The White Stripes and Black Keys rock the blues with a guitar attack. Like the Bad Plus, The Claudettes brandish a piano instead. But The Claudettes have created their own fanatical fusion of blues and soul-jazz—like Ray Charles on a punk kick. Imagine an amped-up piano hybrid of Otis Spann, Ray Charles and Mose Allison, joined by a jolly madman drummer and conducted in gonzo fashion by Raymond Scott. File under: post-burlesque? Neo-vaudeville? Cosmic cartoon music? You've never seen a piano-drums duo like this.
released 01 October 2013
The Claudettes are:
Johnny Iguana — Piano
Michael Caskey — Drums
All songs by Brian Berkowitz (OM God Music / ASCAP)
except “Tremblin’ Blues” by Little Brother Montgomery / BMI
Recorded by Anthony Gravino and Johnny Iguana at Johnny Iguana's house, Joyride and the Drake in Chicago, IL in 2011 and 2012.
Mixed by Anthony Gravino at the Drake.
Mastered by Blaise Barton at Joyride.
Photo of Claudette by Marisa Klug-Morataya
Photos of The Claudettes by Eric Krause Photography
graphic design by Brooke Barnett
The piano-drums duo of Johnny Iguana and Michael Caskey didn’t know what they were getting themselves into when they called
a place called Claudette’s Bar in 2010 looking for a gig in between Chicago and St. Louis. Not only did Claudette book them into her bar in Oglesby, IL (an hour and a half southwest of Chicago’s South Side), but she made them her house band and put them on salary......more