Popa Chubby, blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter, comes to The Brudenell on 23 January, celebrating his album It’s a Mighty Hard Road.
The album has 15 tracks – 2 covers and 13 originals, the work of this widely acclaimed New York City artist who has been playing blues, rock and soul for 30 years. Popa intends to celebrate all 30 years on stage, appealing to guitar enthusiasts as well as fans of melody, because as well as his electric, generous and turbulent guitar expertise, he’s equally capable of delivering soulful ballads and mid tempo songs which cover the whole gamut of emotions – which is what the album demonstrates.
One of Popa Chubby’s covers is Kiss, the song by Prince. He says: “Prince really had a big influence on me as a guitar player. There’s really nobody above him except maybe Hendrix.”
Popa Chubby was born Ted Horowitz in the Bronx in 1960 and still lives in the State of New York. He began by playing in backing bands and released his Major Label Debut in 1995, although he now manages his own career, through his production company PCP – Popa Chubby Productions.
His respect for tradition is blended with modernism, creating raw, urban energy which embraces jazz, rock, funk and rap. If you’re not familiar with his work, then you might like to listen to It’s a Mighty Hard Road here.
Photographs provided by Proper Music.