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Studebaker John's Old School Rockin'
Delmark Release - Feb, 2012

Studebaker John

“On my last CD, Maxwell Street Kings, I wanted to capture the raw, less-is-more sound that I first heard on Chicago’s Maxwell St. My new CD, Old School Rockin’, is rockin’ blues that helps people to forget their troubles. I’ve tried to incorporate the raw blues sound into songs that strive to be more contemporary and without musical boundaries. It’s what that sound turned into in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when the raw blues heavily influenced many contemporary artists, and changed the course of popular music. Old School Rockin’ is for all the people, from the rocking blues crowd to the purists, and from the young folks just getting into it to those who’ve been listening all along.”
~Studebaker John

Studebaker John was born in Chicago in 1952, and has lived his whole life there. An avid music fan as a youngster, he learned to play several instruments, including first the harmonica, then the drums, and in his late teens, the guitar. He came of age in the ‘60s, so was part of the rock ‘n’ roll/rock generation. It was a time when musical boundaries and barriers were being broken down, and elements of different styles were combined into something new and vibrant that filled the airwaves of AM radio. John liked a lot of different music, but as a young teenager he’d occasionally hear songs that especially captured his attention and imagination. “At the time, I had no idea that this music was called blues, but listening to the radio, you’d hear Jimmy Reed, Freddy King, Slim Harpo, and things like that, all mixed in with other music I listened to.” A few years later, that included the music of the Yardbirds, the Rolling Stones, and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac in England, and in the USA, Bob Dylan, Paul Butterfield, Mike Bloomfield, Johnny Winter, the Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, and countless others, all of whom took their inspiration from Chicago’s electric blues, and added a hard rocking edge to it.

Also during the ‘60s, John was traveling the city; working in his family’s plumbing business, which sometimes took him to the Maxwell Street open air market, where he heard street musicians playing a raw electrified blues for tips. “I got to see Big John Wrencher, the one-armed harp player who was a Maxwell Street regular and played with just a guitarist and drummer. I was spellbound. His music was simple yet so powerful.” The music he heard on Maxwell Street drew him in, and he started hanging out at clubs on the South and West Side to catch live acts. One memorable night he saw a performance by Hound Dog Taylor that resulted in a personal epiphany: “I had to play slide guitar.”

Over the next couple of decades, John played every chance he got, sometimes sitting in with the cream of Chicago blues players, such as Big Walter, Jimmy Johnson, Buddy and Phil Guy, James Cotton, Jr. Wells and Hound Dog Taylor. He built a reputation as a performer with an exciting, propulsive guitar style, and also developed into a fine blues harpist and vocalist. He became a sought-after sideman and session musician. For example, when the remnants of The Yardbirds and the Pretty Things came to Chicago in the early ‘90s looking to make a blues album, they tapped John to provide guitar and harp backing. Shortly thereafter, he was asked to join the reformed Yardbirds, an offer John tuned down in order to record his own music. He realized that he wanted to stop playing cover versions of others’ music, and to develop his own voice as a songwriter. “Writing songs is the most satisfying part of my job. I write a song to make myself feel better, and I hope it makes others feel better, too.” Since then he has put out more than a dozen albums of all original music, recording on the Blind Pig, Evidence, and his own Avanti labels. It is fitting that Studebaker John is now with Delmark, the oldest existing Chicago-based blues label. He is a Chicago blues original, who plays from the heart and always takes his own distinctive approach to contemporary blues.

“On my last CD, Maxwell Street Kings, I wanted to capture the raw, less-is-more sound that I first heard on Chicago’s Maxwell St. My new CD, Old School Rockin’, is rockin’ blues that helps people to forget their troubles. I’ve tried to incorporate the raw blues sound into songs that strive to be more contemporary and without musical boundaries. It’s what that sound turned into in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, when the raw blues heavily influenced many contemporary artists, and changed the course of popular music. Old School Rockin’ is for all the people, from the rocking blues crowd to the purists, and from the young folks just getting into it to those who’ve been listening all along.”

Old School Rockin’ presents Studebaker John at the top of his game on 14 original compositions, and is a satisfying listen from beginning to end. Recorded with a minimum of overdubs and a “live-in-the studio” feel, it’s taut and driving. Highlights include the Latin groove of “Mesmerized;” the swampy, gut-bucket rhythms of “A Disease Called Love;” the wages of sin rocker, “Fire Down Below;” with its very fine harmonica break; the hill-countrified “Tumblin’ Down The Road;” and the live show favorites, “Rockin’ Hot,” “She Got It Right (Dress So Tight),” and “Fine Little Machine.”
~Michael Dixon

Dixon is the former Director of Blues and Roots Music for WRBC, Bates College, and a contributor to blues guides and publications.

Available at studebakerjohn.com


Press Release for Waiting on the Sun CD

  • Maxwell Street Kings, That's the Way You Do was number 23 on the top 100 blues albums of 2011 according to Roots Music Radio.
  • Studebaker John's Maxwell Street Kings #3 on the Living Blues radio Chart and #1 on B.B. King's Bluesville Picks To Click for the Week of March 5, 2011 on XM Sirius Radio.
  • Check out John's videos, and enter Slide Tone King and Harp Tone King.
  • See photos from a recent show at The Time Out Pub in Rockland, Maine

Maxwell Street Kings, That's the Way You Do was number 23 on the top 100 blues albums of 2011 according to Roots Music Radio.

Fri Feb18, 2011. Studebaker’s Maxwell Street Kings at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, IL. Show to be broadcast LIVE on the internet at 9pm: www.livestream.com/globalrealtime


SelfMadeMadCD FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Judy Theis
JT Artist Management
612-296-0949
JTArtists@cs.com

STUDEBAKER JOHN RELEASES ALBUM # 11: WAITING ON THE SUN
Avanti Records is proud to announce the release of a brand new album by Studebaker John, master slide guitarist and blues harpist. Waiting on the Sun seamlessly incorporates the traditional with the modern, and utilizes a diverse musical pallet, including Chicago blues, boogie, swamp, swing, and even Latin groove. Waiting on the Sun was recorded with two of Chicago's best rhythm players and frequent Studebaker John touring partners, bassist Bob Halaj and drummer Paul Ashford. The album also features the work of young Polish keyboard wiz, Bartek Szopinski, who is a member of Studebaker John's European touring band.

Waiting on the Sun contains nearly 80 minutes of all original, highly accessible guitar and harmonica blues and rock. Simply not content to make the same album over and over again, Studebaker John's Waiting on the Sun is a breathtaking sunrise of different musical elements. Combining, for the first time, slide guitar with Latin rhythms, raw blues grooves, rock and roll, and improvised jams with a touch of jazz that mix together perfectly to give the listener a CD of artistic integrity...in other words, "fun".

What they say about Studebaker John:

"John captures the raw energy and grit of the classic blues musicians but pumped up to a rocking energy level. He has a deep understanding of the blues tradition that comes from hanging with the classic Chicago bluesmen, but he's created his own sound and style from these roots."
-- Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records)

Studebaker John has never simply wanted to rehash blues classics. Throughout his career, he has striven to capture the creativity and emotional power of the genre's masters by writing his own original blues.
-- Daily Record

Dedicated to the vintage sounds of Chi-town in the golden age of the '50's on guitar and harp, he is no retro man recycling worn out standards. He makes original music that is both timeless and relevant.
-- Guitar One Magazine

"It's rare to hear a blues artist perform three sets of irresistible originals, and it's even rarer for that artist to stay 'in the zone' from first song to last." -- Thomas J. Cullen, III (Blues Revue Magazine)

His raw amplified canonical work recalls past masters like Little Walter and Big Walter Horton, while his slide guitar style is descended from the styles of Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor. On top of that Studebaker John is a powerful vocalist and talented songwriter. -- Chicago Tribune

WHERE TO BUY WAITING ON THE SUN: The album is available at record stores, at the official Studebaker John website www.studebakerjohn.com, or e-tailers such as www.amazon.com. Better yet, go see Studebaker John when he performs near you, and pick up an autographed copy. Check out the Studebaker John tour schedule at www.studebakerjohn.com/calendar. For booking information please visit www.studebakerjohn.com/booking



Studebaker John & The Hawks’ 10th CD Self-Made Man (Avanti Records) charted # 23 on the Living Blues Top 50 two weeks after its release in June. “Ride, Ride, Ride” is in regular rotation on Bill Wax’s XM Satellite Radio Bluesville channel, and the band is on a national tour that includes stops at the Salmon Arms Roots & Blues Festival in British Columbia, Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and Stevie Ray’s in Louisville, Kentuck



John was nice enough to stop by our studios and record a radio show with me last week. John performed live and allowed me to premier a few tracks from his new cd. This show will be broadcast this Sunday April 9 4-6pm ' Rock-it Science' with Greg Lewis on 91.9 WNTI Hackettstown NJ [ heard in North NJ and NE PA] and over the internet at http://wnti.org Tell John he is terrific and I thank him for stopping by. Cheers, Greg Lewis WNTI



SelfMadeMadCD

STUDEBAKER JOHN SOON TO RELEASE ALBUM # 10: SELF-MADE MAN
Avanti Records is pleased to announce that a brand new album by Studebaker John will be released in Spring of 2006. Self-Made Man features the trio format comprised of Studebaker John, slide guitar & harmonica, bassist Bob Halaj and drummer Willie "The Touch" Hayes.

Self-Made Man contains nearly 80 minutes of all original steamy blues and smokin' blues-rock, incorporating Chicago, boogie, swamp, swing, and harmonica blues, all recorded with a live-in-the-studio sound that is true to Studebaker John's stage performances. Look for the full press release soon.

PRESS RELEASE



Read the new review of John:
Bourbon Street, Colonie, NY Live Review, April 24, 2005


Studebaker John is returning to the UK for a series of club dates & festivals. John is especially excited to be reuniting with the Yardbirds on 2 fests-- at the Maryport and Stanley Blues Fests


Fan Pictures of Studebaker John wanted

Please email photos you have taken of John to info@studebakerjohn.com as we are looking for newer photos to post. If we use a photo, you will get full credit and an autographed 8X10 of John so please include your mailing addresses & contact information.
"If you prefer sending photographs to John directly, you can send them to Studebaker John, P.O. Box 346, Brookfield, IL 60513".


Studebaker John and Lazy Lester. Photographer: Pat Douglass from Gregson Center on March 23rd.
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STUDEBAKER JOHN AND LAZY LESTER ON BLUES TOUR OF GREAT BRITAIN this past spring


Visit the Moondogs Studebaker photo gallery - photos from Moondogs, Dec 5, 2004.


CHICAGO BLUES ORIGINAL STUDEBAKER JOHN
RELEASES ALBUM # 9: BETWEEN LIFE & DEATH

Master slide guitarist and blues harpist Studebaker John is back with a brand new album of all original music. Between Life & Death features the power trio format that Studebaker John has used in his live performances for the last few years, and was recorded with two of Chicago’s best rhythm players, bassist Felton Crews (Miles Davis, Charlie Musselwhite, Johnny Drummer) and drummer Earl Howell (Magic Slim, John Primer, Big Jack Johnson). Studebaker John started his own label, Avanti Records – aptly named after a popular model in the Studebaker automobile line – in order to make Between Life & Death available to his many fans everywhere

The story of Between Life & Death in Studebaker John’s own words: “Destiny cannot be denied. The plans to make this recording began more than 2 years ago but weren't completed due to personal setbacks and difficulties in the music industry. Remarkably, the recording session for Between Life & Death came about by accident.

“Shortly after returning from a two-week tour of the UK, I was called into a recording session, along with drummer Earl Howell & bassist Felton Crews, by a well-known blues artist who shall remain nameless. We arrived at the session to find that it was canceled because this artist had over-indulged at a local pub and was in no shape to work. We seized the opportunity handed to us to record these songs, which we had been playing daily while on the road. After two years of planning and frustration, the record was completed in one marathon live-in-the-studio session that felt "just right" to everyone involved.

“I hope you enjoy listening to these songs as much I did writing and recording them.”

The music on Between Life & Death:
CD Between Life & Death shows Studebaker John at the top of his lyrical and musical powers. The album incorporates many styles and influences – blues-rock, improvisational jam and groove, New Orleans R&B, West Coast swing, and, of course, Chicago Blues – and has a stripped down live-in-the studio feel that is true to Studebaker John’s stage performances. The track listing includes:

  1. “Between Life & Death” – A fast tempo guitar rocker that gets the album off to a high energy start – gritty vocals, stinging leads, tight ensemble playing.
  2. “This Road” – Medium tempo tremolo-drenched guitar groove; Studebaker John’s version of modern Delta.
  3. “I Deceive Myself” – Straight forward contemporary blues with a hard back beat about the lies we tell ourselves to get through life.
  4. “When I Look into Your Eyes” – A song about the “real love that’s all that really counts in the big picture,” inspired by Studebaker John’s children.
  5. “Crazy for Your Love” – Blues boogie that captures the spirit of the late great John Lee Hooker and features a strong harmonica bridge.
  6. “Hard Place & The Ground” – Amped-up modern Delta-influenced blues.
  7. “If I Had a Nickel” – Chromatic harp ballad that’s a live show favorite, propelled by Earl Howell’s 2nd line drumming, which gives the song a Calypso feel.
  8. “I Don’t Know” – Blues-rocker about love’s first burst of elation.
  9. “Can’t Forget about You” – A percolating bass-driven blues vamp in which Studebaker John gives a nod to Juke Joint blues jump a la Little Walter.
  10. “That’s Why I’m Living” –A standout track that uses an out-of –the ordinary chord progression to make a heartfelt and evocative statement of purpose.
  11. “Cold Chills” – A superb Electric Ladyland-style psychedelic blues featuring Studebaker John’s slide Danelectro in place of Jimi’s Strat, and Felton Crews’ cosmic bass runs.

What they say about Studebaker John:
"John captures the raw energy and grit of the classic blues musicians but pumped up to a rocking energy level. He has a deep understanding of the blues tradition that comes from hanging with the classic Chicago bluesmen, but he's created his own sound and style from these roots." -- Bruce Iglauer (Owner, Alligator Records)

"Dedicated to the vintage sounds of Chi-town in the golden age of the '50's on guitar and harp, he is no retro man recyling worn out standards. He makes original music that is both timeless and relevant." -- David Rubin (Guitar One Magazine)

His raw amplified canonical work recalls past masters like Little Walter and Big Walter Horton, while his slide guitar style is descended from the styles of Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor. On top of that Studebaker John is a powerful vocalist and talented songwriter. -- Chicago Tribune

"Studebaker John is a gem! His new CD, Between Life & Death, is chock full of good new songs - "I Deceive Myself, ""Cold Chills," "If I Had A Nickel," "That's Why I'm Living," to mention just a few. See him live if you can." -- Michael Dixon (Contributor, MusicHound Blues: The Essential Album Guide; former Blues Director, WRBC)

Where to buy Between Life & Death:
The album is being distributed nationally by Portland, OR’s Burnside Distribution (sales@bdcdistribution.com), and is available at record stores and e-tailers, such as www.amazon.com, or at the official Studebaker John website (www.studebakerjohn.com). Better yet, go see Studebaker John when he performs near you, and pick up an autographed copy. Check out the Studebaker John website for tour schedule and links to song samples.

Booking Studebaker John:
Please visit the website for information on booking.

For more information, contact:
JT Artist Management
612-296-0949
JTArtists@cs.com



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