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Studebaker John & The Hawks

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Studebaker John and the Hawks

With the release of Time Will Tell, his fourth album for Blind Pig, Studebaker John continues to prove himself to be the most intriguing and original blues artists on the scene. His music has a haunting, distinctive quality that’s wild and raw when it needs to be, yet is often subtle, played with nuance and a delicate touch. King Biscuit Times called it a “personal no-holds-barred style that cooks with contagiously seasoned energy and absolute taste.”

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in Chicago in 1952 and heard the blues firsthand from Big Walter Horton, “One-Armed” John Wrencher, Johnny Littlejohn and other regulars on Maxwell Street. “I can remember a time when you could see Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, he’d play in his own club, Hound Dog Taylor would always be around Maxwell Street. J.B. Hutto, too. Being able to see them perform live was breathtaking. I’m basically self-taught and I’d pick things up by just watching them.”

He also took to heart their advice about developing his own style. He recalls, “The old guys, like Walter Horton, gave me the best advice when they told me not to try to sound like them, but to sound like myself. To me, blues is really finding the heart of the music and putting yourself into it.”

In addition to the aforementioned artists, John lists his harmonica influences as Little Walter, both Sonny Boys, and Paul Butterfield. On guitar he names Albert Collins, Albert King, Freddie King, and Elmore James.

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  • lawlerbunnies

    i saw this man live a few months back simply amazing its a shame good music like this gets no airplay nowadays

    1 Mar 2008 Reply

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