Shorty’s life hasn’t always been a bed of roses, but it hasn’t just been “tough breaks and bad decisions” as the “Story of his life”, either.” He moved to Seattle and married Marsha Hendrix, Jimi’s stepsister. Hendrix loved his Shorty and it’s common knowledge that while Jimi was in the army (believe it or not) he would go AWOL from his Army base in order to catch Shorty’s area performances. Shorty was a big influence on Jimi. “I hear my licks in Purple Haze and Hey Joe. He told me the reason he started setting his guitar on fire was because he couldn’t do the back flips like I did.” recalls Shorty.
The photo above shows Shorty with his new bass player.
Last night, Shorty played a few songs from We The People, including the title track, “We the People,” along with favorites such as “Hey Joe” and “Jody.” After listening to some of these songs for years, it was evident that his new band members, all from Texas, added a more “Texas roadhouse” sound to the blues numbers, and make the more rock-oriented numbers fresh and modern, but still blues-y.
Shorty has three web sites. The oldest is http://www.guitarshorty.org but the new one is even better: http://www.guitarshorty.com and he is also soon to launch, http://www.guitarshorty.biz You can get his tour dates, news, and purchase cds and T-shirts (the newest, featuring the “We The People” Tour is great)!