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Brother Yusef

Brother Yusef has been described as a master solo guitarist, as well as a uniquely passionate vocalist. He has honed down his guitar skills and god-given vocals for over thirty years and has created a sound that had to be christened with a new name, Fattback Blues. Fattback Blues combines "traditional" fingerpicking and slide guitar playing with the contemporary feel of urban blues to create a full band sound with one guitar. He uses his right hand thumb to beat out a percussive bass-line and shuffle, while the index finger plays rhythm and lead lines.
Today, Brother Yusef has six albums under his belt and has demonstrated that there is growth in mastery and longevity in an industry that tempts artists to change in order to fit in. His new album (scheduled release date: summer 2014) is carefully being crafted at his home studio and will include all original material that will not waver, but stay true to his unique, raw and intense emotions to encompass the Fattback sound.
He remembers first hearing the call of the Blues as a young child attending church with his grandparents in Bakersfield, California. Like any young musician, hungry for musical enlightenment he picked up a guitar at age 19 and began experimenting with reggae, r&b and jazz. He would find himself at a musical crossroads in 1989 while paying his last respects to his grand-father at the same little Bakersfield church from his childhood. A soloist at the funeral played a soothing church hymn on guitar that instantly connected Yusef to his grandfather, elders, and ancestors in the rich tradition of the blues.
Brother Yusef has gained recognition from audiences and musicians throughout North America and Europe for his range of sounds and emotions -sadness, joy, anger and laughter. His fans are also found in places as far as Asia, Australia, and parts of Africa. Sharing the joy of the Blues with the world is his deepest passion.

***Fattback Blues:
Brother Yusef’s music is exuberant, bouncing with a highly rhythmic beat and slippery with a wildly flailing slide; this Bakersfield born, dreadlocked bluesman chugs and stomps the blues with impassioned devotion. By combining "traditional" fingerpicking and slide guitar with the contemporary feel of urban blues, Brother Yusef gives the past and present equal rights on stage. With verve and spark, his renditions of the old classic blues are delivered with a funky, deep-roots style that will make anyone sit up and listen.
A stand-out talent

If you love the grit of grinding passionate blues you’ll love Brother Yusef. Absolutely a stand-out talent by any measure… If you stand still while listening to his performance, check into a hospital— you’ve flat lined!

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EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, Calgary Alberta, Canada