An evening of uptown horns and low-down
groves scheduled for Sat., Nov. 14
"High Point, North Carolina – Fatback funk. Blistering blues. Uptown horns and low-down grooves. Creative, fun and interactive with their audience, Blinddog Smokin’ is a soulful, funky 7-piece show band with a deep and original American repertoire incorporating rock, blues, gospel and soulful stylings. A 2015 Grammy nominee for Best Blues Album with their latest work Decisions (billed as Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’), the group once dubbed the “Ultimate Road Warriors” by Southland Blues Magazine will settle in at the High Point Theatre just long enough for a single live performance on Saturday, November 14, at 8:00 pm.
The earliest origins of the band probably began in 1962 at the Pic-a-Rib Café in Laramie, Wyoming, where a young Carl Gustafson had run away from home and took refuge with his African-American schoolmate. Carl learned to appreciate the blues on the jukebox which the café owner, Miss Peggy Stith, danced to and loved. Gustafson and Jason Cooms, a heavy metal rocker, formed Bluestone for the sole purpose of entering a contest for blues bands sponsored by the Department of Defense. Well received by the armed forces personnel because of the blended influences that mixed heart and energy and came up a loud, full out, metal blues, it was a gig at BB King’s club that led to their first big break, a spot on the main stage at the prestigious King Biscuit Blues Festival. The original incarnation of Blinddog Smokin' was formed in 1994 with front man, singer, and harmonica player Carl Gustafson and drummer/vocalist Chicago Chuck Gullen. Today the band is composed of bassist Roland Bacon who joined in 2003, keyboardist Mo Beeks who joined in 2009, backup singer Chris White who joined in 2010, and finally guitarist Chalo Ortiz and backup singer Linda Gustafson who both joined in 2013.
Over the past two decades, Blinddog Smokin’ has averaged around 200 gigs annually, recorded eight albums, produced forty-one original songs, played every conceivable venue, from Mississippi juke joints to tours throughout Europe and the Mediterranean – including three times on the main stage at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, twice on the main stage at the Tulsa Blues Festival, and as the house band for the Snowy Range Blues Festival for six consecutive years – and gigged with iconic blues artists Dr. John, Bobby Rush, Macy Gray and more. In addition to their 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album, the band received the 2015 Blues Music Award nomination for Song of the Year ("Another Murder in New Orleans" written by Carl Gustafson, Donny Markowitz, performed by: Dr. John, Bobby Rush, Blinddog Smokin'),was a 2015 nominee for Best Soul Blues Album (Memphis, TN), 2014 Blues Blast Music Award winner for Best Soul Blues Album, and 2014 Best of the Beat Award winner for Best Blues Album.
“Blinddog Smokin’ will be one of the most exciting musical groups we have ever had grace the stage at this Theatre,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “Music, costumes and audience interaction will guarantee a great time is had by all.” Tickets are $30-$35, available at the box office by calling (336) 887-3001 and online at www.highpointtheatre.com."
- A Press Release