Little Charlie & The Nightcats

Genres: Blues
Tags: blues jazz harmonica blues jump blues harmonica Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The line-up of this popular, long-serving blues band originally comprised Rick Estrin (5 October 1950, San Francisco, California, USA; vocals/harmonica), ‘Little’ Charlie Baty (b. 10 July 1953, Birmingham, Alabama, USA; guitar), Jay Peterson (bass) and Dobie Strange (b. 15 November 1948, Red Bluff, California, USA; drums). One of the most proficient bands performing in the west coast Chicago blues style, the Nightcats grew out of a 1973 meeting between Estrin and Baty, at that time a harmonica player himself. Estrin had been professional since 1968, when a jam with Lowell Fulson turned into a three-week booking. By 1975, he had turned down the opportunity to join Muddy Waters’ band, and meanwhile, Baty was in Sacramento, where he had started a band. When Estrin tired of San Francisco a year later, he contacted Baty with the idea of putting together a group.

In 1982, Little Charlie And The Nightcats pressed a single which they...

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