When in an electric mode, Chubby's guitar voice crosses generations from B.B. to Jimi. His pugnacious and just-a-bit-tortured vocals evoke those of John Hiatt (pre-family man). And like that of early Hiatt, his is a legitimate white soul voice. "Time Is Killing Me," from his 2001 release How'd a White Boy Get the Blues, qualifies as one of that year's most under-heralded tracks. His most recent disc, The Good, the Bad and the Chubby, conjures up everything from post-September 11 nightmares to Screamin' Jay Hawkins-style high jinks to -- yes, straight-ahead blues work.
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