“Virtuosos of electric blues”…. that’s how William Tripplett of Washingtonian Magazine describes the Smokin’ Polecats. They are the best blues band in the DC metropolitan area. It’s the years and depth of experience that The Smokin' Polecats share that have afforded them that reputation. Their sound comes from the Post-World War 2 ensemble sound of the Chicago Masters like Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, and Hubert Sumlin; the West Coast Jump/Swing sound of Tiny Grimes, Pee Wee Crayton, and T-Bone Walker; the Rock'a'Billy sound of Carl Perkins and Johnny Burnette; and the Louisiana swamp blues of Slim Harpo. They don’t just play songs by these artists, they have their own sound that consists of a melding together of their years of playing experience.
Roger Edsall and Marianna Previti