Carmen Ratti Band featuring Jill Dineen win the 2023 Golden Gate Blues Society #internationalblueschallenge.
On to Memphis January 2024
International Blues Compitition
CD Review by Sherri Jones
Assistant Executive Director at John Lee Hooker Foundation
Board Member Fountain Blues Festival
DJ at KZSU 90.1 Stanford
The Carmen Ratti band featuring Jill Dineen and their debut album The Road Back doesn't disappoint. With Carmen's electric guitar amplified in the tradition of the blues and Jill's strong vibrato voice brings a rich warm tone with depth to each song. This especially rings true with the upbeat boogie Make You Mine, a Woman in Control, which resonates on each track of the album. Also In control and expressive on keys is Dave Mehrwein, with DeMar on Drums and his solid sense of timing, bringing a groove to each track. On bass Dave Minor, composes a simple beat on the spot, always ahead on each track. Little AI written by Carmen features an instrumental beat inspired by Albert King which clearly stands out with its intensity and rawness.
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The Carmen Ratti Band featuring Jill Dineen is steadily earning its way as one of the most sought-after blues bands in Northern California, and straight into the hearts of blues fans everywhere. With scorching, high-energy performances, raw, powerful lead vocals, superbly emotive guitar, an exceptional groove, and an inspired, dynamic mix of show-stopping originals and steamy, innovative covers, this Bay Area band delivers in every way.
Formed in 2018, the Carmen Ratti Band started with a singular vision: to assemble the best of Bay Area musicians, and produce real, moving, and distinctive original music, all while paying homage to blues originators. The band recorded its debut album, The Road Back, with critically acclaimed musician and producer Kid Andersen at the famed San Jose-based Greaseland Studios in 2021, and has been working to grow an enthusiastic fanbase of support ever since. With countless club and festival dates and private events under its belt, the Carmen Ratti Band featuring Jill Dineen is stretching again, looking to stake its claim beyond the Bay in 2024.
Fresh off a Golden Gate Blues Society International Blues Challenge win, The Carmen Ratti Band featuring Jill Dineen is primed and ready to share its original sound and authentic message to a worldwide audience in January 2024 in Memphis, TN.
The Carmen Ratti Band, featuring vocalist Jill Dineen, brings their high-energy contemporary blues to every show. With powerful originals and steamy covers, this Bay Area blues band delivers powerful performances for club venues and festivals of any size.