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Rick Estrin Keeps Nightcats on the Prowl

In Blues Harmonica, Blues News on June 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

It’s not just that Rick Estrin is making a name for himself with Rick Estrin and the Nightcats — it’s that it’s finally the right name.

For about 30 years, Estrin, who performs tonight at Montgomery’s Kiwanis Park, was the frontman for Little Charlie and the Nightcats.

“Because I was the face of the band, about 60 percent of the audience would see me and go, ‘Hey Charlie,’ and I’d just go, ‘Hi, how are you doing.’ ”

But when Charlie — that would be guitarist Charlie Baty — retired in 2008, Estrin took over the group. Five years later, not only have there been major awards, booked concert tours, and critically acclaimed albums, but Estrin said people are actually figuring out who he is. MORE

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