Brilliant songwriter, world-class harmonica player and streetwise vocalist Rick Estrin was the very popular front man with the internationally renowned Little Charlie & The Nightcats for over 30 years. They played thousands of club, theatre and festival gigs across the U.S. and around the world. Plus, Rick wrote the vast majority of the songs (including the Blues Music Award-winner "My Next Ex-Wife") on their nine critically acclaimed albums. Little Charlie & The Nightcats have over 115,000 career scans, with their first three releases pre-dating SoundScan. With the retirement of Little Charlie Baty, Estrin has recruited guitar whiz Kid Andersen and kept on creating and playing the smartest, hippest blues and roots music around. TWISTED highlights Rick Estrin's offbeat, yet razor-sharp lyrical visions backed by a more visceral, rock-infused guitar punch than before. Front and center throughout are Estrin's wry, cutting vocals and amazing harmonica chops. Andersen's killer fretwork stands out as well and a rock solid rhythm section keeps things tight and right.
Estrin is an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant original songwriter. Estrin's harmonica sings alongside blues tunes that entertain audiences like no other in the genre. -- San Francisco Chronicle
Rick Estrin sings and writes songs like the brightest wiseguy in all bluesland and blows harmonica as if he learned at the knee of Little Walter. -- DownBeat
Rollicking and raucous, super-cool and hip...saritical, sharp lyrics and killer solos. It just doesn't get any better than this. -- Blues Revue
These are serious musicians out to have a hotter than hot good time. It's tough to stay in your seat when Estrin and his musical cohorts get cooking. -- Chicago Sun-Times