Introduction To A Phenomenon
 
 









POPPY HARPMAN
(lead vocals, harmonica)
Poppy's vocals are the personality and power that drives Poppy and the Usual Suspects' hard-hitting songs. On stage Poppy is a busy man, not only is he lead vocalist, he also pierces the air with his wailing harmonica licks. His energy oozes off the stage captivating every member of the audience. Poppy has developed a reputation for 'getting crazy' and devastating audiences with his high-energy style of Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll which showcases Poppy’s innovative harmonica playing, serving as a strong distinguishing sound for the band.


BRIAN PALMERINO
(lead guitar, vocals)  
Brian's guitar playing is the signature sound of Poppy and the Usual Suspects. His guitar playing puts most players to shame. He seems to channel all the great masters right through his finger tips. He has the conviction to know when a rest in a measure is more important than a note. His fat, juicy tone and his blues solos burst with dynamics and crescendos in a carefully thought out logic. To see Brian perform live is the best way to hear the truth; that he is that guitarist that stands out from the others.


GREG CLINE
(bass, vocals)  
Whether picking, plucking, slapping or tapping, Greg Cline manages to stay true to Poppy And The Usual Suspects' tradition of melodic bassmanship. On stage, his high energy performances start from the first note of every show and never let up until the house lights come on. Through thick and thin, up and down, Greg's love for music and his desire to entertain the audience never waivers.


NICK FORCHIONE
(drums, percussion)  
Nick is the new backbone of Poppy And The Usual Suspects' live performances. From his relentless grooves, to blistering fills, he plays with a style and musicianship that compliments the band. His on stage energy and showmanship is a thrill for fans. Always playing for the song, Nick seems to play the right thing at the right time, every time.


The tunes

Originals in orange

COULDN’T STAND THE WEATHER
HOLD ON I'M COMING
PERRO CIEGO STOMP
TORE DOWN
BAD LITTLE DOGGIE
MATCHBOX
CELESTIAL LOVE JONES
TELEPHONE SONG
CALL ME THE BREEZE
THE SKY IS CRYING
CAN’T FIND THAT THING
BEFORE YOU ACCUSE ME
WOMAN ACROSS THE RIVER
OBSESSION
SWEET HOME CHICAGO
THE RED ROOSTER
DEALER'S CHOICE
MEMPHIS IN THE MEANTIME
SUPERSTITION
HEY JOE
BABY'S COMIN' HOME
WALKIN' THE DOG
FURTHER ON UP THE ROAD
WHO I AM
BALINESE
ROCK ME BABY
MR. BOSS MAN
SHAKY GROUND
VOODOO CHILD
COMFORTABLE SHOES
I DON'T NEED NO DOCTOR
LIE AFTER LIE
30 DAYS IN THE HOLE
MAYDEL
LA GRANGE
TROUBLE
HOW DOES IT FEEL
OPEN INVITATION
SLOW RIDE
STATESBORO BLUES
MONEY SHOT
WHEN THE BLUES COMES KNOCKING
WHIPPING POST
BE MY GIRL
FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH
SOUTHBOUND
BOOM BOOM OUT GO THE LIGHTS





"You got it, you got it man!"

With those seven, very enthusiastic words, legendary blues man Chico Chism expressed what fans already knew: that Poppy and the Usual Suspects is one of the hottest bands in the American southwest. Playing shockingly powerful funky grooves, Poppy and the boys have wowed the crowds while headlining the Red, White & Blues Festival numerous times in the last decade, raising money for injured servicemen and servicewomen returning from tours of duty.

But that's hardly their only claim to burgeoning fame. The band has also appeared on The WB (now The CW), ABC, NBC and HLN television networks; shared the stage with The Black Crowes, Cheap Trick, The Doobie Brothers and Blues Traveler; performed for corporations as mammoth as CBS and FOX when they had the opportunity to perform twice at the Tempe Town Lake 4th Of July Celebration in 2012 and 2016; headlined New Mexico’s Harvest Wine Festival and opened for Bad Company and Derek Trucks.

Before playing the halftime show at Superbowl 2010 and just before leaving on tour with Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen, Nils Lofgren, yes that's right, the guitarist for the E Street Band, was kind enough to comment! He states, “Poppy and the Usual Suspects have a great, hard-rockin' CD entitled Celestial Love Jones. The music is honest, tough and inspired. Old school, heart-felt Rock 'N Roll. I highly recommend it. Check it out!” - Nils Lofgren (E Street Band guitarist).

The group's CD is selling all over the globe and has received rave reviews from as far away as Ireland and the UK. The band is a powerful force to be reckoned with and has spent crucial time in the studio honing that edgy, in-your-face style. Now the group is back on the streets unleashing their energetic live performances.

Any band's strength, of course, can be traced to the individual strength of its members... and, just as Chico Chism observed, they've "got it, man".

Chico & Poppy

Chico Chism was one of the most well traveled blues drummers in the business. Best known as Howlin' Wolf's last drummer, Chico also worked and recorded with Roscoe Gordon, Clifton Chenier, T.V. Slim, Sunnyland Slim, The Choker Campbell Band (featuring Big Joe Turner), Little Junior Parker, Sonny Boy Williamson II and many more.

Chico Chism

05/23/1927-01/28/2007

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