This week, Ira spoke with Brooklyn Bluesman Emanuel Casablanca, whose debut album Blood On My Hands, will be featured in an album release show at The Sand Dollar Lounge on Spring Mountain in Las Vegas August 25, and The Sand Dollar Downtown Las Vegas on August 26. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Emanuel talks about his early start in music and financial career; why he decided to follow his heart and go full time into music and performing; why he is a calculated risk taker; the Ronnie Wood influence; the other Wood influence; why he believes in always being a student to your craft; how he views the blues boys club; and why he wants to help bring back blues to the popularity it once enjoyed.
Emanuel began studying music at age four at the encouragement of his mother, who was a music teacher. His musical influences include hip-hop, rock, grunge, Americana, and jazz. He began to gravitate to blues, after meeting a blues guitarist who used to play in front of his building in Brooklyn (Emanuel also lives in Brooklyn). Emanuel has since toured and recorded with, among others, Lauren Hill, Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), vocalist Bernard Fowler (a touring member of the Rolling Stones), Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), and others.
His new album, Blood On My Hands, is his first full-length album. The album consists of 16 tracks, all but one of which are original songs, with guest performances by Paul Gilbert, Eric Gales, Kat Riggins, Sanga of the Valley, Felix Slim, Albert Castiglia, Jimmy Carpenter, and Brother Dave.