Fun-lovin’ masters of ragtime, stompy blues and hot jazz, The California Feetwarmers have a depth of character that sets them apart from others who have followed that throwback path to New Orleans, Circa 1920.
Their hugely-entertaining and boisterous on-stage antics are solidly underpinned by playing that is as close to the source as it can be.
This is the band that Grammy Award-winning Keb’ Mo’ sought out to provide an air of authenticity when he recorded his BluesAmericana album.
On their own recording debut, captured on their home patch in Los Angeles, they dusted down crusty old classics, re-visiting material from the likes of The Blue Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, The Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshaw’s Rag Pickers.
The seven-piece got together to play the music that they each felt so strongly drawn towards and, as can magically happen when true kindred spirits connect, discovered that it was very meant-to-be.
Soon as word began to spread, it seemed like everybody wanted to see them to get a fix of their Mardi Gras magic.
When they headlined Herb Alpert’s nightclub in Beverly Hills, where Hollywood’s A-list go looking for fun, one of the UK’s true greats enjoyed the show so much he declared himself a fan and suggested they head for London, saying: “Just tell them Tom Jones sent you!”
The band has a strong league of devoted followers all over USA – and around the world – from appearances at big events such as Celtic Connections, Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival and Earagail Arts Festival in Ireland where they made such an impact they got invited straight back the following year. They wowed the crowds in Switzerland too.
When Keb’ Mo’ grabbed them to provide the right feel for the track “The Old Me Better,” he did so as he wanted it to be “a joyous thing – a party,” he told The Wall Street Journal in an interview.
…Now couldn’t we all do with a bit of that in our lives right now!