WESTERLY — Florida-based blues guitarist JP Soars continues his “Southbound I-95” tour with a performance at Blues on the Beach Wednesday, part of the weekly Tunes on the Dunes musical series that takes place on the Westerly Town Beach. The 6 p.m. concert is free.
Soars is touring in support of his new album, “Southbound I-95” (Soars High Music; Released July 2018), which is already receiving stellar national reviews and extensive radio airplay, according to Soars’ manager, Doug Deutsch.
“Southbound I-95” is Soar’s fourth studio full-length release.
“Over the years I have been fortunate to have met and played with some incredible musicians,” said Soars. “Musicians I look up to, musicians that I admire and inspire me.”
Some of the musicians appear “Southbound I-95,” he said.
A few of the aforementioned include highly-regarded vocalist Teresa James; blues harp great Lee Oskar (War, Lowrider Band); guitar greats Jimmy Thackery and Albert Castiglia; and Jason Newsted, onetime bassist for the multi-platinum-selling hard rock act, Metallica.
Born in California and raised in Arkansas, Soars has called South Florida home since 1985.
“It's safe to say most blues guitarists haven’t played in extreme metal bands and aren’t influenced by jazz icons like Wes Montgomery and Django Reinhardt,” said Deutsch, “ which explains why Soars has developed a unique style that stands apart from the rest of the pack.”
For the past several years, Soars has additionally been part of the regional all-star blues act, Southern Hospitality, that also features guitarist-vocalist Damon Fowler and “The Piana From Savannah,” keyboardist-vocalist Victor Wainwright; plus Red Hots drummer, Chris Peet and Fowler's bassist, Matt Walker.
The Blind Pig recording artists earned a Blues Blast Award ("Best New Artist Debut Release") for their 2013 CD “Easy Livin,'” and have toured worldwide in between the three bandleaders' own schedules.
Southern Hospitality appears with a host of international blues icons on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, sailing out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this coming February.
Soars got bitten by the blues bug via a legendary source in 1988, when he won a guitar and two tickets in a raffle to see B.B. King in concert.
Meeting the iconic guitarist and singer further enhanced the young musician’s quest to learn more about the timeless power of the music.
Soars started his blues recording career a decade ago with the 2008 release of “Back of My Mind,” followed by “More Bees With Honey” (2011) and “Full Moon Night in Memphis” (2014). Collectively, his catalog has received extensive airplay on the XM Radio programs of Little Steven ("Underground Garage") and B.B. King ("Bluesville"); Top 50 status on the Living Blues charts, Blues Music Award nominations for "Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the Year," and "Best Blues CD" and "Album of the Year" accolades from the Palm Beach Post.
Soars is a past winner of both the IBC (International Blues Challenge) and the prestigious Albert King Award.
For more information, visit tunesonthedunesri.com.