Blues Source #10
By Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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International Blues Challenge
Well it’s that time again when tryouts for the International Blues Challenge in Memphis take flight. Blues Societies representing international blues music start to seek out bands to send to this marvellous competition. Last year was terrific as Dawn Tyler Watson and her band came in first at the competition and Ben Racine won for the best guitarist in the band category.
The Grand River Blues Society is already making plans to select the bands they’ll help make the trek to Memphis. The showcase takes place Sunday September 21st at Bobby O’Brien’s Irish Pub in Kitchener.
Big Blues Bender
Now that we’ve mentioned Dawn Tyler Watson and Ben Racine, I have to point out that they’re part of the mammoth lineup of blues in Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World. The Paul DesLauriers Band, Kirby Sewell Band, and MonkeyJunk will also bring Canadian blues to this extravaganza. It all takes place over 4 days starting Thursday September 7th through the 10th in Vegas.
For more info http://bigbluesbender.com/
Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle
As a reminder, the Southside Shuffle is quickly approaching – September 8th, 9th, and 10th in Memorial Park, Port Credit. There’ll be 4 stages featuring the best in Canadian music and blues. More on this festival next week.
Every September, Supercrawl takes over the streets of Hamilton with a festival which mixes the city’s music, art, fashion, food and culture.
It’s three days of free activities that showcase the creative community of the Hammer. Headliners include Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and the Sam Roberts Band. Hamilton’s blues artists include Steve Strongman, Ginger St James, and the Vaudevillian. Here’s a shot of Steve at Supercrawl from a couple of years ago.
The Locke Street Festival
The festival takes place in Hamilton’s Locke Street on Saturday Sept 9th. The West Town beer garden will bring some great music your way.
Mike Vallely and Matt Coleman, Chris Chambers, and Tomi Swick.
New Cd Releases Coming
Sunday Wilde’s new cd is imminent in the next week or so. Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar have a new cd coming soon and so does Andre Bisson.
Jack de Keyzer and his band (Alan Duffy, bass, Richard Thornton, sax, Rick Donaldson, drums and Joel Visentin, keys) are set to launch the brand new CD release ,"The Best of Jack de Keyzer Volume 1"
Spanning 24 years of recordings, it’s an riveting collection of songs from 1990-2014 covering the best 12 album cuts of that era and 4 previously unreleased live and studio tracks. Remixed and remastered you know it’s a must have for your blues collection. J
Jack and his band will be playing the album live at Hugh’s Room on Saturday September 23rd. 8pm And the good news that leaps from the title. This is volume 1. Does that mean there’s a volume 2?
Who Am I Listening To? Dan Doiron
A few years ago I wrote a blog about Dan Doiron and this blog will be a partial re-post with some new information.
Dan Doiron is well known, down Easterner and Nova Scotia is proud to have such a talented musician residing there. For over 20 years he’s been involved in the music industry in Atlantic Canada as a musician, music educator,(B.MUS.Ed from Dalhousie University with a major in classical guitar), national guitar clinician and recording engineer. The man has talent seeping out of his pores!
A couple of years ago, Blues Source was putting on a show with the hot blues band, Murray Kinsley and Wicked Grin. Dan was in Toronto and so liked Wicked Grin that he drove down to Hamilton, pulled out his guitar, and jammed with them. It was a sight to behold.
He can play with the best of them (which Wicked Grin is). He’s represented Atlantic Canada at the International Blues Competition in Memphis and has been nominated for numerous awards.
He’s got three albums out, and right now I’m listening to his cd, Stand Back I Don’t Know How Loud This Thing Gets. I love to feature his music on my radio show and I’ve received several emails from listeners who thanked me for airing a musician that had not heard of before. So this blog is a challenge to everyone who hasn’t heard Dan’s music. Get some of his music – he deserves to be a household name in the blues community. The following is a review I wrote a couple of years ago.
Stand Back I Don’t Know How Loud This Thing Gets is not an idle threat. It’s reality cause this is one hot, smoking album that sizzles with rockin’ blues. The album delivers its title with a vengeance under the expert guiding hand of Dan Doiron (prounounced De wire-on). Dan hails from down East where he’s well known as an accomplished musician.
This is Dan’s third solo release and it not only features great guitar licks but also highlights Dan’s composition and lyrical skills.
From the opening track of You Give Me Shivers, you know this album is going to take you on a musical journey with his blistering guitar leading the way. Take a listen to the title track and you know where the title Stand Back I Don’t Know How Loud This Thing Gets, especially when he sings “Stand Back this could get dangerous”. And that’s another point worth noting – his vocals blend seamlessly with his guitar to form a sophisticated, yet raw sound.
One of the more remarkable songs on the cd is Killing Each Other Trying To Get Into Heaven. It’s a modern protest song that points at the ironies of present day. “What if we all decided to just get along?” is the plea that resonates through the tune, framed by Dan’s shrieking guitar. It is one powerful song you have to listen to over and over again.
This guy is the real deal. I just hope that this blog gets a few readers to seek out his music, cause if you like electric guitar, you’ve come to the right universe of Dan Doiron.
Wednesday Cool Blues in Burlington
A quick reminder. Andria Simone takes the stage Wednesday August 30th at Burlington’s Royal Botanical Gardens and on September 6th, Samantha Martin and Delata Sugar perform.
A Great Blues Quote
“Once I was checking into a hotel and a couple saw my ring with Blues on it. They said, 'You play blues. That music is so sad.' I gave them tickets to the show, and they came up afterwards and said, 'You didn't play one sad song.' - Buddy Guy