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. 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 10 No. 1 radio hits, six top five solo records, and two No. 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.
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), Rodney Lee (keys), Derek Frank (bass, vocals), and Third Richardson (drums, vocals).
Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers live in Seattle was released September 2015 to significant critical acclaim, and a two-and-a-half year, non-stop tour schedule across the United States.
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 is a powerful, bluesy, momentous, and deeply emotional journey. It debuted No. 3 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart and hit No. 1 on the RMR Blues Rock Album chart in January 2018.
The artists she’s toured with and/or recorded with are a testament to her talent: Aerosmith, Gregg Allman, Smokey Robinson, 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, Teena Marie, Bobby Lyle, and Jonathan Butler.
Mindi will be headlining the Music & Wine Festival at Fort Hunter Park on Saturday, June 9th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are just $35 in advance for the entire weekend!