the last fifteen years singer/songwriter/guitarist, Todd Tijerina
(Tee-her-ee-na), has steadily made a living playing his unique blend of
blues, funk, roots-rock and jazz. In addtion to frequent tours of the
central and southwestern United States with his band,
Todd has worked as guitarist for Chicago-based artists such as
internationally revered bluesman, Byther Smith, the legendary Harmonica
Hinds, and BB's daughter, Shirley King. Currently based in Albuquerque,
NM, though originally from Chicago, the band is a former winner of
Chicagoland's Rory's Blues Talent Competition (1999). This victory funded recording expenses for the group's 2000 release, The Lowdown. Since then Tijerina has released three more albums, Welcome Home in 2004, Now in 2006, and Walk This Road in 2009 which have enjoyed radio play in the US, Australia and Europe.
Todd has always striven to be musically unique. Rootstime (Belgium) declares that he "creates his own style and sound… His manner of guitar playing, singing and songwriting is refreshing and inspiring." The Promised Land Entertainment Magazine states "[Tijerina's] newest release is a perfect example of how to take the old and mix in the new to get a feeling of something very special." Todd's unique sound is a result of his own take on songwriting with an emphasis on maintaining potent hooks, personal identity and grooves that cross genre lines. This approach helps explain his musical contribution's relevancy to blues as an evolving art form.