz-fusion styled arrangements of the band as well as a contributing songwriter. Todd Buck Weed Edmonds Plays Tuba, Upright Bass, Electric Bass, and Bass Harmonica and for the most part has been as much a part of this group as Ricci himself. On that note Shawn Starski has been in the group from within its first year on the road and his star has risen on it's own right within and beyond New Blood itself and Shawn has written on his own and with Ricci the bulk of the group's playlist. Touring, writing and performing together over 300 days a year since 2002 had this band tight and ready and in 2008 they were given their first big chance when they were signed by Rand Chortkoff to Eclecto Groove Records a subsidiary of Delta Groove Records. 2008 saw Jason Ricci and new Blood releasing their first in stores everywhere album: "Rocket Number Nine." Rocket Number Nine was produced by multiple Grammy award winning producer John Porter (The Smiths, Los Lonely Boys, Clapton etc.) and climbed the Billboard Blues Charts to arrive at Number Four for multiple weeks as well making the "Pick to Click top ten on XM and Sirius Radio charts again and was chosen as album of the year by Gibson Guitars. The press was hefty too with a feature story and interview with Jason in Blues Review Magazine, and Shawn Starski being nominated as one of "The Top Ten Hottest New guitar Players In The World" by Guitar Player Magazine. Ricci remained an in demand studio musician as usual with guest appearances on Albums with Cedric Burnside and Lighting Malcolm's CD: "Two Man Wrecking Crew", Motor City Josh's: "Tribute to Howling Wolf", and Walter Trout's CD "The Outsider" among others. Later in 2008 Ricci would join Walter in Europe on tour with his band The Radicals for some critically acclaimed shows and a partnership that continues today.
In 2009 Jason Ricci and New Blood finished up work on their latest offering for the Eclecto Groove label titled "Done With The Devil". This is their most ambitious album yet produced by Grammy Award winner Phil Wolfe (Alabama) featuring ten original songs by the band and two covers spanning the distance between Sun Ra and the Misfits. The CD like Rocket Number Nine is an even greater expansion on an eclectic mix of Rock, Blues, Jazz, fusion, folk, funk, eastern, carnival, punk and jazz often within one tune or solo for that matter. Lyrically Jason expands on some of the drug abuse related themes of Rocket Number Nine in this new outing but ventures further away from the egoless Tibetan Buddhist influence lyrics on songs like Loving Eyes and takes a decidedly darker and more esoteric approach to spirituality on Done With The Devil.
2009 had Ricci and company up for a second nomination for "Band of the Year" by Blues Wax Magazine, Jason won The Blues Critic's award for "Harmonica Player of the Year" beating his heroes Rick Estrin, Mark Hummel, Steve Guyger, Billy Gibson and Willie Big Eyes Smith, Ricci also stole a literary award for "Article of the Year" from Blues Wax Magazine, and biggest of all he has been nominated for the first time for the B.M.A. (Formerly Handy) Award for Best Instrumentalist: harmonica. Shawn Starski signed an endorsement for Category 5 Amplifiers has agreed to interview with Vintage Guitar Magazine and is in constant demand from gear companies all over the world to play their equipment.
In the end awards, history and accolades aside Jason Ricci and New Blood are an organic band that plays music together, beyond musical category, adhering to no rules or genres restrictions, fusing the forces of good and evil, light and dark and positive and negative into an alchemy of spirit evoking, musical sorcery that stirs emotions, provokes thought, bends will and channels demons and angels nightly before falling asleep unafraid next to black wooden gargoyles dug up from the cold ground.
Members: Shawn Starsky - Vocals,Guitars,Songwriting Todd - Bass,Tuba, Upright Bass, four String Fender Tuba, Sousaphone, Uke, Bass Uke Piano, vocals, Song writing Ron Sutton - Drums Jason Ricci - Harmonicas, Vocals
Sounds Like: Pure Evil, Musical Art Bell, When Animals Attack