Current Ruminations From The Product's Illustrious Inventor!

Well, hi!

What can I tell you?
Ummm…happy holidays!

The Claudettes have loads happening, please go here to see/hear

My Claudettes albums, via Yellow Dog Records, are here

The oh my god discography is here

Much of the winter will be spent with the van in the garage and me writing, practicing, booking and, well, eating and then exercising away the damage.

Keep in touch via Facebook or email me. Whatever the request, the bidding starts at, oh, I don’t know, shall we say $500?,
Johnny Iguana

 

Claudettes recording like mad

Yes, we are. Expect a big double-album in 2015: a heap of instrumentals plus vocal tunes by Yana. In the meantime, see our tour dates, and please pick up the first Claudettes album! Some nice words about it:

DOWNBEAT Hits listeners upside the head with a mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and “Fess” Longhair New Orleans R&B. Catch them in a chaotic ballroom!

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES Fuses blues and punk, and all points between….The hectic boogaloo of “Deep Soul for High Society” pays rowdy homage to Ray Charles…prodigious skill, but not purism.

BG (BUDDY GUY’S BLUES AND MUSIC NEWS) Uninhibited, wild, exciting…yet deep-rooted Chicago blues. A very powerful and impassioned album done as only true Chicago blues masters could do it. With this album, Johnny could easily inherit Big Moose Walker’s mantle as the piano wild man of Chicago blues. A pair like the Claudettes really shows the continued vitality and possibilities of Chicago blues in the 21st century.

COLOSSAL POP Beautiful and chaotic and wildly impressive all at once….If you would have told me three weeks ago that the most played album in my rotation would be a piano and drum instrumental album, I would have laughed….I’m all in. I love this album and the Claudettes may be my new favorite band!

BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE Like Keith Moon chasing a crazed, punked-up Little Richard… greasy rhythm and blues that makes the dance floor so slippery you need to sprinkle sawdust on the floor to keep from falling down…a great ride, one that’ll leave you shaking and laughing and wanting more the next time this rowdy carnival comes to town.

BLUES BLAST: Their ambition and hard work have been rewarded with a fabulous album…unquestionably danceable and refreshingly unique…40 minutes of high-energy fun.

BLUES BYTES (SURPRISE PICK OF THE MONTH, NOVEMBER 2013) One of the freshest discs that has crossed my ears in a long time…an amazing find…Iguana and Caskey play their instruments like men possessed.

AMERICAN BLUES SCENE Johnny Iguana sounds like a saloon pianist from the Wild West brought to the future, his own vaudeville style modernized alongside Caskey’s sweet and delectable drumming, blending blues, jazz and a good time, creating an album unlike any other on the market.

EDEN BRENT (VIA FACEBOOK) Has all the sophistication of 21st-century serious music with a helluva sense of humor….Most interesting piano album in my collection since Brubeck’s Take Five.

CAUGHT IN THE CAROUSEL They come across like a ragtime White Stripes, tearing through the 13 numbers here with an undeniable musical velocity….Truly one of the most refreshing musical experiences of the year.

FOLK AND ACOUSTIC MUSIC EXCHANGE Some of the most startling music you are going to hear…you are in for a wild ride. They seem like two madmen…but they are two madmen in beautiful tight rhythm.

BMAN’S BLUES REPORT A nonstop piano riot….With Hound Dog Taylor Taylor intensity, the two men create a rockin’ frenzy….Iguana has a lot to say and says a lot without saying a word.

SEPIACHORD Soon to be classic…a vintage vibe that should find ears with neo-hipsters, old-school cool cats and contemporary greasers alike.

RICHARD MILNE, WXRT, CHICAGO Piano and drums and tons of energy and good tunes…bodacious grooves!

POP MATTERS Greasy keyboard-based barrelhouse blues with a side of heavy beat that evokes early Chicago R&B/rock…makes you jump and dance…a little scary, but that’s just part of the dangerous thrill.

CASCADE BLUES ASSOCIATION Definitely nothing remotely blues-rock. There is a timeless feeling meshing the great pianists of the past with a modern flair that resembles nobody else.

 

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The Claudettes win an Independent Music Award with their first album!

I (Johnny Iguana) am in Helsinki, where I just got word from Mike Powers (and Yellow Dog Records) that our Yellow Dog Records debut, “Infernal Piano Plot…HATCHED!,” has won Best Instrumental Album in the Independent Music Awards.
Michael Jay Caskey played drums; I played the piano; Anthony Gravinorecorded/mixed; Yana Atim is singing and dancing with us on stage now (good choice, Claudette). We have tons of shows this summer and fall. This is good stuff. Hail, hail
http://www.independentmusicawards.com/ima/2014/13th-annual-independent-music-awards-winners-announced/

Tell your people to get this great album:
http://yellowdogrecords.com/theclaudettes

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Claudettes on the Bluesmobile (Dan Aykroyd) and more…

Hey now-

Here’s Dan Aykroyd, introducing his Bluesmobile’s favorite song of the week (his Bluesbreaker): it’s the Claudettes’ “Tide Pool”:
https://soundcloud.com/thebluesmobile/elwoods-blues-breaker-the-1

We are off and running with shows coming up all over the Midwest, up into Canada and overseas in Europe. Find the Claudettes on Facebook, and we’ll also post those shows and more at http://theclaudettes.com.

Find the album and more at our label page: http://yellowdogrecords.com/theclaudettes

Here are many of the nice things that have been said about the album; thanks to all!:

DOWNBEAT Hits listeners upside the head with a mash-up of Otis Spann blues, Albert Ammons boogie-woogie, Ray Charles soul and “Fess” Longhair New Orleans R&B. Catch them in a chaotic ballroom!

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES Fuses blues and punk, and all points between….The hectic boogaloo of “Deep Soul for High Society” pays rowdy homage to Ray Charles…prodigious skill, but not purism.

BG (BUDDY GUY’S BLUES AND MUSIC NEWS) Uninhibited, wild, exciting…yet deep-rooted Chicago blues. A very powerful and impassioned album done as only true Chicago blues masters could do it. With this album, Johnny could easily inherit Big Moose Walker’s mantle as the piano wild man of Chicago blues. A pair like the Claudettes really shows the continued vitality and possibilities of Chicago blues in the 21st century.

COLOSSAL POP Beautiful and chaotic and wildly impressive all at once….If you would have told me three weeks ago that the most played album in my rotation would be a piano and drum instrumental album, I would have laughed….I’m all in. I love this album and the Claudettes may be my new favorite band!

BLUES BYTES (SURPRISE PICK OF THE MONTH, NOVEMBER 2013) One of the freshest discs that has crossed my ears in a long time…an amazing find…Iguana and Caskey play their instruments like men possessed.

AMERICAN BLUES SCENE Johnny Iguana sounds like a saloon pianist from the Wild West brought to the future, his own vaudeville style modernized alongside Caskey’s sweet and delectable drumming, blending blues, jazz and a good time, creating an album unlike any other on the market.

EDEN BRENT (VIA FACEBOOK) Has all the sophistication of 21st-century serious music with a helluva sense of humor….Most interesting piano album in my collection since Brubeck’s Take Five.

CAUGHT IN THE CAROUSEL They come across like a ragtime White Stripes, tearing through the 13 numbers here with an undeniable musical velocity….Truly one of the most refreshing musical experiences of the year.

FOLK AND ACOUSTIC MUSIC EXCHANGE Some of the most startling music you are going to hear…you are in for a wild ride. They seem like two madmen…but they are two madmen in beautiful tight rhythm.

BMAN’S BLUES REPORT A nonstop piano riot….With Hound Dog Taylor Taylor intensity, the two men create a rockin’ frenzy….Iguana has a lot to say and says a lot without saying a word.

SEPIACHORD Soon to be classic…a vintage vibe that should find ears with neo-hipsters, old-school cool cats and contemporary greasers alike.

RICHARD MILNE, WXRT, CHICAGO Piano and drums and tons of energy and good tunes…bodacious grooves!

POP MATTERS Greasy keyboard-based barrelhouse blues with a side of heavy beat that evokes early Chicago R&B/rock…makes you jump and dance…a little scary, but that’s just part of the dangerous thrill.

CASCADE BLUES ASSOCIATION: Definitely nothing remotely blues-rock. There is a timeless feeling meshing the great pianists of the past with a modern flair that resembles nobody else.

CINCINNATI ENQUIRER An amped blues-rock-soulful-jazz explosion….You’re going to need a good day of rest afterward from the dancing and feet tapping that abounds from the music of these gentlemen.

 

 

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THE CLAUDETTES

The Claudettes have our first album coming out in October.
We have a whole MESS of dates we’re playing this fall.
Go here to hear tracks, watch some great live and in-studio videos and read more

 

In the meantime, I’m headed to Japan with Matthew Skoller Band on Tuesday, I have an August show with Software Giant, then I will have a relaxed August in which to prepare for a busy fall.

Cheerio,
ig

Where have I been?

Don’t ask.

Just come to these:

Software Giant: Fri. Apr. 5 at Subterranean in Chicago

The Claudettes: Fri. May 3 at the Hideout in Chicago

See the jukeboxes on this website for new music by all of the above!

 

Three great new live videos from Cognac!

Really proud of this show we did: Billy Boy Arnold with me, Kenny Smith and Billy Flynn. We did this right (a tribute to Big Bill Broonzy and Sonny Boy Williamson)–in a 13th-century chamber in the Otard Chateau. See the first three videos on this page here. We did about 12 songs; three were posted on YouTube by whoever took this stealth footage…

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