Popa Chubby is as much of an entrepreneur as he is a hard working musician. After having a difficult time with various labels, Popa decided to form his own Popa Chubby Productions and started to release his own recordings. Despite the fact that he signed last year with Blind Pig, Popa still maintains his own company and has signed various Brooklyn blues performers such as, Big Ed Sullivan, Arthur Nelson, Mason Casey and a band featuring his wife, Galea. Popa also continues to produce his own CD's for Blind Pig as well as others on the Blind Pig label including, the recent Magic Slim CD "Blue Magic". Also, Popa has landed his own signature guitar, a Korina flying V with P90 pickups, courtesy of Epiphone guitars. Signature guitars are generally reserved for well known stars such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Zack Wilde, Joe Perry, but Popa Chubby?
The CD is enhanced. So when you load it into your computer your screen will immediately switch to a big picture of Popa Chubby looking at you from a broken glass window. You will not be able to use your computer for anything else once this disc is loaded, so if you don't want to stare at a big, imposing, bald man wearing dark sunglasses, while listening to the disc, take it out after watching the video and put it into your CD changer. The video itself is a clip of Popa, in talking head format, with his dark shades and black leather coat, performing "I'll Be There For You". The image will switch from Popa's face to Galea's face and then to scenes of Ian (Spliffy) playing his Soprano Sax near the Brooklyn Bridge. Not something you will want to watch more than once or twice.
The music on the disc is a blues based CD and, in my opinion, is second only to his prior release "How'd A White Boy Get The Blues". On the CD Popa shows a little more versatility as a multi instrumentalist playing, the electric guitar, slide guitar, and harmonica. However, at least three of the tunes, "If The Diesel Don't Get You", "No Trouble No More" and "Passion", stray from the blues formula and are more pop oriented. The CD's highlights are the delta blues "Somebody Let The Devil Out" and the jazz flavored "I'll Be There For You". Incidentally, the rap based "scratchin" is barely audible or noticeable on the various tracks and is in no way a distraction to what is presented. Overall, not a bad release from this really BIG man.