Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind
Raised in Portland, Maine, Jason Ricci started playing music in punk bands at the age of 14. After discovering a love of the harmonica and Blues music, he turned his attention in that direction. In 1995, Ricci moved from Portland to Memphis, TN, where shortly there after he placed first in the Sonny Boy Blues Society contest at 21 years of age. Later that same year Ricci recorded his first album, Jason Ricci. In Memphis, Ricci began playing with David Malone Kimbrough, son of blues great Junior Kimbrough, and was a part of the bands of both Kimbrough’s also was sitting in with R.L Burnside.
In 1999, Ricci won the Mars National Harmonica Contest, and began playing with Keith Brown, later recording with him as well. In 2000, he received a two page write up in Blues Access magazine by Adam Gussow (harmonica player for Satan and Adam) saying “I am convinced he along with Dennis Gruenling is one of the best harmonica players of his generation” .
After 15 months with Big Al and the Heavyweights, Ricci started his own band, Jason Ricci and New Blood, in 2002. In 2005, Ricci was honored with the Muddy Water Promising New Blues Artist Award. In 2007 Ricci and New Blood were signed to Electo Groove Productions. His first album with the label.
The band as a whole has been nominated for Blues Band of the Year three times by Blues Wax magazine. Ricci won the Blues Critic Award for Harmonica Player of the Year (2008) and was nominated for a Blues Music Award for Harmonica Player of the Year in 2009, and later won in 2010. By 2011 Ricci had relocated to New Orleans, and assembled a new band, Approved By Snakes with guitarist John Lisi. Jason currently lives in Bloomington Indiana, he teaches students, holds harmonica conferences, plays local dates and is awaiting the next tour.