Category: Biographie

UN HOMMAGE AU LEGENDAIRE JOHN LEE HOOKER

Muruga Booker est un percussionniste qui a été plusieurs fois nominé aux Grammy Awards et qui a joué de nombreux concerts avec John Lee Hooker de 1966 à 1970. Il a ensuite travaillé avec des groupes comme Weather Report et Jerry Garcia. Il considère John Lee Hooker comme son «parrain du blues».

Pour célébrer le 100ème anniversaire de la naissance de John Lee Hooker en 2017/2018, Muruga Booker, le guitariste du Rock&Roll Hall of Fame, J. C. « Billy » Davis, le guitariste de P-Funk, Tony  » Strat » Thomas, le bassiste John Sauter, l’harmoniciste Peter Madcat Ruth et le chanteur Misty Love ont formé le Booker Blues All Stars et sorti un CD intitulé « Booker plays Hooker » (Booker joue Hooker)
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Ecoutez l’album BOOKER plays HOOKER ici :

 Muruga a eu la chance de jouer en live avec John Lee Hooker à de nombreuses reprises dans les années 60-70 à Detroit. Ils se faisaient alors appeler  Booker and Hooker. « Booker plays Hooker » est un hommage naturel au 100 ème anniversaire de John Lee Hooker


BOOKER PLAYS HOOKER L’EQUIPE

Batteur, direction artistique et leader du projet …

Stephen Bookvich, plus connu sous le nom de MURUGA BOOKER

Né le 27 décembre 1942, c’est un batteur, compositeur, inventeur, artiste américain, aussi prêtre de l’église Celtique Orthodoxe. Booker est né à Detroit dans le Michigan et est d’origine serbe. Son père, Melvin Bookvich, était cordonnier et jouait de l’accordéon. Il est marié à Patti, alias Shakti. Il a vécu à Detroit, New York et Oakland en Californie. Depuis 1985, Booker et sa famille vivent à Ann Arbor dans le Michigan où il possède son propre studio d’enregistrement appelé Sage Ct Studio de même qu’une église orthodoxe où il est prêtre.

HOOKER, BOOKER ET SAUTER Booker, Sauter et Hooker, lors d’une émission télévisée à Detroit en 1970, regardez la vidéo en cliquant sur l’image ci-dessous : 

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Le bassiste est JOHN SAUTER

John Sauter est un musicien américain de rock et blues, un bassiste originaire de Decatur dans l’Illinois. Il a joué avec le groupe de Mitch Ryder à Detroit et avec Ted Nugent. Il a grandi à Decatur dans l’Illinois et a commencé à jouer de la guitare basse à l’âge de 14 ans. Il a ensuite déménagé à Chicago et a rapidement joué avec beaucoup de musiciens de blues de cette ville tels que (…) ainsi que des légendes du rock telles que (…). Puis il est parti à Detroit et a commencé à jouer avec JLH ainsi que le batteur MB où ils étaient connus sous le nom de H&B. Il a aussi commencé à jouer à cette époque avec T N, une association qui a duré de nombreuses années. En 1971, il devenu membre du groupe de M R. Alors qu’il était dans ce groupe, il a recruté son ami S H pour être guitariste, ils ont fait des tournées ensemble et ont enregistré l’album Detroit qui a été produit par B E. Sauter a rejoint le groupe Cactus nouvellement reformé avec Rusty Day en 1976 et a joué avec eux pendant un moment.A la fin de ce projet, S et D ont formé un groupe appelé The Pelicans avec S à la basse, RD voix et harmonica, KJK voix et batterie, SD guitare, JB, guitare rythmique. En 1977, ils ont enregistré Week End Warriors avec le guitariste T N et ils ont fait des tournées ensemble durant de nombreuses années. S a été un pionnier dans l’utilisation du tremolo/vibrato ainsi que du glissé « bottleneck » à la basse.

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GUITARIST is BILLY DAVIS

Davis was born in Bentonia, Mississippi, US, and then as a child moved to Memphis, Tennessee. Davis became inspired to play guitar at the age of 8, when he heard « That’s All Right » by Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup. In 1951, at the age of 13 he moved to Detroit, Michigan where lived in the predominantly black area of the city, referred to as « Black Bottom », and he began taking guitar lessons from Bosie Gatlin, who taught him how to play Muddy Waters’ song « Baby, Please Don’t Go ». In 1951, Davis met John Lee Hooker through his mother, who was a friend of hers from Mississippi. Hooker introduced Davis to Jackie Wilson, and they both became close friends, and collaborated musically throughout their lives. In 1955, after graduating from Miller High School in Detroit, he formed Billy Davis & The Upsetters, and they worked for Motown founder Berry Gordy, backing up musicians such as Smokey Robinson and Marv Johnson at live performances. In 1956, Davis was spotted by Henry Booth, who was a singer for The Midnighters, and he convinced Hank Ballard to hire Davis as the guitarist for the band, as a replacement for Cal Green. Davis played with The Midnighters until the dissolution of the band in 1965, and again during their reunion tours in the 1980s.The Midnighters continued to draw large audiences at a rate of nearly 300 booking dates a year in the early 1960s. In 1959, while playing with The Midnighters in Seattle, Washington, he met Jimi Hendrix, who was just 16 at the time, along with Hendrix’ father Al Hendrix. Davis let Jimi play his guitar and gave him some lessons, which was the first time that Hendrix had played an electric guitar. Inspired by Davis’ onstage antics and style, Hendrix soon began adopting the stage act that he became known for, including playing his guitar with his teeth, and playing behind his back. Davis remained friends with both Jimi and Al Hendrix throughout their lifetimes. In 1959, Davis also met blues guitarist B.B. King, while they were both performing in Atlanta, Georgia, and they remained close friends until King’s passing in 2015 …

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LEAD VOCAL is MISTY LOVEa MOTOWN DIVA 

Misty Love is an American, multi-platinum award-winning rock, and Rhythm & Blues singer, who is best known for her association with Kid RockSheryl Crow, and Ben Harper.

Misty Love was born in Tampa, Florida and was raised in Detroit, Michigan. Misty was influenced by the Motown sound, and decided to become a singer at a young age. She currently resides in both Detroit, Michigan and Las Vegas, Nevada. After performing with many different bands around the Detroit area, her first big break came when she was selected as a replacement for Caroline Crawford to be the lead singer for Bohannon. Between 1997 and 2003, Misty was a backing vocalist for Kid Rock, touring and appearing on the albums, Devil without a Cause (1998), Cocky (2001), and Kid Rock (2003), and she also sang on the Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow platinum-selling song « Picture » (2003). She was featured on Kid Rock’s breakout Grammy Award-nominated single « Bawitdaba« , and « Cowboy« . During her time with Kid Rock, she appeared on many television shows and specials including Dick Clark’s American Music Awards, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The David Letterman Show. Misty sang in the Grammy Award-winning movie Standing in the Shadows of Motown, and her vocals can also be heard in the soundtracks of the movies Coyote UglyShanghai Noon, and Ready To Rumble. In 2009, along with Motown Alumni Association President Billy Wilson, she helped to create the Detroit Black Music Awards, which are held annually on the first Sunday of August, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. In association with the Motown Alumni Association, Misty Love has helped to produce several tribute shows including « A Tribute to Mary Wells », « A Tribute to Kim Weston », and « Tribute to the Motown Divas ».

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GUITARIST is TONY « STRAT » THOMAS

He is an American funk and rock guitarist from Highland Park, Michigan, and is best known for his work with George ClintonParliament, and the P-Funk All-Stars. Thomas has also recorded extensively with Muruga Booker, and is a guitarist in Muruga & The Cosmic Hoedown Band and Muruga Blues All-Stars. As a teenager, Thomas fell in love with the sound of the Fender Stratocaster guitar, and his mother eventually bought him one, earning him the nickname « Strat » ever since. He quickly learned how to play and he soon joined a Detroit, Michigan reggae band called Onyx. In 1979, Thomas and Donnie Sterling formed a P-Funk offspring group called Sterling Silver Starship, and an album was recorded, but was never released. Thomas and Sterling left Sterling Silver Starship in 1981 and formed a group, Kiddo, and they recorded a self-titled album that was released by A&M Records. In 1982 Thomas played guitar on George Clinton’s first solo recording project Computer Games, which included the hit songs Atomic Dog and Loopzilla. Thomas went on to record through the 1980s with P-Funk, and was featured on many of their biggest-selling records. In 2014 Thomas joined fellow P-Funk All-Star Muruga Booker to form Muruga & The Cosmic Hoedown Band, and they recorded several projects including a couple with George Clinton and several other members of the P-Funk All Stars. In 2015 Thomas and Muruga & The Cosmic Hoedown Band performed at the eighth annual Concert of Colors in Detroit, Michigan, performing with the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue, and playing Maggot Brain.  Thomas’ guitar work with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic related projects has been sampled by many artists, including Snoop DoggDr. DreIce CubeDigital UndergroundToo ShortTweedy Bird Loc and Ruthless Rap Assassins. Due to his guitar tone and playing style, Thomas has been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Hazel.

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HARMONICA is PETER MADCAT RUTH

Peter Madcat Ruth is a Grammy Award-winning virtuoso harmonica player based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But Madcat doesn’t just play blues harp: he also sings and plays ukulele, guitar, high-hat, jaw-harp, penny-whistle, kalimba, banjo and other folk instruments from around the world.  Madcat’s repertoire of styles includes Blues, American Roots Music, Folk Music, Jazz, and World Music. Madcat tours with The Madcat Midnight Blues Journey, Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play, and The Big Joe Manfra Blues Band, as well as doing solo performances. Peter Madcat Ruth has established an international reputation through his exhilarating, riveting virtuosity on the harmonica. His expertise on this instrument has amazed audiences world-wide. He is equally at home playing blues, folk music, jazz, country, or rock and roll. Performance Magazine refers to him as « A harmonica virtuoso who is rapidly approaching legend status. » Madcat’s music has been evolving for over 50 years. It started in the Chicago area in the early 1960’s, with Madcat playing folk/blues on guitar and harmonica. By the late 60’s he had immersed himself in the Chicago Blues and was studying harmonica with Big Walter Horton. In the early 70’s Madcat moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he was a key presence in two of Ann Arbor’s finest progressive rock bands: New Heavenly Blue and Sky King. By the mid 70’s Madcat was touring the world with jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. In the 80’s, Madcat went solo infusing the folk/blues tradition with elements of rock and jazz. In 1990, Madcat teamed up with guitarist/singer Shari Kane to form the duo Madcat & Kane. For the past twenty three years they have been touring nationally and internationally. And In 1998 Madcat teamed up with Chris Brubeck to form Triple Play and also started performing with Big Joe Manfra in Brazil. Madcat’s experience is extensive. He has been an invited guest performer at many harmonica festivals in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. His harmonica playing is heard on over 100 CDs and LPs. National television and radio appearances, symphony orchestra performances, radio and television advertisements, and harmonica workshops all attest to Madcat’s reputation as one of the best and most versatile harmonica players in the world. Madcat is more than an expert musician. He is also performer who has such a good time playing music that audiences, ranging from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, delight in his performances. His enthusiasm is unpretentious and contagious.

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