Thursday, February 10, 2011


Popa Chubby keeps on chuggin'. If you've listened to the big blues daddy's previous recordings, then you'll know what I mean and you already have "The Fight Is On" in your collection. If you're a novice, while I still think "Booty And The Beast" is the place to start, this album makes a good introduction as well, full of no-holds-barred, pedal-to-the-metal blues rock from New York City's biggest man to play the blues.

Growing up in the neighborhood immortalized in Robert DeNiro's film "A Bronx Tale," Popa Chubby has been rocking the blues since 1990. The Popa Chubby name was coined during an impromptu jam with Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic. "He was singing a song called 'Popa Chubby' and he pointed at me," says Ted Horowitz (Popa's secret identity), "Popa Chubby basically means to get excited. The core of my music is about excitement. I think music should make people feel alive."

"The Fight Is On" is an electrifying selection of hard-charging, guitar-driven anthems. If you're looking for traditional blues, this ain't it. But if you like yer blues served up raw with a side of NYC attitude, come to Popa!

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