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Sidewalk Beggar

Sidewalk Beggar

SIDEWALK BEGGAR is a solo project by poet/musician Chris D'Errico. No guitars. Heavy on the harmonica, it's lo-fi beatbox/alt. blues/funk influenced by vintage R&B and hip-pop grooves. It is all Chris--he plays and records as a one-man-band--barking into a dirty microphone and an overdriven, old tube amp; some stompboxes (including a loop pedal); shaking a shaker, banging on a tambourine and a rusty sheet metal bake pan. Live, he loops everything on-the-fly, often starting with his raw rendition of a "human beatbox" for a back-beat, or singing a funky, fuzzed-out bass line. Chris adds whisky-soaked vocals and sinewy blues harp over the top to create an inspired, largely improvised performance. Greasy, trancelike and probably like nothing you've heard before.

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