Saturday, April 30, 2016
STEVE COLERIDGE BRINGS THE BASS BEATS TO PAUL ORTA IN CONCERT ON 3RD MAY 2016
Steve has been in concert mode as he lays down the bass beats behind the Texas blues harmonica great – Paul Orta on his tour of Spain.
A London Brit by birth, Steve makes his home now in Almeria and keeps it real with his band Short Fuse.
“With Short Fuse, we are currently doing a tribute to Creedence Clearwater, but it is really a blues band,” explains Steve in a recent chat.
Steve is no stranger to the blues of the southern USA variety since living and working in Baton Rouge Louisiana.
“I produced various albums by Henry Gray, Clarence Edwards and other Louisiana bluesmen. I also co-wrote an album with Bob Kirkpatrick from Dallas. I wrote the lyrics.”
“Back in 2000, Henry Gray had an album out called “Don’t Start That Stuff, “Coleridge explains.
“It has Paul Jones on harp for half of the tracks and Shaky Vick on the other half. I toured Europe 7 times with Henry including Spain, UK, Denmark, Norway, France and Ireland,” he admits.
“I sent Paul an email and since then we have exchanged about 100 emails, explains Coleridge.
“Andalucia is complicated when it comes to arranging gigs but luckily I was introduced to Marisa Farasha of Farasha productions. She was able to open a few doors for me.”
So, this will be a first for Coleridge to go on tour with Paul Orta. He has never met Orta but knows his music and the master.
“I knew of Paul Orta when I lived in Louisiana. I was playing in Dallas and Houston with Clarence Edwards but we never played Antones,” explains Steve.
He continues, “I did go to Orta’s town of Port Arthur and Beaumont but more out of curiosity as that was the areas where Clifton Chenier made it big – and Clarence Garlow.”
Coleridge admits, “I love that South Texas blend and Thunderbird sound. When I listen to Orta carefully, I get an idea of a Little Walter type sound but not just the harp but the way the guitars fit together too.”
“Paul has very warm vocals, not the slightly harsh style that some singers adopt,” explains Coleridge..
“It is a natural sound, relaxed and there is a touch of Tex-Mex in there and I am a big fan of the Texas Tornados and in fact I could happily live in San Antonio. I lived in Mexico for 2 years and I love mariachi music… not to mention the food”