with the Chia Band

By Barry Gilbert
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

March 2, 2006

9 p.m. at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard. $12 in advance, $14 at the door. 314-534-1111 and www.metrotix.comp.

Even people who don't care for Jimmy Buffett -- as unthinkable as that might be -- must tip their sombreros to the King of Somewhere Hot for the Iguanas. Without Buffett, who released the band's first three albums on his Margaritaville Records, we might not have the New Orleans-based Iguanas to get down and greasy with. Singers and multi-instrumentalists Ron Hodges and Joe Cabral lead a five-piece encyclopedia of American roots music. Blues and '50s R&B, TexMex and Cajun, rock and country, English and Spanish -- all are part of their sonic gumbo.