Popa Chubby review…December 1, 2017….

POPA CHUBBY

TWO DOGS

POPA CHUBBY PRODUCTIONS

IT’S ALRIGHT–RESCUE ME–PREEXISTING CONDITIONS–SAM LAY’S PISTOL–TWO DOGS–DIRTY OLD BLUES–SHAKEDOWN–WOUND UP GETTING HIGH–CAYOPHUS DUPREE–ME WON’T BACK DOWN–CHUBBY’S BOOGIE–BONUS TRACKS–SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (LIVE)–HALLELUJAH (LIVE)

Bronx native Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) had a lot to get off his chest with his latest album, “Two Dogs.”  Fueled by the polarization of a nation, the twelve cuts herein bristle with a call to arms as well as to offer an olive branch to restore peace and harmony.  He wrote eight of the tracks, and daughter Tipitina wrote two cuts, and handles trumpet and horn arrangement duties.  Longtime collaborator Dave Keyes is on keys, with Andy Paladino on bass, and Freightrain Bryant on drums.

The set blasts off with Chubby’s guitar and Dave’s piano laying down a story of reassurance to a lover, where “It’s Alright” to lean on each other.   The title cut, with its definitive Hendrix overtures, is the point Chubby is trying to make with the whole set.  Of “Two Dogs,” one good and one evil, it is up to us to decide which one we feed and reap the consequences thereof.  Chubby defiantly spits in the faces of those who would oppress others in “Me Won’t Back Down,” and closes the set with two live cuts.  First, a rousing blitzkreig of “Sympathy For The Devil,” from La Bikini in Toulouse, France, followed by a somber, poignant call for peace by way of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” done in front of a hometown crowd at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY.  This one features only Chubby’s voice and guitar, and Dave’s acoustic piano.

Our favorite had more bite than a rabid pit bull.  Trying to single-handedly repeal and replace the Orange Comb-Over, Chubby, over a rocked-up horn arrangement, fires a right cross to the jaw of 45 as he laments the loss of his health insurance, fearing that “I’m gonna die of Preexisting Conditions!”

If you have followed Chubby’s career for any length of time, you know he’s waaaay more than just a bluesman.  He owes as much to Lemmy and Jimi as he does to Muddy and Buddy, and “Two Dogs” reaffirms his position as one of the most passionate and innovative players on the scene today!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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