The Subdudes

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Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This four-piece roots rock band originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, although they subsequently relocated to Denver, Colorado. Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Tommy Malone with notable stylistic help from John Magnie (keyboards/accordion), Steve Amedée (percussion/mandolin) and Johnnie Ray Allen (bass), the Subdudes’ eclectic songs fused the best traditions of their home-town’s black music influences - blues, funk, Mardi Gras or gospel - with an earthy, punchy delivery. Otherwise the most distinctive attributes to their sound were the rich harmonies and lack of a conventional ‘drummer’. Drawing heavily on the New Orleans/Memphis soul spirit, the band comprised accomplished musicians who had previously backed Roseanne Cash and Joni Mitchell. Their 1989 debut album was completed with the aid of Don Gehman, and introduced strong songs such as ‘Need Somebody’, ‘Any Cure’ and ‘Got You On His Mind’ (as well as...

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