Blues Source # 11
By Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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Kudos For the Smoke Wagon Blues Band
This is so deserving! Hamilton’s own, the Smoke Wagon Blues Band just walked off with a bucket full of awards. The band won 3 awards at The Independent Blues Awards out of Atlanta Georgia with Corey Lueck, Mike Stubbs, Gordon Aeichele, Jason Colavecchia, Brandon Bruce, TiborLukacs, Nick Succi and Steve Sherman.
Their cd, Cigar Store, took the haul as Best Modern Roots Album, best R&B song, and best new Artist award.
And let’s face it, The Independent Blues Awards honour the best in the international blues scene. Other winners included Keb Mo, Bobby Rush, Colin James, John Mayall, Samantha Fish, and Joe Bonamassa. Pretty heady company I’d say. So a BIG CONGRATS to The Smoke Wagon Blues Band.
Here’s a link to their acceptance speech that was recorded during the Kitchener Blues Festival.
The band will be performing Saturday September 7th at 6:45 at the Kerrfest at Westwood Park Oakville, Corner of Kerr & Bond Street. Friday night you can also catch David Wilcox.
Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle September 8, 9, 10
So how do you describe the Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle? Frankly you don’t. You just experience it. And it’s an experience you won’t forget.
This is the 19th Annual Shuffle and it takes place in Memorial Park, Port Credit. It’s 3 days of non-stop music with 4 stages featuring the best of Canadian blues. There’s also a free Street Shuffle and a ton of blues artists playing in the clubs, plus an Artisan Market, Beer and Wine Gardens and a BBQ Food Court.
The Festival kicks off on Thursday night with the Beggars Blues Banquet at the Port Credit Legion.
A fantastic night of blues hosted by The Hogtown Allstars featuring multiple Maple Blues and Juno award winning musicians with Special Guests Jack Dekeyzer, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, and Jenny Thai
Then on Friday the Festival’s in full swing. Who can you see? The acts are way too many to even start to mention. It’s a virtual smorgasbord of the best blues around. Think of your favourite artist and the odds are good you can catch them here. You’ll see Juno winners, Maple Blues Winners, Lys Blues Award winners, and Dawn Tyler Watson, International Blues Challenge winner.
Two of the four main stages are admission free and tickets are available online for the other two stages or can be purchased at the grounds. Come prepared with a chair and either wear your dancing shoes or your running shoes cause you’ll want to make the rounds and see as many musicians as possible.
For information go to the Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle web site at
A Blues and Roots Radio team of four will be covering the festival and you can look forward to interviews and pictures in the near future.
The Mighty Duck Blues Band – New Release Duck Soup
It’s been a long time coming, but boy was it worth the wait. The Mighty Duck Blues Band has released its first ever cd, appropriately titled Duck Soup.
For those of you outside the Niagara area, you may not have had the chance to catch this multi-talented band. For more than ten years, the Mighty Duck Blues Band has kept the blues more than alive in St. Catharines. Known for their live performances in Saturday afternoon matinees with featured guest artists from across Canada, this band has captured a huge following amongst blues fans.
Photo by Jim Meyers
Name a blues artist from Canada and these guys have played with them. All of them. And no they ARE NOT a backup band. They play right along with every guest artist and somehow meld with them in a remarkable manner that makes you think they’ve played with the guest artists for years. How they do it only boggles the mind.
Live bands can really soar to incredible heights. But put them in a studio, tighten everything up, and now you’ve got a real challenge. The Mighty Duck Blues Band meets the challenge head on and delivers a knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out powerhouse cd that features the diverse talents of the musicians.
The band consists of Dave Curry on guitars and vocals, Canada Dave Torosian on organ, Jim Casson on drums and Gary Kendall on bass.
As many a tv ad says “But wait, there’s more”. And there sure is with Duck Soup. Joining the band for this powder-keg of a cd are vocalists Cheryl Lescom, John Finley, Chuck Jackson, John Dickie and Paul Reddick with Lance Anderson stroking the piano on 4 tracks.
So which tracks are my favourites? All of them! The opening track is Hammered and Nailed, which is so true cause you’re hammered and nailed to your seat cause you’re not going anywhere. You just gotta keep listening.
And speaking of powerhouse, Track Two, Don’t Send Me No Valentine, brings us the vibrant voice of Cheryl Lescom and some great guitar solos by Dave Curry.
A Dave Curry tune, Castaway, highlights Dave’s fine guitar tones and then it’s Dave taking the lead vocal with Do Gooder Blues.
The rest of the cd continues where it started. Great music. Great instrumentation. Great vocals by the band and special guests. It’s a seamless blues ride with a band that knows how to entertain and captivate. I wish I had more time to walk though the other songs but that’s really what every blues lover should do on their own. Get Duck Soup and serve it up. You’ll love it!
The Mighty Duck Blues Band starts a new season at The Bar Upstairs on September 23rd with David Vest. Then on September 30th it’s Jack de Keyzer, followed on October 7th by Lance Anderson.
Quick Reminder – No Need for Hunger
Harpdog Brown and Sugar Brown bring you a special concert on Saturday September 9th at the Pearl Company in Hamilton. It’s a fund raiser for Hamilton Food Share. Be sure to bring some non-perishable food with you to help the cause.