Thanks for visiting the official website of Toots Lorraine & The Traffic! This year will be a big year for the band. After taking a year off as new parents, we have returned to the stage ready to play the Blues! Make sure to check our Calendar for upcoming shows in your area.
Finally! A new CD! We are in songwriting mode and great things are happening. Keep coming back to tootslorraine.com for updates. To purchase our debut album, Wrapped In Blues, visit our Merch section.
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"Smokin' hot blues, jazz and swing that will move your spirit and leave you beggin' for more! Toots sang her heart out while the band behind her rolled out some of the hottest blues heard in these parts in a long time."
~ The Florida Times Union - Jacksonville.com
“She could be nick-named 'Torch Song Toots.' Toots Lorraine & The Traffic deliver up the blues with a strong dose of swing and jazz.”
~ Springing the Blues Festival 2011 - Jacksonville, FL
"The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling and understanding."
~ Willie Dixon
Every blues fan knows you have listen to the “old” to find something “new”. It is a precious rarity when the opposite is true and such is the case with Toots Lorraine and The Traffic. The band delivers a focused blend of classic vibe that will drench your Zoot Suit with the smoky milieu of West Coast Blues, Blue-Note Jazz and Swing as you board the train for destination “way back” where everything is easy. Toots and her sultry voice will take your ticket, let you on board and, as you roll down the tracks, the band will keep your glass filled with just the right measures of hollow body guitars, reverb tanks, upright basses, harmonicas, pianos, organs and horns. And, you will swear to yourself, “I ain’t getting off this train”.
This husband and wife team share the purest of love for the preservation of this timeless music. In their debut album, Wrapped In Blues, Toots Lorraine expertly layers her velvety voice amongst the band’s vintage instrumentation and grooves in the tradition of the likes of Marie Adams, T-bone Walker, Louis Jordan and many more. Rooted in the blues, Toots Lorraine and the Traffic deliver a solid, energetic and scintillating performance.
Toots brings with her a background of dance, theater and jazz to the rich yet simplistic purity of the blues, creating a vocal presence of powerful elegance. Her singing style is influenced by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Eva Cassidy, Big Mama Thornton and many more. Whether singing original material or drawing from a large repertoire of classic blues and jazz standards, the charming and vivacious Toots tells her story with every note, satisfying listeners, dancers and good times.
As co-founder of the band and husband to Toots Lorraine, Chad Mo and his guitar work leads the sound of the band through dynamic avenues of classic blues standards. Whether jump blues, double shuffles or slow swing, Chad Mo commands the art of tension and release paying homage to guitar greats such as T-Bone Walker, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Duke Robillard and countless others. A crowd pleaser in his own right, he is also the Creative Director and produces all the print, online and digital media.
Piano & Organ
"The blues ain't nothing but a woman when shes feelin' bad"
~ Helen Humes
"All along this path I tread, my heart betrays my weary head, with nothing but my love to save, from the cradle to the grave...."
~ Eric Clapton