Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures.
The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude and folky social consciousness — not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five musicians.
Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.
Singer, songwriter, guitar slinger, bandleader—David Kitchen is at ease in all of these roles. For years he has led successful bands, made compelling recordings and been an integral part of the Washington, D.C. music scene where he has won numerous awards (“Wammies”) from the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA). In addition, he has shared the stage with many national acts including, Alejandro Escovedo, Robbie Fulks, The Smithereens, Los Lonely Boys and Marti Jones/Don Dixon. He is an accomplished musician of astonishing versatility.
It’s simple, really. He plays and sings not only his own compositions, but covers as well in a totally approachable, energetic way. Indeed, there is something here for everyone. The Washington Post called his music “a mixture of charm, attitude and tunefulness” and in a review of his CD Underground, Washingtonian Magazine remarked, “He has a knack for writing clean pop driven rock with just enough soul and grit.
A true master of many styles, David Kitchen continues to hone his skills with uber rock and roll outfit The Thrillbillys, the ever-swinging Cutaways, and as a solo artist playing his own individualistic and inventive pop.