In 1987, four musicians got together for what they envisioned would be a one-time performance at Tipitina’s in New Orleans. It was a night of mostly acoustic music – sparse instrumentation with a strong emphasis on songwriting and vocal harmonies. The show far exceeded expectations, and on that March night the subdudes were born.
Nearly 10 years later, after releasing five critically acclaimed albums and building a hard-core cadre of fans through relentless touring, the subdudes called it quits.
Spinoff projects ensued, as did the occasional reunion show. Finally, in February of 2002 three of the four original band members decided to get back together. They recruited two friends with long ties to the band to fill out the sound.
And today, there’s still nobody in the world that sounds like them.
If you want to know more about the subdudes, keep reading here!
And, if you want to go waayyy back, the subdudes can trace their genesis to a few bands in particular: L’il Queenie & The Percolators (1977-1982), the Cartoons with Becky Kury (1978-1980), and the Continental Drifters (1984-1987). Click the links to read more!
Photo credits: Steve Amedée: ©2002 Michele Choate; Tim Cook and Jimmy Messa: ©2002 Clare Schachter; John Magnie: ©2002 Reginald Massey; Tommy Malone: ©2002 Vicki Browne.
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