|THE HOT TAMALES|
THU 20 NOV 2003
Goodtime Ragtime Bottleneck Blues
The Hot Tamales bring lively jugband style music to Woodhall Spa, with the best in slide and ragtime guitar. Two of the trio Lesley and Stewart Carr toured in 2002 with Bob Hall's All Star Medicine Show appearing at a number of Lincolnshire village halls, including Scopwith.
Since recording a CD in New Orleans the band has played at many folk & blues festivals. They are described as "refreshingly querky ... often satirical .... features bright-toned guitar picking" (Dirty Linen Magazine USA). They have "great songs, fabulous music and enormous style" (Broadstairs Folkweek), "accomplished & moody guitar playing ... a lively and entertaining stage presence" (Colne RnB Festival).
The Hot Tamales play acoustic goodtime music, combining original material with old (and not so old) covers in a style guaranteed to keep feet tapping and fingers clicking throughout their entertaining sets.
An intriguing and irrepressible mix of acoustic and steel guitars, washboard and double bass, plus some surprise percussion, create a unique sound behind strong vocal harmonies.
The band feature Stewart Carr (vocals, acoustic and resonator dobro guitars), Stewart has a long and distinguished career playing with bands such as Reet Petite & Gone, and as a solo artist on both sides of the Atlantic. His songs, distinctive voice and guitar style are at the heart of The Hot Tamales. He regularly plays with the legendary boogie woogie pianist Bob Hall and last year toured with Country Joe MacDonald, of Woodstock fame.
David Jordon (double bass, vocals, guitar) was formerly with the Panhandle Conspiracy and a regular at Portsmouth's Rhythm'n'Blues Club. Some of Dave's songs feature in the Hot Tamales repertoire.
Lesley Carr (washboard, vocals, harmonica, etc). After some years behind the scenes managing bands and events, Lesley finally takes the stage herself to provide percussion and some surprisingly ebullient vocals to the Hot Tamales. Her performing history has been more linked to dance than song, so the odd 'shimmy' may show through from time to time.