As part of the Coal Train Blues Festival, Zapp! Productions is proud to present Chicago Blues Greats Studebaker John and the Hawks!
Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. He hung around Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot and got to gig with all the greats. John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. “…Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.”