Last year, Popa Chubby, who was born Ted Horowitz, marked twenty five years of rocking the blues as Popa Chubby.
This year he releases double live CD, Big Bad and Beautiful: Popa Chubby Live. 27 track, 2 CD set recorded live in France. The offering includes a vast selection of Chubby classics including Angel on My Shoulder, Over The Rainbow along with some choice Rolling Stones covers!
Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of 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, Horowitz's first gigs were in the NYC 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 theater, and learned from George and others playing CBGB’s at the time that included the Ramones, the Cramps, 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 recalls, "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. They’d cut or shoot you if they thought it was necessary, and Little Walter packed a gun and wouldn’t hesitate to use it. That danger is a real part of the Blues and I keep it alive in my music.”
Popa Chubby is his own man for better or worse. He reflects, "I’m living in a wild time, and that is where the inspiration is drawn from within Universal Breakdown Blues. There are my issues, but the picture is much bigger than me and my situation. Everything is breaking down in the world. The lines are being redefined. We all need something.” official website: www.popachubby.com
Popa Chubby - guitar, lead vocal Sylvester Bryant - drums
Andrew Paladino - bass
IT’S CHUBBY TIME(1991)
1-800 Prime CD
GAS MONEY (1993) 1-800 Prime CD
BOOTY AND THE BEAST (1995) Sony
THE FIRST CUTS (1996) Dixiefrog
HIT THE HIGH HARD ONE (1996) 1-800 Prime CD
ONE MILLION BROKEN GUITARS (1997) Lightyear
BROOKLYN BASEMENT BLUES (1998) Shanachie
POPA CHUBBY PRESENTS: THE NYC BLUES (1999) Dixiefrog
ONE NIGHT LIVE IN NYC (1999)
HOW’D A WHITE BOY GET THE BLUES (2000) Blind Pig
FLASHED BACK (2001) Popa Chubby Productions
POPA CHUBBY PRESENTS: THE NYC BLUES AGAIN (2001) Popa Chubby Productions
THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE CHUBBY (2002) Blind Pig Records
BLACK COFFEE BLUES BAND (2002) Popa Chubby Productions
POPA CHUBBY LIVE AT FIP (2003) Popa Chubby Productions
POPA CHUBBY : THE HUNGRY YEARS (2003) Blind Pig Records
OLD SCHOOL: POPA CHUBBY & FRIENDS PLAY MUDDY, WILLIE
AND MORE (2003) Popa Chubby Productions
PEACE LOVE AND RESPECT (2004) Blind Pig Records
BIG MAN, BIG GUITAR (2005) Blind Pig Records
POPA CHUBBY WILD LIVE (2005) Dixiefrog
DEVIL’S GUITAR (2006) Blind Pig Records
10 YEARS WITH POPA CHUBBY (2006)
ELECTRIC CHUBBYLAND (2006) Blind Pig
DELIVERIES AFTER DARK (2007) Blind Pig
FIGHT IS ON (2010) Blind Pig
UNIVERSAL BREAKDOWN BLUES (2013) Mascot Label Group
I'M FEELING LUCKY (2014) Cleopatra Records
BIG. BAD and BEAUTIFUL: POPA CHUBBY LIVE (2015) Dixie Frog Records