Of all the great American music traditions – jazz, country, bluegrass, rock – only the latter has had more staying power than the blues, which is in fact the foundation on which rock ‘n roll was forged some 50-odd years ago. From early Delta blues men, such as Son House and Charlie Patton, to today’s neo traditionalists such as Johnny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepard, the blues continues to thrill audiences across the globe.
Sean Chambers is a blues veteran who is in his early 30s and an integral member of a new generation of blues men who carry the timeless tradition with great enthusiasm and devotion. On his latest release, Strong Temptation, Chambers takes his cue from blues-rockers such as Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan and moans the blues while blazing a fiery path with his electric six-string. The album is a tight (nine tracks, 37 minutes) collection of inspired covers penned by the likes of Jimmy Reed and Johnny Winters, seamlessly blended with Chambers’ originals.
Chambers will be performing Sunday at the legendary Skipper’s Smokehouse in North Tampa. Skipper’s, which has been a North Tampa hot spot for 20-plus years, is consistently voted one of best blues venues in the country. Co-owners Tom White and Vince McGilvra (old Air Force buddies) pride themselves in bringing the best in blues to the Tampa Bay area. The long list of blues luminaries who have played the Skipperdome includes everyone from Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy to Junior Wells and Albert Collins. Chambers is one of Tampa’s own and more than capable of captivating an audience the same way those mentioned above have done before.
- Sean Chambers will performSunday, 5 p.m., at Skipper’s Smokehouse. For more info call 971-0666.