After coming together on a visit to a friend whose illness provided the map to four New Orleans men, John Magnie, Johnny Ray Allen, Steve Amadee and Tommy Malone, it was decided shortly thereafter, that it was high time to dust off ‘The Subdudes Original Lineup’, start plucking about and re-generate that original connection that permeates such a strong summer porch swing feel.
Since 1996, when they decided to pursue individual paths, John Magnie (vocals and accordion) and Steve Amadee (percussion), remained in Fort Collins and continued with various musical endeavours while maintaining The Subdudes persona. On more and more occasions than not in these latter days, you will see John Magnie and Steve Amadee joining forces on-stage with Cary Morin as The Young Ancients.
In New Orleans, Tommy Malone (vocals and guitar) released “Natural Born Days” in 2013, his first solo recording in 12 years and is currently touring with Tab Benoit and expecting another release April 29 this year. Johnny Ray Allen (bass) delved into his construction business that now results in developing subdivisions to accommodate the oil industry in various areas and plays with The Willies.
Currently they are booked to play one weekend a month throughout the end of the year, that way everyone is able to conduct their own business with room for family and travel and Subdudism – a new word!
On the topic of words – no word on future recordings as the original lineup at this point. Right now, just enjoying the commaderie time has bonded them with and playing up that Southern drawl with jazzy bluegrass.
While having recently played a couple shows in Colorado, their extensive tour includes travels to Texas, Washington D.C., Virginia, New York, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Connecticut and Delaware. They will be returning to Colorado in August to perform at the NewWestFest and various local venues this summer.
August 13 – Fruita Festival, Fruita
August 14 – Lousiville Street Faire, Louisville,
August 15 – NewWestFest, Fort Collins