||WHO ARE THE STRANGE TONES?
Hailing from an undisclosed secure location in the Pacific Northwest, this highly entertaining and talented combo puts their unique and original stamp on American roots music. The band has twice received “Best Contemporary Blues Act” and “Best Electric Guitar” Muddy Awards from the Cascade Blues Association. Their appeal also extends well beyond the blues community with a distinctive style that defies easy classification. It's the sound of Fender amps set up at the crossroads of blues, rockabilly, surf, and vintage R&B. It's the sound of Slim Harpo meets Link Wray, Magic Sam meets Wanda Jackson, and Howlin’ Wolf meets the Mod Squad. It's the sound of raw meets tight.
On guitars The Strange Tones feature Guitar Julie and Suburban Slim. These tasteful players swap rhythm licks and sizzling solos with crowd pleasing stage dynamics. Raised on a steady diet of Jimmy Reed’s blues and Ike and Tina’s R&B, Guitar Julie’s incendiary solos light up the stage while her soulful vocals leave no doubt that every word she sings has got to be true. Suburban Slim, recognized as one of the Northwest’s top guitar players, brings to The Strange Tones’ sound a limitless repertoire of searing solos and rhythmic textures. From greasy blues to surf-a-billy madness his playing always entertains. The big fat groove of The Strange Tones comes from one of the finest rhythm sections around. Bass player Andy Strange and drummer J.D. Huge lock in with a driving force that can only come from years of misspent youth playing together in bands. J.D. Huge propels the band with a steady hand, at times with a subtle shuffle, at others swinging like a man possessed. Andy Strange keeps the band firmly anchored in the roots with the deep throb of a Fender bass. Mr. Strange also spices up the mix with some lowdown harmonica, baritone and bottleneck guitar, and heartfelt vocals.
The band’s new CD Crime-A-Billy has reached the Top 20 Charts in Spain for Blues FM Radio, as well as the top 100 CDs recommended by Real Blues Magazine. Featured on National Public Radio’s Car Talk, the CD has been receiving national and international praise. “The album is a tasty cohesive collection of tough, ready to romp tunes. Stellar performances on all fronts and great song selections all wrapped up as only The Strange Tones can do it.” Portland Blues
The Strange Tones produce an expert rendering of roots music that takes it out of the museum and moves it forward with their standout style. Whether it’s a smoky, down home roadhouse, a private dance, or a high profile festival performance, the Strange Tones deliver.