BLUES SOURCE # 6
By Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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So What’s Happening?
I’ll tell you what’s up – it’s the Kitchener Blues Festival - August 10 to 13.
It all starts off with a kick off concert on Thursday August 10. Mike Todd and Matt Weidinger start the fun at 6:15 Then at 7:45 it’s the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer
Followed at 9:15 by the Sheepdogs. For your info, Connor Gains is playing with the Sheepdogs. What a concert that’ll be. General admission tickets are only $30 for this concert. Here’s more of the info you need.
Then on Friday, some of the blues bands you’ll see are Ian Andrews, the Steve Strongman Band, plus The Last Waltz: A Musical Celebration of the Band, featuring Lance Anderson
Also performing will be Maple Blues nominee Jenny Thai, and then Juno award winner Paul Reddick who won for his cd Ride the One.
Saturday features Cattl, David Wilcox, Matt Weidinger, Delta Moon and Booker T. Jones, Sean Pinchin, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whitely, Rick Estrin and The Nightcats
Sunday – Elliot and the Audio Kings, Crystal Shawanda, The Smoke Wagon Blues Band
Ginger St James, and the Music of Etta James.
Plus 12 Bar Blues in many of the pubs – Tim Bastmeyer, Silvia Dee And The Boyfriend, and Alfie Smith are just a few of the performers
The Grand River Blues Society continues educating future blues musicians with year three of the highly successful Grand River Blues Camp, plus workshops galore, and a youth legacy showcase,
For more information http://www.kitchenerbluesfestival.com
Where in the Niagara Peninsula?
I’ve said for several weeks, I’d highlight some of the other blues venues in this area so here goes.
Lou Dawg’s in Hamilton, located in Hess Village,
This venue features a Sunday afternoon Blues and Brunch combined with their Southern BBQ meals. There’s no cover charge and the shows feature different blues artists each week. We caught Sean Pinchin there a while back and a good time was had by all.
Previous guest artists have included Alfie Smith, The Vaudevillian, Chris Chambers, Big Rude Jake and Elliot and the Audio Kings.
The Carrigan Arms, Burlington
Every Saturday, the Carrigan Arms has a matinee from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with their house band - The Sil Simone Band, consisting of Sil Simone, Garth Vogan, Dave Russell, Larry Bodner, and Matt Horner plus a different guest each week. I caught Frank Cosentino there and he and the band were smoking.
Also take note that Frank Cosentino has taken a writing sabbatical and is in the process of creating some new tunes. You know when he’s done, the blues will be on fire.
Here’s what’s going on at the Carrigan Arms.
The Black Swan, Burlington
On alternate Saturdays you can catch Darran and the Poole Boys. Darran Poole, formerly with Fathead, puts on one heck of a show with his band at this shiny new pub. Stevie Connor has already covered this venue so I’ll keep it short,
Darran has launched a new band called Rootbone and their first release The Long Road Home has garnered a lot of attention.
Poet and percussionist Bobbi Richards lends her talents to the effort. I had a nice chat with Bobbi and told her my favourite song on their cd was Right Time, which she wrote. Little did I realize the song was about a legendary story that has made the rounds for quite a while.
The story goes like this - Bachman Turner Overdrive was in the studio recording their song Taking Care of Business. A pizza delivery guy asked if he could sit in and play the keys. After listening to the tracks, it was decided that the keys were needed and the band had to ‘find’ the pizza guy. Well after all these years, I’ve learned the truth. The following is from Wikipedia
“The original studio version, recorded at Kaye-Smith Studios in Seattle, Washington, features prominent piano, played by Norman Durkee. Durkee, an accomplished musician who would become musical director for Bette Midler and Barry Manilow, was recording commercials in the next studio. With paid by the hour musicians waiting, Durkee had only a few minutes to spare. Quickly conferring with Randy Bachman, he scribbled down the chords, and, without listening to the song beforehand, recorded the piano part in one take. The fact that Durkee wrote the chords down on a pizza box may have been the source of the long-standing myth – mischievously propagated by band members – that the part had been played by a pizza deliveryman who had heard the track being played back, and then cajoled the band into giving him a chance to add piano to it.
Well there goes that urban legend but Rootbone saluted the tale with their song Right Time.
Darran will be back August 5th at the Black Swan.
Other venues that feature blues artists are The Coach & Lantern, Ancaster, the Gladstone in Hamilton and now King West Bistro has started up some blues on Sunday afternoons where we caught the Gary Cain Band.
Upcoming Cd Releases
Songstress and songwriter Sunday Wilde has a new cd coming out this fall. This talented artist teams up with Reno Jack for a cd titled TWO. On the heels of her previous cd Blueberries and Grits, you know this release will be a cd worth grabbing. Together they’ve toured from Montreal to Memphis and then a swing out west across the prairies.
Andre and his band are currently recording a new cd. They’ve already released a new single from the upcoming album. The single is called Nothing at All and it foreshadows how good this Hamilton based band’s 7th cd will be. After releasing Left With The Blues you can count on great things to come.
This is a band to keep your eyes on. And your ears as well. Andre Bisson pumps out new original material that features his strong vocal talents. Along with Loretta Hale, who plays just about any instrument you can think of, this band is on the upswing. They’ve performed as a solo duo, a five piece band, and have even performed with an 11 piece band complete with strings. And they were asked to perform at Beatles week in England. Andre took classic Beatle tunes and turned them into bluesy arrangements and they took the stage at the Cavern in Liverpool to perform the tunes.
Oh and last week I posted about the Mont Tremblant Blues Festival and stated that some of the music broke out in the weirdest places. Here’s the proof from Debra Thornington who provided this picture of Steve Strongman putting on an impromptu concert on the balcony of his hotel room.
Next week – lots more blues info plus a look at some of the artists that are making a splash in the blues world.