Guitar Shorty

- US Harlingen, TX Blues / Rock


Label: Alligator Records

Manager: Lezlea Ross

Bio: Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings (beginning in 1957 with a Willie Dixon-produced single on the Cobra label). Through the years, Shorty has performed wit... See Full Bio

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“a blues rock original [who plays] screaming, empowered guitar and sings with streetwise defiance”
—  Living Blues
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    Apr 16

    San Francisco, CA, US | 5:30pm

    San Francisco, CA, US
    Wed Apr 16 5:30pm


    Guitar Shorty, aka David Kearney, was born in Houston, Texas but raised in Kissimee, Florida. As a young boy he would sneak into his uncle’s room and try to play his guitar. He was so small his hands didn’t fit around it’s neck, so he would lean it against the wall and play it like a stand up bass. When other kids were in high school, Shorty was a student by day and a working musician by night. One evening when he went to work the marquis read, “The Walter Johnson Band featuring Guitar Shorty"; the name he would go by from then on was born. Right out of high school at the age of 16 Shorty joined Ray Charles and his band for a year. At the age of 17 he recorded a single under the direction of Willie Dixon on the Cobra label. When Shorty was lured away to play with Guitar Slim he moved to New Orleans. In New Orleans, Shorty fronted his own group that became the house band at the legendary Dew Drop Inn. There he played with greats such as T Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner and Little Richard. It took a job with Sam Cooke to get 19 year old Shorty on the bus and on his way to the West Coast. Shorty lived and worked in both Los Angeles and Canada until in 1961 he met his wife, Marcia, in Seattle. When Shorty married Marcia he also got Jimi Hendrix, Marcia’s brother for a brother-in-law. The young Jimi Hendrix came to see Shorty play often and they were friends until Jimi’s untimely death Like a Texas tumbleweed, Shorty rolled back to the Los Angeles area in 1971 and Los Angeles has remained his home. He cut his first full album and got his first W.C. Handy Award while living there. Since that time Shorty has recorded several albums for the Black Top label and is currently signed toEvidence Records. He often jams at local clubs with former members of the Eagles, Steely Dan, and calls local blues artist Keb Mo a personal friend and fan. He continues to capture audiences with his sincerity, energy, and Rocking/Blues style.

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    Apr 13

    Clatskanie, OR, US | 6:00pm

    Clatskanie, OR, US
    Sun Apr 13 6:00pm



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    Nov 10

    Oroville, CA, US | 8:00pm

    Oroville, CA, US
    Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:00pm
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    Oct 19

    Salina, KS, US | 8:00pm
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    Salina, KS, US
    Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:00pm
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    Oct 18

    Salina, KS, US | 8:00pm
    Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:00pm
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    For real "Please Mr. President" me too
    YEAH SHORTY !!!!!!!!!!!! YOU DA MAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Been a fan for years! Nice to find you on here on RN. Love your live shows! You are truly a man that lets his Guitar do the Talkin!
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