Bloodshot Bill, Shaka & the Soul Shakers Duo
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Eddie Spaghetti grew up in Tucson, Arizona trying desperately to ignore the country music that floated all around him. Seems like every pick-up truck and storefront speaker was cranking out the syrupy wails of some heartbroken hick and he just wasn't having it. So, as a kid, he turned to Heavy Metal, then Punk Rock, to block out the noise and that's how his band, The Supersuckers, was born.
Formed in late '88, The Supersuckers aim was to strip away some of the pretense of late '80's Heavy Metal and put a little showmanship into the Punk scene. It was a tightrope act few bands could achieve but, by the beginning of '89, not only had the band done it, they were ready to make a move away from the dirt roads, dead ends and dust of their hometown.
Heads was New Orleans, tails Seattle.
And, in May of 1989, off they went.
Having no clue that Seattle was about to become "Rock City, U.S.A." for a few great years, Eddie and his grimy gang jumped blindly into a scene that had been thriving unrecognized for years. It didn't take long however for them to find Seattle to be the perfect place to "not fit in".
The Supersuckers put out a few singles, then signed to Sub-Pop and began what has been over two decades of ass kicking, ground pounding hemi-hogging punk-n-roll.
It didn't take too long, however, for the country music that he tried so hard to avoid in his youth to start surfacing in the music Eddie was making as a young man. The foray back to the country began in 1993 with the Supersuckers side project, The Junkyard Dogs and the rare, hard to find and out of print recording, "Good Livin' Platter" (Sympathy For The Record Industry). It wasn't county per-se, but it was close and the seed was planted.
Greasy Canadian has travelled on his own, playin' all over USA, Canada, Europe, Mexico...all sortsa places too, from big festivals to tiny bars to trailer parks & truck stops...Tours mostly as a one man band, but has plenty of bands too...He is currently banned from entering the USA...Has put out a buncha music, and has alot more comin'...Recently teamed up with Mark Sultan (BBQ) and released their debut LP, The Ding-Dongs...Also, recently teamed up with King Khan as Tandoori Knights, and released a full LP and a couple 7" singles...Has his own brand of hair grease, "Nice'n'Greasy", custom made for him by AGS, and it is without a doubt the best there is..If he comes to your town and you want to make him happy, he likes spaghetti and meat alot, but not too much before the gig, please.
Shaka & the Soul Shakers Duo
During the late 70’s while still a restless street punk, Shaka was bitten by the barrelhouse bug in a big way. Soon he was spending countless hours amassing and absorbing an ever expanding collection of 33 1/3 l.p.'s, 45's & 78 rpm Rhythm & Blues records, a passion which continues on today in the digital age! Before long he would also discover that many of the musicians which he enjoyed listening to on record were still very much alive and actively performing on college campuses, at festivals, and at nightclubs in the area, some right in his own back yard!
Shaka toured with David "Honeyboy" Edwards overseas, he also recorded "Blues Blood" with his brother Tom, on the German label Acoustic Music Records.
Blues Blood featured guest appearances by both Honeyboy Edwards and long time friend Louisiana Red.
While a New Orleans resident Shaka fronted Shaka & the Swamptones on Bourbon Street and a later project called Shaka's Harp & Soul.
Literally a survivor of hurricane Katrina's devastating floods, relocated to Birmingham, Alabama (a fish out of flood water), before resettling in Connecticut, his place of birth.
In 2011 Shaka and SoulShaker guitarist Tony C won the Connecticut Blues Society's Blues Challenge in the Solo/Duo category, finishing as semi finalists at the International Challenge in Memphis, TN.
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