'Uncle Bob' and Steve James...The Hoochie Couchmen
Hoochie Couch Men
Featuring: ‘Uncle Bob' McGowan: vocals and guitar, Steve ‘Slippery Sid’ James: Dobro, guitar, ukulele.
The ‘Hoochie Couch Men’ are a Melbourne based ‘roots’ band inspired by traditional and contemporary blues and ‘Piedmont’ style Ragtime fingerpicking...and that’s just for starters.
They've recently played Cygnet Folk Festival, (2013, 2015), Bendigo Blues Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival, The Kelly Country Pick 2013, Bendigo Blues Festival and venues around Melbourne - They released a CD“Live at Pure Pop” ( the iconic record shop/bar In St Kilda -sadly closed down in 2014) in November 2013.
From the Blues side of Bluegrass to Folk, Roots & Ragtime, Uncle Bob and the Hoochie Couch Men play the music they've lived, loved and made their own.
Featuring: 'Uncle Bob’ McGowan: Bluesman, ragtime fingerpicker, folksinger, Bob's done it all – from folk blues to Chicago to Piedmont. He recently received rave reviews for his musical contribution to the Tennessee Williams play 'Vieux Carre' at 45downstairs, Melbourne, January 2013. Founding member of 'Uncle Bob's Band.'
Steve ‘Slippery Sid’ James: Dobro, ukulele, guitar, vocals, has been described as ‘one of the best Dobro players in Australia.’ He’s enhanced the musical line-up of bands such as the 'Tequila Mocking Birds" 'Archer' ‘The Early Openers,' ‘The Payday Millionaires,’ 'The Henry Correy Blues Band’ … to name a few.
"We’re extremely excited to welcome The Hoochie Couchmen back to our Chandelier Room stage after they wowed us back in March. ‘Uncle Bob’ McGowan (guitar, vocals), Steve ‘Slippery Sid’ James (dobro, guitar, ukulele) and John ‘Takeaway’ Taylor (bass) play classic, old-timey blues tunes with the great feel and easygoing humour of seasoned players. Guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart.Anthea, Chandelier Room, Moorabbin.. <http://www.chandelierroom.com.au/>
"... a must see, I reckon, last time I saw this combo in action I was just awed by the realness and warmth, and just great singing and playing...with banter to boot!" Mick Pacholli, Toorak Times.