Lizard Creek brings the blues

Blues music allows for great variety and creativity, according to Erick Hovey, and the upcoming blues concert will showcase that variety.

Hovey’s band, based in Fort Dodge, will open for Popa Chubby, of New York City, on Friday for the Lizard Creek Blues Society’s spring show.

Popa Chubby “was born in Brooklyn,” said Kyle Ver Steeg, vice president of the society. “He’s got a big, fat guitar sound.”

Hovey’s sound, on the other hand, is tougher to define.

“It’s hard to nail down. He’s kind of his own thing,” said Ver Steeg.

“You’d call Popa Chubby modern electric blues, and blues rock,” said society President Bob Wood. “And Eric you would call ‘roots’ music, blues rock, even a little country blues.”

Fort Dodge optometrist Jeff Foreman, Hovey’s drummer, said that while many bands try to sound like someone else, they don’t try to fit themselves into any category.

“We’ve tried to write a lot of different styles of music, and not get pigeonholed into one kind of sound, but try to make it our own kind of feel,” said Foreman.

Hovey and Foreman have worked together since they were at Fort Dodge Senior High. They played some rock and roll popular songs before naturally progressing into blues, Foreman said.

“I would say most of us are at the point that we’ve played cover tunes for so many years, we couldn’t do it for much longer,” Foreman said.

Hovey writes all his own music. He’s also a fifth-generation farmer.

He said that he likes doing blues because it has so many possibilities.

“It’s kind of a root of all the styles. Just about any style of music goes back to it, so it opens you up to do anything you want,” Hovey said. “And a lot of improvisation, so you’re not tied in to playing the same thing the same way every time.”

Foreman was also looking forward to opening for the New York band.

“They’re playing in Europe, and they play the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago. I’m anticipating these guys are pretty top-notch players,” he said. “It will be in-your-face guitar.”