Studebaker John at The Muddy Waters March 2

by Bennett Kristine

Blues musician brings classic Chicago style to The Muddy Waters - Friday, March 2, 2012 - 9:00 p.m. Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. "…Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar, " says Studebaker.

Although Studebaker has clearly absorbed the many blues influences his native Chicago has to offer, he is no imitator. With his fat, ringing guitar tone and full, snake-like harp runs, he has managed to forge his own distinct sound while remaining true to the spirit of Chicago blues giants.

"A triple threat on slide guitar, harp and vocals, Studebaker John clearly has what it takes to get a bar room jumping. This is hard-partying, tough, working-man's blues, " Blues Revue Magazine.

Studebaker John played on the bandshell stage at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival on Sunday, July 4, and now you have an opportunity to see him and his band, the Hawks, at The Muddy Waters, 1708 State Street, Bettendorf, IA on Friday, March 2, 2012. The show starts at 9:00 p.m. with a $5 cover charge.

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