Formed in 1999, Heidi & The El Cats take a mello, stripped-down approach to smooth blues and roots music that has one foot planted firmly in the Missippi Delta. We were honored to have Jason Ricci, harmonica virtuoso play on this CD.
The trio, including Bobby Freeman on keyboards, has gained popularity throughout South Florida performing at blues clubs such as Blue Note, local coffeehouses and at events such as “Summer Nights On The Avenue” in Delray Beach and Citilink’ Battle Of The Bands and the Blues Diva Showcase at Cheers. Heidi & The El Cats played the Backwoods Acoustic stage at the prestigious “Fort Lauderdale International Blues Festival” and, as finalists, earned a slot at the Sound Advice Blues Festival in November 3 times.
Heidi Jacobsen’ (vocalist) influences include Etta James, Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. Her sultry voice brings audiences back for repeat performances of their favorite blues standards such as “Stormy Monday”,"Sweet Home Chicago", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", “Walkin’ Blues”,"Rock Me Baby" and “The Sky Is Crying”. Heidi also reinterprets songs such as “Ode To Billy Joe”, Led Zeppelin’s “California” and the Beatles’ “Come Together”, making them uniquely her own. Her first CD, “Volume” was engineered and produced by Cliff Guest, who co-wrote five of the original songs on the album. Their latest CD features original songs such as Steady Rollin Woman and Mexico which are both written by Cliff Guest.
Cliff Guest, the El Cats’ guitarist and also a drummer, has played music all his life. As the backbone of the band, he lays down rock solid rhythms on acoustic, electric and slide guitar. On any given night it’s not unusual to see Cliff with three or more guitars onstage, his favorite being an old 1936 National Style O guitar, to help achieve an authentic blues sound. His influences include Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton as well as blues master Robert Johnson. Cliff also has been active on the music video side of the music industry. Cliff won MTV's "Make My Video" contest for Madonna's True Blue and landed a job at Geffen Records in LA. While with Warner Brothers/Geffen Records, he worked with artists such as Cher, Guns & Roses, Peter Gabriel and Madonna.
Heidi and Cliff live at the Pineapple Ranch in Delray Beach Florida with their black cat Patty.