Popa Chubby has the blues again. Nearly 20 years have passed since the good Popa aka Ted Horowitz made a big splash in the blues community with his groundbreaking major label debut, 'Booty And The Beast.'"I was busy making rock records after 'Booty And The Beast," Popa Chubby says. "I started playing the blues again because I had to. It became my salvation. It was the way I could survive."'Universal Breakdown Blues' is what Horowitz was inspired to craft after dealing with a painful divorce and recovery.The compelling songs feature searing guitar lines and heartfelt lyrics, which recall the lament that inspired such blues icons as Howlin' Wolf and Robert Johnson. Horowitz digs deep and comes up with some of the most intense songs he has ever written.It's not surprising since Horowitz has always had the ability to make such a moving album. The potential was always there. Such albums as 'Booty and the Beast' and the inspired 'Back To New York City' and the criminally overlooked 'The Fight Is On' are some of the most enduring records made by Horowitz.But this time, he hits one way out of the park, courtesy of the catchy, sublime slices of his fractured life. The latest batch of Popa Chubby tunes are relatable. Who hasn't loved and lost and had to find their way back?"My music follows my life and that's why I'm back with the blues," Horowitz says. "What makes something great is true content. And when I made this I was still aching from what went down with my old lady. With all that was going on in my head, I heard Muddy Waters singing, 'it's been 24 hours since my baby's been gone and that's 23 hours way too long' when I was driving back from the Midwest on a tour. It made me think of my situation with my old lady and it hit me like a ton of bricks. There was nothing like what the old bluesman did. They were authentic and you don't get a lot of that today in music."Well, Horowitz, who impresses with some incendiary guitar runs during 'Universal Breakdown Blues,' moves on as a contemporary blues player. He keeps the flame alive with songs like 'I Ain't Giving Up,' which is one of the most heartfelt songs of his enviable career, which has spanned more than a quarter century.
Sounds Like: Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, TBone Walker The Blues, Buddy Guy
Bio: PRS Artist Hayden Fogle is a 16 year old blues guitarist living in Western New York who started playing guitar at the age of 8. Hayden first discovered the Blues while living in Mississippi and as a young kid would request his parents play his favorites which include B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Alb...See Full Bio
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