Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps
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Teresa James - Lead Vocals and KeyboardsRead More...
Terry Wilson - Bass and Vocals
Billy Watts - Guitar and Vocals
Jerry Peterson - Sax
Debra Dobkin - Percussion
Drums - Tony Braunegal, Peter Brunetta, Jim E. Christie
Born in Houston, Texas, Teresa has spent the past few years living in Los Angeles, where she and her band, The Rhythm Tramps, have been creating the sound that you hear on her CDs. She has performed live with such legendary artists as Levon Helm, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Raitt, Lee Roy Parnell, Delbert McClinton, Kirk Whalum, Paul DeLay, Jeffrey Osborne, Asleep At The Wheel among others.
Teresa has been described as singing like a cross between Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt and playing piano "like Dr. John's little sister". The 6 piece Rhythm Tramps blaze through the songs, written mostly by her husband, Terry Wilson, (a founding member along with Paul Kossoff of England's Back Street Crawler) who has had songs recorded by Paul Rodgers (Free & Bad Company), Eric Burdon & The Animals, Maria Muldaur and most recently Kathy Mattea.
Her voice is featured on albums by Kirk Whalum, Stephen Bruton, Glen Clark, Randy Newman and blues artists Corey Stevens and Walter Trout. She even did a duet with Mickey Mouse on the Disney album, "Mickey's Comedy for Kids". Andie McDowell hired Teresa to coach her for her singing debut in the movie, "Michael", singing the song that she and her husband, Terry Wilson, wrote.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Teresa is based in Los Angeles where she has assembled a group of some of the top LA based touring and session musicians in her band, The Rhythm Tramps. They have been working in the LA area and at blues festivals and clubs throughout the US and Europe for many years. For the last 12 years, the band has also been a favorite on Delbert McClinton's Sandy Beaches Blues Cruise.
She has released 8 CDs - her most recent, COME ON HOME, was released in August, 2012 and has been getting regular airplay on stations around the world and charting for weeks at a time on the Roots Radio Charts (topping off at the #3 spot). It has been listed on many ‘best of’ lists for 2012 and has been receiving raves reviews from writers and DJs everywhere.
Her 2008 release, THE BOTTOM LINE, garnered her a nomination by the Blues Foundation for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year and her 2010 CD, YOU KNOW YOU LOVE IT,
was a finalist for an Independent Music Award (IMA).
She has performed live with such legendary artists as Levon Helm, Delbert McClinton, Eric Burdon, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Big Al Anderson, Kirk Whalum, and many others. Her voice is featured on albums by Randy Newman, Eric Burdon, Tommy Castro, Bill Medley, and Walter Trout, among others. She has also sung for television and movie soundtracks; She and her band were featured in the Disney movie and soundtrack for "HOLES".
Teresa's band is an eclectic mix of Los Angeles based musicians who have worked with a wide range of artists including: Jimmy Reed, Eric Burdon, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Warnes, Was Not Was, Johnny Nash and many, many others.
"Teresa James is a true original. When she sings you can feel it in your bones."
... Levon Helm, "The Band
"Jump on this band-wagon while there is room..."
... Blues 411
"Teresa James has a voice that comes from deep down in the soul, as real and authentic as it gets When she sings, you know she means it."
... Graham Clarke for Blues Bytes
"I haven't heard pipes of this caliber in a long time... this is an amazing body of work...this lady has star written all over her."
... James "the Blueshound" Nagel producer/programmer KPFT Houston
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