Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager Duo
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Salgado's exceptional range and muscular, soulful vocals showcases powerful and inspirational R&B. With a career spanning forty years, award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist/harmonicist/songwriter Curtis Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into Joliet Jake Blues to touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana, he is a true musical giant. NPR calls him a blues icon with a huge voice. Salgado earned a reputation for high-intensity performances and a repertoire inspired by his encyclopedic knowledge of soul, blues and R&B music.

He won the 2010 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Soul Blues Artist Of The Year and went on to win the award again in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 he also won the coveted BMA for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Yearthe highest honor the blues world hasSalgado's exceptional range and muscular, soulful vocals showcases powerful and inspirational R&B. With a career spanning forty years, award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist/harmonists/songwriter Curtis Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into Joliet Jake Blues to touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana, he is a true musical giant. NPR calls him a blues icon with a huge voice.

Salgado earned a reputation for high-intensity performances and a repertoire inspired by his encyclopedic knowledge of soul, blues and R&B music. He won the 2010 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Soul Blues Artist of the Year and went on to win the award again in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 he also won the coveted BMA for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year, the highest honor the blues world has to offer, and took the statue for Soul Blues Album Of The Year for his Alligator debut, Soul Shot. Blues Revue says Salgado’s music is triumphant, joyful, blues-soaked R&B and declared him to be one of the most soulful, honest singers ever.

Guitarist Alan Hager started playing music with Curtis about 10 years ago, giving concerts throughout the Northwest and various other areas of the U.S. He has been a member of the Curtis Salgado band since the spring of 2015, and has now toured extensively with Curtis, in support of Salgado's newest release, The Beautiful Lowdown (Alan is co-writer and featured guitar player on, “I Know a Good Thing”).

Produced by Salgado and Hager, the 13 songs on ROUGH CUT (including six originals) range from plaintive to playful. Recorded in one live unrehearsed take, the original I Will Not Surrender, with its haunting and sparse soundscape, showcases some of Hager's strongest guitar work, and some of the most profoundly emotive vocals Salgado has ever laid down. The canine-lover's anthem, I Want My Dog To Live Longer (The Greatest Wish), is already a huge fan favorite. Salgado's soulful singing and Hager's elegant slide guitar playing shine on Elmore James' You Got To Move and Muddy Waters' I Can't Be Satisfied. "He's the best player in the business, unlike anybody else," Salgado says of Hager. "One reason I made this record was to show him off."

Salgado and Hager have performed at Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival, The Chicago Blues Festival, The Tampa Bay Blues Festival and Canada's Tremblant Blues Festival and on The Legendary Blues Cruise. Salgado has also performed at The San Francisco Blues Festival, Memphis' Beale Street Music Festival, Denver's Mile High Blues Festival, as well as in Canada, England, throughout Europe, Brazil, Chile, Panama, The Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong. Blues Revue, describing Salgado's performances, declares, "He starts at excellent before segueing into goose bumps, ecstasy, and finally nirvana."

Salgado released the first of his 10 solo albums in 1991. He joined Alligator Records in 2012, debuting with the award-winning, critically acclaimed SOUL SHOT followed by THE BEAUTIFUL LOWDOWN in 2016. The albums earned Salgado multiple Blues Music Awards for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year, Soul Blues Male Artist Of The Year, Soul Blues Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year. NPR calls him "a blues icon" with a "huge voice."

Along with his accolades, Salgado is no stranger to adversity. During his career, he has overcome multiple health challenges, battling back from liver cancer in 2006 and lung cancer in 2008 and 2012. In March 2017 he underwent quadruple bypass surgery. Now he is back on the road, revved up and firing on all cylinders, performing with his band as well as a duo with Hager. His resilience can be heard - and felt - on I Will Not Surrender, ROUGH CUT's lead track.

With Curtis' inspired singing and world-class harmonica playing and Alan's spellbinding guitar, ROUGH CUT is the album Salgado and Hager have always wanted to make together - soulful, sparse and haunting. The music is a moving exploration of the joyful, emotionally uplifting power of passionately played and soulfully sung acoustic blues. They'll perform together as a duo both on their own and during Curtis' full band shows, giving their fans a taste of what Alan calls "American Classical music." "This type of music moves us the most," says Salgado. "You believe it when you hear it."