Daddy Long Legs

"Once upon a time … Satan came to New York City and decided to sponsor a band, and he paid for their instruments and all their rehearsal space, and he decided that they would threaten everyone with their roots-stomping viewpoint of something called hard, evil rock 'n' roll. Now, they look conservative onstage because they're wearing clean clothes. That hides all the bullet holes in their souls and the cigarette burns in their spirit. Is everyone ready for the next step in the evolution of pagan rock 'n' roll music?"

That's how music-industry legend Kim Fowley described Daddy Long Legs' ear-blistering mix of explosive blues (Howlin' Wolf, Son House, and Captain Beefheart) and garage punk (the Sonics, the New York Dolls, and the Cramps) at the 25th anniversary celebration of Norton Records in New York in 2011, in an introduction that would mark Fowley's final audio appearance on record.

Fowley's gone, unfortunately, but very much alive is the riveting power trio comprising Brian "Daddy Long Legs" Hurd on harmonica, guitar, guttural vocals, and distorted microphone; Murat Akturk on slide guitar; and Josh Styles on drums (no cymbals), whip, and maraca. "I'd call it stompin' roots and blues," Hurd has said of the group's style. "It's kind of a fusion of our punk roots and our love of traditional American roots music, gospel, and delta blues."

And that's a perfect fit for Norton Records, which has released several incendiary CDs/LPs from DLL: "Evil Eye On You," "Blood From a Stone," "Daddy Long Legs Rides Tonight," and "The Vampire," the latter a collaboration with Chicago soul dynamo T. Valentine.

Based in Brooklyn, Daddy Long Legs has toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe and shared bills with the Flamin' Groovies, the Hoodoo Gurus, Lenny Kaye, the Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Question Mark and the Mysterians, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Hurray for the Riff Raff, to name a just few.

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