Bob Guz was in Los Blues Guys toward the end. He was in the Terraplanes for much of its too-brief existence. Bob is an amazing rhythm guitarist. He has a singing voice that I’d kill to have, and is an all-around helluva guy. His wife Lyda is warm, bright, and gorgeous.
What in the hell, you may perhaps be asking, does this have to do with ukuleles?
It so happens that Bob is also in the world’s greatest ukulele band:
Brad and I went out and saw them at a neat, funky, Austin bar (is there any other kind?) last year.
They were a revelation.
Believe it or not, I wasn’t always a big ukulele music fan. But I am after that night. They seriously rocked. All of them are excellent musicians, and their singer, Mysterious John, is the distillation of all cabaret singers who ever lived.
I bought their album, ‘Taters’, and adore it. Bob is the spiffy-looking third guy from the left in the pic above, incidentally.
You can stream two of their songs for free at SoundClick.
Yeah, I know, you think I’m being hyperbolic. Listen to ‘Nancy From Nancy’, and you’ll be a convert, too.
They’re scheduled to play at the Hole in the Wall three times next month. If you live within flying distance of Austin, I heartily recommend that you make the effort to catch one of their gigs.
Pic credit: www.shortylong.com