Greetings. My name is Brother Yusef. I am a solo guitarist specializing in a unique style of blues called fattback blues. It's a mix of delta, Chicago and Louisiana blues with a smooth jazz vibe . I have a full sound large enough to fit any event or venue. I have performed for blues & west coast swing dances, concerts, supper clubs, festivals, fairs and a wide variety of private parties. I also do children's performances for libraries and schools. My approach to any performance is engaging and completely original. Please take time to check out my audio and video samples.
An event can be made great just by the crowd, the food and the music. Brother Yusef has the music down with his skillful rendition of Blues interpreted with an assist from his string guitar and vocals.
I had 75 people over for my birthday party. The diverse crowd ranged from age 25 to 75. I received an avalanche of compliments regarding Brother Yusef. His exceptional talent was apparent to all. Everyone enjoyed it. I had several professional musicians in the crowd and they were the ones giving the biggest compliments. In addition to being highly skilled, Brother Yusef put a lot of feeling into it. He came early and was very courteous.
Price Range: $300 and up.
What to Expect
Depending on your event. I come ready do a full on stage show with dancing and and good times, or for an intimate private event I can provide smooth and easy background grooves. For schools and libraries I do a full performance with a little education thrown in.
Brother Yusef has been described as a master solo guitarist, as well as a uniquely pas-sionate vocalist. He has honed down his guitar skills and god-given vocals for over thirty years and has created a sound that had to be christened with a new name, Fattback Blues. Fattback Blues combines "traditional" finger picking and slide guitar playing with the contemporary feel of urban blues to create a full band sound with one guitar. He uses his right hand thumb to beat out a percussive bass-line and shuffle, while the index finger plays rhythm and lead lines.
Today, Brother Yusef has six albums under his belt and has demonstrated that there is growth in mastery and longevity in an industry that tempts artists to change in order to fit in. His new album (scheduled release date: summer 2014) is carefully being crafted at his home studio and will include all original material that will not waver, but stay true to his unique, raw and intense emotions to encompass the Fattback sound.
He remembers first hearing the call of the Blues as a young child attending church with his grandparents in Bakersfield, California. Like any young musician, hungry for musical enlightenment he picked up a guitar at age 19 and began experimenting with reggae, r&b and jazz. He would find himself at a musical crossroads in 1989 while paying his last respects to his grand-father at the same little Bakersfield church from his childhood. A soloist at the funeral played a soothing church hymn on guitar that instantly connected Yusef to his grandfather, elders, and ancestors in the rich tradition of the blues.
Brother Yusef has gained recognition from audiences and musicians throughout North America and Europe for his range of sounds and emotions -sadness, joy, anger and laughter. His fans are also found in places as far as Asia, Australia, and parts of Africa. Sharing the joy of the Blues with the world is his deepest passion.
Additional Booking Notes
My technical needs. I most cases I provide my own sound. All I'd require is an electrical outlet for my guitar amp. Depending on the type of event additional needs can be discussed further.
Past Booked Events
|December 10, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|November 01, 2015||Festival|
Influences & Inspiration
John Lee Hooker
Albert King.......Many other blues, jazz and rock greats
Depending on the event a stage plot can be provided.