By Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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Well we’re all about the blues, cause it’s some of the best music around.
In past blogs, we’ve been highlighting the nominees for the Juno Award for best blues album. This week we finish up with ……
Big City, Back Country Blues by Williams, Wayne and Isaak
This is quite a unique cd as it basically features a blues super-group of Tim Williams, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne and Brandon Isaak. All three are well known in the blues community and they bring a unique perspective to this recording.
It all came together when they performed at The Klondike Roots & Blues Festival in Brandon’s hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon. They decided they should get together and lay down some tracks in a studio. Each artist contributed 4 songs, and Brandon’s brother Chris Isaak produced.
The cd features impromptu, live off the floor songs.
So let’s take a quick look at the background of all three:
Tim Williams won the International Blues Challenge in 2014 as Best Solo or Duo, plus Best Guitarist. (solo or duo).
He’s a veteran singer, songwriter and multi – instrumentalist. He’s released six solo cds. His most recent is So Low.
On Big City, Back Country Blues he plays guitar, resonator guitar, mandolin and contributes vocals.
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne most recently won Piano Player of the Year from The Living Blues Awards. He’s the consummate pro and has travelled the world presenting his music.
He’s playing features great Boogie Woogie keyboard mastery and he’s a member of the Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame. His latest release is Jumpin’ And Boppin’, quite the apt title.
Brandon Isaac won the Maple Blues Award for Acoustic Act of the Year in 2014 and has gathered numerous other nominations.
His most recent album is Brandon Isaak and the Twisters.
On Big City, Back Country Blues Brandon plays guitar, harmonica, ukulele bass, drums, back up and lead vocals.
Here’s the track list
1. China doll blues (B. Isaak)
2. Messed up daddy (T. Williams)
3. Tell me how long (Traditional)
4. Miss Jane a Kitty (B. Isaak)
5. Betty & Dupree (Traditional) Arr. T. Williams
6. Where did she go (K. Wayne)
7. Funny, I’m in love (B. Isaak)
8. Sit down & write this letter (Big Bill Broonzy)
9. Laughin’ stock (K. Wayne)
10. Gimme that thing (B. Isaak)
11. Boogie down baby (T. Williams)
You can sample the music and even read some of the lyrics at
Canal Bank Shuffle
The Canal Bank folks are up to it again, bringing two great shows in April to Thorold, Ontario.
On Wednesday April 18, it’s Victor Wainwright
with Jenie Thai, and then it's the return of the Ghost Town Blues Band, Sunday April 22.
Complete information is on the website www.canalbankshuffle.com
And as a side note, the Ghost Town Blues Band will be in Kitchener of April 7 for Kitchener Blues Festival Launch Party
Till next week, keep the blues alive and kicking!