We are proud and thrilled to welcome to the Rivoli stage the amazing duo of Paul Rishell and Annie Raines. The duo has racked up hundreds of thousands of miles touring the US and Europe and has been nominated for many W.C. Handy and Blues Music Awards, winning the W.C. Handy award for the acoustic blues album of the year in 2004.
“Rishell is a master of country/blues styles, particularly slide played on a National steel guitar. Raines, a rare female ace blues harmonica blower, shows that she is as strong an acoustic country harp accompanist as she is a harder-edged, electrified Chicago-style lead player à la the great Little Walter” -Billboard
When 22-year-old harmonica ace Annie Raines first sat in with 42-year-old country blues guitarist Paul Rishell in a Boston bar in 1992, few in the crowd suspected that they were witnessing the beginning of a musical partnership that would span the next fifteen years and counting.

Despite the difference in their ages, Paul and Annie are equally passionate about their craft and devoted to the study and performance of a wide range of blues styles, from the syncopated acoustic guitar wizardry of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Son House to Chicagoan “Little” Walter Jacob’s swinging amplified harmonica.

Paul has reached what Boston Phoenix writer Ted Drozdowski called “a place deep and resonant as Robert Johnson’s crossroads, where authenticity, soul, and a sense of purpose and commitment ring out in every note he sings and plays.”

Annie is recognized by top professionals and fans worldwide as the “queen of the blues harmonica.” Says blues legend Pinetop Perkins, “She plays so good it hurts!”
“There must be some physical explanation for the sheer joy they bring to the blues…lots of heat but also plenty of subtle variation under the theme.”
-Atlantic Monthly
For more information of Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, please visit their website: http://www.paulandannie.com/mojorodeo/

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