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If you like solid blues and blues-rock, check out the new album, Live at the Kessler, from Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat, released over the summer. I stumbled across this record and have been playing it in constant rotation. Suhler and Monkey Beat have been playing together for a couple of decades and definitely deserve wider recognition. Suhler, in addition to his work with Monkey Beat, plays lead guitar with George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

The album was recorded in Dallas at the Kessler Theater and features tracks from Suhler’s previous studio albums plus a couple of new tunes. Suhler plays his own brand of Texas blues-rock with a solid backing group in Monkey Beat.  In addition to his Texas roots, his appreciation for the Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher was obvious only a couple of tracks into the album, long before he name-checked the Cork legend on the final song. With those kind of influences, you are in for a fun ride. But Suhler is his own man and not a clone, even as he pays tribute to the late Irish Strat-master.

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Courtesy MassLive

George Thorogood was 'bad to the bone' as he rocked the Xfinity Arena at The Big E on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Thorogood, backed by his long-time band the Destroyers rocked every inch of the Xfinity stage as he brought his 2016 Badder Than Ever Tour to The Big E as the final concert for the 2016 fair season. The Big E concludes on Sunday.

Guitarist and singer Thorogood, saxophonist, Buddy Leach, drummer Jeff Simon, bassist Bill Blough and guitarist Jim Sutler played their 4 decades of hits like "Who Do You Love" and "Bad to the Bone."

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Courtesy: The Aquarian Weekly - Danielle Sariyan

George Thorogood and The Destroyers have been rockin’ and rollin’ for 43 years running. With their unmistakable blues-rock sound, irreverent high-energy stage act, and consistent nonstop tour schedule, The Destroyers have amassed a tremendous following of die-hard fans who flock year after year to sold-out venues to watch the band boogie down over and over again.

This September the band—George Thorogood (vocals), Jeff Simon (drums), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone)—kick off the second leg of their Badder Than Ever Tour. During a very short break in the band’s 32-city U.S. and Canada tour I caught up with Jeff Simon to discuss his favorite on stage moments, his memories of growing up with the man he calls GT, and his experience “keeping time” for The Destroyers.

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By: Peter Roche

A lot of today’s rock fans wouldn’t know a thing about Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, and Sonny Boy Williamson were it not for George Thorogood, who’s made a career of updating the old-school bluesmen with a muscular, amplified guitar sound. In fact, 2014 marked the “Bad to the Bone” author’s fortieth year in the biz. 

That’s a whole lot of drinking and disobedience.

Thorogood is now in his 60s, but he started playing guitar as a teenager.  Rather than look to the English rockers of the day for inspiration, he went straight to the source and emulated the black American musicians who’d inspired them.  Before too long, he was a boogie master:  A bit of Mississippi delta desperation here, a touch of Chicago R&B angst there…all delivered with a fiery fifth of hundred-proof barroom braggadocio.  

Armed with a strident string-plucking thumb, bright guitar tone, and trademark Cheshire grin, Thorogood released his eponymous debut in 1977.  He’s been touring regularly ever since, his amplified odes to getting drunk, high, and loose seeping into the vernacular over the ensuing decades until America’s ears were pickled.

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