Bacon Fat

Bacon Fat, originally the Southside Blues Band, was a Los Angeles, California blues band noted for a dual-harmonica-driven, Chicago blues sound. Following the breakup of the Dirty Blues Band in 1968, Rod Piazza and George Harmonica Smith, whom Piazza credits with putting him straight on the chromatic harp, formed the Southside Blues Band. The band toured with Big Mama Thornton and, in 1969, released George Smith Of The Blues (or, ... Of The Blues, as it appeared on the album cover) as 'George Harmonica Smith & His Blues Band.' Originally released on World Pacific, the album was reissued in 1974 by ABC/Bluesway (BLS 6029), and in Germany in 1987 on Crosscut (CCR 1015). Smith's Juicy Harmonica from this album is regarded as a chromatic harmonica classic; indeed, Piazza covered Juicy Harmonica on Grease One For Me. Recorded on February 27 and 28, 1969 in Hollywood, personnel on ... Of The Blues are listed as Smith and Lightnin' Rod (Piazza) on harmonicas; Richard Davis, trumpet ; Jim Wynn and Ed Davis, saxes; Robert Schedel, piano; Marshall Hooks and Arthur Adams, guitars; and Curtis Tillman, bass. The drummer is not listed. Shortly after the release of ...Of The Blues, British producer Mike Vernon persuaded the band to move to Blue Horizon and to change their name. The band renamed themselves Bacon Fat, the title of an Andre Williams recording. The lineup of the band at this time, in addition to Smith and Piazza, were Buddy Reed, guitar; Gregg Schaefer, guitar; Jerry Smit...

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