Guitar Shorty brings Texas blues to ABC
By John Sollenberger 06/20/2013
Texas blues will ring out loud and proud when legendary blues vocalist and guitarist Guitar Shorty visits Arcadia Blues Club Saturday night.
Born David William Kearney in Houston in 1939, Guitar Shorty is known for his turbocharged live shows, laced with fierce vocals, blistering, physical guitar work and an energetic style.
He’s been known to reach for riffs and sounds other guitarists can’t come near. Maybe that’s why Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy both credited him as an influence. Amazon.com described his playing as sounding “like a caged tiger before feeding time,” a scorching sound that makes his live shows a stand-up-and-cheer experience.
The guitar ace started playing in clubs as a teen and received a top-notch musical education in the process, having graced stages and studios with such artists as Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, B.B. King and T-Bone Walker, to name just a few.
He’s won numerous awards for his work and now calls LA home when he’s not touring, as he is frequently. His latest disc is “Bare Knuckle.”
Music starts at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call (626) 447-9349 or visit arcadiabluesclub.com.