MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST BLUESMAN "BOOGIE" BRUCE ENGELHARDT

Beginning on drums in junior high school, with an interest in jazz, "Boogie" Bruce took up guitar just out of high school, and soon wandered into the wide world of The Blues in about 1963. He also plays barrelhouse, blues and boogie woogie piano as well as zydeco "frottoir" (an all-metal, over-the-shoulder rubboard played with spoons).

"Boogie" Bruce enjoys singing and playing blues from all of its periods and regions of origin on acoustic Gibson archtop, National steel-bodied acoustic resonator guitar, '50s Epiphone archtop electric guitar, a newer Epiphone electic archtop guitar (one cut-away) with two pickups and, of course, the piano. He's also beginning to work Zydeco accordian into his performances. Along with performing straightforward traditional and modern blues, Bruce also enjoys fusing a variety of rhythmic influences with his blues guitar style.

"Boogie" Bruce has accompanied Albert Collins, Little Joe Blue, Rockin' Sidney, Clifton Chenier, Robert Lowery and other notable blues singers onstage and has performed in every kind of performance format, from a solo traditional blues act to a 12-piece modern blues and r&b band with horn section and even in several old-time jug bands.

Contact: "Boogie" Bruce at 831-429-8823 or bruceme@yahoo.com.

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