'Uncle Bob' and Steve James...The Hoochie Couchmen
'Uncle Bob' and the Hoochie Couch Men
Featuring: ‘Uncle Bob' McGowan: vocals and guitar, Steve ‘Slippery Sid’ James: Dobro, guitar, ukulele.
and when some 'deep four action' is required we call in John 'Takeway' Taylor: bass, vocals
‘Hoochie Couch Men’ are a two to three piece
Melbourne based ‘roots’ band inspired by traditional and contemporary blues
and ‘Piedmont’ style Ragtime fingerpicking...and that’s just for
They've recently played Cygnet Folk Festival, (2013, 2015), Bendigo Blues Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival, The Kelly
Country Pick 2013.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.
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 'Archer and the Long Gone Daddies' ‘The Early Openers,' ‘The Payday Millionaires,’ 'The Henry Correy Blues Band’ 'Tequila Mockingbird'… 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..
"... 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.
Bob and Steve at Bendigo Blues Festival 2014
Hoochie Couch Men with Eva McGowan and Rob Luckey. Cygnet Folk Festival 2015
Song sampler... shortened versions of some of our songs. See below