Grammy Award Recording Artist, Ernie Durawa and the Durawa Band, welcome Finnish guitarist Jo’ Buddy on his American tour to the Backstage at El Mercado on April 17. Jo’ Buddy is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, troubadour, and bandleader with a very individual and personal style. His 2016 album “Jo’ Buddy Meets Funky Kingstone” has a definite Rock ‘n Roll and Rockabilly sound. Many audiences like Jo’ Buddy as a blues musician, but he plays rich & spicy Rock n’ Roll, Swamp Boogie, Down Home Blues, Surf & Garage Rock, Jump Blues, Zydeco, New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Gospel, Soul, Ragtime, Swing, Country, Ska, Rock Steady, Heartfelt Ballads…and even echoes of Western African Rhythms or Spanish Flamenco.
Buddy’s personal style is deeply rooted in Texas and Louisiana music. His American tour starts in New Orleans and then moves to Austin. From Texas, he travels to Los Angeles to record his first jazz blues album with pianist Fred Kaplan's band. The album will be released in April 2019. In addition, his album ‘Buddy's Trio Riot' will be finalized and released in the fall on his Ram-Bam label.
Jo’ Buddy’s versatile live repertoire consists of his original world-class songs. He is a true music lover, who simply lives from his music and admires the Good Times. Buddy really gives it all away when he begins to do the things he does the best – sing and play – in his deep and heartfelt way.
After 35 years of experience on the road with thousands of shows in 15 countries and a countless of recording sessions have honed him as one of his generation’s most talented & outstanding roots rocker. Now at 51, he is ready as Jo’ Buddy can be to continue performing nightclubs and festivals worldwide.
Ernie Durawa welcomes this unique Finnish guitarist to the Backstage. It’s going to be a fun show.