Saturday, November 5, 2011

CD Review: “Back To New York City” by Popa Chubby

Motorhead Meets Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix Meets Robert Johnson and the devil meets his match.

Popa Chubby Back To NYC

Back to New York City

Searing, over-the-top apocalyptic blues rock from New Yorks own Popa Chubby. You can see it in your ears, the devil shined up his Cadillac and gave this man a chauffer driven ride to the cross roads. Popa Chubby is 300 plus pounds of tattooed, fearsome,  Stratocaster frying, dirty, lowdown blues guitar that comes through a life lived on the outskirts of the bone yard. Even the nick name….well, you’ll figure it out.

Born Ted Horowitz in ‘Da Bronx’ on the last day of March, 1960 his life could be a blues song. His daddy, a candy store owner died when he was seven and he was left pretty much to make it and figure it out for himself. He took up the drums at thirteen, but soon got hooked by the music of The Rolling Stones, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix. he first met that devil in the guise of a heroin addiction, and he kicked his butt then and started celebrating the victory with his guitar.


“Pound Of Flesh” Popa Chubby–most powerful and dramatic blues-rock ballads you'll ever hear.

With a voice as big as the man, Popa delivers On tunes like “Back To New York City” which is more rock/blues than the other way around has the fret board smokin’. Then there is a nice little classic rockin roller “She Loves Everybody’ which as sweet as it starts can’t help but turn into a lesson in blues guitar.

Track three? It’s above and “Pound Of Flesh” is about the most powerful rock blues ballad you may ever hear. If it don’t send shivers, then man you are dead. There’s a great classic acoustic guitar break with a Spanish feel in the middle, and the electric guitar and drums have an Allman Brother feel. This one has hit all over it.

Another favorite of mine is “Warrior God” with it’s quick little rap intro that shifts into ‘DF’ for drive fast! And beats it’s chest and rips its shirt off. Hide your daughters. It’ll rock your socks off and then work its way up your legs. "A Love That Will Never Die," is an  autobiographical tales that channel what's deep in his

Don’t miss the closing track “Jesus Joy Of Man Desire”. That’s right, if Johan Sebastian Bach had the blues and an electric guitar, this is what he would have written. By the way, Popa plays it true to the notes, even if it does pop and sizzle like Bach never could because he’d of burned down those cathedrals.

There isn’t a weak tune on the album and you’ll wear this sucker out. If it don’t wear you out first.

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