Topic: “Michael Cloeren Productions Presents Women In The Blues with Teeny Tucker“
Location: President’s Hall, The Penn Stater
Introduction / Moderator: Rodney Erickson / Patty Satalia
Although Teeny was born into blues royalty, (daughter of Tommy “Hi-Heel Sneakers” Tucker), one need only to hear Teeny to know that she has cultivated and developed her “gifts” into her very own uniquely compelling world-class package. As a child, this Dayton Ohio native began singing in the church choir. This experience, like so many other soulful success stories, undoubtedly began to chart the course of Teeny’s music career. The paths which would lead to her abilities to interpret with soulful, bluesy, and uniquely stylistic renderings was set.
A 1994 performance at the Apollo Theatre won over the notoriously cruel and scrutinizing audience, which earned Teeny a standing ovation. Encouraged by the Apollo experience, Teeny started her professional singing career in November, 1996, when she caught the attention of a German blues promoter and manager who had promoted European tours for her father. Since then, her musical journey has seen Teeny performing at many of the major blues festivals in the U.S., Sweden, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Italy. Teeny was chosen for the cover of July/August 2004 edition of King Biscuit Time Magazine accompanied by a featured story of her musical journey.
Teeny has been invited to appear on the same bill with great blues artists such as: B.B. King, KoKo Taylor, Etta James, Buddy Guy, The Holmes Brothers, Calvin Owens, Robert Cray, Keb Mo, Deanna Bogart, Kenny Neal, Bobby Rush, John Mayall, and many others.
Teeny wrote the lyrics for 8 of the 11 songs on her second CD, titled First Class Woman, which received substantial airplay on XM Satellite, Music Choice and blues radio stations all over the country. Her songwriting abilities earned Teeny a place as a top-ten finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. Teeny is a two-time, top-three finalist in the International Blues Challenge, which is held annually in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 2008, Teeny Tucker was invited to appear on the MAIN STAGE of the Monterey Blues Festival. She also was nominated for the “2008 Best Female Blues Artist” of the year by BluesBlast Magazine. Teeny’s last CD, Two Big M’s, was ranked in the 15 spot on the Bob Davis list of 2008 top 25 releases, and reached the number 6 spot on the Living Blues chart. Two Big M’s was selected by the Blues Foundation as one of the six finalists for “Best Self-Produced Blues CD of the Year.”
2009 was another banner year. Major festival appearances included Monterey Blues Festival, Briggs Farm Festival, Beaches in Toronto, Canada, DC Blues Festival, Hot Licks, Redwood, Oldtown, Creekside Blues Festival, Knoxville, TN Alive After Five New Years Eve Celebration, and more. Throughout the year, Teeny worked on original material for her upcoming 2010 CD release, Keep the Blues Alive.
2010 began with a smash appearance creating a crowd frenzy at the River City Blues Festival. Reviewer Steve Welles declared Teeny “the highlight of the Saturday lineup.” Other 2010 festivals include Duvel Blues Festival in Belgium, Music In the Air Festival, a return trip to the Monterey Bay Blues Festival, Hudson River Blues Festival in NYC, TAWAS Blues Festival, Vermont Blues Festival, Marquette Blues Festival, Columbus Jazz and Blues RibFest, Recording a 30-minute “Sun Sessions” episode, which will air on PBS in 2011 in every major market in the USA and more. Also, 2010 is the year in which the much anticipated, and critically acclaimed, Teeny Tucker CD, “Keep the Blues Alive,” was released