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Seven years after regrouping, the subdudes are going stronger than ever, and the proof's in the grooves: the band's eighth studio CD, Flower Petals is being released in August 2009 on 429 Records. Tommy Malone (vocals, guitar) and fellow founding members John Magnie (keyboards, vocals) and Steve Amedee (vocals, percussion) make up the core of the band, joined by longtime compadre Tim Cook (vocals, bass, percussion) as well as bassist/guitarist Jimmy Messa. Malone, Amedee and Messa grew up in Louisiana — Malone played Bourbon Street straight out of high school — while Coloradoan Magnie emigrated there after teaching himself piano from Professor Longhair records. The subdudes formed in 1987, spinning off from the more raucous Continental Drifters during one of Magnie’s weekly piano gigs at Tipitina’s in New Orleans. With exquisite vocal interplay and unique elements like Malone’s slide, Magnie’s accordion and Amedee’s brushed and hand-struck tambourine, the subdudes established themselves as a treasure trove of blues, folk, R&B, country, cajun, funk, gospel, and rock’n’roll. They made four studio albums — 1989’s self-titled debut, 1991’s LUCKY, 1994’s ANNUCIATION and 1996’s PRIMITIVE STREAK — for High Street Records and of course were perennial favorites at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival — even though they relocated to Magnie’s hometown of Fort Collins, Colo., early in the game. When the subdudes said farewell with 1997’s LIVE AT LAST, Malone and original bassist Johnny Ray Allen headed back to the bayou, forming Tiny Town with drummer Kenneth Blevins and singer-songwriter Pat McLaughlin. Magnie and Amedee remained in Colorado with Cook, an Indiana native who had his own studio in Colorado and had become the subdudes’ road manager, drinking buddy and collaborator (he co-wrote the song Sarita, and produced the live record). The latter three formed the band Three Twins, making records and touring mostly in the mountains. In February of 2002, Malone, who after Tiny Town had formed the Tommy Malone Band with Messa and drummer Sammy Neal, played a show in Denver. Magnie drove down to sit in, and much like that night at Tipitina’s in March 1987, the chemistry couldn’t be denied. “We just decided that we had to start playing music together again” Magnie says. “It was one of those cases where the sum is greater than the parts, and sure enough, it took off from about where it had been before.” The two trios merged first as The Dudes, then re-emerged as the subdudes a year later. Since then, they've released MIRACLE MULE (2004), BEHIND THE LEVEE (2006) and STREET SYMPHONY (2007). A live album and DVD were released in 2008, LIVE AT THE RAM'S HEAD. In late August 2009, they will release their eighth studio album, FLOWER PETALS on 429 Records.
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