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Guitar Shorty


Guitar Shorty was born David William Kearney on September 8, 1939 in Houston, Texas and raised in Kissimmee, Florida by his grandmother. He began playing guitar as a young boy, excited by the sounds of B.B. King, Guitar Slim, T-Bone Walker and Earl Hooker. After a move to Tampa when he was 17, Kearney won a slot as a featured guitarist and vocalist in Walter Johnson's 18-piece orchestra. Being younger-and shorter-than the rest of the band, the club owner bestowed the name Guitar Shorty on him, and it stuck. After a particularly strong performance in Florida, the great Willie Dixon, who was in the audience, approached Shorty about recording


News: Festival

Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

The 25th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival will rock once again at Memorial Day weekend, May 24-25, at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., in Simi Valley. The event features two full stages for each of its musical genres. Music will proceed non-stop each day from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. ...


Bare Knuckle

Label: Alligator Records
Released: 2010


News: Performance / Tour

Bluesman to Storm Santa Monica

Bluesman to Storm Santa Monica

When noted bluesman Guitar Shorty blazes into Harvelle's nightclub in Santa Monica on Saturday, he'll come armed with his trademark fiery ax and a crack backup band. He'll also be packing a new CD, “Bare Knuckle," chockfull of fresh blues tunes seemingly designed to be played live. The 70-year-old virtuoso cut his first record for Chicago-based ...


We the People

Label: Alligator Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: We the People; What Good is Life?; I Got Your Number; Runaway Train; Down that Road Again; Fine Cadillac; Can't Get Enough; A Hurt So Old; Who Needs It?; Blues in My Blood; Cost of Livin'; Sonic Boom.


Article: Album Review

Guitar Shorty: We the People

Read "We the People" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Each summer seems to offer one song that you just crank up and bust out at the top of your stereo while you cruise in your car... sort of your summertime theme. That song, this summer, was for me the title track from We the People. One of Texas' most venerated blues guitarists, Guitar ...


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