August 15, 2013
Fueled by Chuck Berry and soul music Chubby took up the drums but was discouraged from making noise. At 14 he got his first guitar and never looked back. The 70′s were fertile ground with blues rock ruling the Arenas. Chubby, fueled by Led Zepplin, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, Foghat, Cream and the Rolling Stones would put in long hours with his record player learning the licks that would become his signature.
In the late 70's Popa answered an ad for a guitarist in the Village Voice and became a mainstay of the early CBGB's Punk scene. He played, recorded, and toured with Punk godfather Richard Hell becoming an in demand session player on the New York scene.
"I kept seeing the name Willie Dixon on records," says Chubby in an interview. And indeed the spirit of Willie Dixon would be a guiding force in Chubby's music.
In 1990 The Popa Chubby band was born after a jam session with P Funk's Bernie Worrell. Popa began playing east coast clubs and in a short time became the house band at the legendary Manny's Car Wash in NYC where he worked with notable artists from Albert King to Odetta. In 1993, after winning first place in the KLON National Blues Talent Search (runner up was Keb Mo),he signed a deal with the Sony's O-KEH label and made the record "Booty And The Beast" with legendary Atlantic Records producer Tom Dowd at the helm. The record yielded a Billboard top 100 hit with "Sweet Goddess Of Love And Beer." Chubby was on his way. After the birth of his twin daughters, Theodora and Tipitina, he began to tour the world. Popa Chubby became a mainstay on the European festival scene where he has headlined such notable festivals as The Nice Jazz Festival, Freewheels Festival, Bos Pop Festival, The Kolne Rhythm and Blues Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The New York State Blues Festival, and many more. In the interim Chubby made and produced a stream of work for Blind Pig and the French Dixiefrog Records including the groundbreaking "How'd A White Boy Get The Blues" for which the New York Times review referred to Chubby as a post modern Muddy Waters. Chubby continued to tour relentlessly and Garnered a W. C. Handy award for his 9/11 inspired "Somebody Let The Devil Out," a tribute to the first responders in the great tragedy.
Throughout Popa Chubby has made and produced several CD's with his wife and long time Muse Galea.
Her 2003 Solo CD "Diary Of A Bad Housewife" and 2008′s "Viscous Country" stand as great works.
A short time later Popa was contacted by Dreamworks Productions and asked to audition for the role of Shrek on Broadway. He worked in two staged readings with Tony award winning director Jason Moore before previous commitments took him back on tour.
In 2009 Popa joined the Dutch based Provogue record label and released the blues rock masterpiece "The Fight Is On." 2010 saw Popa's highest grossing year to date with concerts in 11 countries.
In 2011 Popa Chubby will mount the "Monsters Of Blues Rock Tour" with the legendary Walter Trout in France, Germany, Switzerland , and the UK. There is talk of bringing the tour to North America.
Popa Chubby is an artist who stands for musical and personal integrity. Audiences worldwide all say the same thing:
"This is the best show I have ever seen!"
Chris Duarte, a San Antonio native was born in February of 1963, the same year as his Strat. His goal, to be a successful musician and write music for all the world to hear. His choice instrument, the guitar and at the age of 15 his career of being a musician began. At the tender age of sixteen he dropped out of high school and moved to Austin, Texas to further develop his musical career. Several years later, Chris met a man by the name of John Jordan who would become Chris' best friend and co-founder of the Chris Duarte Group. John, like Chris was born with music in his blood. Although John's first instrument was piano, he would become the bass guitarist for the Chris Duarte Group. Together they would travel to over 300 dates on average per year for over 15 years straight. It was then that Mr. Jordan departed from the group to pursue a solo career and to open his own Record company called Tana Records. The band still continues to play well over 200 nights a year in every state and many countries abroad. Collectively, the Chris Duarte Group has realeased a total of four albums. Texas Sugar Strat Magic (1994), Tailspin Headwhack (1997), Love is Greater then Me (2000) and Romp (2004). the band is due to hit the studio in December of 2006 for release number 5 from the Chris Duarte Group. Since then CDG has put out Vantage Point (2008) and it poised to release a new cd with Bluestone Co. called "396". Now based out of Atlanta, GA. Chris is backed by Joel Powell on Bass and Chris Burroughs on Drums. Get ready to have your face rocked off! Chris Duarte has been known to play guitar till his fingers bleed.