Blue California Boy
Since returning from Austin, guitarist David Hull has been playing hard.
Thursday, July 25, 2002
Photo: Big Time- David Hull and his hardworking band play Sly''s this Saturday.
Last week was a busy one for blues guitarist David Hull and his band. The San Jose-based musician recorded a cable access television show at Bluesville in Oakland at the beginning of the week, did another gig at Murphy''s Law in Sunnyvale on Wednesday, and finished the week on Saturday, playing Henfling''s Tavern in Ben Lomond. Clearly, Hull''s a busy man.
Hull''s appearance at Sly McFly''s on Saturday marks his second Monterey-area performance (last time he was in town, he played Ocean Thunder) and serves as a sort of appetizer for Out of the Blue, the band''s debut CD that Hull hopes to release by the end of August.
"It''s really gonna turn some heads, I think," says Hull.
The CD, which will feature 13 original songs as well as two Albert King covers, will showcase the band''s get-down-and-dance musical style, described by Hull as "high-energy blues with some rock energy, with a touch of swing-which gives it its own sound."
Hull, a San Jose native, polished his craft and started writing his own songs while performing in the San Francisco Bay Area after he got out of high school. He furthered his musical education by moving to Austin, Texas, one of the great music cities in the country.
"I spent three years in Austin honing my skills and honing my craft at some of the clubs on Sixth Street," Hull says. "What a great musical city! It''s got the same atmosphere as San Francisco, with great nightclubs and restaurants, and great blues spots."
Despite Austin''s musical charms, however, Hull says the Texas summers were too hot, and he decided to return to California.
"I decided to head home to my hometown of San Jose," Hull says, "and I''ve been on fire ever since."
Judging from last week''s schedule, that''s the truth.
Together with drummer Scot LaMantia, keyboardist/vocalist Gary Goldworthy (both of whom played with the James Armstrong Blues Band) and bassman "Philly" Bill Weir (formerly with East Coast bluesman Mike Dugan), Hull has found steady work since returning to California.
Hull says he got the gig at Sly''s "through persistence, having a quality product and great references from other clubs we played at. We made contact with Jack [Burnam, owner of Sly''s], who is a great club owner and has a great reputation with bands that have played there."
The three-track demo disc that Hull is currently using to promote the band (featuring "Track 23," "Movin'' On" and "Blue Skies") reveals a very West Coast swinging sound that virtually begs for a dance floor filled with booty-shakers. It''s the kind of music that feeds on: The harder the band plays, the harder the audience parties and throws off an energy that sustains the musicians. According to Hull it was like that last week in Sunnyvale.
"[At] Murphy''s Law last Wednesday," says Hull, "we had a great crowd with lots of people dancing and drinking. There''s nothing like having a great crowd behind you."