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Biography

Larry “Fuzzy” Knight, founder, bandleader, bassist and vocalist of Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm & Blues Band has been fulfilling a dream and vision to bring to today’s music loving audiences a different style of music, showmanship and presentation that they might never had seen in the past or present.


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“Fuzzy” was born in “44” and rooted in blues and R&B in the city that inspired W.C. Handy’s classic composition, “ST LOUIS BLUES”. He grew up with the culture of black music engulfing his young mind and soul. He broke into blues in his mid teens by playing with Albert King, Little Milton, Chuck Berry and Ike Turner, all residing in St. Louis at that time. “Fuzzy” witnessed almost all of the great R&B revues touring and playing for primarily black audiences only; Ray Charles, Ike Turner & the Kings of Rhythm, James Brown, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Little Milton, and so many more. The one thing that they all had in common was their presentation. Each artist usually had a band with a full horn section that would feature the players early in the show, other lead vocalists who would come out to sing a song or two, and female vocalists who would sing background and be featured on lead songs and/or sing with the “star” of the show. There was always a lot of musical entertainment and unbelievable excitement at every R&B revue show.

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Larry’s vision came true with the forming of BLOWIN’ SMOKE Rhythm & Blues Revue which features three Hot, Sassy & Sultry Female Lead Vocalists……. The Fabulous SMOKETTES! Once these ladies are on stage in front of their microphones you can immediately feel the heat rise, the party starting, the earth shaking, a soul stirring experience about to take place that won’t soon be forgotten!!

Somkettes

Larry has presented some of the West Coast’s best female blues and R&B vocalists over the last 15 years; Carolyn Basley, Christina Vierra, MaxAyn Lewis, Lyrica Garrett, La Quita Davis, Dwanna Parker, and Joyce Lawson just to name a few. If you like ‘live’ sax, trumpet & trombone playing as opposed to synthesized horn sounds, then you must see Blowin’ Smoke which also features many of the West Coast’s greatest Blues, R&B and Jazz musicians. They are all featured soloists early and throughout the show as well as an outstanding horn ensemble.

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The Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm section is always “smoking” featuring great guitarists over it’s 15 year history, Robert “the Undertaker” Calva, Jimmy Delgado, Bobby Robles, Jeffrey Ross, David Raven. Blowin’ Smoke attracts and features many of the West Coast’s best musicians.

 

The Blowin’ Smoke Band & Revue delivers the sounds of classic Rhythm & Blues shows and recordings of the “golden era” with a drive, passion and energy that is so dominant in today’s music. Yet there is an “originality” that makes the music not only relevant but unique in that there are rock influences as a “special ingredient” thrown into the mix to create a “new style” that will surely take its place with today’s younger audiences that never witnessed a genuine Rhythm & Blues revue show! Larry “Fuzzy” Knight was also the bassist and vocalist with the legendary rock group, “SPIRIT”, that featured guitarist extraordinaire, Randy California for 11 years thus bringing his experience of playing eclectic power Blues/Jazz/Rock to the “new sound” of Blowin’ Smoke’s Rhythm & Blues.

The Band

  • Larry ‘Fuzzy’ Knight

    Larry “Fuzzy” Knight, founder, bandleader, bassist and vocalist.

    January 3, 2015
  • David Raven Rutchinski

    Sharing the stage with the likes of Tower of Power, Robert Cray & John Lee Hooker means Dave's Guitar is always smokin'

    January 2, 2015
  • Carl Thomson

    Hailing from the northeast of England, Carl has played all over the world.

    January 1, 2015
  • Alicia Morgan

    One of the few people who have actually ‘run away with the circus’, now smokes up the keys!

    December 31, 2014
  • Johnny V

    Blowin' the horn for over 30 years with the greats!

    December 30, 2014
  • Lance Keller

    He plays the trombone like he wants to burn the place down!

    December 29, 2014
  • Tom Jr. Morgan

    Playing with the likes of Don Henley, Ry Cooder, & Percy Sledge, you will be literally be blown away by Tom's Sax

    December 28, 2014
  • Madame Dee

    Having performed internationally with Ruffus and Chaka Khan, Sly Stone, prepare yourself to experience the melodic delights of the one and only ... Madame dee

    December 27, 2014
  • LaQuita Davis

    Hailing from the Greater Los Angeles area songstress, LaQuita Davis, is best described in two words: Ear Candy.

    December 26, 2014
  • Lyrica Garrett

    A true '20 Feet From Stardom’ Star in her own right supporting the likes of Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, Ike Turner,

    September 21, 2014

Live Dates

  • 15
    Oct
    2016
    Santa Monica
    Harvelle's
    21:00 - 23:55

Discography

  • beyond the blue horizon

    Beyond The Blues Horizon

    Recorded "live" at B.B. King's Blues Club in Los Angeles, you'll find 14 tracks from the heyday of the big band blues sound.

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