A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR
World renowned artist and writer Ed Huerta, “The Prince of Primitive”, was born in Los Angeles and currently resides in Long Beach, California. A longtime musician, Ed has played in several L.A./O.C. bands, including The Jack Brewer Band, The Lazy Cowgirls, The Final Tourguides, Moist and Meaty, Mind Over 4, The Silly Millions, & Eddie & The Trays. Huerta started painting in 2007 as a way to relieve stress and to forget about everyday problems.
Many of his paintings involve fictional situations comprised of famous iconic people i.e. Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, Paul Lynde, Groucho Marx, Brian Wilson, & the likes of Charles Manson. Several musicians, from jazz and blues icons/legends, to hard-working local musicians, are highlighted in his paintings. Many of these paintings hang in the homes of famous artists and musicians and local Long Beach and Orange County establishments have Huerta’s work hanging on their walls and garden areas.
“Someone once told me that it looks like I’m grasping at that line between bad taste and achieving utter genius. Many of my paintings reflect the battle of Good vs. Evil, or the battle within oneself. My upbringing seems to permeate a lot of my work…the heaven and the hell along with the humor that one has to have to deal with every day life, whether it’s the fire one has to endure or brings upon himself, or the goodness one strives to accomplish.”
“I started painting with acrylic on canvas, hardboard and wood surfaces. I like to recreate on round wood tabletops, old 78 rpm record labels. I like the look that old 78 labels had.” Ed has more recently experimented with oils in a lot of his portrait of jazz icon series work. “The oils are warmer, breathe better…have a more life-like feel to them…but an obvious disadvantage for a left-hander!” Ed continues to play music (currently drumming in Lord Ransom and his Ranch Hands) and paint while his wife and two English Bulldogs and 3 cats lounge around and cheer him on. The following article on Texas Blues Legend Guitar Shorty is Ed’s first contribution to Jackaboutguitars. Enjoy. – Jack
GUITAR SHORTY: TEXAS BLUES LEGEND
Guitar Shorty is not your common household variety name, though he should be, and deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as guitarists Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix. He is known to have influenced both Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix.
In the world of blues guitarists, Guitar Shorty’s name rings as true as Muhammad Ali’s does to the sport of boxing. Surprisingly enough, Guitar Shorty was not born into this world with this moniker. He was born David William Kearney on September 8, 1939 in Houston, Texas.