When Scotty Morris thought about naming his new swing band back in 1989, he looked as far as the poster that blues guitar icon Albert Collins had signed for him: “To Scotty, the big bad voodoo daddy.” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy made their reputation playing in and around their California home base for five years before self-releasing an eponymous debut album, followed three years later by the Watchu’ Want for Christmas? EP. By then, the 1996 cult film Swingers had featured their songs “Go Daddy-O” and “You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby),” and the swing revival was in full, um, swing. Americana Deluxe, from 1998, was a hit. Although Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have shifted personnel since then (only Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren remain from the original lineup), they’ve maintained their signature style. Their latest album, How Big Can You Get?, is a tribute to jazz great Cab Calloway, and their Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party tour picks up where 2004’s Everything You Want for Christmas CD left off. The show starts at 8 p.m. at House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583). Tickets: $22-$35. — Brian Baker
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.