Winner for her song 'Free'in the Americana Blues, Roots song of the year category @ the 2011 L.A. Music Awards. Listen HERE
Shari was Pre-nominated by the Grammy committee in 3 categories and up for nomination for the 59th (2017) Grammy's in the following Americana Category: Album: MY Obsession, Song performance: "Sugar Daddy", Song written: ”Turned to Stone",
Selected as a Featured Unsigned Blues Artist on KJAZZ, 88.1FM with the Wagman,
Winner Best Female vocalist at the 2010 South Bay Music Awards. I
Oct, 2016, Shari placed 2nd by 1/2 point in the International Blues Challenge at the Ventura Blues Society chapter; among other notable nominations
April, 2018 Live CD ANNOUNCEMENT for the Shari Puorto Band- Live at Bogie's http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=202794
The highly regarded, South Bay-based vocalist, Shari Puorto Band, is scheduled to perform at the Inaugural Temecula Blues Festival. Courtesy photo. Smooth, sexy and soulful are all words used to describe the blues, a musical genre that can trace its roots back to the Mississippi Delta more than a ...
July 12, 2017 Facebook - Phil Delazerda - Shari Puorto I thought it was one of the best sets of the (Waterfront Blues Festival, 2017) Fest and I was there all 5 days!
July 5, 2017 William Coultas https://www.facebook.com/shari.puorto/posts/10211827196168835 So, day five ends with, of course, a bang. If you are like me though, you felt something else. As I told a new friend who was a first time at the Waterfront Blues Fest attendee, we felt Portland at its finest. The best of its people, and the best of what we all know our city has in it. It wasn't a band aid, or a cure all for some of the things that have hurt us real bad over the past 45 or so days. It was a welcome breath of fresh air, that changed us for five days, and brought us back together, as a whole and healthy community should be. As we know we can be. For most of that we owe a huge thanks to the Oregon Food bank once again. And to the performers who come here for a reason. Thanks to, and these are only a few, Billy D & The Hoo Doos, Elvin Bishop, Dirty Bourbon River Show, Chris Isaak, Big Monti, Greyhounds, Pimps of Joytime, Norman Sylvester, Lloyd Jones, Joss Stone, Monkey Junk, and Dave Pinsky. Personal thanks to Scott Pemberton, The Icon Curtis Salgado, Monkey Junk, and especially Shari Puorto Band. Their shows blew me INTO the water! We felt the bang of the fireworks tonight, but I'm sure you felt the Stumptown strong vibe that makes us the nothing can beat us, RipCity resilient, people that we are and always will be. The gift you gave us helped put some pieces back together. We were safe.....Much appreciated, and much love to you all.
June 2, 2017 Little Lightning Productions presents, The Shari Puorto Band's Northwest Tour. Hitting the road 6/29/17! Check out this press release to catch them in action this summer! http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=198221
May, 2017, Waterfront Blues Festival celebrates 30 years in 2017! Join blues legends, up-and-comers and local regional acts to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union, June 30 - July 4, 2017 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Artists such as, Canned Heat, Elvin Bishop, Joss Stone, Shari Puorto and more. "For three decades this event has supported Oregon Food Bank while reaffirming and strengthening the threads that bind us as a community," says Artistic Director Peter Dammann. "This has become one of the nation's great community music festivals and it could only happen like this in Portland." . More information found HERE
Feb 22, 2017 Little Lightning Productions & The Rhythm Room are pleased to announce, Shari Puorto & Deb Ryder coming together to perform. Two Powerhouse Singer/Songwriter's appearing together for one special night! Plan for what should prove to be a remarkable event with these two ladies! You can't go wrong this night at the infamous Rhythm Room in Phoenix Arizona. More HERE
Jan 6, 2017 Little Lightning Productions, The Shari Puorto Band , Los Angeles, CA, USA, January 6, 2017 Little Lightning Productions & The Coach House is pleased to announce, The Shari Puorto Band performing with Tommy Castro & the Pain Killers at The Coach House Concert Hall in San Juan Capistrano, CA on Friday, 1/13/17. More: http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=195562 =================================================
Shari Puorto "My Obsession" (CD, Little Lightning Productions, 2015). Bluesrock aus L.A., schön anzusehen und zu hören. Shari Puorto kann den Crooner geben, aber auch wie gott-habe-sie-seelig Janis abgehen. Höhepunkt ein inbrünstiges Cover von "When A Man Loves A Woman". Siehe die Shari Puorto Band live @ YouTube!
Blue Rock from L.A., beautiful to look at and listen to. Shari Puorto can give the crooner, as well as god-did-they-seelig depart Janis. Highlight a fervent cover of "When A Man Loves A Woman". See the Shari Puorto band live @ YouTube!
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Orange Native Shari Puorto returns home for four shows this weekend
By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register - Posted: 8/11/16, 11:29am EDT NEW HAVEN >> Shari Puorto has covered a lot of ground since growing up on Old Silo Road in Orange. Now a well-traveled blues singer and band leader in Los Angeles for the past 14 years, she’ll return to her old stomping grounds to sing for only the third time this Sunday with a matinee at Cafe Nine as part of Cygnus Radio’s “The Sunday Buzz” series. MORE HERE
It is always good to come across an album that, on first listening and all subsequent plays, holds your interest right through from beginning to end, and this certainly qualifies on that score, from the early 70s rock sound of the introduction to the otherwise funky blues of ‘It’s A Damn Shame’ to the closing notes of the oh-so soulful cover of Percy Sledge’s ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ 44 minutes later. Shari is now based in Los Angeles, and although she is probably best categorised as a blues artist, she has that Muscle Shoals approach down pat, with a couple of detours into country too. She is a powerful vocalist and writes some good songs too – all apart from that closing item are her own. Mind you, she does have Barry Goldberg as co-author on eight tracks, and the calibre of musicians helping out on this set includes the likes of keyboards players Barry, Jim Pugh and Mike Finnigan, and guitarists Johnny Lee Schell, Jimmy Vivino and Steve Fister, all highly respected names. This is most definitely Shari’s album though, with her coming over all sexy on ‘Sugar Daddy’, rocking out .......MORE HERE...
================================================= Shari Puorto – My Obsession - click to the left! Blues Blast Magazine, May 27, 2016 Shari Puorto – My Obsession | Album Review. May 27, 2016 ... Puorto had a hand in writing all but the last song on the CD. The songs are fresh and ... If you are looking for a new face with a clean and fresh expressive voice, Shari is worth checking out. I think you’ll like her!
These graceful American lady I had never heard but fortunately I did when listening to this CD, this section may leave me. Beyond that Shari looks physically beautiful, she is also blessed with a voice from the thousands. It is, after all her fourth studio release but unfortunately a first introduction for me. Shari has a soulful blues voice and we can compare them with the best of that other great American singer Bonnie Bramlett. She was already support for i.a. Tommy Castro, Robin Trower, Tab Benoit, Joe Bonamassa, etc ... So they need more not to present credentials for me and they obviously proves the entire line on this very strong, exquisite album. On the album we find some eye-catching names which some helped in the studio. We hear the famous Tony Braunagel on drums, Jimmy Vivino (Al Kooper) is used as strings Knight, Barry Goldberg (Mike Bloomfield) stirs the ivory keys and co-wrote most of the songs. Further interaction and Johnny Hawthorn (guitar), Steve Fischer (guitar), Jim Pugh (piano) e.v.a. 12 numbers can be found on this album and I have at no song should use the fast-forward button. Immediately the beech in it with the funky / jazzy opener 'It's A Lady Shame' which sounds a strange intro. Some songs are colored blues and 'Home Of The Blues' is a great example of blues of how it should sound. 'Sugar Daddy' can not be immediately penetrate into one box but mostly listen to the voice of Shari and guitar interventions. Simply beautiful. Even with the most intimate songs Shari know our musical to hit the ears because if tracks like "My Obsession" and "All About You" Do not you know to pull over the line of the doubt, then I fear that you put in your ears you sit. Besides her own work, you could already hear Shari as lead vocalist on the homage to Bugs Henderson 'The Kind Of Clubs. We can not throw this new cataloged under one label, because if you look into the heart-warming 'Old Silo Road' listening is difficult to define under what genre you can post this. And sturdy rocking is on "Workin In The Room 'which again full of energy and inaction is not an option. The tempo of this song will seamlessly connect "What's The Matter With The World" for the dance floor must be populated. To close a tribute to a man who is still in hit to attract attention worldwide with only a few numbers, viz. Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman 'gets Shari freshening up, she sticks to the original melody off. If we can speak now about a handsome, fresh CD produced with summery touches, then comes this "My Obsession" without any doubt in the first place. Shari proves she still has a fantastic voice beyond her physical appearance and that writing good songs is not a strange thing for her. Well done, Shari, and now a European (including our country, of course) tour to promote your new drive. Men promoters, search no more, this is it!
================================================= April 20, 2016 4.0 out of 5 stars - Little Lightning Productions artist: Shari Puorto - My Obsession - New Release Review By Bman's Blues Report on April 20, 2016 Format: Audio CD I just received the newest release, My Obsession, from Shari Puorto and she's still slamming it. Opening with funky rocker, It's A Damn Shame, Puorto's vocals are tight and her phrasing is super. Johnny Hawthorn knows how to make it hot on guitar and Bob Glaub's bass lines are smokin. Backed by Kenna Ramsey, Julie Delgado and Mike Finnigan, this is my favorite track on the release. On Home of the Blues, Jimmy Vivino and Steve Fister step up on lead and slide guitar (respectively) and Mike Finnigan's B3 work is super. Rock and roller, Six Months Sober is square down the middle with Jim Pugh's piano and B3 and slide soloing by Hawthorn is smooth. Sugar Daddy is a slower sure stepper with a drone bass line and slap snare from Tony Braunagel. Title track, My Obsession, opens with a subdued niteclub feel but kicking into a solid rocker with Vivino and Finnigan trading lead riffs under Puorto's cool vocals. Old Silo Road is a quiet ballad, primarily the purity of Puorto's voice and Finnigan's piano. Johnny Lee Schell's tasty slide riffs add a real nice touch to this solid radio track. Workin' The Room has a definite country feel with a two step rhythm and nicely executed piano work from Barry Goldberg. Schell again steps up with a cool guitar solo making this another track that could easily hit multiple radio lines. Better Left Unsaid has a R&B styling with cool backing vocals from Ramsey, Delgado and Finnigan. Schell's rhythm guitar work and Finnigan's piano work give this track a lot of textural traction. With a New Orleans feel, What's The Matter With The World, has a real nice rhythm and Schell's slide work is spot on the mark. Finnigan gives the track a nice boot of his own with nicely stylized piano work. Very cool! Steve Fister adds his own guitar zip to All About You, a serious ballad with Schell joining on rhythm guitar. The interweaving guitar styles, coupled with Puorto's vocals make this another serious radio track. Turned To Stone has a real "Jackson Browne" feel with Johnny Hawthorn playing some excellent David Lindley style pedal steel lead throughout. Goes without saying that this track, with a cool melodic hook and slick pedal work, could really hit big. Wrapping the release is the soul classic, When A Man Loves A Woman. Finnigan on B3, Pugh on piano and with Darrell Leonard and Joe Sublett on horns, gives this track a rich clarity and Vivino's clean guitar work, coupled with Puorto's power makes this a perfect track to close it up.
March 21, 2016 - John Porter's "Time for the Blues" blog/review of Shari's Puorto's MY Obsession http://timefortheblues.blogspot.com/2016/03/obsessed-with-shari-puortos-my-obsession.html - for FULL Review, click on LINK “Recently I received a copy of Shari Puorto’s album MY OBSESSION and I can honestly say that I am obsessed with her. No, not in that creepy stalker kind of way, in that oh my great God, what an amazing talent kind of way. After hearing her vocal energy on a CD, I can’t wait for the opportunity to catch her live. Her voice has been compared to all of the greats: Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge, Etta James, and the one and only Janis Joplin. Those are fair comparisons, but it is my belief that future women singers will be compared to her. Her chops are silky smooth, or gritty, depending on the song; but they are always filled with soul. Her emotion is flat out in your face and there may be precious few that can do it any better. In case you haven’t gotten the message, she’s the real deal and belongs not only in your record collection, but on every major stage you can find.” =================================================
March 16, 2016 CD Review, MY Obsession -- Posted by dvcrow56 --SHARI PUORTO, MY OBSESSION, LITTLE LIGHTNING PRODUCTIONS
IT’S A DAMN SHAME–HOME OF THE BLUES–SIX MONTHS SOBER–SUGAR DADDY–MY OBSESSION–OLD SILO ROAD–WORKIN’ THE ROOM–BETTER LEFT UNSAID–WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH THE WORLD–ALL ABOUT YOU–TURNED TO STONE–WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN
Current Los Angeles resident Shari Puorto has one of “those” voices–one that can go from sultry-sexy to funky to bluesy and back again, without missing a stroke. She got her inclination to sing from her dad’s classic soul and blues record collection, and her latest album, “My Obsession,” features eleven originals that let her mighty voice shine thru!
The backing band ain’t no slouch, either. Tony Braunagel doubles down as drummer and producer, and his Phantom Blues partner, Mike Finnigan, is on B-3 and piano, as are Barry Goldberg and Jim Pugh. On guitars we have Johnny Lee Schell, Jimmy Vivino, Steve Fister, and Johnny Hawthorn, with Bob Glaub on the bass.
Mike’s organ intro kicks off the scratchy groove of “It’s A Damn Shame,” as Shari laments a lover who “couldn’t get outta your own way!” Johnny Hawthorn lays down some mean slide on Shari’s tale of proudly being “Six Months Sober and no longer addicted to YOU!” She wistfully looks back on life and love along the “Old Silo Road,” and closes the set with a sanctified read of “When A Man Loves A Woman.”
We had a ton of favorites, starting with the title cut. As one can easily glean from a look at the CD cover, Shari’s “My Obsession” would be SHOES, the higher the heel the better! This one was co-written by Jimmy Vivino, and he’s on that strong guitar throughout. “Sugar Daddy” is four minutes of pure carnal pleasure, as Shari’s sexy voice weaves its spell. “Workin’ The Room” follows a similar theme, but this one rocks the house, thanks in part to Barry Goldberg on the 88’s! And, a slide-fueled tale of “seven rooms of misery and seven rooms of gloom” welcome you into the “Home Of The Blues!”
Shari Puorto and her soulful and impassioned vocals bring this material to life, and her backing corps of musicians are sure to make “My Obsession” your obsession when you give it a spin! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.
March 5, 2016, MIDWEST RECORD, CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher http://www.midwestrecord.com/MWR1061.html LITTLE LIGHTNING SHARI PUORTO/My Obsession: You might not be familiar with Puorto if your ears lie outside the LA area, but on her fourth album, she’s aligned herself with the crème of the crop, all of whom show up to play and not just pick up a check, and she has what it takes to take you back to the day when white, red hot bluesy mommas strolled the terrain. At it long enough that to compare her with the greats of the past is off base, Puorto knows how to tear it up and get the party started. A raucous, rousing date this is a gasser for all fans of Raitt, Muscle Shoals and all that good stuff. A winner throughout.
Volume 39/Number 125 March 5, 2016 MIDWEST RECORD CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher Copyright 2016 Midwest Record
Feb 29, 2016 - MY Obsession CD review Peter Merrett -- PBS 106.7FM Melbourne - www.facebook.com/peter.merrett.12. *** SHARI PUORTO - "My Obsession". Label : Little Lightning Productions.
Shari Puorto - Vocals, Composer. Johnny Lee Schell - Guitars., Jimmy Vivino - Guitar., Johnny Hawthorn - Guitars, Lap Steel., Steve Fister - Guitar, Slide., Mike Finnigan - B3, Piano., Barry Goldberg - Piano., Bob Glaub - Bass., Tony Braunagel - Drums., Raymon Yslas - Percussion., Daryl Leonard & Joe Sublett - Horns. Kenna Ramsey, Julie Delgado, Mike Finnigan, Johnny Lee Schell and Deb Ryder - Backing Vocals.
Now where do we start with Ms. Shari Puorto that hasn't already been said in the past. First off let me say that damn she can sing and write a song. Throughout her songs she evokes and conjures images and memories of past times brought into to the now. I feel ashamed that l have not heard of Shari Puorto previously but that has now changed and l am forever grateful. This is an outstanding album that at times melds and morphs styles but never once does it descend into an listenable cacophony. I highly recommend this album to and lover of Blues/Roots music and leave it up to you as to what genre you want to label it. As Count Basie said "there are only two types of music and that is good or bad" and this is definitely in the "good" category.Congratulations to all concerned!
*** Track 1. - "It's A Damn Shame" Written by Shari Puorto and Johnny Hawthorn. A distant intro heralds this one into a guitar and drom solo followed by keys and wha wha pedal guitar. Puorto is somewhat subdued but then as if inspired by funky guitar unleashes her power packed voice. Puorto possesses an incredible control over her voice and uses this ability to stunning effect. What started funky breaks into a solid rocker enabling Puorto to really lay her vocal range bare. Powerful start to the album assisted by a wonderful band and great backing vocals.
*** Track 2. - "Home Of The Blues" Written by Shari Puorto and Barry Goldberg. Another self penned song that pays homage to the Blues that Puorto can sing with the best, full throat ed and unrestrained. By now it ios more than evident that the band is an amazing collaboration of true artists brought together for a common good. Fister shines on guitar as does Finnigan does on B3. First class performance indeed.
*** Track 3. - "Six Months Sober" Written by Shari Puorto and Johnny Hawthorn. Puorto lays bare her personal demon, (?), with the full bodied backing vocalists in a Blues that would strike an accord with many a person. Hawthorn not only co-wrote the song he also provides the outstanding guitar work and Finnigan the piano. Quite a powerful statement from a powerful vocalist and outstanding band.
*** Track 4. - "Sugar Daddy" Written by Shari Puorto, Barry Goldberg and Tony Braunagel. Sensuous Blues that not only showcases Puorto in a testifying mood but also Schell's wonderful expressive guitar. There is an element of the great Janis Joplin in Puorto's approach to this song and that is truly a great thing!
*** Track 5. - "My Obsession" - Written by Shari Puorto and Jimmy Vivino. If ever ther was a subject for a Blues song then this is it but l think Mr. Vivino has some explaining to do. Yeah being a male l just don't get this "shoe" thing the gals have, but heh Shari you are sort of helping me. Then again l might be the typical male and am zoning out when l hear the word shoes and am just enjoying a stellar performance from you and the band.
*** Track 6. - "Old Silo Road" Written by Shari Puorto and Barry Goldberg. Stunning slow Blues with country overtones that is pathos laden, gentle and heartfelt. Such a beautiful song with stunning guitar from Schell that truly is a standout as is the piano of Finnigan. What a wonderful story teller Puorto is as she weaves her tale about her past and what it means to her. The band, oh that band are sensational as is the subtle backing vocals. This is truly a standout for me.
*** Track 7. - "Workin' The Room" Written by Shari Puorto and Barry Goldberg. Goldberg's R&R piano gets the cats up and dancin' as Ms. Shari starts workin' the room. Yes indeed pure Rock 'N' Roll Shari Puorto style. Ain't it good daddy-o. Seriously good fun as Schell provides the authentic guitar to complete the sound and feel that is right on the mark.
*** Track 8. - "Better Left Unsaid" Written by Shari Puorto and Barry Goldberg. Soul inspired funky guitar and bass with that very distinctive backing vocal style has Puorto getting down. A song worthy of being a Muscle Shoals recording of the 60's. Extremely well crafted song that certainly could be considered a classic from back then and l would suppose one could be excused for thinking it is a cover.
*** Track 9. - "What's The Matter With The World?" Written by Shari Puorto and Barry Goldberg. Puorto and band are seeking the answers to age old questions in a real honky tonk style that is a whole mess of fun. Again Ms. Shari takes us back to the 50's style that instantly installs a smile on your face. Backing vocals and Schell's guitar round out a fun sound even though it is such a serious matter to be considering.
*** Track 10. - "All About You" Written by Shari Puorto and Barry Goldberg. Minor key Blues with a minimal intro that is punctuated with swirling guitar and then back vocals. A plaintive Puorto delivers her vocals in a rather restrained manor to garner the moodiness she requires to interperate her song to greatest effect. Angst ridden and pathos laden at a grand scale. A wonderful wonderful song indeed.
*** Track 11. - "Turned To Stone" Written by Shari Puorto and Barry Goldberg. Another wonderful Country/Blues with a tale of woes and love lost that hangs over you like a dark cloud. A deep look at a life many of us live and breath but want to be gone once and for all. Beautifully crafted with absolutely stunning orchestration and charts. Puorto certainly processes the ability to phrase her delivery perfectly.
*** Track 12. - "When A Man Loves A Woman" Written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright. Wow Ms. Shari continuing on in that indelible Muscle Shoals vain a Percy Sledge monster hit is the perfect accompaniment to your very own singing and songwriting. Such an iconic song that can go so so very wrong when not paid the required reverence. Here you absolutely nailed it and gave new impetuous to the legend that is this Soul classic. The band is absolutely stellar as they wrench at every emotion possible that is invoked by this song. Now as for your vocals, l must confess that you had me shed a tear or two as you climbed to dizzying heights and then plunged to dizzying depths all the while the crescendo of soulful music emanated from the band. This is easily one of the very BEST versions l have heard of this iconic song. Bravo!
March, 16, 2016 - MY Obsession review, Jim Santella SHARI PUORTO My Obsession Little Lightning Productions With her big voice and program of original songs, Shari Puorto makes blues/rock sizzle from wall to wall and brings the house down strong. Along with band members such as guitarist Jimmy Vivino, drummer Tony Braunagel, guitarist Johnny Hawthorn and pianist Barry Goldberg, she's written eleven blues anthems that allow her to tell the stories eloquently and convincingly. Her powerful voice drives the message forward and the band echoes her sentiment with plenty of hard-edged action. The varied program includes familiar elements such as lap steel, background vocals, and horns; however, the core of her program pairs Puorto's mighty vocals with flaming guitar action. The album's title track starts off real slow and kittenish behind a somber Hammond B3 and snare drum before Puorto turns it loose with fire and brimstone. According to the lyrics her obsession is aimed at a particular man, but based on the overall program, her obsession remains tied to creating good blues music right and left. Most of her program drives the blues emphatically home; however, Puorto also sings 'em soft and slow when she so desires. For example, "Old Silo Road" owns a graceful demeanor that brings a pleasant ambience to a country setting made for keeping memories. Later, her cover of the oldie "When a Man Loves a Woman" allows her to slow it down again with toe-curling emotion and unending persuasion. - Jim Santella
================================================= January, 2016, Orange County Blues Society - Interview with Shari Puorto, by Rick Snyder,3 Sunz Consulting & Management found HERE
================================================= November 20, 2015, MY Obsession Tour http://mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=187870 Little Lightning Productions is pleased to announce, The Shari Puorto Band celebrating new release, MY Obsession! Available today on CD or digital download. Their tour will be all year long, starting in Prescott Arizona, to the Rhythm Room in Phoenix, to the Boondocks Lounge in Tucson on Friday 9/20, 9/21, 9/22 respectively, and more! See poster and website for a show near you.
November, 2015, MY Obsession, review Casey Reagan Blues-E-News http://blues-e-news.com/shari-puorto-my-obsession/ MY Obsession is Sharis finest effort to date and promises to take her to the next level in her already impressive career. 12 tracks, 11 originals and a version of ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ with Mike Finnigan on B-3, Jim Pugh playing electric piano and Darrell Leonard & Joe Sublet on horns that will make you melt.....
Bakersfield Blues, Rock and Roots music fans will be excited to know that the Shari Puorto Band will be appearing at O'Hennings on Sunday, June 28, 2015. This will be the bands' first ever appearance in Bakersfield. Festival appearances have included headlining the Phuket (Thailand) Blues Rock Festival, the Fiji International Jazz/Blues Festival, Doheny Blues Festival, the Long Beach Bayou Festival, the Orange County Fair, the King Biscuit Blues fest in Helena, Arkansas, and several others......more
================================================= November 13, 2014 - New Haven Register - Link to Below HERE
Bluesy Shari Puorto does a homecoming show at Stella Blues
NEW HAVEN >> Chances are you’ve never heard of Shari Puorto – and that makes sense, since she lives and has made her living singing the blues and leading a blues rock band for the past 12 years in the Los Angeles area.
She can sing the heck out the blues, punching things home with subtlety, power and passion, and truth be told, she grew up in Orange.
While Puorto occasionally has stopped by to sit in with local bands during visits back home, however – an unexpected and pleasant surprise when she did it with my band, The Cobalt Rhythm Kings, a few years back – she’s never performed here in an advertised show of her own.
Puorto will perform in her old stomping grounds, or near them, anyway, for the first time on Sunday in an early, 5 p.m. show at Stella Blues, 204 Crown St. Tickets are $7 in advance at www.BluesRockMusic.com or $10 at the door.
She’ll be joined by New York’s Andy Aledort & the Groove Kings and a couple of longtime friends, local native Jim Pino Jr. on saxophone and harmonica and Will “the Thrill” Hitchcock on keyboards.
“I’m coming home” to see “family and friends,” said Puorto, who lives these days in Hermosa Beach, Calif. “And I decided that I ‘ve never really performed in my hometown,” and it was time to change that, she said.
Puorto, who has worked with the likes of New York blues guitarist Jimmy Vivino and onetime Chicago (and later California) blues keyboard wunderkind Barry Goldberg on past albums, has been busy in recent weeks.
She opened for Kansas about a month ago and played a benefit in Santa Barbara, Calif., in which she shared the stage with Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa, Vivino and Rick Robinson of the Black Crowes. Last year, she got to sing background vocals with Don Felder of the Eagles and share the stage with Slash, onetime lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses.
She also has shared the stage over the years with Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro, Dickey Betts, Johnny Winter, Dave Mason, Robin Trower, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Larry Carlton and Ike Turner, among others.
In between, she’s done plenty of club gigs, mostly in California but also in Colorado, among other places.
“I just keep plugging away,” Puorto said.
While she’s never played her own gig around here, Puorto has been pretty well-recognized where she lives, winning a 2010 Los Angeles Music Award for American, Blues, Roots Song of the Year for her song, “Free.” She also is a past winner of the Best Female Vocalist award in the Southbay Music Awards.
She is working on her fourth album, “My Obsession,” which she expects to be out in March of next year.
What’s she looking for most about coming home?
“Aside from having Pepe’s pizza? Just performing for my family and friends,” she said. “I’ve never really done it before – not in New Haven, Connecticut.”
============================================= April 16, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA, USA Website: http://www.BluesRockMusic.com/ For immediate Release --Little Lightning Productions The Shari Puorto Band Little Lightning Productions is proud to announce The Shari Puorto Band opening for Kansas at the LV Bikefest, 10/4/14. More information HERE ============================================= Sept, 2014, The King Of Clubs: A Tribute Album Dedicated To The Music Of Bugs Henderson. The King of Clubs: A Tribute to the Music of Bugs Henderson, overseen by Chuck Kavooras (in whose Southern California-based SlideAway Studio the bulk of recording transpired), This is a double-disc affair featuring contributions from an impressive array of talents: Chuck Lukather, W.G. “Snuffy” Walden, Jim Suhler, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Orianthi, Buddy Whittington, Jimmy Vivino, Steve Ferrone, Kenny Lee Lewis, Billy Mumy, Billy Watts, Kirk Fletcher, Josh Smith, Lou Castro, Teresa James, and many more. Shari Puorto lent powerful vocals on two tracks, “Look what Love can Do” with Jimmy Vivino, and “Cowboy” with Lou Diamond Phillips.
============================================= April 16, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA, USA Website:http://www.BluesRockMusic.com/ For immediate Release --Little Lightning Productions/Road Dawg Touring The Shari Puorto Band, READ ONLINE HERE
Little Lightning Productions and Road Dawg Touring is proud to announce The Shari Puorto Band tour late April into early May 2014. The band is hitting the road and touring from Socorro New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas City, and various cities throughout Colorado. See tour schedule below.
If you haven't seen this band, you might want to do yourself a favor... come out and see them. They are a unique band combining old school Blues and passion with their contemporary Blues/Rock flavor. With Shari's lead and vocal conviction, makes this project like no other. -Winner: Americana, Blues, Roots song of the year, for Shari's song, Free. Los Angeles Music Awards, Oct 2011. -Winner: 'Best Female Vocalist' at the South Bay Music Awards in 2006 -Regionally, Shari has been nominated for many awards over the years, from the Los Angeles Music Awards, to the Southbay Music Awards, to the Orange County Music Awards. -CD release, "Real": Landed in the top 50 on the Roots Music Reports/Blues Category, Oct 2013 Tour: 4/23: Wed Capitol Bar, Socorro, New Mexico 4/24, 4/25, 4/26: Pala Casino, Lawton, OK 4/27: Sun: Kansas City, MO, Knuckleheads 4/29: Tuesday: Little Bear / Evergreen, CO 4/30: Wednesday - Rusty the Bucket, Littleton, CO, Blues Jam - featured band 5/1: Thursday: Takoda Tavern in Parker, CO 5/2: Friday: Cactus Jack's, Evergreen, CO 5/3: Sat: CO Platte River Grill, Littleton 5/3: Sat: Boulder Outlook, Boulder, CO, 5/4: Sun: Jake's Roadhouse, Arvada, CO ================================================= Members: Shari Puorto (vocals), Johnny Hawthorn (guitars/vocals), Frank Scarpelli (Bass), Jon Greathouse (Keys/vox), Mike Sauer (drums). ================================================= PRESS: "Many of us anxiously wait to hear a voice that resonates throughout our entire body. When listening to Shari Puorto sing, you can actually feel her voice. Yeah, she's that good. When Shari delivers a hard driving blues tune or a soft intimate ballet, you feel her passion ad message that the songs were meant to share." Neil Caplin - iJamar Magazine Videos: MONTAGE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDC5ZqajuCA Website: www.BluesRockMusic.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/shari.puorto See them on other social networks: Twitter, Instgram, etc
============================================= Jan, 6, 2014- L. Paul Mann,
What a way to christen the newly remodeled Lobero Theatre! On Friday night, at the third annual Notes for Notes Benefit Concert, an amazing group of announced and unannounced artists joined together to deliver a true Show for the Ages.
In the process, a significant amount of money was raised for the Santa Barbara-based Notes for Notes organization, which is expanding into new locales with its admirable mission of providing musical instruments, instruction and facilities to young musicians.
Next up, Santa Barbara's guitar pickup guru/Notes for Notes patron saint Seymour Duncan and L.A.-based axeman Johnny Hawthorn came out for a sweet guitar jam. They were then joined by singer Shari Puorto for a great version of "Going Down," in a Jeff Beck Group-style arrangement.
Then there was another big surprise — unbilled Eagles guitarist Don Felder graced the audience with a cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Pride and Joy" and one of the all-time great rock songs, "Hotel California," which Felder co-wrote. Hearing Felder's solo at the end of the latter song, which many like me can sing along to virtually note for note, was almost a religious experience.
And that was just the show before the intermission!
The second half of the concert kicked off with Robert Randolph, a bluesy lap steel guitar virtuoso who brought high energy and Bo Diddley into the mix — and the crowd to its feet. Who could possibly top that? One word: Slash.
Slash first rocked the musical universe as lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses, and he played with Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snakepit, and is currently pursuing a solo career. He is recognized as one of rock music's all-time greatest guitarists, and if memory serves, almost single-handedly brought the Gibson Les Paul guitar back into vogue in the late 1980s. With his signature curly hair and black top hat, he was a commanding presence at the Lobero.
Slash was in a bluesy/funky mode, starting off with an acoustic duet cover of Robert Johnson's "Ramblin' On My Mind" with Vivino, then plugging in and giving his wah pedal a workout for a cover of The Temptations' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone."
During the latter, while the band kept the funky groove going, Slash's guitar was signed by the notable guitarists onstage and was auctioned off. When the bidding stalled around $5,500, Randolph decided to throw in his guitar as well, bringing the take for Notes for Notes up to $8,000. Well played!
This song also featured some fine soloing from 15-year-old Notes for Notes Hall of Fame inductee Chimaway Lopez.
Just when it seemed the evening was over, Slash wanted to do one more song, and the band launched into a smokin' cover of The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." Special kudos go out to Puorto for belting out the background vocals made famous by Merry Clayton.
Another star of the evening was the remodeled Lobero Theatre, which looks and sounds absolutely great. The Notes for Notes Benefit Concert was the perfect way to show it off for the first time.
— Jeff Moehlis is a Noozhawk contributing writer and a professor of mechanical engineering at UC Santa Barbara. Upcoming show recommendations, advice from musicians, interviews and more are available on his web site, music-illuminati.com. The opinions expressed are his own.
Oct, 2012 Biscuits and Blues presents Shari Puorto Shari Puorto WINNER 2010 Los Angeles Music AwardsAmericana Blues Roots song of the year for Shari's song Free WINNER Best Female Vocalist Southbay Music ... sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/eve/3263490112.html =============================================
Blues singer Shari Puorto returns to Sly McFly's with her big bad ... Oct, 2012 Monterey County Weekly By Adam Joseph Shari Puorto wants to be remembered for having a voice that moves listeners. How it moves them isn't as important.MORE HERE: http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/news/2012/oct/04/blues-boom/
============================================= Mi2N.com - Shari Puorto Band & Tab Benoit Performing 9/21/12 Little Lightning Productions Is Pleased To Announce, The Shari Puorto Band Performing With Tab Benoit At St. Rocke, Hermosa Beach On Sept 21, 2012. www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=157404 http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=157404 =============================================
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July, 2012 Shari Puorto Band - Blues act - Road Dawg Touring Co. Shari Puorto Band Blues Band available through Road Dawg touring. If you need music for your wedding, party or club, road dawg is your best choice. www.road-dawg.com/talent_Shari_Puorto_Band.html =============================================
May, 2012 MUSIC FESTIVALS: Artists tuning up for summer of sounds North County Times ... Aunt Kizzy'z Boyz, Box Canyon Band, Soul Diego, Craig's Band, Shari Puorto Band and the Bill Magee Blues Band at Walnut Grove Park in San Marcos. =============================================
Edelbrock to Host Rev'ved Up 4 Kids Charity Weekend (5/6/12) UTV Weekly This year's show will feature live entertainment from MEGG Music, Shari Puorto and Scot Bruce as “Elvis.” There will also be live broadcasts from “The ...
April, 2012 New Orleans and the Blues Comes to Long Beach Long Beach Post ... Artwork Jamal, the scorching southern blues of the Bill Magee Blues Band, and the Los Angeles Music Award winning Shari Puorto Band. =============================================
Jan. 20, 2012, Robert Kinsler writer: "Hermosa Beach-based blues-rock singer Shari Puorto and her excellent four-man band tore it up on a packed patio at the convention center. While several hundred attendees were enjoying BBQ chicken and burgers, Puorto dished up some original material from her latest album (the aptly-titled Real) as well as several earlier efforts. Highlights included the slow burner “Don’t Mess with Me” and a striking ballad, “Free.” Link to see the day's full coverage:
http://soundcheck.ocregister.com/2012/01/20/namm-2012-brian-wilson-flees-ed-roland-unveils-collective-soul-offshoot-locals-turn-in-sharp-sets/89070/ ============================================= Jan, 2012, Mi2Ncom Shari Puorto Band Performing At NAMM 2011 Shari Puorto Band Performing At NAMM 2011, Anaheim California. www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=150218
Feb, 2012, CORONA:The Blues Slinger's Ball at the Marquee 15 | iGuide ... Shari Puorto with the Shari Puorto Band performs during The Blues Slinger's Ball at the Marquee 15 in Corona, Ca. Feb.12, 2012. Photo: FRANK ... www.inlandsocal.com/.../20120213-coronathe-blues-slinger-s-...
============================================= Jan, 2012, Music Under the Stars: Shari Puorto - Ventura Events - Calendar of ... Search the official Ventura, CA Event Calendar for music, events, galleries, festivals and more, discover the real California. California visitor and vacation ... www.ventura-usa.com/calendar-of-events/index.cfm?...6367
============================================= Jan, 2012, Shari Puorto Blues Band - San Jose, CA - on Sat Jan 7 at Poor ... The Poor House Bistro welcomes the Shari Puorto Blues Band as they take a break from their tour to make a pit stop in San Jose. Originally from Los Angeles, ... www.sfstation.com/shari-puorto-blues-band-e1461752 ============================================= Dec, 2011, Shari Puorto at Sly McFly's | MontereyCountyWeekly.com Switching up sounds like a musical Swiss Army knife, Shari Puorto's band gives the internationally traveled vocalist shredding rock riffs to which she belts like ... www.montereycountyweekly.com/events/2012/jan/06/44804/
Nov, 2011: Bman's Blues Report: Bman's Exclusive Interview with Shari Puorto If you went to Kickstarter.com and typed my name (Shari Puorto) in the search box you can watch my video and read all about what I'm doing. I'm raising money ... www.bmansbluesreport.com/.../bmans-exclusive-interview-wit... ============================================= Nov, 2011: Shari's CD release pty (& show w/Ronnie Montrose ... - All Events in 12/3 Shari Puorto CD Release party at, Harvelle's Long Beach 206 The Promenade North Long Beach, CA 90802 6pm - 9pm $10 cover - also allows you to stay ... allevents.in/Long%20Beach/...(.../299388773423520 ============================================= Nov, 2011: Mi2N.com - Shari Puorto's CD Release Party In Long Beach, CA. 12 ... Shari Puorto's CD Release Party On 12/3/11 At The New Harvelle's In Long Beach. 6pm Sharp. www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=148630 =============================================
Nov, 2011, Marquee 15 Shari Puorto 11-11-11 - YouTube Adding comments has been disabled for this video. Thumbnail 3:55. Add to. Van Halen feud ...www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aptjh6GDmbk
Nov, 2011: The Shari Puorto DVD project by Shari Puorto Shari Puorto is raising funds for The Shari Puorto DVD project on Kickstarter! Raising funds to accomplish my longest-held dream... Being able to share our ... information found at, www.BluesRockMusic.com ============================================= Oct, 2011: Around town in San Diego SignOnSanDiego.com Live music by Shari Puorto Band, burlesque performance, breast cancer survivors and advocates. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended. ...
Sept 2011: Jim Santella - Writer: Southland Blues Magazine: ..."With her latest CD release, Real, Shari Puorto goes for the jugular. In control and pumped up for action, she makes sure we get the message in no uncertain terms; the blues is a form of communication in which Shari Puorto excels..." MORE HERE ============================================= Aug 2011: Stuart Hamilton - writer, Blues Matters! & Record Collector: Stuart Hamilton's Review of 'Real' ..."If you've been here before, you should have no doubt that Ms Puorto is a fabulous singer. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, she's right up there with Bonnie Bramlett in my pantheon of soulful blues singers, and I don't give higher praise than that..." ============================================= Aug 23, 2011 – Two Powerhouses Brought Together (Barry Goldberg & Shari Puorto) For Shari's 3rd CD Release, Real. Mi2N.com - Shari Puorto's 3rd CD, 'Real' Is Released! Produced By ... www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=145331 - Cached ============================================= Aug 2011: Shari Puorto Band at Marquee 15 on Sun Aug 28 2011 Albert Lee, Shari Puorto Band, Randy Scott Brunch w/the Blues..... more information, www.BluesRockMusic.com. www.reverbnation.com/show/5336278
============================================= July 2011: The Shari Puorto Experience - Lou's Pier 47 - San Francisco - Events The Shari Puorto Experience at Lou's Pier 47 info from SF Weekly. Find info about San Francisco events, concerts, shows, admission and ticket prices. www.sfweekly.com/.../the-shari-puorto-experience-2634467/ ============================================= May 2011: Shari Puorto to perform at the Fiji International Jazz/Blues Festival (May 12 - 15). http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=65649
============================================= March 2011: Shari Puorto to perform with the infamous, Ron Kobayashi Trio at Steamers in Fullerton. You don't want to miss this rare occassion! No cover 8:30pm - 12:00a http://jazzstation-oblogdearnaldodesouteiros.blogspot.com/2010/05/shari-puorto-live-steamers-tonite.html http: Ron Kobayashi Website
============================================= Jan 2011: Shari Puorto on Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/21743740@N03/2485168614/
============================================= Oct 2010: Shari Puorto covered in the OC Press for her appearance at the Orange County "Real" Blues Festival. http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s238/Spuorto/ocregister2010final2.jpg
============================================= Sept 29, 2010: Shari Puorto featured in American Blues News with Johnny Winter. http://www.ameriblues.com/2010/10/shari-puorto-experience.html =============================================
Sept 2010: Shari Puorto interview in the Beach Reporter. By Shaun Hauge. CLICK HERE TO READ INTERVIEW
Sept 2010: Shari Puorto interview in the Beach Reporter. By Shaun Hauge. CLICK HERE TO READ INTERVIEW ============================================= June 2010: Dave Noyes, Producer/Buyer: "The Irvine Lake 2010 Blues Festival was the largest attended festival held thus far. Shari Puorto set the scene and got the stage rockin' with her energetic performance. Shari rocked the stage for over 45 minutes to standing ovations!! We can't wait to have Shari back next year." ============================================= June 2010: Radio Interview with Julian Vazquez. INside the INdustry - The Music, Los Angeles, CA, US Details: Radio / TV interview with host, Julian. INside the INdustry - The Music. The show can be heard on the internet KTSTFM.com Click HERE to listen: http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?songs=653424&T=5850Original =============================================
April 2010: Shari Puorto featured on, Nothin' but the Blues' KJAZZ 88.1 Long Beach, CA with Gary Wagner's 'Unknown Artist', Sunday 5pm. ============================================= May 2010: Jazz Station - Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Blog: Shari Puorto live ...Currently residing in Los Angeles, Shari Puorto has been described as "a soulful singer with a sexy and raspy sound, she immediately brings Janis Joplin to ... jazzstation-oblogdearnaldodesouteiros.blogspot.com/.../shari-puorto-live-steamers-tonite.html ===============================================
May, 2010: Ron Kobayashi Trio With Shari Puorto - Steamers Jazz Club - Orange ... Ron Kobayashi Trio With Shari Puorto at Steamers Jazz Club info from OC Weekly. Find info about Orange County events, concerts, shows, admission and ticket ... www.ocweekly.com/.../ron-kobayashi-trio-with-shari-puorto-===============================================
Jan 2010: Shari Puorto To Perform In Thailand, Bangkok - Jan 2010 @ Top40 ... LOS ANGELES (Top40 Charts/ Shari Puort Official Website) - Shari Puorto, Los Angeles based singer/songwriter/performer is heading to Thailand, Bangkok to ... www.top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=53937
Nov, 2009 Shari Puorto lends background vocals to Barry Goldberg's latest release. CD produced by, Bob Dylan & Jerry Wexler. While Barry Goldberg's recording career is largely hogged by tapes of jam sessions dominated by blues cover versions, he was an excellent songwriter and more than deserved the respectful treatment he got here from a production team that consisted of none other than Bob Dylan and Jerry Wexler. =============================================== Oct, 2009 Stuart Hamilton Review: What Love Will Do to You "...It's another collaboration with the legendary Barry Goldberg, who has worked with just about everyone, and sees them going for that whole Southern soul sound that came out of Memphis back in the sixties. And it's very good.....the four tracks from "Who's Gonna Put Out The Fire?" through to 'Good Inside' got my fires burning." http://www.the-rocker.co.uk/ =============================================== Oct 30, 2009 Robert Kinsler Shari Puorto to make Swallows Inn rock this Halloween http://www.ocregister.com/articles/puorto-blues-capistrano-2627454-san-rhythm ================================================= Sept 23, 2009 Biscuits and Blues presents Shari Puorto: Wednesday, 9/23 at 8 ... Biscuits and Blues presents Shari Puorto Details: Currently residing in Los Angeles, Shari Puorto is “a soulful singer with a sexy and raspy. www.when.com/.../88220919-biscuits-and-blues-presents-shari-puorto - ================================================= Shari Puorto Band Opening For Dickey Betts 8/15/09 @ Top40-Charts ... Jul 16, 2009 ... Santa Ana, CA. (Top40 Charts/ Shari Puorto Official Website) - August, 15, 2009 - Santa Ana, CA. Top40-Charts.com provides music charts from ... top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=50226 ================================================= June 9, 2009 Shari Puorto Band Appearing On Channel 17 Cox Cable Tues 6/9 @ 7pm Url: http://www.BluesRockMusic.com/ Share an intimate night with Shari Puorto and her band Tuesday June 9th @ 7pm PST. If you can't get out to California to see her perform live you have an opportunity to see her on TV. This hour program will give you the opportunity to meet her band, get an inside view to some of her originals, and to even call in to ask your own questions. Musical Cafe is Santa Barbara's live TV musical show that showcases and promotes music bands, singers and song writers of all types. ================================================= July 2009 Shari Puorto & The Rhythm Addicts - www.BluesBrewsandBBQ.net The second of the two ROCK THE BLOCK events - Shari Puorto & The Rhythm Addicts hail from Southern California and perform gritty blues and rock classics ... www.bluesbrewsandbbq.net/pictures5.html - =================================================
January, 2009 Shari Puorto & the Rhythm Addicts support sisterships between cities in the United States and Spain. Shari Puorto y los Rhythm Addicts apoyan el hermanamiento entre ciudades de Estados Unidos y España. =================================================
August - 2008 - Review "Down The Road" in issue 45 of Blues Matters! Stuart A Hamilton, Blues Matters!
Well now! I suspected that this second album from Shari Puorto and her Rhythm Addicts might be a rare treat when I saw that the guitars were getting handled by the fantastic Blues player Alastair Greene. And that was before I noticed the name of the legendary Barry Goldberg plastered over production, songwriting and keys! You know, the one who for med The Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, who wrote songs for Rod Stewart, Gladys Knight, Joe Cocker, Steve Miller and Bobby "Blue" Bland. That's when he wasn't producing albums by Percy Sledge, Charlie Musselwhite and James Cotton. Or recording one of my all time favourite albums, "Blast From My Past". Add in the powerful voice of Shari , and you end up with an album that will probably end up on my list of favourites f or this year. It's not a perfect album as Shari is at her best when she's letting rip, which means the ballads like 'This Ain't That Kind Of Love Song' or 'I Thought I Knew (You Were The One)’ fall a little next to belters like 'Treat Me Mean', 'Outta Mind' and 'What's It Gonna Take'. As with any woman singing the Blues, Shari has had the Janis Joplin comparison thrown her way, but I get more of a souped up Bonnie Bramlett vibe, even a touch of Rossington Collins band styled southern rock. She lists Etta James, Susan Tedeschi, Pat Benatar and the Doobie Brothers amongst her influences, and it's a heady mix of soul and Blues that raises a smile and lifts the spirits. The bonis live track shows there's no studio trickery, and "Down The Road" is definitely a CD to track down and enjoy. =================================================
July 15, 2008 BVSReviews - Review of Shari Puorto's "Down the Road" CD release... In my review of her last album, I said that she had a livelihood that if bottled, could be sold as a top notch energy drink. She still has that energy. She is possibly more energized this time out. Her name? Shari Puorto. She has just recorded and released a brand new album. This one has the title of Down The Road http://www.bvsreviews.com/sharipuortodowntheroad.htm ================================================= July 11th (Wed) - Leo's "Bluesland" 91.9FM - Radio Interview with Shari Puorto - 7:00am Shari Puorto will be interviewed on Leo's "Bluesland" Santa Barbara based Blues radio, KCSB 91.9FM (www.kcsb.org or, www.leosBluesland.com) and streaming via, www.N2BN.org. We will discuss their opening for Dickey Betts at the Coach House on July 21st, CDs will be given away as well as new tunes on air for the first time! LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE =================================================
5/8/08 - Shari & the Rhythm Addicts performing at the Boogaloo Cafe in Hermosa Beach Shari Puorto 2 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! Shari is a great entertainer. Her music is outstanding. I've seen her a number of times. You want a good show, great music she has it. =================================================
July 15, 2008 BVSReviews - Review of Shari Puorto's "Down the Road" CD release... In my review of her last album, I said that she had a livelihood that if bottled, could be sold as a top notch energy drink. She still has that energy. She is possibly more energized this time out. Her name? Shari Puorto. She has just recorded and released a brand new album. This one has the title of Down The Road. More below: http://www.bvsreviews.com/sharipuortodowntheroad.htm =============================================
May 2008 - Southland Blues Magazine Review "Down the Road" Local vocals sensation Shari Puorto belts with full throttle and all-wheel drive on this latest program from her contemporary repertoire. For the powerful spirit in her voice and the heartfelt emotion that she lays down, she’s been compared favorably to Janis Joplin and a few other notable heroes of modern music; more here =============================================
August - 2008 - Review "Down The Road" in issue 45 of Blues Matters! Stuart A Hamilton, Blues Matters! .....the legendary Barry Goldberg plastered over production, songwriting and keys! You know, the one who for med The Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield, who wrote songs for Rod Stewart, Gladys Knight, Joe Cocker, Steve Miller and Bobby "Blue" Bland. That's when he wasn't producing albums by Percy Sledge, Charlie Musselwhite and James Cotton. Or recording one of my all time favourite albums, "Blast From My Past". Add in the powerful voice of Shari , and you end up with an album that will probably end up on my list of favourites f or this year. More here
Taipei Times - archives What: BBQ and Blues at the Cosmopolitan Grill, featuring the Rich Harper Blues Band andShari Puorto Where: 218 Changchun Rd, Taipei City (台北市長春路218 ... www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2008/02/22/2003402427 - 34k
Taipei Times - archives Feb 22, 2008 ... What: BBQ and Blues at the Cosmopolitan Grill, featuring the Rich Harper Blues Band and Shari Puorto Where: 218 Changchun Rd, Taipei City ... www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2008/02/22/2003402427 - 33k - ==================================================================
ThaisNews 19 มี.ค. 2008 ... In response to requests from viewers for an excerpt we could not show before, we have a clip of Shari Puorto, together with Rich Harper on ... news.prd.go.th/news_detail.php?newsid=216514 - 29k ==================================================================
March 8, 2008 Phuket Post - Review of the Phuket Blues Rock Festival... http://i153.photobucket.com/albums/s238/Spuorto/PPostMarch8.jpg
Click here for video coverage at the Phuket Blues Rock Festival of SP http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Vn8GsCZP4 ==================================================================
January 2008, Phuket Thailand - Phuket Gazette - Jan 08 Shari Puorto another Top blues act will perform Saturday night at the Blues Rock festival in Phuket. Click here for more info
June 26, 2007 / Los Angeles Times / Travel Section http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-trw-music24jun24 Dates: Sundays through Aug. 26
Venue: Resort Village
Don't miss: For fans of blues-tinged rock, the July 1 date with Shari Puorto is the opportunity to watch an artist with booming, powerful vocals and big guitar sounds. Puorto also plays Mammoth's Fourth of July celebration.
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YouTube - Barry Goldberg Jam Band feat. Shari Puorto
Barry Goldberg Jam Band performing at the Cabana Club in ... www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_P9gYCbmUk
It's been a while since "Down The Road" was out, and even though I was privy to some of these tracks as long ago as October 2009, it's a real treat to see the CD arrive in its finished format. Especially, as this has more blues than I expected, and is a right wee gem.
If you've been here before, you should have no doubt that Ms Puorto is a fabulous singer. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, she's right up there with Bonnie Bramlett in my pantheon of soulful blues singers, and I don't give higher praise than that. Of this, her third CD, Ms Puorto says "While you listen to this CD, I hope you go on a ride and feel something old, something new, as I stay true to keeping the music's meaning and message: Direct, Open, Raw and Real." More of this review at, Blues Matters website