Blues Meets Girl
Downchild and Kasimira met at a jam session when a mutual friend asked
them to sit in. It was immediately evident that their musical styles
worked well together. Later, Mr. D would invite Kassy to show up at his
gigs and have her up to do a couple of tunes. Before long it became a
real thing and Blues Meets Girl was formed.
way they weave their separate influences and past experiences together
is undeniable. This is Down home, Smokin’, Sexy Blues. You can feel and
relate to the soulful and passionate songs they write for and about
each other as well as their unique renditions of the classics by Muddy
Waters, Etta James, Big Mama Thorton, Elmore James and Sonny Boy
Williams making this duo original in their own right. Blues Meets Girl
is bonefide Blues thru and thru.
up in a musical family, Mr. Downchild began his singing career after
hearing British Skiffle legend Lonnie Donegan and had his first paying
gig at the age of 5. By age 15 he had performed on the London
Theatre stage and T.V. both acting and singing until he discovered the
Blues of Sonny Boy Williamson. This changed everything. A self-taught
harmonic player and guitarist he discovered the open tunings and
learned to play slide guitar. He played in various bands in London
until he came to the U.S. in 1985.
he met Robert Lockwood Jr., who became his close friend and mentor.
They recorded together in 1994 and since then Mr. Downchild had toured
25 states and produced 6 albums. He was equally influenced and
encouraged by Pinetop Perkins and Junior Wells. Mr. Downchild plays the
Delta/Chicago Blues and performs both as a one man band or in his
current project, Blues Meets Girl (duo) and with a band.
KasimiraTexas born singer songwriter “Kassy” was greatly influenced
by her parents vast collection of albums that included Jazz, R & B,
Folk and Blues and music was always being played on the radio. At age 9
her mother sent her to a voice teacher and by age 17 she had performed
in many concerts and theater productions. She went onto college
furthering her musical studies at The Dana School of Music but to her
dismay opera was the only option for vocalists.
Always searching for
great female artists, she soon discovered Etta James, Big Mama Thorton
and Koko Taylor. Secretly she went with her friends in the Jazz program
to the local Jazz & Blues clubs. Her voice teacher caught her
performing at a downtown event, not singing opera, he confronted her
saying “Miss. Vogel, the reason I cannot get from you the operatic
qualities is because you are listening to that Jazz & Blues music.”
Shortly after that she decided that she needed to make her own path
and designed a degree thru the University for Musical Theatre, the
first of its kind there. She continued to sharpen her skills as lead
singer of several bands including Network out of Worcester Ma and The
Pale Daisies. Kasimira has 2 cds under her belt and has toured 5
states. She is equally at home singing original material as she is
paying homage to the great female vocalists that influenced her.
|Venues and Shows of Note|
Quotes from Fans/Musicians/Reviews
- Wilbert’s Cleveland, Ohio
- Oliver’s Blues Club, Columbus, Ohio
- Estelle’s, San Pedro, Belize
|Shows, Festivals, Tours|
- Opened for Kelley Ritchie Band
Robert Lockwood Jr.: Son I knew you was good but… I didn't know you was THAT GOOD!
Pinetop Perkins: I want you to play Guitar with me tonight. You play the hell out of that slide.
P Henke, a fan: Great Band! Kasimira has alot of soul!
Ro Daley past president of Cleveland Blues Society: Gotta hear Kasimira sing!!!