Live from St. Pete
LIZ PENNOCK & DR. BLUES [Bio] Upright Records recording artists Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues have been performing together virtually every week of the year since 1983. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, the piano/guitar team captivates audiences with their vast repertoire of classic, contemporary, and original blues. Piano player/singer Liz Pennock began performing professionally as a solo artist in 1975. She has lived and worked in Colorado, Arizona, Florida, and her native Ohio. Undaunted by what might seem a limitation, Pennock was born minus two fingers on each hand, a fact not evident from the other side of the piano. She has developed her own powerful ivory-tickling style, inspiring countless listeners. Pennock's songwriting ranges from the romantic 'My Best Fan' to the rollicking 'He Plays The Boogie.' Guitarist/vocalist Paul 'Dr. Blues' Shambarger has roots in northern Ohio, where he began his musical career as a drummer for bands in the late 1960's. His band Lovechain recorded the 1968 single 'Sadness In My Mind' on the Westwood Records label. Doc's witty and sometimes biting lyrics can be heard in his crowd-pleasing favorites 'Alimony Blues' and 'Cruel Jewel.' Pennock & Shambarger met in 1981, married in 1983, and have been a nonstop creative team ever since. They co-produced Pennock's debut album Bluesy Atmosphere in 1986, and released their second recording, Blue Illusion, in 1989. Each album features ten of their original songs. Liz & Doc's 1996 CD, Six Fingers Boogie, features twelve originals plus two blues classics, with guest appearances by Gaye Adegbalola (of Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women) and harmonica great Rock Bottom. Their latest CD Live From St. Pete (released in 2003)contains eighteen live cuts- four covers and fourteen originals recorded here for the first time. In addition to their duo work, Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues also performed extensively with legendary blues shouter Diamond Teeth Mary McClain from 1988 until April, 2000 when Mary died at age 97. In 1993, Liz & Doc co-produced Mary's critically-acclaimed CD Walking Mary's Blues, and accompanied her at the 1996 Chicago Blues Festival. Liz & Doc have appeared with such artists as John Hartford, Diane Schuur, John Hammond, Carey Bell, Alan Gerber, The North Mississippi AllStars, Saffire: The Uppity Blues Women, Roy Book Binder, and Savoy Brown. Liz is an endorsee for Hohner Harmonicas. ===============.