Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen made a stop at the Cypress Restaurant & Grill in Middletown. The Meriden native brought his Nashville band up for a Northeast tour.
As it was Sunday, this was a special early 6 to 9 pm dinner show to celebrate the release of his new Love & Life album. It was also a homecoming party of sorts as family and friends showed up. One friend from Kindergarten was there.
The Scissormen’s music is often compared to the blues on a double-shot of corn liquor. Some dynamic and creative guitar playing highlights their shows.
For this show, my Mother joined my Sister and me.
He must have used half a dozen items around the Cypress for slides.
Plus he had a number of guitars.
Now there was some younger audience members as well. There were keeping time with the band better than I could.
Pete and Sean were working all night as well. Pete kept hammering out the beat and Sean helped on vocals and discussions.
Ted provide background to the songs and some blues history.
It is a jolt of music to the senses that is rarely seen in other acts.
Drozdowski not only fronts The Scissormen, songwriting and producing other artists, he’s also an award-winning music journalist and consultant. Obsessions of a Music Geek, Volume I: Blues Guitar Giants kicks off his series of ebooks. Blues Guitar Giants focuses on seven major figures: John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Johnny Winter, Freddie King, Michael Bloomfield, Z.Z. Top’s Billy Gibbons and Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. Their stories, musical approaches, perspectives and historical impact are explored in warm and insightful interviews and essays delivered in Ted’s informed and easy-to-digest style.
His experience as a musician, music scholar and fan fuels the first volume of this free-ranging series that will explore a wide variety of topics, from guitar instruction to musical innovators to roots, rock and myriad musical genres and subjects.
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