Larger than life blues figure Popa Chubby has a lot of reasons to feel lucky this year. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of his emergence as a powerful force in the venerable New York blues scene with his very own band, and his own unique brand of hard hitting, face melting, blues rock n’ funky soul. And he’ll celebrate this major milestone the only way he knows how, with the release of a smokin’ hot studio album I’m Feelin’ Lucky and a series of shows on the West Coast!
I’m Feelin’ Lucky is Popa’s debut album for Cleopatra and contains some of his best and most deeply felt writing. “The Way It Is” is an “urban soul ballad,” he explains, “that’s about those times when you just sit there and you realize that you’re all messed up and there ain’t nothing you can do about it…that’s the blues right there.” The title track is a major slice of “badass funk” with heavy wah wah pedal guitar playing from Popa and “great New Orleans style lyrics.” “I’m A Pitbull (Nothin’ But Love)” may be the song closest to his heart: “I’m a big dog lover. I have a little pitbull and I love him dearly. They’re a very misunderstood breed. I work with people at a pitbull rescue who work with these dogs and train them to be service dogs for veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s a beautiful thing. There is not a more loyal, devoted and emotionally intuitive dog.” It’s these very same qualities in Popa Chubby’s own gracious persona that have been drawing fans to his music for over 2 decades.
Jelly Bread’s musical alchemy blends a dash of alt-rock with soul and funk, yet is thoroughly steeped in Rock-Americana. The band’s chameleonic playlist is highlighted by dual vocals, four part harmonies, in-the-pocket drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, dirt under the fingernails guitar licks, and take-’em-to-church organ that is downright appetizing. Jelly Bread has emerged with a high-energy calling card that melds elements of desert twang and the urban tones of funk & rock, balanced by exceptional songwriting and storytelling.
Intrepid Artists International is proud to announce the exclusive signing of Nick Schnebelen
“Slick” Nick Schnebelen is a well known Kansas City based roots and blues influenced artist. As the lead guitarist, majority song writer and co-vocalist of the band Trampled Under Foot, Nick established himself as a heavy weight contender in the Blues, Roots and Americana worlds of music. A multi-instrumentalist, Nick combines drums, guitar and singing into a show that makes for one helluva’ one man band! The 2008 Albert King Award Winner for most outstanding guitarist, Nick can be booked as a solo artist, or as the powerful frontman of his own band, The Nick Schnebelen Band.
Nick started playing multiple instruments at a young age, playing piano with his mother and later learning guitar from his father. In the 1990’s Nick’s parents were fixtures in the Kansas City music scene. As a teen, Nick attended Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, while also performing at night with his father.
Intrepid Artists International is proud to announce the exclusive signing of Charleston Southern Rock & Soul Band Dead 27s
Sometimes the stars and planets align and things that can be difficult come surprisingly easy. Such is the case with the formation of Dead 27s. After playing a few casual gigs, the obvious chemistry could no longer be ignored. Since 2012, the band has been on a mission. Relentlessly making their way through the booming Charleston, SC music scene, the Dead 27s garnered the attention and praise of local media, calling them, “the exciting new band to watch” and fan support soon followed.
In 2013, Dead 27s took home multiple Charleston City Paper Music Awards for “Song of the Year”, “Rock Band of the Year”, “Up and Coming Artist of the Year”, and guitarist Wallace Mullinax was honored with his second straight award as Charleston’s “Guitarist of the Year”. The band has since opened for Toubab Krewe, Patterson Hood, Col. Bruce Hampton, Orgone, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and shared the stage at festivals with many others. Their sound has been described as “a Southern blend of rock and soul”. In April 2014 and to much critical acclaim, Dead 27s released their 7 song debut, “Chase Your Devils Down”.
In summer 2014, the band was honored to place in the top 24 for Vh1′s “Make a Band Famous” competition. Although their sound comes from many different influences, the band has their focus on the future. Currently touring while writing and recording, the band continues to gain momentum as they spread their music across the country.
Award-winning blues master, Blues Hall Of Fame member and Alligator recording artist Joe Louis Walker is among the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers — a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist. On his dynamic new CD, Hornets Nest, Walker’s music is equal parts rock ‘n’ roll fire and blistering, passionate blues. Intrepid Artists is proud to handle all bookings for this legendary bluesman!