Blues Source # 12
By Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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And it’s time for your daily blues vitamins. Let’s see what’s going on in the blues universe
New Cd Release
Sunday Wilde and Reno Jack have joined forces for a new cd entitled TWO. It’s official release is slated for September 15th and it’s a dandy.
I won’t do a complete review here as Blues and Roots Radio is recruiting a team of writers to do cd reviews on the web site.
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And since we’ve had our word from the sponsor, let’s get back to the cd.
We’ll air some tunes from Sunday’s cd and have a chat with her and Reno Jack. It’ll air on Blues Blast on Thursday 8-10 on Blues And Roots Radio Essential.
Upcoming Concerts in the Area
Saturday, September 23,
Last week we highlighted the Smoke Wagon Blues Band and their three wins at The Independent Blues Awards. It’s your chance to come see them in a rare afternoon performance. It’s a double bill with the Smoke Wagon Blues Band and Trickbag - Together Again for a double barrel of blues at the Corktown in Hamilton. Come on out and support two great Hamilton bands. Lift off is at 3 pm.
Also on the same day, Andre Bisson and his five piece Band will be performing Original Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Swing, Blues and everything else under the sun at Kitchener's Boathouse. They may even sneak in a few tunes from their upcoming cd entitled Break. The music starts at 9:30.
Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar
Well I was looking forward to catching up with Samantha Martin and the rockin’ Delta Sugar at a concert in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington. It was the final show of the season for Cool Blues, and boy oh boy was the place packed. It was what you’d have to call a sell-out ‘cause by the time we arrived, there was NO parking. We had to turn around and go home without hearing a note from the band.
So I guess it just proves audiences are still out there for Live music.
Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar are embarking on a go fund me campaign for their next cd. Here’s the link.
Read All About It
There’s nothing better than snuggling up with a good book for a few hours while you’re listening to your favourite blues music. So why not make it a double and read a book about the blues?
If you get a chance, catch a copy of Cool Fool by Doug Carter. It’s a memoir of Blues Rockin in the Hammer and it sure highlights the blues scene in Hamilton.
Doug Carter lived the blues playing bass in one of Canada’ best blues bands, the Chessman featuring Richard ‘King Biscuit Boy’ Newell. The book spans through the 60s to the late nineties and was originally published in 2010. You’ll meet such music legends as Jack de Keyzer, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Hawkins, Harrison Kennedy, Donny Walsh and Rita Chiarelli to name just a few.
It’s a reminiscent ramble through the bars, halls and community centres that featured some of the best blues ever performed. It’s 171 pages of pure blues fun in a paperback edition that’s a historical recollection of what the blues scene was like. And it all starts off with Doug and King Biscuit Boy performing in Buffalo in front of Muddy Waters. It just keeps rolling from there
This Week’s Quote
I've always wanted the sound of Muddy Waters' early records - only louder
What I’m Listening to Right Now – Murray Kinsley and Wicked Grin
I’ve got my Bose headphones glued to my head as I listen to one of best bands around. Wicked Grin from Ottawa is a rockin blues band that can take you on a wild ride through bluesland. The band is led by Murray Kinsley on guitar and vocals
and backed by Maple Blues Award winning bassist Leigh Anne Stanton. If you wonder where the name Wicked Grin comes from, just take a look at the picture below.
This band tours all over North America and right now they’re on a fall U.S. tour. It’s a fun past-time to watch their posts on Facebook ‘cause you never know where they’re going to turn up next. We even caught up with them last winter in Panama City Beach Florida and had a fun-filled lunch with them. Not only do they play great music, but they’re down-right likeable folks as well.
I’ve got two of their cds loaded up and playing. Stormy Water is their latest, and Shame on Me was the previous release. This Maple Blues Award winning band envelops you with a wave of sophisticated but raw music. My favourite songs are Outta Time Train, the Sister Who Will, Talk is Cheap, Fast Fast Car, I’m Mad, Dance Pretty Mama. Ah heck who am I kidding? All their songs are great and I can’t get enough of this Ottawa based band. In reality to list my favourite songs I just need to include the track lists from both cds cause they’re all blues soaked. If you get a chance to catch them live, you’re in for a treat. If not, get their cds and you’ll see why I can’t get enough of their music.
Next week we’ll bring you a full report with pictures of Tim Horton’s Southside Shuffle. Till then, keep your ears locked on Blues and Roots Radio.