Based in Southern California since 2014,
Brazilian guitarist Celso Salim and his band are announcing the release of
their new album, Mama’s Hometown.
Produced by Mike Hightower and Salim himself, this is the first album recorded
in the U.S. with the band’s new formation.
Full of soulful and energetic performances,
the band presents a contemporary blues sound rooted in the past. Their music
takes on many styles, mixing deep blues with hints of soul, country, jazz and
The band received two awards in the 2019 International Blues Challenge: Band
3rd Place and the Lee Oskar Harmonica Award.
Mama’s Hometown has 9 tracks, including 8
originals and a version of a traditional gospel song, “In My Time of Dying.”
The album features Brazilian singer Rafael Cury on lead vocals. Mike Hightower:
bass/harmony vocals, Lynn Coulter: drums/harmony vocals, Dave Fraser:
piano/keyboards and Celso Salim: guitars/dobro/lead vocals. Additional special
guests, Darryl Carriere: harmonica, Mo Beeks: Hammond B3 and Minque Taylor:
The album’s title track recently won the 2018
Independent Music Awards – Vox Pop in the R&B/Soul Song category and the
track “Locked Out In Misery” is a finalist in the Blues Song category
at the 2018 International Songwriting Competition.
In Brazil, Celso has built a solid fan base,
releasing 5 solo albums since 2001, and is considered to be one of the best
guitarists in the country. He has also toured and recorded with prominent
artists in the Brazilian Blues/Rock scene. Frequently featured among top
Brazilian acts, Celso has performed at its biggest festivals and venues. He has
toured Europe and opened for legendary artist B.B. King as well as Deep Purple
and John Hammond. He has also toured with bluesman Larry McCray and performed
with blues legends Magic Slim and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith (Muddy Waters
Celso re-located to Los Angeles in 2014
becoming one of the busiest and most respected guitarists in Southern
California. The Celso Salim Band has won the Southern California Blues Society
Battle of the Bands twice (2015 and 2017) and were semi-finalists at the
International Blues Challenge 2018 in Memphis, TN. They have also opened for
renowned artists Joe Bonamassa, Canned Heat, Kim Wilson and Larry McCray,
performing at large venues all over Southern California.