JP Soars & the Red Hots
Since starting his recording career as a blues artist with the critically-acclaimed 2008 CD Back of My Mind, guitarist and vocalist JP Soars has channeled uncommon influences into a signature sound. Anyone could simply list revered blues artists like Muddy Waters and Guitar Slim, jazz guitar giants like Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery, and uncompromising rock acts like Black Sabbath and Slayer, but Soars has lived the diversity — cutting his teeth touring and recording with South Florida metal bands, and learning the complex style of Reinhardt to continue to perform in “Gypsy Jazz” solo and duo settings.
In 2009, Soars’ unique approach paid off as he and his trio The Red Hots defeated bands from around the world to win the annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Soars also won the Albert King Award for most promising guitarist. The group then channeled the excitement of that victory into its sophomore CD, the 2011 release More Bees With Honey. The CD garnered Soars a Blues Music Award nomination for “Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the Year,” and was named both “Best Blues CD” and “Album of the Year” by the Palm Beach Post.