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Soulful Rock steeped in the Blues. After you've toured the site, leave us a message in the Guestbook!
•2018 Nominated “BEST BLUES” City Beat Magazine “Best of San Diego Awards”
•2018 Signed to Rip Cat Records
•San Diego Music Award Nominee 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016/'17, 2018
•2018 Nominated “BEST BLUES BAND”-- San Diego Music Awards
•2016/’17 Nominated "BEST ROCK BAND" -- San Diego Music Awards
•2015 "Rock Band of the Year" Independent Musicians Promotions (IMP Radio)
•2015 'Vanarchy • Live' * nominated "BEST BLUES ALBUM"-- San Diego Music Awards
•2014 Black Roses' nominated "BEST BLUES ALBUM"-- San Diego Music Awards
•2013 'Songs That Shake The Cage' nominated "BEST ROCK ALBUM"-- San Diego Music Awards
•2012 Nominated "BEST BLUES BAND"-- San Diego Music Awards
•7 extensive (2-5 month) European and UK tours in 7 years (BE, NL, DE, CH, CZ, IT, FR, UK, AT, LU, ES)
•Regular touring in the US (CA, OR, NV, ID, UT, WY, TX, CO, NE, IL, OH, PA)
•2012 'Top 10 Bands to Watch' (San Diego Reader)
•2012 'Top 5 CD's' (SD Rock 'n' Roll)
NOW BOOKING 2019-'20!
"No pigeon holing this band--Blues and American Roots firmly planted, yet not like anything you've heard or seen before. The band prides itself on it's ability to perform diversely and dynamically, playing full blown concerts to small 'stripped down' semi-acoustic shows, traditional blues to their trademarked ‘Grease Punk’ sound."
Black Market III crosses over, using the Blues as the root of the sound. In addition to their original music, BMIII features more obscure covers from Tom Waits, Jimmie Vaughan, Freddie King, Otis Blackwell, Leadbelly, Dead Weather, Social Distortion, Led Zeppelin, and many more. No pigeon holing this band--Blues and American Roots firmly planted, yet not like anything you've heard or seen before.
Formed in the Fall of 2011 by Scottie Blinn* (former front-man for the iconic, multi-award winning San Diego band The Mississippi Mudsharks) and Roxanne Coverdale, Black Market III quickly turned into a red hot band focused on playing hard hitting, soulful Blues, American Roots, and Rock (the vein of Social Distortion and the Clash).
BMIII was touted as "the band to watch" by Dave Good of the San Diego Reader, and was nominated their first year for a 2012 San Diego Music Award as "BEST BLUES BAND". Their first full length CD, ‘Songs That Shake The Cage’, was released in the summer of 2012, accompanied by European and U.S. touring and playing shows with the likes of Rick Derringer and Roni Lee (The Runaways). It was named as one of the “Top 5 CD’s 2012” by SD Rock ‘n’ Roll, received a 2013 San Diego Music Award nomination for "BEST ROCK ALBUM", and has received airplay worldwide.
The band released their 2nd CD, "Black Roses" in Sept. of 2013, accompanied by Western U.S. tour dates and a 5 week Fall European tour, playing 24 shows in 30 nights and spreading over 4 countries. 2014 found the band widening their US tour routes, and heading to Europe for two festival and club date tours of Europe and the UK for a total of 5 months! 'Black Roses' was also nominated "BEST BLUES ALBUM" at the 2014 SDMA's, and received critical acclaim worldwide.
In 2015, the band recorded their first live CD titled "Vanarchy •Live•", played non-stop on the road in the Western U.S., received a nomination for "BEST BLUES ALBUM" on the new CD, and embarked on a 3 month, 9 country European tour. They ended this exceptional year by being named "ROCK BAND OF THE YEAR, 2015" by Independent Musicians Promotions Radio (IMP Radio), based out of New Zealand and now worldwide.
2016 had the band continuing to build their presence on the road in the Western U.S. With the release of their homage to Led Zeppelin "Black Country", BMIII completed an extensive 4 month, 5 country tour of Europe and the UK, playing 60 shows to packed audiences. They returned home to a nomination for "BEST ROCK BAND" by the San Diego Music Awards, and immediately resumed touring in the US through 2017 in CA, NV, OR, ID, UT, CO, WY, TX, NE, IL, OH, and PA.
2018 started with a bang as BMIII received a nomination for "Best Blues Band" by the SDMA's, and con-currently signed with Rip Cat Records, based out of Southern CA. Their new label family includes The Blasters, Kid Ramos, The 44s, The John Clifton Blues Band, Alastair Greene, Gino Matteo, Orphan Jon & The Abandoned, and many more top bands on the scene today. BMIII stayed on the road for most of ‘18 touring in the Western States, and completed a 2 month festival and club tour of Europe from September through October. They picked up a nomination from City Beat Magazine’s “Best of San Diego Awards” for “Best Blues” as well.
*Scottie Blinn--Multiple San Diego Music Awards and nominations to his credit (3 wins, 27 nominations), European Blues chart topping CD‘s (Two #1’s, a #3, and a #4 on the CrossCut Blues Chart), as well as 26+ years of experience recording, and touring the States and Europe (18th Euro tour Fall 2018). Scottie has played with and opened for some of the biggest names in the business, including Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), Dr. John, Dick Dale, Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Anson Funderburgh (Texas Blues Guitar Legend)...and many more!
Black Market III is proud to be a part of the Quilter Labs (Amps), QSC, Boulder Creek Guitars, Iconic Custom Guitars, MotorCult Clothing, Moze Guitars, and TV Jones pick-ups families.
"Americana from the heavy end of the CD bin. After a lifetime of exploring the history of the blues, Scottie Blinn and his bandmates turn their explorations to postwar and modern American folk and gospel...with big fat soul-shaking electric guitar!" ~~Joey Harris (vocals/guitar for The Mentals and The Beat Farmers, San Diego, CA)
BOOKINGS, MANAGEMENT & PROMO:
(Double Barrel Records, Bookings, and Management)
Scott Blinn (U.S., International)
(Local San Diego and Southern California Dates)
"Sat. evening went to Slidebar in Fullerton to see Black Market III, a trio hailing from San Diego. Glad I skipped the Hootenany that headlined Social Distortion, because you get two for the money with Scottie Blinn - that is Mike Ness and Tom Waits mixed together in vocals, plus hard driving guitar - and, the nicest people you ever want to meet!" ~~Justine Audiss (Orange Co, CA)
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