Clearly, Israel is not on too many radars when it comes to the blues, but lead guitarist, composer and producer Naftaly is redefining those parameters while putting Israeli blues on the map. Along with songwriter and lead vocalist Eleanor Tsaig, the Tel Aviv-based combo plays and sings the blues as if they’ve led hard-scrabbled, road-worn lives in Chicago or Memphis. Naftaly’s crisp guitar playing and Tsaig’s smoky croon ably inject soul into electric blues, with just a touch of funk and rock. Sinewy slower numbers are intermingled with feisty blues barn burners. Formed just a few years back and with a couple of albums released, the Ori Naftaly Band continues to make a mark on global blues stages. They will perform live on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte.