The Mighty Duck Blues Band
Album: Duck Soup
Label: Self Released
It’s been a long time coming, but boy was it worth the wait. The Mighty Duck Blues Band has released its first ever cd, appropriately titled Duck Soup.
For those of you outside the Niagara area, you may not have had the chance to catch this multi-talented band. For more than ten years, the Mighty Duck Blues Band has kept the blues more than alive in St. Catharines. Known for their live performances in Saturday afternoon matinees with featured guest artists from across Canada, this band has captured a huge following amongst blues fans. Name a blues artist from Canada and these guys have played with them. All of them. And no they ARE NOT a backup band. They play right along with every guest artist and somehow meld with them in a remarkable manner that makes you think they’ve played with the guest artists for years. How they do it only boggles the mind. Live bands can really soar to incredible heights. But put them in a studio, tighten everything up, and now you’ve got a real challenge. The Mighty Duck Blues Band meets the challenge head on and delivers a knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out powerhouse cd that features the diverse talents of the musicians.
The band consists of Dave Curry on guitars and vocals, Canada Dave Torosian on organ, Jim Casson on drums and Gary Kendall on bass. As many a tv ad says “But wait, there’s more”. And there sure is with Duck Soup. Joining the band for this powder-keg of a cd are vocalists Cheryl Lescom, John Finley, Chuck Jackson, John Dickie and Paul Reddick with Lance Anderson stroking the piano on 4 tracks. So which tracks are my favourites? All of them! The opening track is Hammered and Nailed, which is so true cause you’re hammered and nailed to your seat cause you’re not going anywhere. You just gotta keep listening., and speaking of powerhouse, Track Two, Don’t Send Me No Valentine, brings us the vibrant voice of Cheryl Lescom and some great guitar solos by Dave Curry.
A Dave Curry tune, Castaway, highlights Dave’s fine guitar tones and then it’s Dave taking the lead vocal with Do Gooder Blues. The rest of the cd continues where it started. Great music. Great instrumentation. Great vocals by the band and special guests. It’s a seamless blues ride with a band that knows how to entertain and captivate. I wish I had more time to walk though the other songs but that’s really what every blues lover should do on their own. Get Duck Soup and serve it up. You’ll love it!
The Mighty Duck Blues Band starts a new season at The Bar Upstairs on September 23rdwith David Vest. Then on September 30th it’s Jack de Keyzer, followed on October 7th by Lance Anderson.