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Start with a powerful, soulful vocalist. Back him with rhythm steadier than the Rock of Gibraltar. Add the twang of swingin' guitar and a hot honking harmonica straight from the south side of anywhere and you've got Bernie Clarke & the Rhythm Sharks. They've been twice nominated for a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) in the "Best Blues Band" category. The Rhythm Sharks shine a spotlight on their own original material as well as eclectic selections from deep in the well of blues, soul and roots music. You'll travel the musical road of Americana from the urban jump of New York to West Coast Swing. Hear the blues and funk of Chicago then hot shuffles and swamp boogie of Texas and Louisiana. The Rhythm Sharks cover a lot of road and keep your motor running.
When I'm looking for a band to drive my blues away, one of the first groups I check out is Bernie Clarke & The Rhythm Sharks. With their tight grooves and expansive repertoire, they have what it takes to rock the house every time.
Fronting it all is Bernie Clarke himself, calling the shots and keeping things hot. His powerful voice cuts a swath thorough any groove, and he takes the same high-energy approach to his harp playing. Bernie's taste is reflected in the great grab-bag of tunes ready to leap off this disc, everything from slow blues to frenetic boogies to deep soul. There's even a shufflin' reprise of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now." Bernie puts his heart into everything he does.
Photo credit: Dave Abrams/Green Mountain Photography
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"Mohawk Valley Blues Society, hereinafter also referred to as the society, shall operate as a not for profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code, for the following purposes:
1) To bring the love of blues to our region by providing live entertainment to the Mohawk Valley area.
2) To offer blues artists another outlet in which to carry on the tradition and art of the blues.
3) To increase awareness of and educate people from all walks of life to have an appreciation for the blues."