Popa Chubby

Bio

Twenty five years of hard rocking blues

Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.

His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music business, overcoming odds to continue growing and maturing as a creative force. He has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world, where in many territories he is a star. A native New Yorker, Horowitz’s first gigs were in the NYC punk scene as a guitarist for what he reflects was a “crazy Japanese special effects performance artist in a kimono called Screaming Mad George who had a horror-movie inspired show.” Right from the start he was immersed in rock ‘n’ roll as theater, and learned from George and others playing CBGB’s at the time that included the Ramones, the Cramps, Richard Hell, whose band, the Voidoids he joined that rock ‘n’ roll should be dangerous. He reflects, “Musicians like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols weren’t just bands. They were a threat to society.”

The Blues however was the foundation of his playing style. He recalls, “Since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin, when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too. It wasn’t just from playing in punk bands. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters were dangerous men. They’d cut or shoot you if they thought it was necessary, and Little Walter packed a gun and wouldn’t hesitate to use it. That danger is a real part of the Blues and I keep it alive in my music.”

Popa Chubby is his own man for better or worse. He reflects, “I’m living in a wild time, and that is where the inspiration is drawn from. There are my issues, but the picture is much bigger than me and my situation. Everything is breaking down in the world. The lines are being redefined. We all need something.”

Discography

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Prime Cuts: Very Best Of The Beast From The East 2018 Ear Music

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Two Dogs 2017

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The Catfish 2016

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Big, Bad and Beautiful 2015 DixieFrog Records

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I’m Feelin’ Lucky The Blues According to Popa Chubby 2014 Cleopatra

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Universal Breakdown Blues 2013 Mascot Records

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The Essential Popa Chubby 2010 Blind Pig Records

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Back to New York City 2011 Provogue

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The Fight Is On 2010 Blind Pig Records

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Deliveries After Dark 2008 Blind Pig Records

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Stealing the Devil’s Guitar 2006 Blind Pig Records

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Ten Years with Popa Chubby Best of 2006 Dixie

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Big Man Big Guitar: Popa Chubby Live 2005 Blind Pig Records

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Peace Love and Respect 2004 Blind Pig Records

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Live at FIP 2004 Popa Chubby Production

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Old School – Popa Chubby & Friends Play Muddy, Willie and More 2003 Popa Chubby Productions

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Hungry Years 2003 Blind Pig Records

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Black Coffee Blues Band 2003 Dixie Frog

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The Good, The Bad & The Chubby 2002 Blind Pig Records

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How’d a White Boy Get the Blues 2001 Blind Pig Records

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Popa Chubby Presents The New York City Blues 1999 Popa Chubby Productions

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Brooklyn Basement Blues 1999 Shanachie Records

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One Million Broken Guitars 1998 Lightyear

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Hit the High Hard One 1996

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The First Cuts 1996

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Booty and the Beast 1995

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Gas Money 1993

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It’s Chubby Time 1991