TopCat Records is proud to announce the new CD release – Blues By The Pound – Volume 1 – The Hollywood Fats Band Live!
This inspiring historical recording of previously unreleased tracks was culled from sizzling performances by these legendary Blues virtuosos in 1979 and 1980 at the fabled Keystone in Palo Alto, the White House in Laguna Beach and the Musicians Union Local 7 in Santa Ana.
Fats began playing guitar at the age of 10 and proceeded to spend his remaining two decades playing with seminal Blues & Rock pioneers including John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Shakey Jake Harris, Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, William Clarke, James Harman, Smokey Wilson, Canned Heat, The Blasters, The Paladins and, of course, the venerated Hollywood Fats Band.
Even after more than thirty years after his untimely passing, Hollywood Fats’ presence and influence are still strongly felt. He was truly a musician’s musician. Hollywood Fats (Michael Mann) was born in 1954 and sadly passed away in 1986, before receiving widespread recognition of his creativity and musical genius. He did manage to make a name for himself and is considered by many to be one of the finest guitar slingers to ever walk the planet, an undisputed reputation that lives on to this day.
This amazing CD swings, shuffles, rocks and implants itself into a stone-cold groove as these fiery Blues wizards tear it up with a relentless barrage of tasty, white-hot classic Blues nuggets. It’s Old School Chicago Urban Blues meets Texas style House-Rockin’ Blues meets Swingin’ West Coast Jump Blues, spontaneously created by an elite combination of musicians in performances that are nothing less than spectacular.
If you want incendiary guitar impeccably played with seat-of-the-pants creativity, consummate finesse and the coolest Rock n’ Roll rhythms, topped off with soulful vocals, impeccable boogie-woogie piano, dynamite harmonica and outstanding bass and drums, then look no further! This is IT! You just don’t get this every day!