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Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike
April 1 • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm• $12 - $15
Vipertoons Productions presents four-time Blues Music Award nominee Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike (http://www.andytband.com) at Whirled Pies on Sunday, April 1st. The group pairs veteran Nashville guitarist Andy Talamantez with the dynamic San Francisco Bay area singer Michael A. Benjamin, aka Alabama Mike.
Talamantez, a Los Angeles native who moved to Nashville in 2008, teamed up with Nashville blues artist Nick Nixon in 2011 to form the Andy T ̶ Nick Nixon Band. The group released three acclaimed albums, all produced by Texas guitar ace Anson Funderburgh. After Nixon retired in 2016, Talamantez, upon recommendations from his peers, asked Benjamin to join the band.
Benjamin found great camaraderie in the Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike. “There are a whole lot of excellent musicians out there,” he says. “But if they don’t vibe and work together, it’s not going to be as good as a band with people who complement one another Collectively, the vibe and the energy our group has is great. Everybody gets along well.”
Benjamin made his recording debut with the Andy T Band on the group’s fourth album, Double Strike, released in 2017. The album’s swaggering, house-rocking opening track, “I Want You Bad,” stars Benjamin’s soaring tenor vocals and gospel-infused shout.
The Andy T Band is comprised of “Andy T” Talamantez on guitar, “Alabama Mike” Benjamin on vocals and harmonics, Larry van Loon on keyboard, Doug Swanson on Bass, and Adam Hagerman on drums.
Advance tickets for $12 are available at Whirled Pies and online at www.whirledpies.com. Tickets at the door are $15. Show starts at 7:00 pm. Whirled Pies is at 199 West 8th Avenue in Eugene.