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Two-Time Grammy Nominee Mindi Abair Featured in Live Concert on SiriusXM Bluesville; U.S. Tour Extended Through October
(Published: May 01, 2018)

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2018

Two-Time Grammy Nominee Mindi Abair Featured in Live Concert on SiriusXM Bluesville

Interviews Build for Timely ‘Pretty Good for a Girl' Initiative, as Abair Shines a Light on Gender Inequality

Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers U.S. Tour Extended Through October

Two-time Grammy nominated singer/saxophonist Mindi Abair and her acclaimed band The Boneshakers will be featured on SiriusXM's BB King's Bluesville this week. The Exclusive mini-concert, recorded live at Sirius studios in Washington, D.C., premiered with two April 25th broadcasts, and will re-air April 26th at 9pm EST, April 27th at 3am EST, April 28th at 6pm EST and April 29th at 12pm EST, on SiriusXM's Exit 74. Details here:

In recent weeks and months, coverage for Abair's ‘Pretty Good for a Girl' initiative has grown, with multiple placements running as she's toured the U.S. in support of her #1 album ‘The East West Sessions'. The song itself was a winner at The 16th Annual Independent Music Awards.

Samples of recent interviews and television appearances include:

FOX-TV 17 Nashville News - Rock & Review interview:

NBC-TV's Today in Nashville - Live on-air performance: http://www.wsmv.com/category/318123/today-in-nashville

Eponymous Review - Q&A Interview:
Mindi Abair discusses genre, inspirations & women empowerment

34th Street Magazine (Philadelphia) - Interview:
Saxophonist Mindi Abair Talks Her Career and Industry Sexism - The phrase "pretty good for a girl" is no longer derogatory, but a call to action.

Tampa Bay Weekly News - Tour preview article, with a focus on ‘Pretty Good for a Girl': http://www.tbnweekly.com/diversions/mindi-abair-the-boneshakers-to-play-capitol-theatre/article_5dd2d580-16fb-11e8-8da6-2f9d74f7c4fc.html

Pittsburgh Times - Interview feature:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Interview:

Akron Beacon Journal - Preview article:

Abair is accustomed to taking a leadership role, both in terms of her remarkable career as a performer, as well as within the music industry (as a National Trustee for the Recording Academy). She has had two Billboard #1 albums and her current Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers CD ‘The EastWest Sessions' kicked off 2018 as the #1 record on the RMR Blues Rock Album Chart and the #3 record on the RMR Blues Album Chart.

Despite Mindi Abair's successes and her high profile within the business (her biography, below, speaks for itself,) she has also experienced deflating gender inequality along the way, and is now trying to provide women with a forum to feel more empowered. As referenced above, her new CD includes the inspirational track, ‘Pretty Good For A Girl', featuring legendary guitarist Joe Bonamassa.  As a complement to the song, Abair has an initiative underway to celebrate the power of women, shifting the condescending language ‘pretty good for a girl' into a rallying cry.
More about the song and the initiative, here:
‘Behind-the-scenes' music video:

A 2018 U.S. tour is underway, with dates confirmed through October. Next round of concerts are as follows:

10 MAY: ABC/FOX/CW 'Local Memphis Live' TV interview
13 - 27 MAY: Dave Koz and Friends at Sea
31 MAY: Levitt Shell - Memphis, TN
01 JUNE: ABC/FOX/CW 'Local Memphis Live' TV performance
02 JUNE: Memorial Opera House - Valparaiso, IN
05 JUNE: Gas City Concerts in the Park - Gas City, IN
09 JUNE: Fort Hunter Park - Harrisburg, PA
10 JUNE: Seawalk Pavillion - Jacksonville Beach, FL
11 JUNE: Funky Biscuit - Boca Raton, FL (2 shows)
16 JUNE: Clark County Amph - Las Vegas
22 JUNE - Harro East Theatre - Rochester, NY
23 JUNE: Academy Corners Blues - Addison, NY
5 JULY:    City Winery - Chicago, IL
6 JULY:    Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant - Minneapolis, MN
Check out the full itinerary, here: http://www.mindiabair.com/tour/

An expansive EPK, with downloadable photos, videos, streaming music and additional press assets, is here: http://www.mindiabair.com/press

More about Mindi Abair:
One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists/vocalists, two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and utter command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and dynamic stage presence. She has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard album charts. In 2014, Mindi received her first GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, followed by a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo LP Wild Heart featuring Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb' Mo', and Max Weinberg.
The daughter and granddaughter of working musicians, Abair continues to captivate fans while evolving her sound. In 2014, after two seasons as the featured saxophonist on the hit series American Idol, Abair released Wild Heart. This LP showcased a compilation of grittier rock and soul tracks featuring some of the biggest names in music. To help translate this sound to her live shows, Mindi enlisted longtime friend and The Boneshakers founder Randy Jacobs (Bonnie Raitt, Was Not Was, Willie Nelson) to inject his brand of Detroit Blues Rock. The collaboration was undeniable, and it lead to an almost immediate decision to join forces creatively. Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers features band leader Mindi Abair (Saxophone, Vocals), Randy Jacobs (Guitar, Vocals), Sweet Pea Atkinson (Vocals), Rodney Lee (Keys), Derek Frank (Bass, Vocals), and Third Richardson (Drums, Vocals). Their first record together Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers LIVE in Seattle was released September 2015 to significant critical acclaim, and a 2 ½ year non-stop tour schedule across the US.
In April 2017, the band took a short break to record their first studio record. The EastWest Sessions was recorded over five days at legendary Hollywood recording studio EastWest Studios with renowned Blues Rock producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zepplin, Joe Bonamassa, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith). The album, which was released September 15, 2017, is a powerful, bluesy, momentous, and deeply emotional journey. The album features a track with iconic blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, and 2017 GRAMMY® winner in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category, Fantastic Negrito.
She authored the book "How To Play Madison Square Garden - A Guide to Stage Performance" and serves as a National Trustee for The Recording Academy.
The artists she's toured with and/or recorded with are a testament to her talent: Aerosmith, Gregg Allman, Keb' Mo', Joe Perry, Bobby Rush, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Lalah Hathaway, Duran Duran, Adam Sandler, Lee Ritenour, The Backstreet Boys, Booker T. Jones, Jimmy Webb, Mandy Moore, Max Weinberg, Bill Champlin, David Pack, Mocean Worker, The Ides of March, Rick Braun, Teena Marie, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, and Peter White.

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