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The Gospel (According to Curtis Humbucker)
What got me into the Blues?

When I was a kid, I was looking through my older brother's album collection (the one who years later lived next to Nick).

I pulled out what looked like a Monty Python LP. On the front cover was a heavily pregnant nun holding an enormous albatross! So I stuck it the turn table and second song in, I heard something that blew me away. It was a tune called "Coming Home" and featured what I later found out was a slide guitar. The album was "Pious Bird of Good Omen" and the name of the band was Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Well, that was it for me, I was hooked

Because this was the days before the Internet, a trip to the library and a little detective work revealed that this song was a cover version of a tune by a man called Elmore James. This, in turn, led to trips to "The Spinning Disk" record shop in Sunderland to spend my saved up pocket money on albums found in the Blues section. 

It was a musical journey that led me to Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly and later Jimi Hendrix and Rory Gallagher.     
The Sermon (According to Brother Nick)

My first influences were rock n roll; Elvis, Eddie Cochran and Jerry Lee Lewis. All of these I heard from my sister’s record collection. Johnny Cash, Oscar Peterson and Count Basie from my mothers.

Growing up in rural Buckinghamshire there wasn’t a lot of live music about but I remember buying a BB King double LP - BB King and Bobby Bland live, it never left the turntable for months. This chance purchase led me to Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Lightning Hopkins who remain favourites of mine.

On moving to the North East, mainly because there were so many good blues bands and venues at the time. I decided to advertise for a band which led me to Jeff Morland, wherein Barkin Billy and the Rhythm Dogs were born, later renamed as Barkin Billy and the Scrap Yard Dogs.

I stayed with the band on and off for over 27 years, but found my self drawn to the less complicated format of acoustic music. As a lover of slide guitar I took the plunge and bought a resonator and hid away practising for a few months before meeting up with Davey who I had known through various bands for some time. Davey said all the good names were gone I replied we should go out as Auld Man’s Baccie, and that was it here we are.
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