The Subdudes

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The Subdudes

Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures.

The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude and folky social consciousness — not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five musicians.

Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass. Armed with a dobro and an upright bass, this New Orleans based duo skillfully resurrect sounds and musical traditions from a bygone era. Plucking sounds from ancient folk, blues and R&B records that once kept jukeboxes full of nickels and juke joints hopping; Junco Partner (like the ancient New Orleans piano song they’re named after) are full of wit, charm, and a sound that’s instantly memorable. The duo started in 2007 in Asheville, NC when Marsellus Fariss and Chris Kew were seeking to play gigs in smaller intimate venues to offset their musical exploits in larger and louder bands. Since then, they’ve performed in all venues great and small, from neighborhood pubs to large concert venues opening for major acts such acts as Blues Traveler.