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Fun-lovin’ masters of ragtime, Dixieland blues and early swing, The California Feetwarmers have a depth of character that sets them apart from others who have followed that throwback path to New Orleans, Circa 1920.

Their hugely-entertaining and boisterous on-stage antics are solidly underpinned by playing that is as close to the source as it can be.

This is the band that Grammy Award-winning Keb’ Mo’ sought out to provide an air of authenticity when he recorded his 2014-issued album, BluesAmericana.

On their recording debut, captured on their home patch in Los Angeles, they dusted down crusty old classics from the ‘20s and ‘30s, re-visiting material from the likes of The Blue Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, The Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshaw’s Rag Pickers.

The eight-piece got together to play the music that they each felt so strongly drawn towards and, as can magically happen when true kindred spirits connect, suddenly discovered that it was a very meant-to-be happening.

Soon as word began to spread, they were gigging – at first for music lovers, and then for dancers, as the Lindy Hop set fell in love with their appealing “from back then” sound.

The band now has a strong league of devoted followers all over USA from appearances at big swing dance revivals.

The album was recorded in 2013 when the band decided to recapture the energy of their ‘live’ show in the studio. The self-titled release showcases their full armoury to deliver a blast of good-time trad jazz, blues and rags that features guest appearances from Phil Alvin (The Blasters) and Andy Bean (Two Man Gentleman Band) both of whom are big fans of all they do.

When Keb’ Mo’ grabbed the band to provide the right feel for the track “The Old Me Better,” he did so as he wanted it to be “a joyous thing – a party,” he told The Wall Street Journal in a recent interview …Now couldn’t we all do with a bit of that in our lives right now!

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