It's been and still is .. quite a ride! My band The Captain &The Red Hot Blues Band, then later The Captain & The Red Hot Flames were tearing it up in the 80's playing all over Colorado .. We backed Solomon Burke, Rufus Thomas, Bo Diddley and Dr. John, we opened for Albert Collins, Koko Taylor and Many others. An E.P. 7" 45rpm picture sleeve disc on red vinyl was released and as it was a numbered, limited edition of 1000 copies it is now a collectors item named after the title track "Can Your Monkey Do The Dog?“ a tune we took from Rufus Thomas' songbook.
Round about 1989 We transformed into the Alley Gators, playing a cool hybrid of Louisiana style music and rock/blues .. during this time I joined San Francisco's Dynatones , and was out touring nationally for 2 years, I recorded on CD on Warner Bros /Rhino with them, titled "Chopped And Channeled " and also played on Sir Mack Rice's Cd called "Right Now" (Mack wrote Mustang Sally for his friend Wilson Pickett).
On my arrival back in Denver, in ‘92, I reformed “The Gators” and Recorded 2 cd's ..an All original compilation of these 2 cd's is available and on current release .."Chomp" The Best of The AlleyGators" .. In 1996 we opened for John Mayall , and Los Lobos and averaged about 25 dates a month ..Suddenly there was a retro Swing revolution and We were in demand for Weddings and corporate bookings .. a change of line-up and repertoire found me in the 'Swing of things' so to speak .. and Mr David Booker and The Swingtet was born .. .We recorded 2 cd's “Cowtown Jive“, and “Now Booking”. We still play occasional swing gigs to this day ( after 13 years ) usually at the Mercury Cafe on Sundays in Denver.
Currently I am playing with The David Booker Band as a 3 /4 piece .. working as a solo /duo at very diverse venues in Colorado. I was voted Best Bluesman by Westword in 2002 and continue to add to my songlist, which contains a great variety of covers and originals played in the style of Americana -The Roots and Blues Music of America.
Well.. what was i doing before I came to the USA? .. I was part of the Manchester music scene in the 60's .. you can read all about it on www.manchesterbeat.com under the Groups A-Z section you will find names like:
Cliff Bowes and The Arrows .. my first band aged 14
The Drifting Hearts
Big City Blues
The Gin House
Richard Kent Style
Kirk St James & Wild Silk
A great site of Manchester bands .. I was in London at the height of the burgeoning "Pub Rock" scene in the 70's and early 80's .. before coming to the US of A .. During my time in London I recorded for Polydor and RCA and was for a time the bass player with internationally known guitarist Tony T.S. McPhee of the Groundhogs
Also on my web site; hit the icon "I Was Born To Do This Left Handed" It's all there in chronological book form at www.davidbooker.com
David Booker is a true professional and a very talented, versatile performer. He fronts the "David Booker Band" and the "Mr David Booker Swingtet". David performs Americana roots music, Rock & Roll, Classic Rock, Blues, Swing, Rock-a-billy and Country. He is available as a solo, duo, 3 or 4 piece band.
If you would like to book David Booker or his band for your venue, wedding or private event or for more information please call:
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"Great Show David , you sounded like 3 people up there, I'm so glad we booked you for 2011"
Miki Wollett , Director of Operations, Mary's Lake Lodge Resort , Estes Park Co. Feb.5th, 2011
"Thank You for helping make our dream a reality" - Grand County Blues Society Co 2004
"Booker has played more local gigs than any other artist of a similarly blue hue"- Marty Jones - Hit Pick Of The Week; Westword 2006
"Let this English bloke take you on an American Musical Journey through the roots of our music he so wonderfully captures" - Dave Mckintyre, founder of the CO Blues Soc -1998 (from 'O Brother, I'm Here' Cd review )
"The Naturalized American Roots musician is one of the Mile Highs most coveted treasures" - Dan Willging 2003 (from the review of "Mojo Excello" The Best Of David Booker Cd )
"Self Promoting bluesman David Booker knows hard work" - Margaret Hair, Steamboat Pilot, Steamboat Springs, CO 2008
"Hotter Than A Red Hot Flame" - Dick Kreck -Denver Post (retired)
"Humor is a central component of any Booker performance" - Sterling Nelson - Evergreen Jazz Festival 2006
"Turn Off Them Pedals" - Bo Diddley 1986 (R.I.P)
"That Gittar player aint white...somebody done put Clorox on that boy" - Rufus Thomas 1985 (R.I.P)