Holy Heritage, Blues Fans!!! What a DOUBLE DYNAMITE SUNDAY we had last week!!! First, the SUPER GROUP from Austin Texas and San Francisco, UNKLE DIRTY featuring LIL' LIN had an overflow crowd rockin' the Earl's sandbox dance floor... and then the band was joined by BLUES SUPERSTAR, BIG BILL MORGANFIELD, son of the founder of electric Chicago blues, the late, great MUDDY WATERS!!! Only at Earl's Hideaway can you get a show of this magnitude for FREE!!!!!!Check out this great video by Tom Schaefer.
live rehearsal, October 2018
A band legacy that includes members who come from the groups of Memphis Charlie Musselwhite, Luther Tucker, Evan Johns, Big Joe Turner, Elvin Bishop, Gladys Knight, and Brewer Phillips is hard to overlook.
The rhythm section, Col. Bill Singletary and Walter Shufflesworth, bass and drums respectively, come from a long history of performing and touring out of San Francisco California. Both were long time members of The San Francisco Dynatones who recorded for numerous labels including Warner Brothers and Rounder.
From Austin Texas come the two burning lead guitar players, Mark Korpi and Lil’ Lin. Both trade lead guitar duties and share the vocals. Mark comes from the Washington DC area, where he was performing with Danny Gatton, touring the east coast. Stays in Chicago led to performing with Brewer Phillips. Mark moved to Austin Texas, as a member of Evan Johns & the H Bombs. While touring and recording with Evan, Mark became a studio favorite, recording with many of the artists in the Austin scene at that time.
Lil’ Lin was born and raised in South Africa. As a young girl, Lin spent nearly every day with her bonus mom, “Big Fat Annie,” a full blooded Zulu who schooled Lin in the rhythms of her people. At the age of 13, Lin brought those rhythms with her to the USA when her family moved to New Haven Connecticut. Lin didn’t stick around home too long. After a couple years, Lin heard “the call of the road” and ran away from home. Bouncing around the States for a couple more years, she gravitated to Austin Texas. While a mainstay in the Austin scene of the early 90s, Lin falls in with Keith Ferguson and later Gene Taylor, both of Fabulous Thunderbirds fame, and they start performing together. Through this association, Lin was discovered by Clifford Antone, whose encouragement led to a three year stint fronting her own Thursday night house band at world famous Antone’s Club of Austin. During this period, Lin sucessfully toured Europe three times.
Ki Capitano, keyboards and vocals, was recruited from the “Beach Shack jams”. Ki, also from Washington DC, has performed with many “Beach Music” bands around the East Coast, and from the Richmond and Memphis areas.
Unkle Dirty is formed around the slashing lead guitar and heartfelt vocals of Lil’ Lin. Even with most of the attention at live shows being focused on Lin, this is truly a group effort. Mark, Ki, and Walt all sing and write.