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About Big Shanty & The Polk Street Blues Band

Enigmatic blues-rock singer/guitarist Big Shanty garnered national attention in 2007 when his album RIDE WITH THE WIND became an online sensation, thanks largely to his scathing anti-war song, Killing Fields. Mixing fierce guitar lines with techno beats, Shanty (purportedly the alias of A&R legend Dick Wooley) evokes the propulsive sound of 1980s ZZ Top, while making occasional forays into Southern rock. Shanty also keeps good company--guests on Shantys albums include blues-guitar virtuoso Liz Melendez and jam-band icon Col. Bruce Hampton.