2010 Nominee – Americana, Blues, Roots Single – 20th Annual LA Music Awards “Blue Revolution”
Sponsor – 20th Annual LA Music Awards
2012 Nominee – Musical Group of the Year – 22nd Annual LA Music Awards
Nominated for Musical Group of the Year by the L.A. Music Awards, the New Blues Revolution continues a long winning streak in 2014. In 2015, the band will return to perform at NAMM! The band leads the vanguard of the new blues movement in the U.S. Akin to the boom in the British Blues in the 1960’s, they work to broaden, deepen and contemporize the blues.
The band set a box office record performing at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip and draws impressive crowds at other top nightclubs (including the House of Blues at Disneyland), concerts and festivals all over the United States and Europe. They share the stage with music legends like Tommy Castro, Tab Benoit, Macy Gray, Leon Russell, Rick Derringer, Burt Bacharach, Blood Sweat & Tears, Three Dog Night, Canned Heat, David Lindley, Michael Burks, Katey Sagal, Bernie Pearl, Brophy Dale, the Mighty Mojo Prophets and Whiteboy James.
Forging a unique, distinctive style featuring Bill Grisolia’s vocals and piano and Chap Cooper’s guitar, the band brings exciting showmanship to a mix of high-energy New Blues numbers and ballads – deep, modern, rocky but soulful. A favorite of critics, The New Blues Revolution receives rave reviews from national trade magazines such as Cashbox and Music Connection. Critics recognize NBR’s exciting talent and their extraordinary songwriting. Chap and Bill’s song “Blue Revolution” was nominated for an LA Music Award.
The band’s exciting live show makes for great TV. Television appearances include live satellite broadcasts from New York City to prime-time television in Spain. Broadcast performances in major U.S. television markets (UPN in Los Angeles) confirm the appeal of the band’s music across the U.S. Los Angeles television appearances include KNBC, KCAL, KCOP and KMEX including the number one morning show in the LA market.
Festivals booked include the High Desert Blues Festival, Irvine Lakes Blues Festival and the Long Beach New Blues Festival.
Bill Grisolia – Singer\Songwriter\Pianist – his first memories of life are on the Spanish Mediterranean coast; the bilingual singer grew up in the blues rock jazz stew of Kansas City. His international career began at 18 by playing the top clubs Tres Triste Tigres and Pub Gent in the rough Barrio Del Carmen district of Valencia, Spain.
Chapman Cooper – Guitarist\Composer – Before he was 12, Chapman played rhythm guitar for members of the Yardbirds and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. It was old hat to the guitarist who scored his first paying gig at age 8. Growing up among Rock’s most famous legends has lead to his working with many top musicians and recording artists. Early on, Chap led the house band at Gazzari’s, a top Sunset Strip locale. These experiences color the rich array of ideas – complete with guitar stylings that “span the emotions” – of the New Blues Revolution. He is endorsed by Dano Electric.
Randy Reems – Bass Guitar\Vocals – While playing with Cowboy Attitude Band, Randy opened for Patty Loveless, Mark Wills, Trent Willman, Highway 101, Neil McCoy and 38 Special and toured nationally. Besides his prowess on the bass, Randy is well-known for his engaging stage persona and high vocal harmonies.
Born in Santa Monica, California and raised in Marina Del Rey and Washington State apple country, Randy’s musical life started with trumpet in school and then bluegrass guitar. His older Brother locked him in a room and said “You are not getting out till you learn this.” After three hours with a tape deck and guitar, he emerged ready for a gig that night! That gig led to playing the Pacific North West Rodeo circuit at age 14. By the time Randy was 17, he was back in California working the Sunset Strip with Madame X and others.
After moving to Grand Junction, Colorado, Randy committed to playing bass guitar exclusively. Playing with Craig and Dead Cowboyz brought him full-circle back to his Rock~n~Roll roots. Randy played with the Dead Cowboyz for a few years then moved back to Southern California in 2010 where his versatility and musicianship brought Randy the opportunity to play with artists in various genres. Now, Randy returns to concert and festival stages with the “New Blues Revolution”!
Roger Beall – Drummer\Vocals
“The band does have a nonstop powerhouse drummer in Roger Beall” Jim Washburn – LA Times
Roger shares the stage with notables such as Blue Oyster Cult, Steppenwolf, The Dixie Dregs, Mickey Gilley, TSOL and Agent Orange.
Roger leads and presents drum and percussion workshops in the US as well as Europe and plays large concert halls like the Anaheim Convention Center, mid-size concert halls like the Wilshire Ebell and Coach House and many top Sunset Strip nightclubs including the House of Blues.
Roger began his musical training at the age of 10, first with piano, then concentrating on drums and percussion. Roger took private drum lessons while also gaining more formal training playing in band, orchestra, jazz and pep Bands both in high school and at Long Beach City College, and California State University (both Long Beach and Dominguez Hills campuses). He also studied Electronic Music and Audio Recording Engineering during his time at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Roger designed, built, owns and operates Foundation Rock Studio in Long Beach, CA.