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October 6 - The Iguanas

  • Air Date: October 6, 2010
  • Show Number: 101006-1
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New Orleans, Louisiana's Iguanas reflected the diversity of musical styles found in their home state by fusing blues, classic R&B, zydeco, cajun, Tex-Mex and roots rock & roll. The group formed in 1989 around vocalist and guitarist Rod Hodges, who began playing guitar in San Francisco Bay Area blues and rock bands at age 14. While playing with a blues band in Colorado, he rediscovered the conjunto music that was a part of his mother's Mexican heritage, and inspired by master accordionist Flaco Jimenez, he took up the accordion as well. Vocalist and saxophonist Joe Cabral was raised in Nebraska, and his first musical experience came as part of his father's Mexican band. In college in Montana, he discovered Chicago blues, New Orleans R&B and the honking saxophone style. Bassist Rene Coman was a native of New Orleans whose recording credits include Alex Chilton, Guitar Slim Jr. and Willy DeVille, and the group is rounded out by Memphis-born drummer, Doug Garrison. Garrisone first worked with Rene Coman in the Alex Chilton band in the mid-eighties, where they developed strong musical bonds. They have also recorded together with Tav Falco's Panther Burns, and Garrison appears on Charlie Rich's last recording, the jazz influenced Pictures and Paintings. We caught up with The Iguanas in Pittsburgh. PA at the 2010 Pittsburgh Blues Festival.

Also this week, a set from Soul legend, Betty Harris, from the Levitt Shell in Overton Park, Memphis, TN.

Guest Host, Scott Dirks, tells us a bout Chicago Blues.