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Studebaker John & The Hawks – Self-Made Man

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Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s. The band name referenced the Studebaker Hawk, a car Grimaldi still owns today, and was also intended as a tribute to his friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks. John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. “…Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.”

Avanti Records is pleased to release a brand new album by Studebaker John, master slide guitarist and blues harpist.  Self-Made Man features the trio format that Studebaker John has used in his live performances for the last few years, and was recorded with two of Chicago’s best rhythm players and frequent Studebaker John touring partners, bassist Bob Halaj (Big Twist, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, Eddy Clearwater, Son Seals) and drummer Willie “The Touch” Hayes (Big Twist, Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Luther Allison, Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Carey Bell).

Self-Made Man contains nearly 80 minutes of all original steamy blues and smokin’ blues-rock, incorporating Chicago, boogie, swamp, swing, and harmonica blues, all recorded with a live-in-the-studio sound that is true to Studebaker John’s stage performances. 

Track Listing:
1. Ride, Ride, Ride - 4:24   2. So Happy Together - 4:06   3. Back in Your Town - 5:36   4. Self-Made Man - 5:29   5. Fast in the Slow Lane - 5:12   6. The Hard Way - 7:22   7. All That I Know - 4:24   8. All Aboard (The Streamliner) - 5:39   9. Hoo Doo You - 6:49   10. Walkin' in the Rain - 5:11   11. Where Are You - 5:34   12. Rockin' Like Crazy - 5:14   13. Hey Little Mama - 4:06   14. Highway King - 4:19   15. Ride with Me Baby - 5:12

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