By Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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“The blues ain't nothing but a good man feelin' bad.”
Well if you’re feeling bad, let’s see if we can bring some good vibes your way. Let’s celebrate the accomplishments of two wonderful ladies of the blues. I’ll label them as the Comeback Kids!
Tara Mhic Coinnigh
You may know her formerly as Tara MacKenzie. She now goes by Tara Mhic Coinnigh, which is the Gaelic female form of MacKenzie. She’s a joy to talk with and she’s blessed with a powerhouse voice that captivates and thrills you.
Two years ago, she took a nasty tumble and suffered a dreadful concussion. She was forced to take a hiatus to heal. It’s been a long and arduous journey for her but her recovery has taken a happy turn.
She’s out there singing again. A new chapter has started for her and husband Trevor, who by the way is one heck of a guitar slinger. It’s The Trevor MacKenzie Band and they’re smokin’ hot.
They’re starting to line up some live shows and on April 28th they take the stage in Meaford, Ontario
Here they are performing an in studio session
Her music and voice put me in such a happy place. She’s one classy lady who I’m fortunate enough to call a friend.
A year ago, Erin revealed she’s been dealing with M.S. for the last 12 years. She basically took a year off to deal with her health issues, but now she’s back with her signature Big Voice, Big Sound.
She performed at Hugh’s Room for the Christmas show and Saturday April 21st she’s performing with the Mighty Duck Blues Band at the Bar Upstairs in St. Catharines, Ontario.
If you ever need proof that musicians have soul, she’s the poster gal. One personal story re Erin. She agreed to play at a retirement party I was having. The morning of the show she checked herself out of hospital, showed up and put on a remarkable performance.
Frequently she puts on live concerts from her home on Facebook. No charge. Just because she loves to perform. You can catch her performances on her Facebook page, "Erin McCallum - Big Voice. Big Sound." page.
And to add to the excitement, she’s writing new material that will soon be recorded. Can’t wait!
Howard Ross and the Full Count Blues Band are making a rare Hamilton appearance at the Spice Factory in Hamilton on Friday May 4th.
Full Count Blues Band is headed by frontman Howard Ross on guitar and lead vocals. They’ve played hundreds of concert and club venues both as a headline act and as opener for the likes of Johnny Winter, Bo Diddley, Downchild and many others.
The Full Count Blues Band covers a wide range of material, but their specialty includes songs from artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and Eric Clapton.
For the Hamilton show, it’s like a supergroup coming together. On sax, Richard Thronton (Jack de Keyzer),
Nick Succi on keys (Jack de Keyzer) his dad on bass, and Joey Drums Dimarco (Kenny Blues Boss Wayne) on the skins.
And speaking of supergroups, a new recording by Judy Brown is on the Horizon.
Gary Kendall (Downchild) and Teddy Leonard (formerly Fathead) wrapped up production on "Say It" a great recording by Judy Brown.
The sessions were engineered by L.Stu Young (Downchild, Prince etc.) with Jim Casson on drums and Michael Fonfara on keyboards. Colin Linden added mandolin to a track from his home studio in Nashville, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar contributed back up vocals on two tracks.
Judy Brown`s new recording will be released in the late spring of 2018.
Here`s a short promo video.
You can get a free tune by signing up at www.judybrownmusic.com
Blues Source may not have another post for a couple of weeks as we’ll be on the road. Catch up with you when we get back.