The Strange Tones - Hailing from an
undisclosed secure location in the Pacific Northwest, this highly
entertaining and talented combo puts their unique and original stamp on
American roots music. The band has twice received “Best Contemporary Blues
Act” and “Best Electric Guitar” Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues
Association. Their appeal also extends well beyond the blues community with
a distinctive style that defies easy classification. It's the sound of
Fender amps set up at the crossroads of blues, rockabilly, surf, and vintage
R&B. It's the sound of Slim Harpo meets Link
Wray, Magic Sam meets Wanda Jackson, and
Howlin’ Wolf meets the Mod Squad. It's the
sound of raw meets tight.
On guitars The Strange Tones feature Guitar Julie and Suburban Slim. These
tasteful players swap rhythm licks and sizzling solos with crowd-pleasing
stage dynamics. Raised on a steady diet of Jimmy
Reed’s blues and Ike and Tina’s R&B, Guitar Julie’s incendiary solos
light up the stage while her soulful vocals leave no doubt that every word
she sings has got to be true. Suburban Slim, recognized as one of the
Northwest’s top guitar players, brings to The Strange Tones’ sound a
limitless repertoire of searing solos and rhythmic textures. From greasy
blues to surf-a-billy madness his playing always entertains.
The big fat groove of The Strange Tones comes from one of the finest rhythm
sections around. Bass player Andy Strange and drummer J.D. Huge lock in with
a driving force that can only come from years of misspent youth playing
together in bands. J.D. Huge propels the band with a steady hand, at times
with a subtle shuffle, at others swinging like a man possessed. Andy Strange
keeps the band firmly anchored in the roots with the deep throb of a Fender
bass. Mr. Strange also spices up the mix with some lowdown harmonica,
baritone and bottleneck guitar, and heartfelt vocals.
The band’s new CD Crime-A-Billy has reached the Top 20 Charts in Spain for
Blues FM Radio, as well as the top 100 CDs recommended by Real Blues
Magazine. Featured on National Public Radio’s Car Talk, the CD has been
receiving national and international praise.
The Strange Tones produce an expert rendering of roots music that takes it
out of the museum and moves it forward with their standout style. Whether
it’s a smoky, down home roadhouse, a private dance, or a high profile
festival performance, the Strange Tones deliver.