Popa Chubby
(USA)




Twenty five years of hard rocking blues

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


Line-up:
Popa Chubby - guitar, lead vocal
Sylvester Bryant - drums
Andrew Paladino - bass


Discography


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IT’S CHUBBY TIME
(1991)
1-800 Prime CD


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GAS MONEY
(1993)
1-800 Prime CD


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BOOTY AND THE BEAST (1995)
Sony



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THE FIRST CUTS
(1996)
Dixiefrog


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HIT THE HIGH HARD ONE
(1996)
1-800 Prime CD


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ONE MILLION BROKEN GUITARS
(1997)
Lightyear


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BROOKLYN BASEMENT BLUES
(1998)
Shanachie



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POPA CHUBBY PRESENTS: THE NYC BLUES
(1999)
Dixiefrog



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ONE NIGHT LIVE IN NYC
(1999)


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HOW’D A WHITE BOY GET THE BLUES
(2000)
Blind Pig


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FLASHED BACK
(2001)
Popa Chubby Productions

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POPA CHUBBY PRESENTS: THE NYC BLUES AGAIN
(2001)
Popa Chubby Productions


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THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE CHUBBY
(2002)
Blind Pig Records

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BLACK COFFEE BLUES BAND
(2002)
Popa Chubby Productions

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POPA CHUBBY LIVE AT FIP
(2003)
Popa Chubby Productions

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POPA CHUBBY : THE HUNGRY YEARS
(2003)
Blind Pig Records

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OLD SCHOOL: POPA CHUBBY & FRIENDS PLAY MUDDY, WILLIE AND MORE
(2003)
Popa Chubby Productions

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PEACE LOVE AND RESPECT
(2004)
Blind Pig Records

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BIG MAN, BIG GUITAR
(2005)
Blind Pig Records

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POPA CHUBBY WILD LIVE
(2005)
Dixiefrog

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STEALING THE DEVIL’S GUITAR (2006)
Blind Pig Records

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10 YEARS WITH POPA CHUBBY (2006)

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ELECTRIC CHUBBYLAND (2006)
Blind Pig

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DELIVERIES AFTER DARK (2007)
Blind Pig

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THE FIGHT IS ON (2010)
Blind Pig

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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


 
CATFISH (2016)
Ear Music


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