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Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan

Although Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan are categorized within the acoustic blues revival period, similar to Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, they inject fun themes to their repertoire, be it “No Money, Zero Honey,” “Your Sneakers Don’t Fit,” “Poultry a la Blues,” “YOUR BRAIN Is within the Gutter,” or “My Last Meal.” Sultan’s launch to blues was via his brother’s T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters information, which he previously cut back to California after a stint in Chicago. Sultan and his sibling were regulars on the famed LA folk/blues membership the Ash Grove, where they viewed and fulfilled Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, and Sonny Terry. During Sultan’s teenager years, he performed guitar in garage-style rock and roll bands, then transferred to Santa Barbara to wait the school and earn a qualification in black research. Ball, as well, was a normal on the Ash Grove, although both never fulfilled there. Inspired with the ’60s folk revival, he used guitar at age group 11, then 3 years afterwards learned to try out harmonica. Following that, he performed in Chicago-style blues rings. In 1978, he transferred to Santa Barbara; a short while afterwards, Ball observed an ad for the gig where Sultan was playing blues and ragtime electric guitar. Ironically, Ball was close by playing within a rock-band, and asked his then-girlfriend (today wife) to take down notes and observe Sultan. When her records browse, “He’s got an excellent love of life, and he has Gary Davis and Blind Blake, and he’s an excellent guitarist and loves to beverage beverage,” Ball understood he previously to fulfilled Sultan. Instantly a relationship was forged, and they are jointly since 1979. Their acoustic varieties of blues, ragtime, and folk are like tossing fruits within a blender and creating a very tasty, nutritious beverage. In 1983, they released Who Drank My Beverage? Moving to the Soaring Seafood label, they released Bloodshot Eye (1986), AN EXCESSIVE AMOUNT OF Fun (1990), and Filthy Wealthy (1993). Fleshing out their professions, they perform studio room work, such as for example Levis 501 radio jingles; Ball performed and sang in the Eddie Murphy film The Distinguished Gentlemen. Another facet of their professions is composing instructional books, such as for example Sultan’s Intro to Blues Acoustic guitar and Acoustic Blues Acoustic guitar, and Ball’s Blues Harmonica. Ball released a single recording in 1996, Acoustic guitar Music, employing varied designs from Bach to Blind Blake. That same yr, Ball & Sultan released Twice Vision, carrying on what they like and know greatest: blues using a funny bone.

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