Skinny Hodge: An Adventure into Blues Fusion

Catch Skinny Hodge at the Union Friday, March 11

by Lynn Headapohl

On a crisp Saturday night in November, Rupert’s Brew House hosted the talents of “The

Skinny Hodge at the Red Room

Skinny Hodge at the Red Room

Skinny Hodge Band”. The band is fronted by the honey-smoked vocals of John Hodge, who led the band on a journey of tastefully melodic interpretations with his strong, articulate guitar stylings. From the onset, the group showed its distinct take on selections such as “The Sky Is Crying”, “Crossroads”, Sublime’s “Love Is” and a quick step version of Stevie Wonder’s R&B classic, “Superstition”. The balance of its repertoire included music of Van Morrison, Warren Haynes, Tom Petty, Cream and Robert Cray.

The singularly wonderful thing about this band is not only does it feature two outstanding guitar players working together to blend their artistic influence, but each one of the band members has a voice for singing that adds dimension to the music they play.

Skinny Hodge at the Red Room in Kalamazoo

Skinny Hodge at the Red Room in Kalamazoo

Guitarist Alex Radloff, singing and playing his custom made guitar, served up two original tunes that crossed the pop-blues genre while blending into an imaginative interplay with guitarist Hodge. Holding down the amazing beat, drummer Joe Garcia worked it with the unrivaled rhythms of bassist Lachlan MacQuarie, creating the backbone of this fun with fusion. To add to the dynamic shadings, Jay Hunt on horns and the many conjugations of sounds cooked up in his electronic sound instrument, delivered sensitive renderings as he interacted with the music.

These gentlemen can move from blues to funk to pop and back again, all the while keeping that “Skinny” blue edge that makes them unique. From the slow blues of Eric Clapton’s “Old Love” to crazy “Good Booty and BarBQ”, they create a great ambiance for dancing and having a good time.

Skinny Hodge will be playing again this Friday March 11th at the Union Cabaret & Grille in downtown Kalamazoo from 9:30 to midnight. Check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

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