Born in the Pacific Northwest in 1954, Curtis Salgado grew up listening to jazz and his father, an aspirating singer of classical music. With music in his blood, Salgado's ambitions to become a musician began to formulate in 1972 with a band called Three-Fingered Jack. He then became a large part of the flourishing Northwest blues scene, which lead him to join guitarist/vocalist Robert Cray to record the album "Who's Been Talking." The next 6 years of his musical career with Cray, enabled a higher lever visibility plus sit-ins with the likes of Muddy Waters, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Albert Collins and Bonnie Raitt.
One fateful day in 1979, John Belushi was in Eugene filming Animal House, and he caught Curtis' act and was astounded. Belushi's experience triggered a blues and R &B tutorial, with Salgado the teacher and Belushi the dedicated student. Filled with new found knowledge, Belushi used Salgado's show as the basis for the Blues Brothers act he and Dan Akroyd put together. The first Blues Brothers album was dedicated to Curtis Salagado.
Salgado left the Cray band before it broke through nationally in the mid-80's. Since then he has fronted Boston's Grammy-Winning Roomful of Blues before returning to the Pacific Northwest where he formed The Stilettos, who toured nationally with Steve Miller and The Doobie Brothers. Salgado's most recent solo album, Clean Getaway, was the breakthrough he'd been waiting for and gave him a new perspective on his musical odyssey.
"I'm playing music with the most incredible people," says Salgado. "I've got everything to be grateful for. To me, I've won the lottery, I've won all the Grammys. It makes me humber. So I'm just trying to stick to my guns, perfect my craft and make great music."
See the man behind the inspiration of The Blues Brothers, the talented blues and soul musician, Curtis Salgado, on November 11th at 8pm on the Mainstage!