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GAIL “Mojo” MULDROW

Gail-Muldrow“Astounding vocal and musical ability” (Brian Harman, www.bluesart.at) “Natural and compelling” (Jonathan Blackstaffe, Blues In Britain) “A stunning performer” (Michael Mee, Blues Matters!) Gail Muldrow is unquestionably “one of blues music’s most exciting talents”. She is one of the leading lights in the blues field. Her knockout live performances have made her one of the hottest artist on the contemporary scene.Gail has earned a well-deserved reputation for raw energy and crowd-pleasing shows. A highly charismatic stage performer, Gail Muldrow is able to stretch out in the live setting and demonstrate her considerable guitar skills. The critics called her a “fiery guitarist who makes the spine tingle with her unbridled raw energy.” Very early in life Gail, who is a native San Franciscan, picked up the guitar and played on Sly Stone’s album “High On You” in 1975 – then known as Cousin Gale. Since that time Gail Muldrow (born November 23, 1955 San Francisco, CA), has been an important fixture in the S.F. music scene. For Gail there are no boundaries and she knows how to blend all musical genres into one original Gail Muldrow style. She belongs to those great Bay Area musicians who are difficult to place into one category. Gail “Mojo” Muldrow has been compared to guitarist such as Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Albert Collins. A multi talented entertainer, she also plays Bass Guitar, Key’s and Drums. Her vocal versatility is amazing, reminding of the time when singers all had a distinct difference to one another. Gladys, Aretha, Etta are obvious influences in her vocal style. She has also become a member of the Family Stone – not in the sense that she played on any of the other Sly and the Family Stone albums during Sly’s time – but she is a driving force in bringing back together what remains of the Family Stone in various combinations. She has been a member of Family Without Stone around 1989 and in 2004 she join The Family Stone Experience aka Life: The First Family of Funk – featuring former Family Stone members Gregg Errico and Jerry Martini. The latter says that “Gail Muldrow is one of the finest singers and entertainers anywhere in the world”. With that connection it is pretty obvious that Gail’s guitar playing involves a lot funk. Although she has not been a member of Sly and the Family Stone in the 70s, she has been a member of Graham Central Station for two years and she is featuring on the 1977 album “Now Do U Wanta Dance”. In addition Gail played with famous funk musicians like Prince and Chaka Kahn. On the other hand Gail’s repertoire includes a lot of blues and she doesn’t only play the guitar – she is also a terrific singer. Since 1992 she has been a member of the Johnny Otis Show and can be heard singing and playing guitar on Johnny Otis’ album “R&B Dance Party” (1999) . It was Johnny Otis who gave her thenickname ‘Little Bit’ because of her height. Gail likes to use the nickname ‘Mojo’ instead. With this name and band – Gail ‘Mojo’ Muldrow – she backs up famous singers like Sugar Pie DeSanto. Gail has more blues and soul in her voice than the average blues singers. There is still more because Gail also knows how to rock the house, and with Quicksilver Gold – featuring yet another bunch of famous Bay Area musicians – she demonstrated that she can play psychedelic rock as well. Her experience in this field comes from her playing with the likes of Merl Saunders (with whom she co-wrote the song “Melons In Season” from Saunders’ 1979 album “Do I Move You”), Melvin Seals and The Jerry Garcia Band. Last but not least, Gail released her solo album “Cleen Spirit” in 2003. In live action she is a killer vocalist and guitar player, her show is something that you never forget for the rest of your life !!! The two new CD’s, released in 2007, both recorded live, the first “It’s My Life” alone, the second “Raw Live & Cool” recorded with a powerful band, testify her great talent !!! Two more CDs coming out in October 2007, the first is a live recording made at the famous Rapperswil Jazz & Blues Festival 2007, the second is a studio recording with ¾ of the Ford Blues Band : Andy Just, Dewayne Pate and Patrick Ford.