Popa Chubby

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Born Ted Horowitz in the Bronx, NY, Popa Chubby was the son of a candy store owner. At 13, Chubby began playing drums; shortly thereafter, he discovered the music of the Rolling Stones and began playing guitar. Although he grew up in the 1970s, Chubby took his cue from artists of the 1960s, including Sly & the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton, among others. By the time he was in his early twenties, he enjoyed and played blues music, but also worked for a while backing punk poet Richard Hell. Chubby’s first big break was winning a national blues talent search sponsored by KLON, a public radio station in Long Beach, CA. He won the New Artist of the Year award and opened at the Long Beach Blues Festival in 1992. Chubby has continued to play more than 200 club dates a year through the 1990s. His Sony/Okeh debut, Booty and the Beast, was produced by longtime Atlantic Records engineer/producer Tom Dowd, whose recordings by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, and others are legendary. In 1994, Chubby released several albums on his own Laughing Bear label, It’s Chubby Time and Gas Money, before landing his deal with Sony Music/Okeh Records for Booty and the Beast, his major-label debut, released in 1995. In 1996, the 1 (800) PrimeCD label released a live recording of Chubby’s, Hit the High Hard One. Two years later, One Million Broken Guitars was released on Lightyear Records; Brooklyn Basement Blues followed in 1999. In 2000, Chubby signed with the Blind Pig label and released How’d a White Boy Get the Blues? in 2001. The disc turned out to be a slight departure, incorporating elements of contemporary pop and hip-hop. 2002’s The Good, the Bad and the Chubby showed great development in the artist’s songwriting and included the 9/11 commentary “Somebody Let the Devil Out.” Blind Pig released a collection of early Chubby recordings, The Hungry Years, in 2003. Troubled by the war in Iraq, Chubby released his most political album, Peace, Love and Respect, a year later. Two albums previously available only in France — Live at FIP and Wild — were compiled by the Blind Pig label and released as Big Man Big Guitar in 2005, followed by a new studio set called Stealing the Devil’s Guitar a year later. Electric Chubbyland, a two-disc set of Chubby covering Jimi Hendrix songs, appeared from Dixie Frog that same year, and then was repackaged and issued as two single discs by Blind Pig in 2007.
~ Richard Skelly & Al Campbell, All Music Guide
The latest Popa Chubby (with Galea) release is “Vicious Country”, out in Europe on November 20, 2008 on Dixiefrog (France) and in 2009 in the States.

Albums

Two Dogs

Label: Verycords
Distribution in France: Warner Music France
Release date: October 27, 2017

Thematically “Two Dogs” is a very personal album. “People ask me why 2 dogs? It’s an old fable – 2 dogs, 2 wolves”, says Popa Chubby. “We have become polarized as a race. There is a battle inside each of us. Each day we rise and must choose our path calling upon each other and our own spirits for strength and courage. The dog we feed is the one that rules the dog we starve dies of neglect. It is up to each of us to use our spirit to feed the dog that will enable all of us to thrive. I believe in the triumph of the human spirit, I believe that a grain of hope is more powerful than a mountain of fear. And I believe I love. We are here to love. Love each other, love the gift that is this life, and love music. So my dear friends I make this offering to you with love, hope and the awareness that the dog I feed is the one that will help me to bring all the love in my soul to you."

Popa Chubby - Two Dogs

The Catfish

Label: Verycords
Distribution in France: Warner
Release date: October 07, 2016

Behind his tough New Yorker rapper look, lives a sensitive bluesman and a jazzman with a sharp guitar playing. With his 18th album «the catfish» which celebrates his 25years of career, he preferred to musical melting pot mixing funk, jazz, reggae, all in a “hard swinging blues rock”.
«The Catfish» is aptly titled as it delivers punch after punch of musical inspiration drawing on 25 plus years of street smarts and road worthy musicianship. «The Catfish» embodies the concepts that make Popa Chubby who he is. Regal and Delicious, the recording shines with multiple flavor and worldliness.

Popa Chubby - The Catfish

Big, Bad and Beautiful Live

Label: Dixiefrog
Distribution in France: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: October 16, 2015

It has been ten long years since Popa Chubby released a live album. This double live CD was recorded in march 2015 and features Popa’s hits from Booty and The Beast all the way to his 25th Anniversary CD “I’m feeling lucky”. As a special treat Popa and band offer up an impromptu mini set of Rolling Stones classics. This is a career defining live release for the 55 year old NYC guitar slinger!

Popa Chubby - Big, Bad and Beautiful Live

Universal Breakdown Blues

Label: Provogue
Release date: April 22, 2013

“I’m my own man for better or worse,” Popa Chubby a/k/a Ted Horowitz says. “I’m living in a wild time. That’s also what inspired ‘Universal Breakdown Blues.’ There are my issues but the picture is much bigger than me and my situation. Everything is breaking down in the world. The lines are being redefined. We all need something.” What we need is some raw, powerful, edgy blues and that’s just what Popa Chubby renders. We get to chew on some deep, moving, searing cuts that come straight from the soul.

Popa Chubby - Universal Breakdown Blues

The Fight is on

Label: Provogue Records
Release date: February 25, 2010

Popa Chubby has had a prolific career spanning several decades. From the break out early 90’s hit “Sweet Goddess of Love and Beer” from the Tom Dowd produced “Booty And The Beast” to his inspired interpretations of Jimi on “Electric Chubbyland” he continues to output a steady stream of fire and brimstone. February 2010 will see the release of his first release in almost 2 years with “The Fight Is On”.
The artist tells the story: “I set out with some cool riffs and a house full of vintage guitars. I sat down and played and tried to come up with classic sounds. We started recording between tour dates. Then we’d take it out to the people and if they went wild we knew we had it!” This is evident from the first drum hits of the title track. From“The Fight Is On”, a killer detuned Zeplike rocker followed by the anthemic “We Got Some Rockin’ To Do” this record does not let up. Halfway through the recording Popa visited longtime mentor and friend Jerry Williams (Bad Brains Producer) in his Joshua Tree California lair. The encounter was mind blowing to him – he says that it changed his playing forever. The Power Ballad “Locked in a Memory” is the direct result of that encounter – Popa is extremely proud of the searing Les Paul solo in this song. The record ends with Popa’s killer rendition of Motorheads “Ace Of Spades” live from the 2008 tour.

Popa Chubby - The Fight is on

Deliveries After Dark

Label: Dixiefrog - DFGCD8635
Distribution in France: Harmonia Mundi
Release date: October 01, 2007

After his international success with Electric Chubbyland, Popa Chubby is coming back with a balls out blues/rock spiced with funk album without apologies, visceral and heavy but also rhythmic and melodic, with a few surprises thrown in. Says Popa: “I found myself on this record mostly thanks to playing the Hendrix stuff. I have gotten back to why I started playing music in the first place: the excitement and the feeling of raw power.” The title track, “Deliveries after Dark”, is reminiscent of AC/DC whereas “Let the Music set you free” takes you to Led Zeppelin, with its drums à la John Bonham and its superimposed guitar lines. The musical heritage of Popa Chubby comes through clearly, and with this new CD, this New York blues rock pioneer has definitely recorded his very best album so far.

Popa Chubby - Deliveries After Dark

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