Club crowds are as likely to find slide guitar virtuoso Drozdowski flying through the air, sitting in their laps, standing on tabletops and sliding with every object imaginable — from dinner plates to, at one Mississippi juke joint, a 9mm revolver — as they are to see him on stage.
Or as Anthony DeCurtis (Rolling Stone, New York Times) said, “His slide playing shears the skin off your bones, and he can unleash roaring gales of sound. But lyricism and musicality lie at the heart of even his wildest moments. I have never listened to him and not been transported to a strong, beautiful place I’d never been before.”
Fans can appreciate Drozdowski’s dangerous style of showmanship on tour this summer and fall. When the garage/blues/psych bandleader got hit in the face with a ceiling fan during a particularly rowdy show in St. Paul, he went out on the street, covered in his own blood, to play slide with Delta bluesman and Fat Possum Records alum T-Model Ford's Jack Daniels bottle.
Ted never hesitated after the injury. “I got sliced right to the skull on the first song, played an hour set and then went to the hospital,” he recounts
Earlier this month, at a taping of Beale Street Caravan (the syndicated radio show based in Memphis), Drozdowski took his soloing outside of the club entirely. Blurt Magazine posted a “slide challenge” of Ted playing slide on some truly bizarre objects, including a vibrator and a Blade scooter. Watch it here: http://blurtonline.com/
Besides returning to his child hood turf of Middletown, CT and his longtime home of Boston, MA, several shows stand out. The East Nashville show will also serve as a benefit concert for Mighty Sam McClain, former Nashville resident and all-time great soul singer. McClain appears on the album, singing lead on “Let’s Go To Memphis,” and is battling cancer and the after-effects of a stroke.
In addition, Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen will return to the Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis, where part of the Robert Mugge movie about the Scissormen, Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues, was filmed. ‘Love & Life’ comes out July 31 on Dolly Sez Woof Records.
Also, July 31 Drozdowski, who is also an award-winning music journalist and educator, will publish the first in a series of e-books, Obsessions of a Music Geek, Vol. 1: Blues Guitar Giants. Private, press-only stream of the album (please don’t share or post) here.
Drozdowski's Scissormen have performed at Bonnaroo, King Biscuit, and Muddy Roots, among other festivals.
Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen Tour Dates
June 19 – Marietta, GA – Darwin’s Burgers & Blues
July 26 — Nashville, TN — The Basement
July 30 – New York, NY – Shrine World Music Venue
July 31 – Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s
August 1 – Lowell, MA – The Back Page Café
August 2 – Middletown, CT – The Cypress Restaurant
August 3 – Brooklyn, NY – Grand Victory
August 9 – Nashville, TN – The Bluebird Café
August 15 – E. Nashville, TN – The 5 Spot
August 28 – Winona, MN – Broken World Records
August 29 – Minneapolis, MN – Hell’s Kitchen Brunch
September 1 – Indianapolis, IN – The Slippery Noodle
September 2 – Kansas City, MO – B.B.’s Lawnside Barbecue September 3 – Lincoln, NE – The Zoo Bar
September 4 – Fort Collins, CO – Avogadro’s Number
September 5 – Denver, CO – Ziggie’s Live Music
September 6 – Denver, CO – Ziggie’s Live Music