Teeny Tucker Bio
TEENY TUCKER HIGHLIGHTS & BIO
Teeny Tucker is one of the most talented, dynamic, exciting, and creative personalities on the current Blues scene. Teeny creates “crowd frenzy” wherever she goes.
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TEENY TUCKER CD NOMINATED FOR 2 BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE AWARDS: 2018-2019
1) TRADITIONAL FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
2) TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Teeny Tucker, and her Band, have been featured headline performers at some of the world’s most prestigious MAJOR Music Festivals in the USA, Canada, and Europe. Major Festival performances include venues such as; the Burghausen International Blues Festival, Duvel International Blues Festival, Salmon Arms International Blues Festival, Beaches International Blues Festival, Waterfront International Blues Festival, Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, B. B. King Homecoming Festival, White Mountain Boogie and Blues Festival, Cincinnati Blues Festival, PA Folk/Blues Festival, Pocono Blues Festival, Vermont Blues Festival, Monterey Blues Festival, D C Blues Festival, Tinner Hill Blues Festival, Old Town Blues Festival, North Atlantic Blues Festival, Camping With The Blues Festival, Briggs Farm Blues Festival, Spring Gulch Blues Festival, Niagara Buffalo Blues Festival, Penn State Concert Series, Attuck Theatre Concert Series, Blues At The Beach Festival, 2 Left Feet Blues Festival, Destination Blues Festival, and Live Oak Jazz & Blues Festival.
2019 New Teeny Tucker CD (PUT ON YOUR RED DRESS BABY) is nominated by Blues Blast Magazine in two (2) different categories. The CD is nominated for "Traditional Female Blues Artist of the Year," and it is also nominated for the best "Traditional Album of the Year." (This CD was produced by Robert Hughes for TeBo Records.)
2018 Teeny Tucker continues to amaze cheering crowds at many major Festivals such as White Mountain Boogie & Blues Festival, Live Oak Jazz & Blues Festival, B. B. King Homecoming Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival, and many more …
2017Teeny Tucker accepts the Blues Hall of Fame award on behalf of her Father's 1964 classic smash hit "High Heel Sneakers." The song was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at the 2017 HOF induction ceremony.
2016 Teeny Tucker, and her Band, are featured performers at some of the most prestigious MAJOR Music Festivals in the USA, such as; the Chicago Blues Festival, B. B. King Homecoming Festival, White Mountain Boogie and Blues Festival, Cincinnati Blues Festival, PA Folk/Blues Festival, Summer Series In The Air, and a return command performance at the Live Oak Jazz & Blues Festival.
2015 Teeny Tucker is selected to be the MC of "Women in Blues" showcase at the IBC in Memphis. Teeny continued to "WoW" audiences at MAJOR Blues Festivals, such as Destination Blues, Briggs Farm Blues Festival, Buffalo Niagara Blues Festival, Camping With The Blues, Live Oak JAB Festival, and many Prestigious Central Ohio venues. Teeny, and Robert preformed with living members of the B B King Band at the B B King museum in MS.
2014 Teeny Tucker appears “live” at the 35th annual 2014 Blues Music Awards. Teeny’s stunning performance brought the audience to their feet, and was listed as a “top ten” highlight by the Memphis Blues Foundation.
2014 Teeny Tucker delivers a command Penn State University “forum” seminar performance. Teeny’s seminar received the ONLY STANDING OVATION of the “forum” series. The seminar subject was “Women in the Blues and How to Overcome Obstacles.”
2013 Teeny Tucker is nominated for 2014 Traditional Female Blues “Artist of the Year” by the Blues Foundation of Memphis Tennessee. (BMA)
2013 Teeny Tucker is nominated for Blues Blast Female “Artist of the Year.”
2013 New Teeny Tucker CD “Voodoo To Do You” is released to critical acclaim; “Teeny Tucker is the best female Blues vocalist on the scene today,” proclaims ~James “Skky Dobro” Walker, of Blues Blast magazine. “It’s such a fascinating, and intriguing concept album!” ~Roberto Rossi~ (Mystery Train) “Many CD’s today are not worthy of listening to from start to finish, but “Voodoo To Do You” by Teeny Tucker is one terrific tune after another.” ~Linda Yohn~ “Tucker’s voice has never been stronger and more emotional.” “Ms. Tucker has fun with the lyrics and in doing so tosses her hat into the ring of the Best Female Blues singers.” ~ChefJimi—Blues411.com~
2013 Teeny Tucker’s “Voodoo To Do You,” is ranked number FIVE on the March 2013 “Living Blues Radio chart.
2013 Teeny Tucker, and her co-writer/Bandleader, are selected as finalists in the prestigious International Song-writing Competition, (ISC) for their song “Love Spell” from the 2013 CD “Voodoo To Do You.”
2012 Teeny Tucker appears at many major Blues Festivals. (Virginia Beach Blues On The Beach, Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, PA Blues Festival, Smokin’ On The River Blues Festival, Huron Red White & Blues, and many more.)
2011 Teeny Tucker is nominated by the Blues Foundation of Memphis Tennessee, for the “Best Traditional Female Blues Artist” (Koko Taylor Award)
2011 Teeny Tucker is nominated for Blues Blast “Traditional Female Blues Artist of the Year.”
2011 Teeny Tucker’s “Sun Session” TV episode plays on PBS TV stations in 376 USA Markets. Recorded live at the world renowned Sun Studio in Memphis TN.
2010 “Monterey Bay Blues Artist of the Year” ~ First won by Etta James
2008 Teeny Tucker – Nominated for “Best Female Blues Artist of 2008” - BluesBlast
Following her 2008 critically acclaimed CD, “Two Big M’s,” Teeny Tucker and her band lay down one of the best CDs of the year! (2010) James “Skyy Dobro” Walker
“Teeny’s new CD (Keep the Blues Alive) may be the best 2010 Blues CD from a Female, or, for that matter, anyone.” – Blues Underground
"One of the 10 best closers in the business" – Larry Letts - Marquette Blues Director
"Teeny always has em' on their feet ... she does it at every performance" – Michael Clarion - Poconos Blues Festival Director
“Teeny’s one of the very best, as proven on this fine recording.” ~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
Two Big M’s ranked 15th in the top 25 best new 2008 releases - by Bob Davis of Soul Patrol.
“Tucker’s emergence into the front line of contemporary blues women” - Living Blues
“Two Big M’s is her best vocal effort to date.” - Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records
“Teeny is blessed with genuine star quality.” - Columbus Monthly Magazine
Teeny Tucker Background and other Points of Interest
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” episodewhich 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.
I'm sure glad that I didn't have to select a single, so I made it easy and simply added all 11 songs from the outstanding album "Keep The Blues Alive" to my playlist on the RadioIO Blues channel for the listening pleasure of my audience over there. I think that she is a young woman with a bright future, because she knows exactly where she came from. Hopefully somebody will hear something and maybe this time next year some of the folks at places like BET just might be featuring Ms. Teeny Tucker? ~ Bob Davis (Soul Patrol)
Another spectacular release! Teeny will reel you in with her exquisite voice as it is strong and soulful with an abundance of sincere emotions coming straight from the heart. You will definitely enjoy the outstanding vocals of Teeny Tucker on her irresistible CD, Keep the Blues Alive. ~ RadioIndy Review Team
In December of 2010, Teeny Tucker is nominated by the Blues Foundation of Memphis Tennessee, for the “Best Traditional Female Blues Artist” (Koko Taylor Award)
Teeny plays, and consistently creates "crowd frenzy" at MAJOR Blues Festivals such as: Salmon Arms Roots and Blues Festival BC, Monterey Bay Blues Festival, Poconos, Hudson River NYC, Beaches in Toronto, Vermont, Briggs Farm, Heritage Blues Festival, Attucks Theater Norfolk, Furnace Blues Blast Festival, TAWAS, Riverfront, Berghausen Germany, Marquette, Duvel Blues in Belgium, Beaches International Canada, DC Blues Festival, OldTown, Hot Licks Blues, and many, many more. Experience the “real-deal, allakazam Blues-wham” of Teeny Tucker at an appearance near you!
NOTE: Besides the many coveted musical accolades which have been presented to Teeny, she always willing to contribute her time and efforts to her family and community. On February 15, 2011, Teeny Tucker was selected as the 2011 Federal Carter G. Woodson Award winner. The award will be presented to Teeny on February 23, 2011, at the Black History/Carter G. Woodson Program 1-2pm.
*Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 - April 3, 1950) was an African-American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He was one of the first scholars to value and study Black History. He recognized and acted upon the importance of a people having an awareness and knowledge of their contributions to humanity, and left behind an impressive legacy. A founder of Journal of Negro History, Dr. Woodson is known as the Father of Black History.