Award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist Curtis Salgado and renowned guitarist Alan Hager celebrate the release of their first collaborative CD, ROUGH CUT, with a live performance on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at The Triple Door in Seattle. Joining the duo for this performance will be Portland musicians LaRhonda Steele, Keith Brush, Dave Fleschner and Brian Foxworth. Salgado’s earth-shaking vocals and forceful harmonica playing have been devastating audiences around the world for over 30 years.
Guitarist Alan Hager has been wowing fellow musicians from his hometown of Portland, Oregon and beyond for decades. Hager has been jamming with Salgado since 2003, and joined his band full-time in 2015. ROUGH CUT is a stripped-down album featuring a potent mix of newly written, timeless originals and carefully chosen blues covers. “We did it for the love of the music,” says Salgado. “This is where
our hearts are. These are deep songs that we love to play.”
Produced by Salgado and Hager, the 13 songs on ROUGH CUT (including six originals) range from plaintive to playful. Recorded in one live unrehearsed take, the original I Will Not Surrender, with its haunting and sparse soundscape, showcases some of Hager’s strongest guitar work, and some of the most profoundly emotive vocals Salgado has ever laid down. The canine-lover’s anthem, I Want My Dog To Live Longer (The Greatest Wish), is already a huge fan favorite. Salgado’s soulful singing and Hager’s elegant slide guitar playing shine on Elmore James’ You Got To Move and Muddy Waters’ I Can’t Be Satisfied. “He’s the best player in the business, unlike anybody else,” Salgado says of Hager. “One reason I made this record was to show him off.”
Salgado and Hager have performed at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival, The Chicago Blues Festival, The Tampa Bay Blues Festival and Canada’s Tremblant Blues Festival and on The Legendary Blues Cruise. Salgado has also performed at The San Francisco Blues Festival, Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival, Denver’s Mile High Blues Festival, as well as in Canada, England, throughout Europe, Brazil, Chile, Panama, The Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong. Blues Revue, describing Salgado’s performances, declares, “He starts at excellent before segueing into goose bumps, ecstasy, and finally nirvana.”
Tickets to the show are priced between $25.00 and $35.00, and can be purchased via The Triple Door’s website.