Little of what is thought to be known about Georgetown Fats can be substantiated. However, the Boston Blues Society has winnowed some of the obvious tall tales and legends away from a more plausible truth.
Of Scottish and Portuguese descent, Georgetown Fats was born into a small clamming community of modest means. It was Fats’ Great Grandma who first introduced him to music. Great Grandma Fats balanced playing Dudlow Joes at the local silent movies and gut bucket fisherman watering holes at night, with playing church hymns on Sunday. In efforts to stop young Georgetown Fats from gnawing at her piano stool while teething, Fats’ Great Grandma came up with the idea of giving the young Fats his first blues harp. The rest, as they say, is history.
Georgetown Fats is an enigma. He is typically unshaven, clad in Wayfarers (standard black or tortoise -shell), a No. 49 Red Sox jersey, and a tin foil- lined Kangol Ventair cap. After paying his professional dues as a late night disk jockey on C-92 in Buckhannon, West Virginia - and playing as part of a house band at the Cheshire Cat Bar & Grille - Fats came back to Massachusetts to try his hand at a career as a music critic. To supplement his income, Fats conducts seminars on The Roswell Conspiracies while filing nuisance lawsuits.
When not limping off to another juke joint with the leash of his trusty beagle Otis (My Man!) in one hand, with a flask of Cabo Reposado tequila in the other, Georgetown Fats can often be seen at the corner of a bar feeling an odd gravitational pull from a bottle of Canadian Mist, while behind his Mac Book screaming “FREEBIRD!!” to all live performers…
You can read more about his adventures on his blog
Dan Sevush has woven music and techology throughout his so-called career. Dan started playing the piano at the age of 11 and played around NYC during the intense early seventies. He learned how to build computers and program them while upgrading his home brewed synthesizers. In the early eighties he moved to the Boston area and worked for a little startup called Lotus Development. Dan was technical lead for 1-2-3, the most popular spreadsheet of its time.
David Hayward has been a blues fan since a high-school buddy introduced him to a Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee LP in 1966. He’s been a bass player since then and is member of the Massachusetts-based Benjamin Road Band (www.benjaminroadband.com ) specializing in blues, blues rock and country blues.