Wielding a one-of-a-kind, piano-powered roots-pop sound, the Claudettes merge earthy blues and soul with pop hooks and punk spirit, writing an intriguing new chapter in American roots music. Pianist/songwriter Johnny Iguana formed the Claudettes with drummer Michael Caskey, exciting listeners with the barrelhouse bravura of their 2013 debut “Infernal Piano Plot…HATCHED!” Another Yellow Dog Records release followed in 2015 featuring Nigerian-American singer Yana: “No Hotel.” Vocalist Berit Ulseth joined the band for two more releases on Yellow Dog Records: “Pull Closer to Me: Live in the Piano Room” (2017) and “Dance Scandal at the Gymansium” (2018, helmed by Grammy-winning Black Keys producer Mark Neill).
A new Claudettes era began when the band moved to Forty Below Records and released the acclaimed 2020 album “High Times in the Dark” (produced Grammy winner Ted Hutt) and 2022’s “The Claudettes Go Out!,” another collaboration with Hutt, with mixing by renowned producer Kevin Killen (U2, Elvis Costello, David Bowie). Now, the Claudettes continue to evolve as they introduce a breathtaking new vocalist from Texas, Rachel Williams. Expect new music, videos and lots of tour dates in 2023!
In addition to the Claudettes, Johnny Iguana has earned a Blues Music Award nomination and a Living Blues Award nomination for piano player of the year. Johnny co-founded indie-rock cult favorites Oh My God, toured as pianist for blues legends Junior Wells and Otis Rush, has played piano on three Grammy-nominated albums and has played on recordings featuring Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Derek Trucks, Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Keb’ Mo’, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and more. He is also co-composer of the score for the hit FX/Hulu series “The Bear.”
Also performing: Aaron Miller (member of local bands Nervrek, Bynomeans, 10 foot Jumper, Band From Earth, Touch the Beast) First ever solo acoustic set. 80s, 90s, 00’s covers and originals