Fun-lovin’ masters of ragtime, stompy blues and hot jazz, 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 Keb’ Mo’ sought out to provide an air of authenticity for his Grammy award-winning BluesAmericana album,.
When they make their own records ít’s always a terrific mix of self-penned material along with old classics learned from the likes of The Blue Ridge Playboys, The Memphis Jugband or Emile Grimshaw’s Rag Pickers. Those who know their stuff appreciate what magically happens when true kindred spirits connect in that very meant-to-be way.
When they headlined Herb Alpert’s nightclub in Beverly Hills, where Hollywood’s A-list go looking for fun, one of the UK’s true greats enjoyed the show so much he declared himself a fan and suggested they should be heading for the legendary Ronnie Scott’s club in London, saying: “Just tell them Tom Jones sent you!”
The band has a strong league of devoted followers around the world from appearances at big events such as Celtic Connections, Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival and Earagail Arts Festival in Ireland where they made such an impact they got invited straight back the following year. Ecstatic crowds in Berlin and Switzerland have been wowed too.
They’ve gathered in great reviews from appearances in the UK: “This would make any party go with a swing,” said The Daily Express, “should be on prescription for those who need their spirits lifted,” declared AmericanRootsUK
When Keb’ Mo’ grabbed them 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 an interview.
…Now couldn’t we all do with a bit of that in our lives right now!
Video: The Breakfast Table Sessions