Popa Chubby brings his brand of ‘dangerous’ blues to town
HARD swinging blues rock musician Popa Chubby comes to The Atkinson on Saturday, January 28 to chase your winter blues away.
Popa Chubby, whose career dates back to the early ’80s, has been a force to be reckoned with on the guitar and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful.
An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.
His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music business, overcoming odds to continue growing and maturing as a creative force.
He has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world, where in many territories he is a star.
A native New Yorker, Theodore “Ted” Horowitz’s first gigs were on the punk scene as a guitarist for what he reflects was a “crazy Japanese special effects performance artist in a kimono called Screaming Mad George who had a horror-movie inspired show”.
Right from the start he was immersed in rock ’n’ roll as theatre and learned from George and others playing CBGBs at the time including The Ramones, The Cramps and Richard Hell – whose band, the Voidoids, he joined – that rock ’n’ roll should be dangerous.
He reflects: “Musicians like The Ramones and the Sex Pistols weren’t just bands, they were a threat to society.”
The blues, however, was the foundation of his playing style.
He says: “Since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin, when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too.
“It wasn’t just from playing in punk bands. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters were dangerous men.
“That danger is a real part of the blues and I keep it alive in my music.”
“We all need something.”