Dick “The Poet” Lourie does indeed write and publish poems, most recently focusing on the Mississippi Delta, where he has played frequently over the last twenty years with international blues star and Clarksdale native Big Jack Johnson. He’s also been active on the Boston scene, having spent more than two decades backing Roxbury’s G-Clefs. He brings to the Juke Joint 5 his trademark growling ’50s sound and a hornful of energy.
With Richard Malcolm we are lucky to have our rhythm section anchored by a guy who has played the drums literally from here to China, where he has toured many times. His versatility extends from New Orleans brass band and Dixieland drumming to solid blues, parade drumming, and everything in between. He was for many years, a member of the Shirley Lewis Experience band, and the Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson band.
Bassist Bob Vabulas has played his way from his native New York to the Boston area, backing a long list of artists including Buddy Guy and Toni Lynn Washington. His in-the-pocket groove and rhythmic embellishments drive the Juke Joint 5 beat. Along with a quick sense of humor, Bob’s wide knowledge of R&B is a welcome addition to the band.
Silvertone Steve was born and brought up in the North Shore area where he lives today, but he’s “come home,” so to speak, only after a bluesman’s life on the road. Steve was a young backup guitarist touring several years with Chicago blues great J. B. Hutto; he went on to work with many others, including Sleep LaBeef, Eddy Clearwater, Carey Bell and Albert King. Steve and Dick have both previously worked together, performing and recording with R&B legend Andre Williams.
Lisa Marie is a singer and songwriter with a passion for soul, rhythm and blues – and as the lead singer for Juke Joint 5, she keeps that tradition alive with her engaging stage presence, deep husky vocals, and joyful storytelling. Wake Up, Baby!, the debut release from Lisa Marie & All Shook Up, showcases her creative range as songwriter, arranger and producer, while featuring members of Roomful Of Blues, The Duke Robillard Band and Jimmy Vaughn Band. Her two releases on Black Rose Records, Shoulder Of The Road, and Nickel Bag Of Candy, pay homage to American roots music in an acoustic setting with guitarist Silvertone Steve.
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JUKE JOINT 5
Juke Joint 5 focuses on the sounds you might have heard emerging in the early 1950s from some distant, static-crackling, late night radio station: jumped-up urban rhythm and blues; the raw Delta country sound just recently getting electrified in Chicago; Memphis rockabilly; and the primitive beginnings of rock and roll.
Down home, old school, house-rockin' rhythm and blues!
JUKE JOINT 5
Juke Joint 5 with Lisa Marie, Silvertone Steve, Bob Vabulas, Richard Malcolm & Dick Lourie