BLUES SOURCE # 25
Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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“Musically, though, you're a character and you're singing a song. If you're not your own character, you're the character in the song, most of the time. Even blues musicians, a lot of them who were the most realistic, at times, they were singing a song and portraying a character in the song. There's something to be said for getting involved in the emotion of a song, too, with the characters.”
A Quick Re-Cap From Last Week’s Blog of Upcoming Concerts
What’s Happening Later This Month
If you want to catch some fiery guitar work, Cosentino is your man. He’s appearing at the Carrigan Arms in Burlington on December 16th in the afternoon and it’s guaranteed to be one smokin’ matinee performance. If Hendrix could come back, I’m sure he’d like to come back as Cosentino.
Have A Bluesy Christmas
December 19th, Hugh’s Room Live is putting on a Holiday extravaganza of Christmas music with some of Canada’s best artists. Jessie O’Brien, Quisha Wint, Cheryl Lescom, Crystal Shawanda, with Danny Marks hosting the evening. And a special announcement – Erin McCallum is joining the celebration in a rare appearance. What a Christmas celebration it’s gonna be!
She’s got one heck of a voice and Crystal Shawanda will knock you out with her Christmas Concert, Thursday December 21 at Azrieli Studio on Elgin Street in Ottawa. I caught here at the Kitchener Blues Festival and boy was I impressed.
Cadillac Lounge Christmas Party
Experience the blues as it’s intended to sound. Raoul and the Big Time deliver it like few bands can on December Dec 21 in Toronto. Raoul Bheneja creates some of the best harmonica sounds around. If you want a sneak preview, pick up his cd, Blue Midnight, A Tribute To Little Walter . And don’t forget Raoul is off to Memphis to compete in the International Blues Challenge in January so best to catch him now
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Canadian Blues Christmas Albums
Angel Forrest Wonderland Christmas Songs by Angel Forrest. Canada’s premiere blues vocalist has a marvellous Christmas Album. It features so many classic tunes. I rate this THE BEST Canadian Blues Christmas cd of all time.
Andre Bisson Rhythm and Blues Christmas
Hamilton’s Andre Bisson has travelled a long blues road in the past few years, but his music has sharpened and grown along the way. Here’s the track list from his wonderful cd.
David Gogo Christmas With the Blues
One of Canada's best-know artists, David Gogo celebrates the season with his classic blues style. When Gogo straps on the guitar, you know Christmas magic is gonna happen. I especially like the tune Christmas on the Bayou.
Stony Plain Christmas features a collection of artists including Big Dave McLean, David Wilcox, Duke Robillard, Long John Baldry, and Paul James to mention a few.
Santa's Got Mojo 2 - An Electro-Fi Christmas Blues Celebration also features a ton of Canadian blues artists including Fathead with the humorous Santa’s Drunk, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whitely, Harrison Kennedy, Julian Fauth, Morgan Davis plus the legendary Mel Brown and the Home Wreckers.
Sonny Del Rio’s cd Come Blow Your Horn also includes some great Christmas tunes.
And oh ok, I can’t resist. I have to step outside Canada to mention B.B. King’s Christmas Celebration. It’s a classic, and no wonder it won the Grammy Award!
And speaking of the Grammy’s, Eric Bibb’s Migration Blues is nominated for Traditional Blues Recording. In the liner notes Bibb writes, "I want to encourage us all to keep our minds and hearts wide open to the ongoing plight of refugees everywhere. As history shows, we all come from people who, at some time or another, had to move."
Migration Blues was primarily recorded, mixed and mastered at Audiobec Studios in Canada, and features multi-instrumentalist Michael Jerome Browne, harmonica player JJ Milteau, percussion from Olle Linder and guest vocals from Big Daddy Wilson and Ulrika Bibb.
Next week, we’ll look at what’s happening New Years Eve and some highlights for 2018.
Keepin the blues alive, I’m Ken Wallis