Popa Chubby stands before a sold-out crowd in Paris at l’Olympia. The theatre where Hendrix, Miles, The Beatles and so many greats played. He tells the audience: “Je T’aime Mes Amis” !
“I love you my friends” and in that moment it’s like the pandemic never happened.
Popa has not stopped working. He followed the 2020 release celebrating his 30th anniversary (“It’s A Mighty Hard Road”) with an introspective outing reflecting his time at home : “ Tinfoil Hat”. The year that has followed has lead to more upbeat themes and times. This is strongly reflected on his latest recording, “Emotional Gangster”, out worldwide on Dixiefrog records on March 18th 2022.
And indeed the emotions run high on this recording. 11 tracks featuring The Chubbfatha on many instruments and doing all the mixing and recording duties. “This record definitely reflects happier times and good solid dose of classic blues!” Says Popa from his studio full of guitars in the Hudson Valley. “I specifically included covered like “Hoochie Coochie Man” and “Dust My Broom” to show respect for the Fathers. Willie Dixon has always been my idol you know”.