BLUES SOURCE # 8
By Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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OUT WEST BLUES
Okay boys and girls, maybe it’s just about time to hop out of our backyard blues sandbox and head on out to the West Coast for some serious blues music.
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival August 17-20
Let’s start our western blues swing with the Salmon Arm Festival in beautiful Salmon Arm B.C. It’s three days of knock em out Roots and Blues with a slew of artists.
Guests include Alex Cuba, Blu Hopkins, Boogie Patrol, David Essig, John Primer, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, Ricky Scaggs, Sherman Tank Doucette, Michael Jerome Browne, plus a special musical celebration of the songs of Leonard Cohen.
For more information go to http://www.rootsandblues.ca/
Nanaimo Blues Festival August 24 – 27.
Nanaimo is a ferry port on the east coast of Vancouver Island, which features one of the longest shorelines in Canada. The festival itself takes place in the picture-perfect Maffeo Sutton Park and you know this festival draws a huge crowd.
Just to name a few of the artists appearing: James Buddy Rogers, J.W. Jones, Harpdog Brown & the Travelin’ Blues Show, Coco Montoya, Sonny Landreth, David Gogo, Sugar Brown,
The Kirby Sewell Band, David Gogo, The Blackburn Brothers, MonkeyJunk and the Paul DesLauriers Band
Is that enough to pique your interest?
Well hang on cause on the Sunday look out as the ladies of the blues take over with performances by Curl, Suzie Vinnick, Kara Grainger, Cecile Doo-Kingue, Angel Forrest, Shakura S’Aida, Ruthie Foster, and Shamekia Copeland.
Whoever put this lineup together deserves some kind of blues medal.
For more information go to http://www.nanaimobluesfestival.com
So while you’re in B.C. head south to White Rock and see what’s cooking at the Blue Frog Studios.
You have to see it to believe it ‘cause this is a one-of-a kind venue. The Blue Frog is not only a concert hall that seats 100, but it’s also a live broadcast and recording theatre, home of Blue Frog Live, a live web streaming concert series. The live streaming shows draw thousands of viewers from around the globe.
Upcoming shows feature the Kirby Sewell Band, Angel Forrest, Curtis Salgado,
Kelowna is a scenic city in the Okanagan Valley, on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, surrounded by provincial parks, forests, vineyards, orchards and of course mountains. It is also the home of two of Canada’s great musicians, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne and harmonica great Sherman ‘Tank’ Doucette.
These two local legends frequently perform together in downtown Kelowna in what is termed School of Blues. Once they start playing you know you’re sitting in some of the best blues around.
If you’re into harmonicas, and who isn’t, visit Sherman’s online antique harmonica museum at
And while we’re in B.C. land, we need to mention that the JUNO Awards are heading out west in March 2018.The 47th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast live from the Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks, on Sunday March 25, 2018.
Edmonton Blues Festival
Well Alberta isn’t as far west as B.C., but the blues are just as sweet as Edmonton puts on their own Blues Festival August 25 - 27. It’s the 19th Annual festival and they’re pulling out the stops to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
Once again, they’re too many artists to mention them all. Sherman Doucette and Kenny Blues Boss Wayne will be there. Debra Power, Albert Cummings, Jenie Thai, Boogie Patrol, Colin Linden. See the entire lineup at
Nice to see the legendary Walter Trout is back in Canada Bluesland. After a serious illness, Walter has bounced back with his signature blues and will perform Tuesday August 22 at Peter’s Muskoka. That’s the good news. The bad news? The show is already sold out! Who knows, maybe they’ll add a second show.
The Lucas Haneman Express is sharing some exciting news. They’ll be opening for the legendary Robert Cray Band on August 25th at Algonquin Commons Theatre at 8pm. We are honoured to share the stage with this incredible blues powerhouse!
The Blues Tribe
Take a gander at The Blues Tribe which profiles a new Canadian Blues Artist each month The interviews are videoed and put up on youtube for viewing. The show features an in-studio interview and a performance by the artist with the intention of gaining a larger audience for live shows
Here’s a link that lists many of the artists and you can subscribe to updates
New Release Godboogie
Just when you think Jerome Godboo can’t possibly outdo what he’s done in the past, along comes Godboogie’s Play Music and Dance.
Led by harmonica virtuoso, Jerome Godboo, this newly minted band lives up to it’s promise to play music and dance. Billed as a supergroup, Jerome is joined by Shawn Kellerman on guitar, (former a member of Lucky Peterson’s band), Eric Shenkman of the Spin Doctors on guitar & bass, and Gary Craig on drums who’s played with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Bruce Cockburn and Tom Cochrane.
Godboo is known for his outstanding harmonica skills and the proof is in the pudding as he was awarded the “Best Harmonica Player” award at the Blues Foundation’s 2014 International Blues Challenge.
On this cd he is surrounded by superlative musicians who keep the blues rockin from track to track. The quartet of musicians fuse into a sound that feels like a tidal wave of blues energy.
The opening title track features Jerome on accordion and then the cd lifts off with Honey Badger, a full throttle guitar-driven tune. And it just never lets up from there. A track that deserves a serious listen to is It’s A Party, and let me tell you, it’s a party like you’ve never heard before with a seemingly never -ending guitar solo.
If you’ve ever seen Jerome play and sing, you really don’t need to know more. Except this is Godboo times four.
Until next week, keep listening to Blues and Roots Radio Essential and Discover.