“This raw, intimate sounding recording presents a phenomenal guitarist…His musical talent & song writing skills are Top Shelf throughout “Meant To Be” and his razor edged solos show his knowledge of the fret board!! This Bluesman deserves a Celebration of the highest mark” Jackie Gisclar, Electric Rooster Entertainment
“Reminiscent of an almost-Robert Cray vocal vibe and writing style, blended with a slight Stevie Ray guitar motif, Tijerina continues the long tradition that is the blues. The latest release, Meant to Be, has all the frills of a solid blues record.” Chibo Acevedo, Marquee Magazine
“Meant To Be…combines traditional blues sounds and themes with words of positivity and hope…The solos are classy, tasteful, and will not lead you wandering off the strong beat provided by Dave Heidt on bass, and Curly Castillo on drums. The songs are original, almost eclectic, while still maintaining integrity. The vocals compliment the mix, and the songs are easy to get into and sing along with.” *4 star rating* -Steamboat Local
“One of the reasons that make this album so special is the freshness, the excitement and the grit that Tijerina infuses.”David Steinberg, Albuquerque Journal
“Tijerina is a master of vivid story telling though modern sound, and this energizing trio keeps the beat powerful and fresh.” Diego Mulligan, Weekly Alibi
Some of guitarist Todd Tijerina’s latest songs have been about social issues such as voting rights.
Veteran Albuquerque bluesman Todd Tijerina has written songs about romance and hard economic times. But some of Tijerina’s songs have been about social issues.
One of them, “Get in Line” won a voting-rights award last October in a regional song competition sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union.
“It was inspired by the Civil Rights Movement primarily and by the maneuvers to restrict voting in various states in the 2012 general election,” Tijerina said.
Some of his other recent songs have been about the Obama administration’s bank bailouts (“Tax Breaks for the Rich”), and about what he perceives as big money and big advertisers influencing mainstream news (“Who Tells the Story?”).
That latter song was inspired by the battle in Wisconsin over the right of public employees to bargain collectively.
“My concern is that we might forget some of the hard-won rights gained over the last 100 years that made our country proud, labor movement gains like the eight-hour day, overtime pay, maternity leave,” Tijerina said.
Tijerina and his trio will give a family concert tonight at the HarwoodArtCenter. It is part of the Burque Bop series.
Though blues is the cornerstone of his music, Tijerina has branched out in different directions. Some of his songs have an R&B, rock, funk and Americana feel to them.”
‘Get in Line’ has kind of a blues-gospel feel. Most likely we’ll play it at the Harwood. It’s a pretty big dance number and there will be an opportunity for people to dance,” he said.
His song “Nothin’ Like the Blues” won the 2011 New Mexico Music Awards’ Best Blues Song of the Year, and his album “Meant to Be” received four NMMA nominations the same year.
Tijerina, a guitarist and vocalist, started his music career in 1991 when he joined a band of musicians who were in exile in the United States.”They needed a guitarist. We did some fundraising. I knew I wanted to be a musician but I didn’t know I wanted to do it full time. After touring I was bitten by the bug and decided to give it a try,” he said.
Todd Tijerina Band WHEN: 6 tonight WHERE: HarwoodArtCenter, 1114 Seventh NW HOW MUCH: $8 general public, free for children
Tijerina has been a full-time musician since 1994. He attended the University of New Mexico, moved away, then moved back here from Chicago 12 years ago.
Tijerina has shared the stage with such artists as Coco Montoya, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Sonny Landreth.
He and his band average about a dozen shows a month mostly in the West and Southwest.
On Jan. 22 Tijerina will be part of an acoustic duo with a bassist at the Placitas Cafe, and on Feb. 22 he will lead an acoustic trio at St. Clair Winery and Bistro.
“We can play at any volume and at any venue. It’s a fun challenge,” Tijerina said.
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offers to play along side Byther Smith and even Shirley King (BB's daughter), experience which no doubt fostered his inspiration. But his Chicago successes have not kept him tied to the town as he has recently relocated to the southwestern United States where he has already performed at many large festivals in that region. Furthermore he has shared the stage with groups such as Canned Heat and Sonny Landreth and many others.
Todd's music is best defined as blues-rock with jazz and funk influences. It has been many years since a guitarist has come on the scene and offered the kind of inspiration to young guitarists as did the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. But in mine and others opinion, Todd may well be the one to carry that torch. His manner of soloing, writing and singing is refreshing and inspiring. Trust me readers, we'll be hearing a lot more about this artist.
What is instantly recognizable in hearing Todd Tijerina's (read Tee-her-ee-na) CD is the influence of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and Hendrix on his music. But this is not merely a cheap copy of these legends. No, Todd is a very gifted guitarist who, despite or perhaps because of his knowledge of such masters is able to create his own style and sound. The fact that in 1999 he won the Chicagoland Rory's Blues Competition is certainly a testament to this. Soon afterwards he received
12th Annual Silver City Blues Festival - Summer Special. June, 2007. V4.1
12th Annual Silver City Blues Festival - Summer Special.
Todd Tijerina: Northern New Mexico Guitar Virtuoso. Tijerina's Guitar Wails the Blues. When you think of the great blues guitarist... their sound is echoed by Todd Tijerina. Boy, can this guy bend a note.
Todd Tijerina's guitar gently screams
experience from the show before, but that's the blues." While part of the Chicago Blues scene for three years, Tijerina's blues rock band performed at many of the areas top blues clubs, enjoyed radio play, and won Chicagoland's Rory's Blues Talent Competition, proving it's ability to deliver a top-notch live show. Since then the Todd Tijerina band has received airplay on placeCityChicago's Hambone's Blues Hour, the Blues X-Plosion, and Rich Gordons' Blues Hour. The cutting edge blues act has three Indie music releases, the last two titled "The Lowdown" and "Now."
An undeniable summons for the body to move and groove, with Todd Tijerina on blues guitar and vocals, Matt Tessler on drums, and Marco Topo on bass, the band creates a pulse that is sure to entice and captivate any music fan's whim.
Tijerina really enjoyed the scene at the festival and really made the crowd want more. Tijerina is a guitar virtuoso who loves to transcend via the blues. Don't miss.
What a treat. The Todd Tijerina experience has the fiery brilliance of a diamond that is turned gently in the sun until the facets all light up. If you like hard driving and vivid blues... Todd Tijerina is for you.
For the past twelve years Todd Tijerina has played his fierce brand of hard driving, modern blues music throughout the Southwest and the Midwest, playing close to 200 shows a year. "We're a live show," says bandleader Tijerina. "We're modern urban blues music. We love to entertain and we're a very high energy group. We love to play, we live to play. Each show is a different
“My first impression on hearing Walk This Road, Tijerina’s fourth self released CD, was ‘wow, these guys are tough.’ The comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan are inevitable; but I would not say that Todd Tijerina (Tee-her EE-na) is a copy cat. Far from it. He takes the best elements and then brings things to the next level sonically and his song writing is top notch, too. The word that keeps coming to my mind is sophisticated. His solos, although fiery, don’t bash you over the head; they slither and slide at you. His playing isn’t just rock and pyrotechnics; but blues first and rock second...If you are a “guitars are king” kind of blues fan then you need a copy of Walk This Road sooner than later." Malcolm Kennedy - Washington Blues Society Bluesletter
"It has been many years since a guitarist has come on the scene and offered the kind of inspiration to young guitarists as did the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. But in mine and others opinion, Todd may well be the one to carry that torch. His manner of soloing, writing and singing is refreshing and inspiring. Trust me readers, we'll be hearing a lot more about this artist." -- Rootstime CD Reviews (review of Now)
"Todd Tijerina’s funk and jazz tinged, high-energy blues guitar playing is instantly recognizable in an era inundated with oh-so-familiar-sounding blues guitarists. His thick guitar tone and fervent phrasing compliment his blues soaked voice and help explain his popularity."-- The Promised Land Entertainment Magazine
"his music is distinctive...his guitar playing has as much power and expression as any guitarist I’ve heard in a short one minute solo....It’s just a matter of time before he gets a major label release." Putnay Thomas,Blues On Stage
"Every once in awhile a person gets a chance to catch a rising star in a venue that years later has them saying, "I can’t believe we saw him here!" Well, Grand Junction, that chance will be yours on Sunday, June 10 at Grande River Vineyards, when the Todd Tijerina Band takes the stage for a night of unforgettable entertainment that will have you shaking your head in wonder for years to come... If you caught their show at The Chameleon Club a couple of years ago, you know what a rare treat seeing them live is!...
His newest release, The Lowdown, is a perfect example of how to take the old and mix in the new to get a feeling of something very special. Besides being a guitar player extraordinaire, Todd has a hand in writing all the songs on The Lowdown. From the opening instrumental you can tell you’re in for a ride you won’t forget. "-- The Promised Land Entertainment Magazine
"About every decade an artist comes on the horizon that changes the flow for the positive and Todd Tijerina is that vessel. With his self-produced 'The Lowdown' he sets the course for the next generation of Blues-Rock musicians. His tone is the first sign that there is something special going on here. And then there are the songs, the writing; profound, and crafted with a wit that only comes from the universe's powers. Todd Tijerina studied Albert King and yes, you can hear SRV, but what you really hear when you turn it up and listen, is the next premier artist that will unleash his talents on the population and make one think within themselves and help make a change for us all. The lowdown makes me want more, and I'm sure, that's on the horizon. After hearing "The Lowdown" I had to check this artist out and I'm so glad I did. Powerful, vibrant, tight, and what a professional; the stars await this young man. Todd Tijerina, Ya'll best be paying attention, Todd Tijerina is coming and your gonna like it!"-- JaBeaux, KVNF FMwww.kvnf.org &Bluedog Entertainment
"Todd is a tremendous guitarist (with an alluring, slightly gritty voice) accompanied by the well-suited rhythm section of Troy Lawhon (bass) and Matt Tessler (drums)... This album makes me want to hear this trio in concert." Review in RootsTown Music, Belgium
"...TODD TIJERINA is more ego-free soulman than six-string showboat. Not that he can’t burn a fretboard with the best of ‘em--one spin of his new disc, The Lowdown, proves that--but Tijerina and his band lay down a tune and a rock-solid groove well before the solo sparks fly, not the other way around. Nothing against the over-the-top likes of your Chris Duartes, but it’s nice to hear a guy who puts his audience above his own stroke-fests once in awhile." Bill Frost--Senior Arts Editor-- Salt Lake City Weekly
"His new album, The Lowdown, showcases Tijerina and his band's many musical gifts, and is well worth the listen...From the first note of each tune, he plays with a confidence and an intensity that immediately draws the listener in. Like all good musicians, he makes his guitar talk, whisper, growl and wail, coaxing emotions from his instrument as if it were alive."-- Rob Williams, Crosswinds Weekly
"This guy is something else! I mean let me tell you!...[Tijerina is] able to blend [his] voice and guitar. The phrasing on both of them is incredible."-- Jackie Gisclar, host of Jabeaux's Blues Session--KAFM Radio, Grand Junction, CO
"Could be a guitarist to watch for."-- Blues Access
"Todd Tijerina knows the blues. From the first note he strikes on his guitar, it's apparent that something great is happening. Tijerina knows the blues can be hot, cool, happy, sad and just about everything in between. He can play shuffles, call and response, slow ballads and bright celebrations.
"He shows off all those sounds and more here. Even more impressive, all of the songs on the disc are original. They're close enough to the classics to provide a frame of reference, but Tijerina's guitar playing and singing are all his own.
"Now, he is from the Chicago area, and it's pretty apparent that Tijerina has picked up a few mannerisms from a number of area players. What he does is take those pieces and assemble them into his own, unique style. A fluid, yet sometimes fiery sound, Tijerina plays with an almost incomprehensible intensity.
"Laid back? Not here. Tijerina and his band charge hard, even in the slower numbers. Can't fault the guys for effort, and the results stack up in the positive column as well. One quality set of songs."-- Aiding & Abetting www.cent.com/abetting/archT.html
"Todd is one of those who seems to possess the requisite skills to not only succeed but excel in trio form. He's a very talented musician and a dynamic performer, backed by a very solid rhythm section. This is high energy, guitar driven, power trio blues."--Chicagoland's Chord On Blues News
"Todd's roots are evident, his playing is clean and streamlined, the intensity sneaks up then reaches out and grabs you. It makes you listen."-- Cathy Ray--Editor--Albuquerque Blues Rag
"Todd is a very accomplished guitar player and vocalist. From the first note to the last, he's...On Fire!!!"-- Chicagoland's Chord On Blues News
"Their music is characterized by dazzling guitar work, scintillating vocal harmonies and uplifting rythms that have the dance floor moving from the start of the show until the last note is played."-- New Mexico Sentinal
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