Years Performed: | 2017
There are many different opinions as to what the future of blues harmonica will be. Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the next decade unfolds. His name is worthy of conversations that involve Jason Ricci, Billy Gibson, Dennis Gruenling, Rick Estrin and other frontline harmonica players who have become part of a new wave in the blues world. With tasteful speed and licks, he combines his respect to traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to Paul Butterfield, James Cotton, or Sonny Boy Williamson II. Raised in North Carolina, Brandon relocated to Memphis in 2003 where he began to absorb the sounds and culture of the Delta and north Mississippi Hill Country, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, & B.B. King dos decades before him.
Brandon has garnered multiple Blues Music Award nominations: Best New Artist Debut (2009), Instrumentalist-Harmonica (2014, 2016), Contemporary Blues Album (2014), and Contemporary Male Blues Artist (2016).
Songs of Love, Money, and Misery – 2011
This Time Another Year – 2013
Live and Extended! – 2015