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ARTIST Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues

Piano player/singer Liz Pennock began performing professionally as a solo artist in 1975. Undaunted by what might seem a limitation, Pennock was born minus two fingers on each hand, a fact not evident from the other side of the piano. She has developed her own powerful ivory-tickling style, inspiring countless listeners. Pennock’s songwriting ranges from the romantic “My Best Fan” to the rollicking “He Plays the Boogie.” Liz also plays trombone and was an endorsee for Hohner harmonicas from 1998 thru 2011.

Guitarist/vocalist Paul “Dr. Blues” Shambarger began his musical career as a drummer in the late 1960′s. He added guitar in the early 1970′s, then honed his slide dobro skills in the 1990′s. Doc’s witty lyrics can be heard in his crowd-pleasing favorites “Alimony Blues,” “Taxi Driving Woman” and “Cruel Jewel.”

Pennock & Shambarger met in 1981, married in 1983, and have been a nonstop creative team ever since. They co-produced Pennock’s debut album Bluesy Atmosphere in 1986, and released their second recording, Blue Illusion, in 1989. Each album features 10 of their original songs. Liz and Doc’s 1996 CD, Six Fingers Boogie, features 12 originals plus 2 blues classics, with guest appearances by singer Gaye Adegbalola and harmonica great Rock Bottom. Their album Live From St. Pete (2003) contains eighteen live cuts- four covers and fourteen originals recorded here for the first time. Liz & Doc’s latest CD Boogie Woogie Staircase, released in 2008, is a collection of 15 all new originals and features Mike Delaney playing sax on two songs. They have also appeared on other musicians’ recordings as well.

 

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