Jj Thames & The Violet Revolt
Jj Thames & The Violet Revolt is a 5 piece (lead vocals, keys, drums, bass, and guitar) national and international touring band signed to DeChamp/Malaco Records. They are a high energy mix of blues rock, traditional juke joint blues, funk, and vintage soul/R&B (think Ike and Tina Turner mixed with Alabama Shakes, Govt Mule, Gary Clark Jr., and the Black Keys.) Their show is 70 percent original music, and 30 percent covers. They currently have two 90-minute shows prepared.
Dubbed the "Future of the Blues" by legendary "Misty Blue" recording artist Dorothy Moore, and a "Blues Trailblazer" by Living Blues Magazine- JJ Thames is the "leave-it-all-on-the-stage" front-woman of the Violet ReVOLT; and possesses the mesmerizing je ne sais quoi star-quality of Tina Turner, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Koko Taylor, and Ruth Brown all in one raw, often wistful, always powerful and passionate voice. Jj's voice and stage presence is one that often incites goosebumps, tears, encores and standing ovations- commanding the attention of any room -whether it be a 100 person capacity Hole in the Wall Mississippi Juke Joint, or a 20,000 seat stadium (both of which have been tested and proven) She is a Billboard Blues album chart -topping artist, and dynamic entertainer who quickly wins the hearts of the listener with her funny anecdotes, and messages of hope, positivity, love, and encouragement. Having been shown the ropes by some of the best including Bobby Blue Bland, Denise LaSalle, Peggy Scott Adams, and Marvin Sease...Jj has been on the road since she was 18 years old, and at 35 has certainly come into her own.
The Violet Revolt is comprised of one woman and three men (Justine Gardner (Bass-Tampa Florida), Mikey Rodreguez (Guitar-New York City), John Blackmon (Drums-Atlanta, Georgia) and Phil Silverberg (B3/Keys-East Hanover, New Jersey)). Underneath the deeply southern juke joint stylings, and waves of gospel pulsing through the group of diverse almost 30 somethings - there is a mixture of elemental hip-hop, energetic 90's and southern rock and blues guitar licks, groovin' vintage soul melodies, and a peek-a-boo of roots reggae woven throughout the foundation which diversifies JJ and the Violet Revolt in a way that is unexpected and pleasantly explosive to the musical palate.
The Violet Revolt is a perfectly gelled supporting cast while Ms. Thames masterfully draws you in to live out her transparent, often humorous, and honest musical stories with her deeply personal lyrics, soulful moans, deep-bellied hollers; and skillfully controlled scats with perfectly timed pauses, swells, and whispers. paint on the canvas of the listener's heart. To hear and watch her leading Jj Thames & Violet ReVOLT into superstardom is to be colored amazed.