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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wicked Blues - Steve Hooker

Steve has the scars to remember The Heat (punk rock 'n' roll 1977), The Shakers (rhythm 'n' blues from hell 1982 - 1987), Boz and The Bozmen (glam rockabilly 1988) and Rumble (raw rockabilly 1994 - 1997 by. He also played and recorded with Wilko Johnson (Dr Feelgood and Blockheads), Boz Boorer (Polecats and Morrissey), Captain Drugbuster (Demented Are Go), Levi Dexter (Rockats and Ripchords) and SHiNE EYE (Mocking Bird Gal). Ram Jam Geno Washington, Mr Maybellene, Chuck Berry, Small Faces Steve Marriott, New York Dolls Johnny Thunders and Red Hot Robert Gordon were happy to share stages with the rockabillyblues and soulman too. Since 2004, this stripped down stompin' band has blazed a trail across France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Finland, Spain and the UK. (Steve also headlined Rough House (Japan) with Boz Boorer in 2003 and toured the East Coast (USA) with an American line up in 2005). They have made their mark at significant venues and festivals including Tattooed Lady (Spain), the London 100 Club with Robert Gordon, Rock 'n' Soul (UK),Walldorf Rock 'n' Roll Weekender (Germany), Beach Rock (Holland), Festival De la Jeunesse (France), Kustom Kulture Blast Off (UK) and headlined Paulettes (France). "Boptown" CD (2004), Stagger Lee Is Back" CD (2006), Sugar Devil" Vinyl EP (2009), "Before The Rooster Crows" CD (2010) and "Rockabilly Dolls" CD with Levi Dexter all gained airplay and good press. The Promo clip for "Stagger Lee Is back" with Pin Up Bernie Dexter has notched up almost 45,000 hits on YouTube! In 2012 with the new line up, they played at Gaz' Rockin' Blues London, Rockabilly Street (Holland) and Southend Pier Festival (UK), then booked into a favorite Essex studio to work on new material. Now 2013 "The Year Of The Snake" is lookin' good with tour dates booked into 2014, the new album "Smokin' Guitar" on CD and Download, a cameo appearance by Steve in the film "Looking For Johnny" and interest from Sweden, Japan, Canada and the USA too.  

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