Hi, strangers. Strange year. Not right at all.
And yet, apart from no shows, this is my busiest musical year in a long time.
The Claudettes put this out in April: “High Times in the Dark.” If you have a spare two hours, you can read all the great press it’s gotten in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, the UK and Australia here. It’s also on Bandcamp, where you can listen to it as well as procure it on CD, download or limited-edition purple vinyl.
In August, I joined Delmark Records as a solo artist. That’s the home of Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Magic Sam and more of my blues heroes. The album, featuring Lil’ Ed, John Primer, Billy Boy Arnold, Matthew Skoller, Bob Margolin and other special guests, is JOHNNY IGUANA’S CHICAGO SPECTACULAR!, and I believe it lives up to its name.
The first video from this SPECTACULAR! is up on YouTube, and here are all the 2020 Claudettes videos (more to come). Stay tuned for some fall live shows. Stay alive. Root hard for a 2021 that brings it all back home.