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Local Minneapolis Blues Piano Legend, Bruce McCabe
Shot at the Famous Dave’s BBQ and Blues Fest, Minneapolis, Minnesota with my Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, Processed in PSPX3, Topaz, and PSE9

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Where it all began/Local music

Bruce McCabe was born in Maquoketa and raised in Clinton, Iowa. He played keyboards and guitar at a very early age, taking classical piano lessons before discovering The Beatles, Ray Charles, and the Blues. He had a band in Clinton during his high school years, and eventually ended up in Minneapolis with a band called Aces, Straights & Shuffles. The band featured the vocals and harmonica of Kim Wilson, who was soon coaxed into moving to Austin, Texas by Jimmie Vaughan to form The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

McCabe would go on to spend considerable time in two very popular area bands – The Lamont Cranston Band and The Hoopsnakes. Bruce was on the keyboards when the Lamont Cranston Band was selected as the opening band for some shows by the Rolling Stones. They also toured with Bonnie Raitt and opened for the great Muddy Waters during Bruce’s tenure with the band.

McCabe has been an integral part of Jonny Lang’s band since shortly after meeting him when he opened for The Hoopsnakes when Lang was 14 years old. After being blown away by Jonny’s talent and soul, Bruce soon joined forces with the young man, contributing his tremendous keyboard mastery, along with his excellent songwriting. “Rack ‘Em Up” is a McCabe composition and he also co-wrote “Lie To Me,” two of the most notable songs from Lang’s smash major-label debut. Lang has gone on to be one of the biggest-selling Blues artists of all time and the band has toured with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, B.B. King, among others. Bruce has had a big hand (or hands) in that success.

McCabe, backed by Jonny’s band, has also recently released his own self-titled CD on Ryan Cory Records, which includes guest spots from Lang and Pat Hayes. McCabe can also be heard on recordings by Luther Allison, Bernard Allison, James Solberg, Shannon Curfman, R.J. Mischo, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, and G.B. Leighton, among others.

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Comments

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleover 3 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you Rick!!

    – shutterbug2010

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

    Fabulous FABulous!!!

  • Thanks Gena, glad you liked it!!

    – shutterbug2010

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 3 years ago


    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

    (your vote is needed here !!!)

  • Thank you for choosing this piece for a feature Francis, I am honored and elated to see it on the feature page of this group!!

    – shutterbug2010

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedover 3 years ago

    06-21-11

    CONGRATULATIONS!
    PERMANENT FEATURE PAGE – PORTRAITS

  • Thank you so much Kira, I am thrilled to have this portrait of one of my favorite local musicians featured in this group, what an honor!!!

    – shutterbug2010

  • BabyM2
    BabyM2over 3 years ago

    Very creative colour blends in perfectly ..cool as ice..congrats on your features well deserved ..

  • Thank you very much, glad you liked!!

    – shutterbug2010

  • Thanks for the fave!!! ;~)

    – shutterbug2010

  • Eric LeClair
    Eric LeClairover 3 years ago

  • Thank you for choosing this piece for a feature Eric, Bruce is a longtime true local favorite, and it’s an honor to see him featured in the group!!

    – shutterbug2010

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you Rene, great to have it in the group!!

    – shutterbug2010

  • graceclown
    graceclownabout 3 years ago

    Steve – Melody sent me this photo of Bruce, we’re both board members of the blues society. This is wonderful, has Bruce seen it? I hope so! Am I able to purchase this? It would be for my own personal use, not even use, just want to print it out to have on my poster wall, I am a long time follower and devoted fan for the last year on Wednesday nights at Shaw’s where a little family seems to have formed. Grace

  • peechez2010
    peechez2010over 2 years ago

    This shot is way beyond cool. Congratulations on your success with it. I don’t think it will end there. I see big things for this. Extraordinary work~ ;0) Peach

  • Thank you Peach, I’m happy with this one’s success, the best part was being able to share this with Bruce himself!!! Still hoping for good things to happen with this one, and I’m excited for the outdoor music season around here!! ;~)

    – shutterbug2010

  • Bevlea Ross
    Bevlea Rossabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature.. Great image!

    From your hosts of Alphabet Soup Bevlea Ross and Melissa

  • Thank you so much Bevlea and Melissa, I realize the piano keys reflected weren’t as much of a focal point for the challenge, but it was worth a try! Very cool to have it featured in the group, I am honored and smiling!

    – shutterbug2010

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