Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs

Peggy Ratusz & Daddy LongLegs

 Asheville, North Carolina, USA
BandBluesSoul

Award winning Original Traditional Blues Soul band with versitle, ruby throated female vocalist, style laden guitarist, in the pocket drummer and thumpin' Bass a-holic. Cohesive sets with a rich repertoire and grooves a-plenty. Has opened for Taj Mahal, Bernard Allison, Denise LaSalle, & Mac Arnold.

Biography

Each member of the group contributes and commits fully to the sound. Together for 4 years, we've won contests (Southern Fried Blues Society Blues Challenge 2010, Piedmont Blues Challenge 2007, Semi-finalists at International Blues Challenge 2010 and 2008) and "best of" poles (WNC Best Blues Band 2007-2008). Our calendar is a mixed bag of concerts, festivals, clubs, private events and benefits. Our philosophy is "play it forward." As lead vocalist and main writer for the band, I'm inspired by the incredible chops and inherent listening skills of each instrumentalist. These attributes translate into astounding performances. Duane's guitar style can range from sparse to heavy and he's never one to over or under play. He often sets the mood. Rob, on bass, handles solos like a guitar player and his Funk influences are evident. "All-Day" Joey K on drums, is the man with the plan. His energy level for the Blues is high. The groove is where it's at in this band, and the duty of layin' in down is in very capable hands. Blues-infused Originals, Rockin Blues, Funky Blues, Soulfilled Blues, Country Blues, Traditional Blues...we love and we play it all.

Discography

Infused With the Blues - 13 song original CD released Jan 2010 and avail on cdbaby and band village.

Sexual High - written by Peggy Ratusz
included on compilation CD 'Women In Blues' released by Jomar Records Nov 2007 avail on line and at fye.

Crowd Around the Mic Vol 12 (2008)- WNCW radio's compilation CD. I'm Lost Without You

It Takes a Lot of Faith - 12 song, original debut released by Peggy Ratusz in 2005. Radio airplay on many independent radio stations across the US including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennesee, Texas, Louisiana and NY.

Set List

We can do anywhere from 1 to 4 sets of music. Sets include original songs as well as traditional and funky blues covers. Sets are anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, per required.

Original Material:
Honey Boy
Sexual High
All Because of You
Crazy Like That
It Takes a Lot of Faith
Sins
Wastin' Away
Miss Blue
Blue Persuasion
All for One
Big Man
90 Miles an Hour
Already Gone
Here I Come
Roomful of Blues
It's My Song
Foreplay
Common Thread

Covers:
Come to Mama - Etta James
Down Home Blues - ZZ Hill
Victim of the Blues - Ma Rainy
Good Day for the Blues - Storyville
Lonely Avenue - Ray Charles
Unchain My Heart - Ray Charles
Help the Poor - BB King
Further on up the Road - Eric Clapton
Little by Little - Susan Tedeschi
Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown
Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton
Feel Like Breakin' Up - Anne Peebles
Give it Up or Let me Go - Bonnie Raitt
Mighty Tight Woman - Bonnie Raitt
Love Me Like a Man - Bonnie Raitt
I Fell in Love - Susa