aka David Kearney, was born in Houston, Texas but raised
in Kissimee, Florida. As a young boy he would sneak into his uncleís
room and try to play his guitar. He was so small his hands didnít
fit around itís neck, so he would lean it against the wall and play
it like a stand up bass.
other kids were in high school, Shorty was a student by day
and a working musician by night. One evening when he went to work
the marquis read, ďThe Walter Johnson Band featuring Guitar Shorty";
the name he would go by from then on was born.
Right out of high school at the age of 16 Shorty joined Ray Charles
and his band for a year. At the age of 17 he recorded a single under
the direction of Willie Dixon on the Cobra label. When Shorty
was lured away to play with Guitar Slim he moved to New Orleans.
here to purchase these photographs
with or without Shorty's signature.
New Orleans, Shorty fronted his own group that became the house
band at the legendary Dew Drop Inn. There he played with greats
such as T Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner and Little Richard. It took
a job with Sam Cooke to get 19 year old Shorty on the bus and on
his way to the West Coast.
lived and worked in both Los Angeles and Canada until in 1961 he
met his wife, Marcia, in Seattle. When Shorty married Marcia he
also got Jimi Hendrix, Marciaís brother for a brother-in-law. The
young Jimi Hendrix came to see Shorty play often and they
were friends until Jimiís untimely death
a Texas tumbleweed, Shorty rolled back to the Los Angeles area in
1971 and Los Angeles has remained his home. He cut his first full
album and got his first W.C. Handy Award while living there.
that time Shorty has recorded several albums for the Black Top
label and is currently signed to Evidence Records. He often
jams at local clubs with former members of the Eagles, Steely Dan,
and calls local blues artist Keb Mo a personal friend and fan. He
continues to capture audiences with his sincerity, energy, and Rocking/Blues
style.†††††††††† - Nov.2001