By Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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“Of course, there are a lot of ways you can treat the blues, but it will still be the blues.”
And that’s what we like about the blues. It comes in so many different forms, electric, acoustic, soulful blues, blues and roots, country blues, psychedelic blues, hard rockin’ blues. Jump blues, howlin’ blues, harmonica blues. Well you get the point.
What’s New in Canadian Blues Releases?
There have been a ton of new releases. Let’s highlight a few of them.
Jack de Keyzer – Checkmate
This promises to be a classic release ‘cause it includes classic tunes by Canada’s ambassador of the blues.
Dan McKinnon – The Cleaner
The Winner of the Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search, Dan has released a cd I call, “hotter than rocket fuel.”
Samathana Martin and Delta Sugar – Run To Me
Samantha Martin knows how to deliver a tune and her co-vocalists, Delta Sugar(Sherie Marshall and Mwansa Mwansa) provide the perfect blend on ten new original songs, written either by Samantha or co-written with Curtis Chaffey or Suzie Vinnick.
Dan Doiron - Livin’ Centre Stage
This guy is the real deal. When he straps on his guitar you have no idea where he’s going. Except to a place where the music is supreme.
Spencer Mackenzie - Cold November
Winner of a Maple Blues Award for New Artist of the Year, Spencer may be young but he plays like a veteran. This cd is packed with great tunes and features Brant Parker on guitar. The title track Cold November remembers how difficult life can be in this new age.
Angel Forrest – Electric Love
What can you say about Angel? She’s won female vocalist more times than you’ve tied your shoes. This is a live recording released as a 2-cd set. And my oh my, listen to Ricky Paquette on guitar. I can’t get enough of this cd.
Suzie Vinnick – Shake the Love Around
Suzie holds the record for winning the most ever Maple Blues Awards. That should be enough info for you to check this dynamic cd out.
Sue Foley – The Ice Queen
One heck of a talented musician, Sue’s cd is a must have in your collection. Her talent shines on this cd and you can’t help but be enraptured by her tones.
Mike Goudreau – Alternate Takes
Canada is filled with so many talented musicians. Mike has to be at the forefront. He not only creates great cds, but much of his music is targeted at movies and tv shows. This cd highlights those talents.
Mark Crissinger – MCB Live
The Mark Crissinger Band live in British Columbia. Mark didn’t know this was being recorded by his sound technician but thank goodness it was. This will rock you outta your socks.
And that’s just a few of the cds. We’ll continue this list next week. Keep your ears glued to the blues !