Junior Watson w/ Dean Shot & The Solid Senders
With nearly thirty years of experience, Junior Watson has reached cult status. Junior has done what all great artists have done: melting diverse styles to create a style all his own. With influences as diverse as Tiny Grimes, Oscar Moore, Bill Jennings, Rene Hall, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Guitar Slim, Earl Hooker and others he has truly created one of the most unique and original guitar voices to come along in years. Besides his mastery of blues and swing he often adds his own cartoon-like twist to everything he plays. You'll never know what he will do and when asked he doesn't know himself. His energy and playing gives you a feeling of reckless abandonment. As he was once quoted "like a train off the tracks".
His artist resume is as large as it is impressive. A founding member of The Mighty Flyers he stayed with the band for ten years. He then left to join Canned Heat for ten years. He then toured for a while with LA-based harmonica player/vocalist Lynwood Slim. All along the way he has backed up and recorded with the who's-who of the blues. His list of musical endeavors include backing up and recording with Big Mama Thorton, George Smith, Jimmy Rogers, Shakey Jake, Luther Tucker, Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, William Clark and there's more. Suffice to say the list is very extensive.
Vocalist and Guitarist Dean Shot is and has been for many years one of the East Coast's Premiere authentic blues artists. If you took Hubert Sumlin, Albert King, Chuck Berry, Link Wray, Louis Prima, Tiny Grimes, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Willie Johnson, Howlin Wolf, Eddie Cochran, Frank Sinatra, Freddie King and Slim Gailliard and put them in a big bowl of mmm mmmm gooood with some garlic and hot sauce on em....that's what you get with Dean Shot. Dean often injects humor into his shows and is a fine entertainer as well as being a consummate guitarist and vocalist. Dean is a crowd pleaser whenever and wherever he performs. He has thrilled audiences as far as Spain and France and played countless major blues festivals across the USA.
He spent almost 6 years playing with blues legend Hubert Sumlin. Dean later went on to tour extensively as a member of The Gas House Gorillas. After leaving the Gorillas, he toured heavily with Mikey Junior as a regular member of his band for 3 years. Dean has backed and played alongside of musical legends such as Ronnie Earl, Big Jay McNeely, Big Jack Johnson, David Maxwell, Greg Piccolo, Paul Oscher, Steve Guyger, Deak Harp, Dennis Gruenling, JB Lawson, Floyd Phillips, Lonnie Youngblood, Studebaker John, Eddie Shaw, Carl Weathersby, John Primer and many more.