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C and H
RIYL: The Black Crowes, Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Motown
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Inception: San Diego, 2010
Influences: ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Motown
C and H is a soul/blues/classic rock duo based in La Jolla. According to the band, “We ONLY use an electric guitar with a loop pedal and a snare and ride cymbal, and we sound like a full band at times!”
Singer/drummer Jimmy C has fronted a number of bands, and has recorded three albums: Blues on the Rocks, La Jolla, and Dancin’ Feet, the latter recorded in Nashville and released on Tennessee label City of Peace Media. All three were coproduced by Motown engineer Jerry Marcellino (Michael Jackson, Diana Ross).
Guitarist Rick Harchol is a songwriter, producer, arranger, and recording engineer once signed to Atco/Atlantic and Vineyard Records. He previously played with Outlaw Blood, whose self-titled debut was released on the Atco/Atlantic label, and his songs have been heard on HBO, Discovery Channel, MTV, A&E, and more.
“We’re trying to make some decent money doing a Black Keys kind of thing,” says Harchol. Since the Black Keys’ Grammy wins in February 2011, Harchol says, “We’ve been experiencing an overall excited interest in what we’re doing, as opposed to a whole band, with lots of mouths to feed and excessive volume.”
Harchol and partner Carslake both sing, making for an economical Keys-like act that already lands several paying gigs per month.
Not that a two-man band is easy to pull off. “Jimmy has only a snare and ride cymbal for the drums, which makes it hard to be creative. With my guitar as the only full instrument, I’m using a loop pedal on the fly. Nothing is canned to create rhythms, bass, and sometimes percussion. This setup makes me vulnerable, requiring me to close the loop in perfect time; if I don’t, we can get hung out to dry. Plus, Jimmy has to listen closely to the loop as I’m building other elements and play in time with it or it throws me off.”
In 2011, they landed a Thursday night residency at Zenbu in La Jolla, as well as a Friday residency at the Zenbu in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
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