2018Half Moon Ln, Worthing BN13 2ENTHE JOHN SELDEN8.30pm - 11.00pm
FOR ALL THOSE WHO WERE AT THE JOHN SELDEN ON 23RD DECEMBER 2017 HERE’S ANOTHER CHANCE TO SEE THE RETURN OF SOUTH COAST BLUES LEGEND ROGER HUBBARD IN THE ‘FUNCTION JUNCTION’!
Born in 1950 in Brighton, England, Roger Hubbard remains one of the UK’s major exponents of the slide guitar. At the age of 15, he was starting to play at folk clubs in the Brighton area. In 1968, continuing an interest in country and delta blues, he started his own club above “The Lewes Arms” in Lewes, Sussex. Apart from his fellow musicians Sam Mitchell and Dick Wardell, there were guest performances by Jo-Ann Kelly and her brother Dave Kelly, Simon Prager, Steve Rye, Bob Hall, Graham Hine, Andy Fernbach and Tony McPhee.
In early December 1970, Roger opened for Muddy Waters at The University of Sussex, Brighton. The venue was the Chemistry lecture hall and organized with the help of a young sax player John Altman. He also appeared at the 1971 Cambridge Folk Festival and on the first pyramid stage at Glastonbury the same year. In 1972 Muddy Waters was quoted in SOUNDS Magazine as saying,
“Roger Hubbard is as good as any blues guitarist in the U.K. or the United States”.
His first album Brighton Belle Blues was recorded in 1970 by Nick Perls for his US label “Blue Goose” which also included new albums from the legendary bluesmen: Son House, Sam Chatmon, Yank Rachell and Bill Williams. Larry Johnson, Jo-ann Kelly, Roy Bookbinder, John Miller, Woody Mann and Graham Hine were also on the label. Nick Perls was a key figure on the American blues trail, rediscovering the likes of Son House and Skip James. Roger used Roy Bookbinder’s Martin SOM 28 for most of the tracks and his own Levin for the slide tracks.Having played his 1935 National Steel Duolian for many years, Roger also plays an electric resonator guitar made and designed by himself was known as The Hub. “..he could be one of the most exciting acoustic guitarists to come along since John Fahey. Whatever he does, he has created in this record a sort of monument to the full flowing of white blues scholarship…” Timothy Ferris ROLLING STONE February 1972.
His song “Home Lovin’ Man” was recorded by US bluesman Eric Bibb on his 2003 album Natural Light.
Roger is currently mixing a new album called 50 Million Miles featuring all original songs.
The re-issue of“Brighton Belle Blues” is also in the pipeline. https://www.rogerhubbard.co.uk/
ROGER IS JOINED ON THIS OCCASION BY PROF. DAVID MINNS, DR. BOB BROOKES, TREVOR GRANT AND STU PARKES COLLECTIVELY KNOWN AS ‘THE VOODOO 4’
Country music aficionado David Minns comes with a long pedigree. A personal friend of Gene Clarke & Gene Parsons ( ex of ‘The Byrds’ ) and an acquaintance of many well-known blues and country artists.
Dr.Bob Brookes, longtime frontman for ‘The Desperate Dan Band’ shared the stage with Miller Anderson, Dave Mattacks, Chris Farlowe and many more.
Trevor Grant local legend guitar whiz. Ex of Gary Numan’s Tubeway Army.
Stu Parkes bass player extraordinaire worked in the 60s with Gary Farr and The T Bones and many of the US blues heroes (Howling Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and many more) Longtime bass player for local legends ‘Woodbine’
Special Guest Jeremy Sherman.
Jeremy Sherman is a versatile guitarist/composer specializing mainly in ‘Roots’ music. Over 30 years’ experience of playing in many varied bands has contributed to his ability to play and write in a diversity of styles, ranging through country, bluegrass, blues, ska, folk, and jazz.
He has spent the last few years putting that experience into writing and recording music for the media. Since becoming involved with Audio Network Jeremy has had his music used extensively in the UK in programmes such as Scrap Heap Challenge (Channel 4), Mums Who Strike (ITV Network) and Seven Man Made Wonders (BBC2). His music is now all over the world.
What a line up eh! better get your tickets now!