March 30, 2019
A night of Soulful Swinging Blues with plenty of dancing. Singer, harmonica man, and band leader, Big Joe Fitz has been one of the leading personalities on The Hudson Valley’s vibrant music scene for over 30 years. Synonymous with soulful music and outstanding musicianship, Big Joe Fitz & The Lo-Fis, deliver an eclectic playlist of American classics, ranging from Bobby Bland to Johnny Mercer to Ernest Tubb and beyond. The ensemble’s live shows are warm, entertaining and engaging.
Big Joe Fitz’s most recent release “Shoulda Known Better” received 4 Stars from Downbeat Magazine:
Big Joe Fitz: Shoulda Known Better (Self Release; 42:56 ★★★★) Neat, tidy, well-crafted and infused with quiet compassion, Big Joe Fitz’s personal strain of blues emanates its allure from the meeting of his smoothly expressive vocal with his enterprising guitar and harmonica work. He probes for the warmth in other folks’ songs, among them Toussaint McCall’s 1967 r&b hit “Nothing Takes the Place of You.” Willie Nelson’s “Funny How Times Slips Away” and two identified with Bobby Bland: “Members Only” and “I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treat Me).”
Big Joe Fitz – vocals, guitar, harmonica
Mark Dziuba – guitar
Robert Bard – bass
Eric Parker – drums
BJF Sampler: https://youtu.be/ENJ27Fq-Q2A
"What makes Big Joe so big? For sure he's a big talent. Why does every venue in The Valley want Joe Fitz on their stage? Because he's more than an entertainer, not just a pretty face with a harp in his mouth, not just a first class purveyor of the blues and roots tradition. It's his soul, large, wide, real, and molasses sweet. That's what attracts people. He's one of those rare folks who you feel you are "in the presence of" and better off for it. He isn't just singing for us. He sings to the spirit that moves within him, this gentle man." - Cafe Guide
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