Thursday, April 3, 2014

Studebaker John (for real), Damon Fowler, Gas House Gorillas, Zoo Bar, Reverend Horton Heat, J.D. McPherson

Hey Dear Blog Visitors, are you feeling neglected? Well here's a little something, for some reason, today's column is not showing up in the Reader online, so here's the text for April 3. Note that Damon Fowler is at The 21st Saloon tonight and Studebaker John at McKenna's Friday night at 8. Sounds like Steve Byam's 40SINNERS will start things off at 7 at McKenna's Friday.  I will try to get back here more often! Meanwhile, thanks for reading me, wherever you read me!

Column here, eventually... and in the print edition of The Reader every week!

Studebaker John (for real), Damon Fowler, Gas House Gorillas, Zoo Bar, Reverend  Horton Heat, J.D.  McPherson (whew, that's a great list). Hoodoo for Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Studebaker John will actually be at McKenna’s this Friday, April 4, 8 p.m. Last week's column contained an error from incorrect information I had on the date. So, you still have a chance to see Chicago’s Studebaker John, who is an accomplished blues guitarist, singer-songwriter and harmonica player. His gritty style and uniquely gear-grinding guitar sound is steeped in the traditional electrified blues traditions of Chicago’s blues clubs and Maxwell Street market where electric blues was born and forged. His sound is fueled by influences like J.B. Hutto, Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor and Little Walter and Big Walter. Inspired by Hound Dog, John’s slide guitar work is wicked. See

21st Saloon Thursdays
Damon Fowler is up at The 21st Saloon Thursday, April 3, 6-9 p.m. The Florida-based guitarist has been seen previously at The 21st as part of the band Southern Hospitality where he shares the frontman duties with J.P. Soars and Victor Wainwright. Fowler was the 2009 winner of the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge and also won the Albert King Award recognizing the best guitarist in the competition. Fowler has also received honors in Creative Loafing magazine’s “Best of Tampa” poll, naming him Best Guitarist, Slide Guitarist, Lap Steel Player and Dobro Player. See

Up next Thursday, April 10, at The 21st Saloon is New York City’s Gas House Gorillas, with their mix of rockabilly, swing and jump music. One reviewer proclaimed the band is “a punked-up and energized controlled catastrophe in the spirit of Louis Jordan wielding a chainsaw. The mostly original material was augmented with detours to New Orleans and rocked-up and -out nods to Cheap Trick and The Ramones.” See

Zoo Bar Blues
Zoo Bar shows coming up include Charlie Burton Thursday, April 3, 6-9 p.m., Mezcal Brothers Friday, April 4, 5-7 p.m. and The Bel Airs Friday, April 4, after 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, 6-9 p.m. Acclaimed blues guitarist Jimmy Thackery hits The Zoo Wednesday, April 9, 6-9 p.m.

Hot Notes
It’s a killer triple bill when contemporary rockabilly legend the Reverend Horton Heat rocks Lincoln’s Bourbon Theatre Wednesday, April 9, with The Nekromantix and roots guitar star Deke Dickerson.
Coming up the following Wednesday April 16, The Bourbon also hosts the return of the marvelous vintage rhythm & blues and rockabilly of J.D. McPherson featuring Chicago's Jimmy Sutton of The Four Charms on bass. Also on the bill are The Cactus Blossoms and Jack Hotel. See
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Hoodoo favorite Sax Gordon Beadle is posting great updates from his current European tour where he and Lluis Coloma are having CD release events for their jazz disc

This week they are in Madrid at Cafe Central. Here's a taste.

And at THIS link, which I can't load as a video clip there is a great professionally produced video of some of the goings on over there, recorded Monday night at the opening of their week-long run! Sax Gordon y Lluís Coloma en el Café Central March 31, 2014

And my pals Dennis Gruenling, Doug Deming and the  Jewel Tones are headed for the Los Angeles area by way of El Paso and The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, so if you know anyone out there, spread the word, this band cooks!

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