Schmidy's Tavern of Palm Desert was another stop in my continuing exploration of the best live music venues/clubs/bars in the Coachella Valley of southeastern CA. And the major bonus the night I wandered in was that the legendary blues guitarist and CV local Kal David was treating the patrons to his amazing blues catalog delivered "Chicago-style"! Hope you enjoy one of CV Vibe's growing collection of "60-Second Sets". Stay tuned for more 'cause it's coming soon!
Kal David Bio:
There is a well known standard that is usually a part of any blues man's set list. The song is called "Sweet Home Chicago". Many artists can sing this song but few lay claim to its contents. Guitarist /singer/songwriter Kal David was in fact born and raised in Chicago.
Kal's recording career began as a teenager when, as a member of Kal David and the Exceptions, he signed a contract with King Records and was later signed to Vee-Jay Records. Another member of the group was Peter Cetera, who later became the vocalist for a band known as Chicago. Kal joined musical forces with guitarist Paul Cotton to form the group, The Rovin' Kind. This band recorded for Dunwich Records, but following a name change to Illinois Speed Press and a move to Los Angeles, Kal and Paul hit their stride, recording two critically acclaimed albums for Columbia Records, Illinois Speed Press and Duet.
Kal and Paul's efforts with Illinois Speed Press served them well, for as Paul went on to become guitarist for Poco, Kal moved to Woodstock, New York, where he formed the Fabulous Rhinestones with ex-Electric Flag bassist Harvey Brooks. They recorded three well received albums: Fabulous Rhinestones, Freewheelin' for Paramount Records, and Rhinestones for 20th Century Records. With the Rhinestones, Kal refined his talents as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter to the point where even today, long after its disbanding, the group is remembered with fondness and respect for its musical contributions.
A significant musical partnership began in Woodstock when one evening Kal, following the advice of some fellow musicians went to hear singer/songwriter Lauri Bono perform at a local club. They have been partners ever since, making a move together to Los Angeles.
Kal made his true commitment to the blues idiom as a guitarist and as a singer/songwriter. In the studio or on tour, his commitment was evident in his work as a sideman for Etta James and Johnny Rivers, with partner Lauri, and with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, where he inherited the lead guitar chair from Mick Taylor.
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