New York Blues Hall of Fame 2014 Inductee
All Kinds of Beki
New York Blues Hall of Fame 2014 Inductee, Beki Brindle was discovered in 1982 at Indiana University by Rick Danko and Richard Manuel of "The Band," while she was Blues Legend, James "Yank" Rachell's lead guitarist. Beki has been compared to guitarists Robert Fripp, Henry Kaiser, Ry Cooder and Albert King. In 1988 she moved to Ireland after playing the Guinness Jazz Festival in Cork City and also due to a week long performance on the National TV show, "NightHawks."
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In Ireland, Beki shared the stage with Hot House Flowers, members of U2, The Waterboys, members of Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, Francie Conway and backed up blues artists such as Carey Bell, Johnny Mars, Joe Lewis Walker, Tampa Red and Fenton Robinson. In Dublin, she was commissioned by Bono of U2 to run a blues workshop at a new Rock School/TV show on RTE (Irish National Television.) The show was success and ran in Ireland, Italy and Sweden. The Rock School in Dublin is still going strong today!
In 1989, Beki joined the Warner /Reprise band "Grace Pool" with whom she recorded and toured with until 1993 when Beki began playing with Yank Rachell again and made two albums with her band, Windopane. She was also playing with Jerry Lee Lewis. With all of these varied experiences, her style is a mix of classic and original blues peppered with sounds of Chicago, The Delta and even The West Coast. She was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of fame in June 2014.
Beki lives in Upstate NY and besides being a busy session musician, she is also the leader of The Beki Brindle Band (US band and her band in the UK) and shares the stage now and then with her husband, Ralph Scala, the lead singer/keyboardist of the 60s cashbox sensations, The Blues Magoos!