Before Chuck E. Weiss became known for his own musical talents, he was known for the company he kept. His circle of friends included the likes of Tom Waits and Johnny Depp to name a few. Back in the day, Weiss was this trendsetting scenster from Denver who once toured as a drummer for Lightnin' Hopkins and recorded with Blues legends Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters. After relocating to Los Angeles with his buddy Tom Waits, Weiss befriended singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones and became the subject of her hit song, "Chuck E.'s In Love."
Weiss is back with his new album, Red Beans & Weiss (Anti-Records), after a seven year gap between his last release. The new album is chock full of zany, retro, blues and rockabilly influenced jams executive produced by Johnny Depp and Tom Waits. The record is fun and catchy!
Weiss is also a bonafide vinyl collector and record store culture runs in his blood (His parents owned the Record Center, a small record store in Denver, Colorado). So it's only fitting that Chuck E. Weiss will be playing a DJ set at Amoeba Hollywood for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 19th. Click here for the full schedule of events on Record Store Day.
Chuck E. recently visited Amoeba Hollywood and went digging for some classic 78s. He sat with our camera crew for a very intimate and informative episode of What's In My Bag? It's amazing to hear how knowledgeable he is about jazz and blues. He's like a professor teaching a master class when he breaks down a record's back story.
Check out Mr. Weiss' episode of "What's in My Bag?" and make sure to catch his DJ set at noon on April 19 at Amoeba Hollywood!
Chuck E. Weiss - What's In My Bag?
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