Alligator Records recording artist and master bluesman Guitar Shorty will perform at Harvelle’s, 1432 Fourth St., Santa Monica beginning at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5.
Guitar Shorty will be performing songs from his latest Alligator Records release, “Bare Knuckle.” Credited with influencing both Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live shows and his incendiary recordings, a Harvelle’s spokesperson said.
“Bare Knuckle,” produced by famed songwriter and bassist Wyzard (a member of Mother’s Finest who has toured with Stevie Nicks and others), features heavy blues-rock tunes from start to finish, putting Shorty’s infectious energy and guitar pyrotechnics on full display, the spokesperson said. The track “Please Mr. President” (Bare Knuckle), written by Shorty, Wyzard and Bruce Iglauer, received a 2011 Blues Music Award nomination for Song of the Year.
Guitar Shorty was born David William Kearney on Sept. 8, 1939 in Houston, Tx. and raised in Kissimmee, Fla. by his grandmother. He began playing guitar as a young boy, excited by the sounds of bluesmen B.B. King, Guitar Slim, T-Bone Walker and John Lee Hooker.
After a move to Tampa when he was 17, the young Kearney won a slot as a featured guitarist and vocalist in the locally popular 18-piece orchestra led by Walter Johnson. Being younger-and shorter-than the rest of the band, a club owner bestowed the name Guitar Shorty on him, and it stuck.
Shorty’s fortunes continued to rise when Ray Charles hired the young guitar slinger as a featured member of his road band.
Admission is $12.
Information, (310) 395-1676, or www.harvelles.com.