What's a Monkee doing on the lineup at a blues festival? Singing the blues, of course.
That would be singer, guitarist, bassist and songwriter
"I'm having a great time," Tork, 69, told Pop & Hiss recently. "The drummer we have, Sturgis Cunningham, has such a lovely shuffle with a slightly modern edge to it -- between an oily Chicago blues shuffle and just a little bit of a more well-bound, slightly hip-hopier feel -- just the right combination. And Joe Boyle, our guitar player, he'll fry you. That leaves just me saying 'What am I doing here? You guys are great.' I guess I'm still just a young hippie-folkie-rocker at heart, learning to play the blues."
Tork's group has just released a new album, "Step By Step," and he said the band usually includes a few Monkees tunes — recast appropriately. "We do 'Last Train to Clarksville' as a blues shuffle," he said.
Shoe Suede Blues is slated to play Saturday at 7 p.m., part of the multifaceted lineup that includes the Pine Leaf Boys Cajun band, T-Lou & the Red Hot Louisiana Zydeco Band, Bonne Musique Zydeco and Big Jay McNeely.
A few weeks after his Shoe Suede Blues show in Long Beach, the surviving Monkees — guitarist-songwriter
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