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Blues Grifter - The New Album

Nakia pays homage to his blues roots on new full-length LP.

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Before he was on “The Voice,” Nakia was a Blues Grifter. Named for the age-old concept of stealing from the greats, the Blues Grifters formed in 2010. The band quickly became a hit on the club circuit in Austin performing at the legendary “Home of the Blues,” Antone’s Nightclub, and the South Austin hot spot, C-Boy’s Heart & Soul and began recording its first album. A video of Nakia’s full-throated, soulful performances found its way to television producer Mark Burnett who insisted on recruiting Nakia for a new show. Reluctant but hopeful, Nakia put the band, and the album on pause to go to Hollywood.

On the first season of “The Voice,” Nakia immediately became a fan favorite before finishing as a semifinalist. More than 14 million viewers tuned in each week to witness Nakia wowing the show’s four celebrity coaches with his electric stage presence and using his gritty voice to make Top 40 songs his own.

Using the momentum from the whirlwind of reality TV, Nakia focused on writing songs for a new EP and subsequent tour, still leaving the band on hold. Nakia knew it was time to call up the Blues Grifters again when he was invited to appear on the ALL ATX compilation album in 2016. Together, they transformed The Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post” from a prog-rocking guitar dirge into a lowdown gritty sax-infused soul jam that culminates in a double time frenzy. Renewed from that studio experience, Nakia was ready to finish the album he started almost a decade ago with his long-time collaborator and fellow Grifter, Mac McNabb.

“I started the band as a way for me to cut loose and get lost in the blues, so I wanted this album to be a homage to the great blues artists who inspired me," Nakia recalls, “but ‘The Voice’ happened and I couldn’t reach the finish line on the record. Once Mac and I got back together and listened to the tapes, we committed to finish the album. We cut these songs using old ribbon mics, analog gear and tape machines. Many of the songs recorded live, all in the room together. Real live blues -- the way it was meant to be.”

After all this time, “Blues Grifter,” is finished featuring songs by blues and soul greats Otis Rush, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Howlin’ Wolf, Luther “Snakeboy” Johnson and more. Nakia has partnered with PledgeMusic to make the album available for pre-order along with some unique merchandise and fan exclusive events. Nakia will donate a portion of all “Blues Grifter” physical album proceeds to The Clifford Antone Foundation, a 501©(3) non-profit in Austin dedicated to preserving blues music culture and community by caring for our elders and investing in our youth. Nakia is a two-time Black Fret artist grant award recipient.

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  • Digital download of the new covers album & bonus tracks.
  • Digital download of the new singles and B-sides.
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Signed "Blues Grifter" Album - 180gram Vinyl

Signed "Blues Grifter" Album - 180gram Vinyl
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“Blues Grifter,” the new album by Nakia is homage to the blues greats that influence and inspire him. This limited edition 1st pressing 180 gram vinyl record features 8 songs of blues favorites and deep cuts.

Track Listing:
1. Yonder Wall
2. Somebody’s Sleeping In My Bed
3. Gimme Some Of Yours
4. Double Trouble
5. Woman Don’t Lie
6. Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby
7. Go On To School
8. I’ve Got To Use My Imagination

Signed "Blues Grifter" Album with Bonus Tracks - CD

Signed "Blues Grifter" Album with Bonus Tracks - CD
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“Blues Grifter,” the new album by Nakia is homage to the blues greats that influence and inspire him. This limited edition 1st pressing high-quality digital compact disc features the 8 songs from the LP and TWO BONUS TRACKS and is autographed by Nakia.

Track Listing:
1. Yonder Wall
2. Somebody’s Sleeping In My Bed
3. Gimme Some Of Yours
4. Double Trouble
5. Woman Don’t Lie
6. Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby
7. Go On To School
8. I’ve Got To Use My Imagination
9. Hoodoo Party**
10. 300 Pounds of Joy**
**BONUS TRACKS

Nakia - Blues Grifter Super Soft Vintage Tee

Nakia - Blues Grifter Super Soft Vintage Tee
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You can be a blues grifter too when you wear this vintage style super-soft tri-blend crew tee. Hand screen printed in Austin, Texas. Available in sizes Small to 5XL.

• Preshrunk
• Triblend: 50% Polyester/25% Cotton/25% Rayon Jersey

The Collector + “Real Live Blues” Exclusive CD

The Collector + “Real Live Blues” Exclusive CD
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Includes Real Live Blues" Exclusive PreOrder CD with 6 songs recorded live in Austin. Plus……
You’ve gotta have ’em all! Order this bundle and you get the new album, both limited edition 7" singles (featuring songs not available anywhere else), test pressings, a shirt, a hat, and a bonus live CD! Nakia is only selling 4 of these bundles!! Order this bundle now and get:

• 1 Autographed “Blues Grifter” (12" LP 180g)
• 1 Autographed “Yonder Wall” (7" Single)
• 1 Autographed “Raise Your Hand” (7" Single)
• 1 Autographed Test Pressing of new album
• 1 Autographed Test Pressing of each 7" single
• 1 Nakia and the Blues Grifters “Real Live Blues” Hat
• 1 “Blues Grifter” T-Shirt (final design pending)
• 1 “Real Live Blues” Exclusive PreOrder CD with 6 songs recorded live in Austin.

Vinyl Enthusiast + "Real Live Blues" Exclusive CD

Vinyl Enthusiast + "Real Live Blues" Exclusive CD
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Includes 1 “Real Live Blues” Exclusive PreOrder CD with 6 songs recorded live in Austin. Plus…..
You got the vinyl blues but not quite ready for record rehab! Order this bundle and you get:

• 1 Autographed “Blues Grifter” (12" LP 180g)
• 1 Autographed “Yonder Wall” (7" Single)
• 1 Autographed “Raise Your Hand” (7" Single)
• 1 Autographed Test Pressing of new album
• 1 “Real Live Blues” Exclusive Pre-Order CD with 6 songs recorded live in Austin.

Just The Wax + "Real Live Blues" Exclusive CD

Just The Wax +  "Real Live Blues" Exclusive CD
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Includes Real Live Blues" Exclusive PreOrder CD with 6 songs recorded live in Austin. Plus……..
No frills, nothing fancy. Just the wax!
Order this bundle and you get:

• 1 Autographed “Blues Grifter” (12" LP 180g)
• 1 Autographed “Yonder Wall” (7" Single)
• 1 Autographed “Raise Your Hand” (7" Single)
• 1 “Real Live Blues” Exclusive Pre-Order CD with 6 songs recorded live in Austin.

Wax And A Hat + "Real Live Blues" Exclusive CD

Wax And A Hat + "Real Live Blues" Exclusive CD
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Includes “Real Live Blues” Exclusive PreOrder CD with 6 songs recorded live in Austin. Plus…….
Fill your ears with the new album and cover you head with the blues!
Order this bundle and you get:

• 1 Autographed “Blues Grifter” (12" LP 180g)
• 1 Autographed “Yonder Wall” (7" Single)
• 1 Autographed “Raise Your Hand” (7" Single)
• 1 Nakia and the Blues Grifters “Real Live Blues” Hat
• 1 “Real Live Blues” Exclusive PreOrder CD with 6 songs recorded live in Austin.

Basic Blues Vinyl LP + "Real Live Blues" Exclusive CD

Basic Blues Vinyl LP + "Real Live Blues" Exclusive CD
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Includes “Real Live Blues” Exclusive PreOrder CD with 6 songs recorded live in Austin. Plus…….
Blast the blues on your HiFi and show off your style!
Order this bundle and you get:

• 1 Autographed “Blues Grifter” (12" LP 180g)
• 1 Nakia and the Blues Grifters “Real Live Blues” Hat
• 1 “Blues Grifter” T-Shirt (final design pending)
• 1 “Real Live Blues” Exclusive PreOrder CD with 6 songs recorded live in Austin.

Basic Blues CD + "Real Live Blues" Exclusive CD

Basic Blues CD + "Real Live Blues" Exclusive CD
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Includes “Real Live Blues” Exclusive PreOrder CD with 6 songs recorded live in Austin. Plus………
Load up that 6 disc changer hit the road…. Blues Grifter style!
Order this bundle and you get:

• 1 Autographed “Blues Grifter” (CD)
• 1 Nakia and the Blues Grifters “Real Live Blues” Hat
• 1 “Blues Grifter” T-Shirt (final design pending)
• 1 “Real Live Blues” Exclusive PreOrder CD with 6 songs recorded live in Austin.

Nakia "Real Live Blues" Embroidered Hat

Nakia "Real Live Blues" Embroidered Hat
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Let everybody know you mean business and your business is the blues with this super soft washed cotton polo cap. Embroidered with the Nakia and the Blues Grifters “N Bolt” logo on the front and the words “Real Live Blues” stitched on the back.

• Adjustable Buckle Closure
• 100% Washed Soft Cotton
• 6-Panel, Unconstructed
• Vintage Washed Look
• Low Crown

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