Guitar Shorty is a living legend, a man who can make a guitar wail and talk seemingly without any effort at all, as if the guitar was simply an extension of his body. He “has the blues in his blood.” When Shorty plays, everyone listens! His fans travel from far and wide just to spend a couple of hours in his presence. This blues master is 70-something, but he’s irrepressable. He’s been playing guitar since he was very young and he’s not stopping any time soon. I’ve been following his music for quite some time, and much of what Shorty’s aiming for now seems to be blues-y rock instead of classic blues. But no matter what the song, no matter where I am, when I hear Shorty’s raspy, souful, exectrifying voice, I feel like I’m listening to an old friend.
Turning Point Music Cafe in Piermont, New York. The Turning Point is one of those rare places that makes the blues, great blues, accessible, and Guitar Shorty seems to get there at least twice a year. The cozy room features good food at reasonable prices (and tickets to hear amazing music are less than the cost of a modest dinner) and a friendly atmosphere. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, but the venue is cozy and there really aren’t any bad seats. The room is initimate enough to give you an up-close-and-personal view of the performers that you won’t find in many venues.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Guitar Shorty Concert if the master musician didn’t take a stroll around the audience, and then casually play out into the street (this time to “Born Under a Bad Sign”). He delights people with his outdoor strolls. If you’ve never seen him do it, it’s a shock and a thrill! I have no idea how he can play and still talk to the crowds while the rest of the band stays inside. Years of practice, I guess.
Guitar Shorty was known for his backflips (he once won the Gong Show singing “The Thrill Is Gone,” playing on his head), but while he’s given up acrobatics, he still takes off his guitar and dances with it, never missing a beat!
This man has an amazing sense of humor! But the posters, along with other “Guitar Shorty Gear” is available at his concert, and in his ONLINE STORE
You can also get Guitar Shorty’s latest album “We the People.”that won the Blues Foundation 2007 Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Album!
You have to hear Guitar Shorty for yourself. To hear him is to be hooked for life! *I have included a few, short music clips from We The People (respect the artist’s copyright and buy your own copy) *courtesy Guitar Shorty.com.
We The People Click to play(Guitar Shorty & Jesse Harms,High Flying Blues, BMI/Harms Way Songs, ASCAP)
What Good Is Life? Click to play(Guitar Shorty, Wyzard, Jerry Williams, & Beverly Green, High Flying Blues, BMI/G’noosh Mouth Music, ASCAP/Jerry Williams Music, BMI)
I Got Your Number Click to play(Bob Halligan, Jr., WBOB Music/Full Court Hoops & Songs, ASCAP)
Runaway Train Click to play(Doug Thomas & Gary McCoy, Howlin‘ Hill Music, ASCAP)
Fine Cadillac Click to play(John Grimaldi, GT Hawk Music, BMI)
Can’t Get Enough Click to play(Wyzard, G’noosh Mouth Music, ASCAP) (
Blues In My Blood Click to play(Merv Goldsworthy, House of Swerve Songs, PRS)
Find out when Guitar Shorty will be in your town (concert schedule), learn more about Guitar Shorty, and check out more Shorty songs and gear at www.guitarshorty.com