blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist Catfish
established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers
of our time. Catfish's innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta
blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over.
C. Handy Blues Award nominee
for BEST ACOUSTIC
and 2008 inductee into the BLUES
HALL OF FAME,
Catfish has twelve NUMBER
independent radio chart-topping albums to his credit, and packs houses
all over the world with his dynamic stage show. The 30-year veteran has
toured the USA, UK and Europe dozens of times to wide acclaim,
headlining major music festivals, and appearing with legends John
Lee Hooker, Ray Charles,
Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal , Leo Kottke, Jessie Mae Hemphill,
Johnny Shines and
many, many others.
Catfish Keith was born in East
Chicago, Indiana on
February 9th, 1962. He first heard blues as a child while living in "The
Harbor," a working-class, steel mill town. When he picked up the guitar
as a teenager, he was inspired to pursue the deep delta blues after
being converted by Son
Following high school in Davenport, Iowa, Catfish hit the road,
embarking on a lifelong quest as a solo performer of American roots
His travels took him to the Caribbean, where in the Virgin Islands he
crewed briefly on a sailboat, soaking up a wealth of island sounds.
Rhythms of Jazz, Calypso, Reggae and the music of Joseph
Catfish inspiration to reach new musical heights. Though he grew up on
the Mississippi River, Catfish earned his monicker from a West Indian
lobster diving partner who, after seeing him swim, dubbed him "Catfish-Swimmin'-Around,"
In 1984, at age 22, Catfish recorded his first album (on Kicking Mule), Catfish
The all-solo debut established him as a new force in acoustic blues,
reaching Number One on
independent worldwide radio charts. This enabled Catfish to play and
tour continually, learning directly from legends such as Johnny
Shines, David Honeyboy Edwards, Jesse Mae Hemphill and Henry
Since then, Catfish has made a dozen solo albums, including his latest, Live
at the Half Moon (on
Fish Tail). He constantly tours the world, is a major endorser for National
and his music plays on top-rated TV shows in the US and abroad. He’s
also become a respected educator as well as performer, doing guitar
workshops, master classes and blues in the schools throughout the the
"Known to work his audiences to the
bone, Catfish Keith is the real acoustic blues king!"
-Rock 'n' Reel
"Pulling Blues Out of The Sky, Catfish lays down a foot-stomping groove.
One of the most exciting guitarists of any genre."
"One of the finest acoustic bluesmen in America. Every fan of acoustic
blues should have all of his discs in their collection. Every record
label in America should be engaged in a bidding war. This man is
"Catfish bends entire chords as well as the neck and body of his guitar
to wrench emotion from his songs. Knock yourself out!”
“For Catfish Keith, a resonator guitar is an organic extension of his
body, an instrument he plays intuitively and with absolute authority.
Manhandling Delta vamps, artfully finger picking rag-influenced Piedmont
patterns and languidly chording ballads, Catfish is one of the premier
pre-war style guitarists recording
- Living Blues