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Li'l Chuck's Utility Blues Album Release Show


Sat 18 Mar 2017, 8:00pm–11:00pm

Where: Wunderbar, 19 London St, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

Restrictions: R18


Listed by: david thorpe

Li’l Chuck the One Man Skiffle Machine – Utility Blues album release show.

Utility Blues is Li'l Chuck's follow-up to the highly acclaimed 2013 release Blues In Full Swing. 

Having spent a lifetime rummaging through the drawers of 1930's - 50's music, Chuck’s mostly original songs are inspired by the sounds of the era - Blues, Early Jazz, Western Swing, Ragtime etc. and are uniquely presented in the style of street performers from those glory days.

Sticking to the traditional one man band format, Chuck plays and records all the instruments simultaneously, no overdubs or edits. Just, Chuck, his skiffle machine and a bunch of mics. 

I have nothing to hide behind other than my drum and my guitar,” says Chuck. I recorded all songs live in the studio and aimed to capture the best performance I could.”
Captivating storytelling intertwines effortlessly with heart-stopping harmonica and multiple guitar styles - all underpinned by his left and right feet frantically pounding the kick and hi-hat. The listener is left simply wondering, How the hell does he do that'.

In an age where we are rushing around at breakneck speed, where everything is instant, sugar coated, airbrushed and overly polished, Li’l Chuck brings us down to earth with some organic, all natural, whole grain, naked goodness.