There’s no doubt my friend Popa Chubby loves to record. He’ll release his 30th CD, It’s a Mighty Hard Road, on March 1, 2020.
The last time the big man sent me a CD, Prime Cuts, was in 2018 and it was a best of the Chubb.
This time around the Bronx, New York City native tells tales about his struggles, victories and losses along his long hard road.
“You know me? I’m not what you think I am. I’m half human, half beast, 300 pounds of muscle and man, New York born native son. Grew up hard, too big to run. I came up on the streets of the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan. I sought the streets to find the love I could not get at home all I found was trouble, heartache and despair in the barrel of a gun and the eye of a needle in my vein,” Popa ( real name Theodore Joseph "Ted" Horowitz) said. “Then the music saved me, the guitar saved me and I was no longer fat Teddy from the block. I was a player, a singer, a writer and I found out people loved me for that.”
In his early twenties, although he mainly played blues music, he also worked as backing for punk rock poet Richard Hell. Horowitz first came to public attention after winning a national blues talent search sponsored by KLON, a public radio station in Long Beach, California, which is now known as KKJZ. He won the New Artist of the Year award and as a result was chosen as the opening act at the Long Beach Blues Festival in 1992. Horowitz played more than 200 club dates a year through the 1990s.
I didn’t get into the man and his music until about 2005, when Stealing the Devil's Guitar hit the streets.
Popa is a gifted musician who plays a mean guitar, drums, bass and harmonica. This is electric blues rock at its best.
“I was risen from he ashes, made stronger from the fire, I was ready for the trials and the tribulations that would bring me to where I am now! 30 years is a lifetime or a blink of the eye, depends on how you look at it,” Popa said. “My friends, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews ... this is my humble offering to you. 15 tracks of my very bestest. No matter who you are, no matter what you do, no matter what you believe we are all the same and ... it’s a Mighty Hard Road.”
Current line up includes Dave Keys, piano and organ; Steve Holley and Don Castagno, drums; and Brett Bass and V.D. King, bass and Mary Beth as merchant sales rep and Chubby's main squeeze.