Popa Chubby’s collection of jet-fueled originals just grew with the release of his new CD, “The Catfish.”
Popa Chubby offers up 12 tunes that embody the badass attitude that defines the King Of The New York City Blues. “The Catfish” delivers punch after punch of musical inspiration drawing on 25 plus years of street smarts and road worthy musicianship. It embodies what makes Popa Chubby who he is. Regal and Delicious, the recording shines with multiple flavors and worldliness.
“It’s about the excitement and the feeling of raw power. All I can tell you is you need rock and roll in your soul and I am the man in control. The Blues are alive and well and Rock and Roll will never die! Are you ready to rock?”
As the Philadelphia Inquirer put it, “Truly a bluesman for the new millennium, Popa Chubby has an abiding affection for the tradition but uses it only as a springboard for his distinctive style.” That style translates into blues-rock numbers about, in Popa’s words, “love, life, betrayal, diesel, jet fuel, marriage, murder, stress and passion,” subjects that many would say are the only ones that matter.
His performances these days have never been more tempestous and soulful. Despite his imposing presence, the shaven head, tattoed arms, and performance style he describes as “the Stooges meet Buddy Guy, Motorhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi meets Robert Johnson,” Poppa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.