Toots Lorraine's brand new album, Make It Easy, is here! Recorded in the blues hub of California at the infamous Greaseland Studios, this record is a phenomenal follow-up to our first, packed full of the blues. From Chicago style blues to that west coast jump, you’ll hear a combination of classic blues covers and gripping new originals. Get your copy today!
Check out the CD review of Make It Easy
John Mitchell ~ Blues Blast Magazine
"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 - Jacksonville, FL
|Dec 5||8pm||The Smokin Pig||Fremont, CA|
|Dec 6||8pm||Little Lous BBQ||San Jose, CA|
|Dec 12||9pm||The Pocket||Santa Cruz, CA|
|Dec 19||9pm||The Parlour Speakeasy||Jacksonville, FL|
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 soul with the vintage sounds of West Coast Jump Blues 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 and organs. 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 the blues. In their brand new album, Make It Easy, a phenomenal follow-up to their first, Toots Lorraine expertly layers her powerful yet velvety voice amongst the band’s vintage instrumentation and gut bucket grooves. Along with classic blues covers of Big Mama Thornton, Howlin’ Wolf and Big Joe Turner, you’ll also find gripping new originals with a huge story to tell. Always 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.
HOUSE OF BLUES - Orlando, FL
SAN PEDRO SQUARE - San Jose, CA
THE MOJO KITCHEN - Jacksonville, FL
HOUSE OF BLUES - Orlando, FL
SPRINGING THE BLUES FESTIVAL - Jacksonville, FL
MOJO NO. 4 - Avondale, FL