What comes to mind when you hear the name Blinddog Smokin’? Maybe a skanky blues club bathed in red light, curling plumes of cigarette smoke, and a healthy dose of late night debauchery. This seems to be the intended effect from the Southern California-based band, who throw funk, blues, soul, and roots rock and roll into one big pot to create a commanding sound all its own. The members of Blinddog Smokin’, who’ve been known to rotate in and out over the years, are all industry vets who are as proficient in the studio as they are playing anywhere from 200 to 3oo gigs a year. It shouldn’t have been a surprise when the band was invited to join blues legend Bobby Rush and voodoo master Dr. John on Rush’s 2014 album Decisions, which found them nominated for Best Blues Album at this year’s Grammy’s.
Now, as the weather heats up for summer, Blinddog Smokin’ are getting ready to scorch with an album of their own. High Steppin’ – which drops July 17 on Silver Talon Records – sees the band flexing all their musical muscles. Ever the road warriors, they are already on the road supporting the release and will continue playing constant shows around the country right on into the fall. We’re excited to premiere one of the album’s darkest yet rowdiest tunes exclusively on Glide Magazine.
To give you a taste of what you’re in for, band leader Carl Gustafson shares the story behind “I Caught Her Lyin’”:
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