Sena Ehrhardt has emerged as one of the freshest and most dynamic emerging young voices on the blues scene today. As the buzz about her incendiary performances at clubs and festivals spreads, heavyweight acts have begun to take notice. She’s been invited to open concerts for B.B. King, ZZ Top, Robert Cray, Dickey Betts, Johnny Winter and Gregg Allman. Her latest release, Live My Life, further confirms Sena’s ascendance to blues elite status.
Sena was born and raised in a house of blues in the Minneapolis area. As a kid her parents took her to many all-ages concerts and she was able to see artists like B.B. King, Koko Taylor and the Fabulous Thunderbirds wow their audiences with polished and exciting performances. As she grew older young artists like Jonny Lang and Susan Tedeschi gained success, putting young, contemporary faces to the music she loved.
A pivotal moment for Sena was attending one of Luther Allison’s final concerts. As she describes it, “As the sun went down and the lights came up, the emotion of his voice washed over the crowd like a wave, leaving me with tears in my eyes. His ability to connect through music with every member of that audience, each with their own stories, struggles and victories, was stunning to witness. In that moment the idea of being a singer ceased to be a choice for me and instead became a calling.”
After graduating from college in 2005, Sena began singing with Plan B, her father’s band, which led to her desire to front her own group. In 2010 she started the Sena Ehrhardt Band.
In 2011 Blind Pig released her brilliant debut recording, Leave The Light On, and the critics and fans alike took immediate notice. Blues Revue said, “From track to track, Ehrhardt establishes that she is capable of crooning softly or wailing with the best of them.” Living Blues added, “Sena Ehrhardt has a bright, soulful sound, and she doesn’t hold back – she can go from sultry and coaxing to gritty and gutsy in an instant.”
“Make way for a rising star.”
– Jazz & Blues Report
Cole Allen, critically acclaimed solo artist and guitarist for the Sena Ehrhardt Band, is without a doubt one of the most exciting up-and-coming singer/guitarist/songwriters of contemporary blues and rock music.
Allen was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN in a home where music was always playing. He explains, “That’s certainly why I love so many different styles of music. My dad was always playing ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix whereas my mom would listen to Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder.” Cole’s father Mark, an accomplished guitarist in his own right, would let Cole tag along to his gigs at an early age. At age 13, Allen received a guitar for his birthday and started a band of his own only a year later. In the decade that followed, the Cole Allen Band toured extensively throughout the Midwest and notably opened for Bret Michaels, LA Guns, Bobby Rush, Corey Stevens, and John Mayall.
Cole Allen’s songwriting, described by many as mature well beyond his years, and masterful guitar playing was showcased on his debut 2012 EP “Headed For Hollywood.” The blues rock scene took notice.