Welcome to the official Water Street Hot Shots' website. Thanks for your interest. The Water Street Hot Shots are a hard working traditional blues string band. Drawing from acoustic music styles of the 1920's and 30's, The Hot Shots' repertoire includes old-time blues, ragtime, novelty, and "hokum" party music. Listeners can expect to hear slide-guitar in the style of masters like Son House and Tampa Red, jug band tunes, and string band blues. Their recordings "This Will Bring You Back" and "Live From Water Street" are available on PERKATONE RECORDS. Take a moment to check out what they do!
Some selected performances have included openings for Honeyboy Edwards, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Bob Stroger, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Bob Margolin, and Kim Wilson, playing the Henry Townsend Benefit Concert, 2007 and 2009 Paramount Blues Festivals, The 24th Annual Minneapolis Jug Band Battle, and an opening for guitar legend Leo Kottke. Participating in The International Blues Challenge (Memphis 2010) and a performance at Summerfest's Harley Stage are some recent accomplishments for The Hot Shots. Local favorites for the band include Fred's Annual Corn Roast and of course The Water Street Pub.
Blues Review Magazine's David Freeland calls Ammons "An appealing performer with a keen awareness of early blues styles.."
Blues researcher and author David Evans says, "Michael Lee Ammons and The Water Street Hot Shots have a great repertoire of classic tunes from the blues, hokum, string band, and jug band traditions, plus some solid originals. What I like about them is their strong vocals and collective groove. They sound like a real band, not just a collection of individual talents, though there's plenty of the latter to appreciate as well. Their CD 'This Will Bring You Back' makes me want to visit Sheboygan!"
Bob Buckingham wrote in The Old-Time Herald that "These guys have the blues and it is our good fortune that they do... The Hot Shots are a talented bunch of fellows who bring a depth of musicality to the proceedings...Recommended listening."
Direct inquiries and comments about booking, CD sales and other related topics are easy to make with the CONTACT information. Please consider checking in on Facebook at The Water Street Hot Shots page. Thank you to all the friends and fans over the last 15 years who have come out for performances, bought CDs, and who help spread the news about Michael Lee Ammons and The Water Street Hot Shots.