House of Dues

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House of DuesGreensboro based House of Dues has brought together the genres of blues, funk, R&B for a satisfying blend of jams. Eighteen year old keyboard player Sammy Fribush fuels the band with New Orleans infused funk and blues organ. Veteran drummer Chuck Cotton's solid back beat has supported many of the greats in blues music throughout the years, but he is carving out new ground with HOD. Chuck's soulful singing and playing are top notch. Steve Blake on Tenor sax, is another local talent who stretches from jazz to latin, and blues in between. Philly based bass player via South Carolina is AJ Diggs, who brings the funk and soulful singing to the band, and who had, among others, a stint with the Blue Notes. David Bolton on Guitar, steel guitar and vocals rounds out the band. David loves the energy of HOD, and is currently writing and recording songs with the band for their second CD of all original songs entitled "Cross that Line." The record is about going too far out with relationships and substances, and getting saved from the pits of hell through "waking up." The track, "Ballad for Billy Hobbs" is a song in memorial to a local blues legend and friend of the band, Billy "Ransom" Hobbs. Ransom was killed at his home with a friend who was also left for dead in a burning house, but survived. The killer was apprehended, but later released because of botched police work. The killer remains free, but the song's refrain cries, "You can't hold Ransom for Ransom, you got to set him free..."

HOD came about through a Fat Tuesday gig and everyone dug it, and has stuck together to win the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society's Blues Challenge in 2012, performing at the International Blues Competition later that year. Their first album, "Gimme Some Hotcakes" began as a demo project, but the recording was so easy and enjoyable, the CD was released and includes a dozen blues and R&B jems, including updates of "Spoonful", and "Fire on the Bayou". The title track is the only original tune, which was recently featured on the soundtrack for the film, "Find A Way."

HOD will release "Cross that Line" in the spring of 2013.

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