Muddfest: Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Saving Abel, Tantric, Mick Blankenship
Muddfest: Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Saving Abel, Tantric, Mick Blankenship comes to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Friday, Jan. 11.
Puddle of Mudd
Puddle of Mudd is an American post-grunge band from Kansas City, Missouri. To date the band has sold over seven million albums, and have had a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles in the United States. Their major-label debut Come Clean has sold over five million copies. They have released two independent and four major albums, with their latest being Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate in December 2009, and their latest compilation album being re:(disc)overed, released in August 2011.
After acquiring front man Bobby Amaru in 2011, Saliva became infused with new blood, energy and spirit. The same energy launched Saliva’s career in 2001 with the release Every Six Seconds – a certified Double Platinum-selling album, containing the hits “Click Click Boom” and 2002 Grammy nominated, “Your Disease.” Saliva’s in-your-face, anthemic writing style continued with a certified Gold-selling album Back in to Your System with hits: “Always,” “Raise Up,” and the Nikki Sixx co-written, “Rest In Pieces.”
Louisville-based post grunge rock group Tantric have defined themselves through six studio albums as a groove laden, guitar rich rock band with dense vocal harmonies and infectious vocal melodies. Frontman Hugo Ferreira’s unique soulful baritone vocals, ranging from angsty rasps to melodious melancholy are a testament for the signature Tantric sound. Along with the usual intricate guitar work and infectious riffs layered over complex textures has become the hallmark of the Tantric sound. Tantric has endured for a career of 15 years, and although band has gone through many label and lineup changes over the years, Ferreira has managed to keep the entity that is Tantric alive and well. “I consider Tantric a boat that I float in—it’s a vessel that carries the music. So I never feel restrictions. It doesn’t have any rules. Tantric music can be super-heavy, light–or both It’s really an open book with no ending in sight,” says Ferreira.
Jared Weeks and Jason Null began forming Saving Abel in the small town of Corinth, Mississippi in 2004. Weeks was learning to play the guitar at his best friend’s house, and Null, who was in a competing rock band in the same town, walked in to rehearse. Null and Weeks hit it off, and a couple of days later the two were writing songs together. Early in 2005, their songs caught the ear of noted producer Skidd Mills (12 Stones, ZZ Top, Saliva and Robert Cray), who brought the two into his 747 Studio in Memphis, Tennessee to record some of the songs.
Hailing form Cincinnati, Ohio is the American rock artist, producer, songwriter, musician, and multi-instrumentalist known as Mick Blankenship. Mick recently teamed up with producer John Moyer (bassist of multi-platinum rock band Disturbed) to record his first full length solo album titled: “Crown of Apathy.” Using low and heavy guitar riffs, huge vocals and hard hitting drums, Blankenship ties it all together with lyrics that are completely relevant to his past struggle and today's culture. The album is packed with raw emotion and relates to all walks of life. The live performances are undeniable and has an energy like no other. The first single (Transcend the Machine) was released worldwide in April 2017 and has been featured on multiple FM rock stations locally and internationally. Mick’s full length album “Crown of Apathy” was released worldwide in February 2018.