Sunday, February 14, 2016

CD Review: Popa Chubby Puts On A "Big, Bad And Beautiful" Live Performance

American blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Popa Chubby gathered a following, the old fashion way, by performing live. He played over 200 shows a year during the early '90's and self-released his first couple albums before scoring a record deal with Sony Music for the release of his 1995 studio album "Booty And The Beast" and his first live album "Hit The High Hard One." Now over 20 years later, Popa Chubby returns with a brand new live album titled "Big, Bad And Beautiful." It was released on January 22nd through Cleopatra Records.

The new two disc set was recorded during his 2015 tour of France and contains 27 songs of mixed originals and covers. He begins with the chugging shuffle of "Working Class Blues" and the blazing guitar work of "Stoop Down Baby." He keeps the spirits high with the classic romp of "One Leg At A Time" and "69 Dollars," before letting up on the gas for the slow blues of "Same Old Blues." His guitar skills are exceptional, while he delivers the lyrics of "Life Is A Beatdown" like a skilled rapper, but his does his best talking with his guitar. The first disc closes with a five-minute clash of instrumentals called the "Chubbfatha Medley."

The second disc starts out with a ten-minute session on how to ply the blues as Popa Chubby gives his all for his music during "Rock On Bluesman." He pays tribute to the Rolling Stones with a trio of songs, "Love In Vain," "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses," which electrifies the audience. He bring back that classic rockabilly swing with "Caffeine And Nicotine," before slowing the tempo down for the nine-minute blues journey "The People's Blues." The album closes with Popa picking the energy back up with "Noise Making Love Machine" and ten-minute rocking rendition of "Over The Rainbow."

Popa Chubby is currently touring through the east coast, beginning with shows in Woonsocket, RI and Mildale, CT. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about Popa Chubby and his latest release "Big, Bad And Beautiful," please visit popachubby.com.

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