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Studebaker John & The Hawks with Tom Walbank & Austin Counts

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Studebaker John & The Hawks in concert!

Opening set by Tom Walbank & Austin Counts

“A triple threat on slide guitar, harp and vocals, Studebaker John clearly has what it takes to get a barroom jumping. This is hard partying, tough, working man’s blues…” – Blues Revue

The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation is excited to present Chicago’s Studebaker John & The Hawks in concert. This very special event has been brewing for a while and we just can’t wait to raise the roof on 191 Toole. SABHF is an all volunteer, non profit dedicated to the education and promotion of blues music and culture in Southern Arizona. Proceeds support that mission of SABHF.

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John & The Hawks in the ’70s. John still owns and drives a Studebaker Hawk, but the name also refers to his friend J.B. Hutto and his band, The Hawks. John began playing guitar after seeing Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers. “…Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine.” After that, Grimaldi knew he had to play slide guitar.

Studebaker John’s live show owes as much to Link Wray as it does to Hound Dog Taylor. Fans should expect two long sets of slithery shuffles, stop-time grinders and flat out boogies. Studebaker John & The Hawks don’t just rehash classic Chicago blues, he’s also a fine songwriter playing his own songs in a hard rockin’ Chicago style

Opening the show will be Tucson’s own Tom Walbank and Austin Counts. Tom has a fantastic new CD called Dust + Stone, while Austin just released his new disc, Pima County Soul. Both are on Tucson’s Lonesome Desert label and both artists appear on each other’s project. The blues is all about hope. This will be a great night of music made for good times and happy folks.

Doors open at 7:00 PM and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $12 in advance at www.azblues.org. Tickets at the door will be $15 with a $3 discount for SABHF and KXCI members. The address for 191 Toole is, 191 Toole in downtown Tucson. There is off-street, free parking right next to the building.

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