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Thursday, December 5, 2013


Doc Span Blues Master Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, the young Doc entertained Dutch sailors at his Grandmothers saloon on the New York waterfront, playing the accordion. In the late sixties and into the seventies he made Chicago his home and learned the harmonica at Blues Clubs like the Checkerboard Lounge and Ma Beas on the Westside, while working as a paramedic at the notorious Cook County Jail. After a stint in the Navy, in 1972 Doc hitchhiked through 12 Latin American countries jamming with the locals. His move back to Chicago found him playing with Willie Kent and the Beehives. The band featured blues figureheads Fenton Robinson, Johnnie Littlejohn and many others. Forming his own band, Two Fisted Blues, he made Santa Fe (New Mexico) his base for touring the Rockies to Alaska, playing hundreds of gigs at Rocky Mountain ski resorts and opening shows for Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Legendary Blues Band and others. He also led a National Park trail crew, in the summers on the continental divide and played with the Summertime Blues Band at the Dew Drop Inn in Hungary Horse. Doc arrived in Australia in 1987 via a route filled with adventures. Here he has played with Oz blues luminaries like Andy Cowan, James T, Fiona Boyes, Ross Williams, Geoff Achison, Lil' Fi, and Kevin Borich and now Collaborates with Nick Charles. He’s played most major music festivals across Australia, thousands of live performances and dozens of recording sessions. He has featured on many albums and released a few of his own, including the Sunnie Award winning acoustic blues CD, The Last Train, with Ross Williams. They are also published by Mel Bay USA with Blues Grooves.. Two of his latest recording ventures with Matthew Cang— Something for the Pain (formerly released as Spantronics), and The Treatment - are very exciting projects that he considers a musical continuum of his love of the blues. Evocative, visual lyrics combined with a modern rock, funk groove, gritty guitar and tasty, melodic blues harmonica. Doc has also written an essay from his time at Cook County Jail which appears in the liner notes along with photos of Cook County Jail. [ You can read the Cook County Jail essay here - its linked to the main menu . For more information go to Apart from Something for the Pain, The Treatment and Expatriate (see main menu for more info), Doc’s recordings include: The Last Train and Rare Recordings with Ross Williams and his latest collaboration with Nick Charles, All About Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee (available through Blackmarket Records)  

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