Fans turned out in droves to enjoy the music of young blues-rock phenomenon Ty Curtis at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival last year. This year’s festival at Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park was another stunner – Curtis rocked fans both on land and by sea, as he and his band were the headliners for Monday’s riverboat cruise on the Willamette.

Here’s what Curtis is up to these days:

CO: What’s new in your world?

TC: “I’m releasing my new album “Blame Me” July 1getting married soon after that, and looking forward to a busy summer with lots of fun in the sun and the pool.”

CO: Any new music you’re listening to this year?

TC: “I really like a lot of different artists of all different styles, Damian Marley , Stephen Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Alter Bridge, Pigeon Jon, Fuel, Sublime, Breaking Benjamin, Eric Gales and Glen Hughes.Those are all played in the car a lot – at loud volume.”

CO: Do you have any favorite blues artists or musicians you enjoy listening to?

TC: “Absolutely! Robert Cray, Little Milton, Chris Cain, Albert King, Stevie Ray, Delbert McClinton, Oscar Peterson piano blues LP, Jimmy Reed boxed set, BB King, also Freddie King I have a “Live at the Sugarbowl” DVD that’s epic and inspiring to watch!”

CO: How has your last album “Water Under the Bridge” (a 2014 release) been selling, and which tracks have been most popular?

TC: “The last album has been very successful. Popular tracks are “Key to My Heart,” “Bad Break,” “Thief of Hearts” and “True Love,” a song I wrote for my fiancé. I like all my songs though, hee-hee-hee!”

CO: Any favorite artists you like to perform with?

TC: “I got to sit in with Chris Cain, that was a very memorable moment for me in my guitar playing and singing. He’s an idol of mine, and the reason I got a Gibson 335.”

CO: What shows are you looking forward to playing this summer?

TC: “Looking forward to all my showsseeing my friends and family and people that have helped me get to this point in my career! And definitely looking forward to Salishan Attic Lounge Show Aug 6th – gonna get a massage!”

Here’s a snippet from the new album:

Blame Me

The earnest and highly skilled blues guitarist is currently touring in the Pacific Northwest. Upcoming shows include Portland, Kaiser, Salem and Lincoln City.

Find dates and locations here.

Released last week, you can find Curtis’s new album on iTunes.