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February 2020 – Dwane Dixon

Montreal-based blues rocker Dwane Dixon calls his style ‘rocking roadhouse blues’ in the manner of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Billy Gibbons. The idea for his third album came from a story he heard about his father. It turns out he didn’t know that his father was quite the gambler and Betting on a Gambling Man was born. As he wrote…   

February 2020 – Jimmy & The Sleepers

Jimmy and the Sleepers is a new band for me out of Edmonton and yet it is their third album and it’s been out for almost a year such are the regional difficulties we work with. They play in the West Coast style, with Jimmy Guiboche on guitars, Alex Varughese on vocals, Dan Shinnan on harp, Chris Brzezicki on bass…   

February 2020 – Sussex

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Rob Lutes has numerous nominations at the MBAs: several times for Acoustic Act of the year and as male vocalist of the year and as songwriter of the year. In 2015, he was a runner up in the Cobalt Prize Blues Songwriting Award. With eight albums under his own name, he has also teamed up with Michael Emaneau, a…   

February 2020 – Rott’n Dan and Lightnin’ Willy

Rott’n Dan may be better known to you as the front man/harp player for the excellent blues rock outfit Boogie Patrol, based out of Edmonton. Lightnin’ Willy (Ryan) is not in that band but is a very good singer and acoustic guitarist, with a background in folk as well. With this CD, they show that their love of acoustic blues…   

February 2020 – Fuel Junkie

Fuel Junkie is a young, Montreal-based horn band, none of whose players have featured in this column before. Friends from childhood, Mark LeClerc is the lead vocalist & song writer and he also plays tenor sax. Philippe Brochure-Pelletier plays the other tenor and Patrice Luneau is on baritone. Antoine Loiselle is the guitarist, Jean-François Charest, bass and Philippe Fleury is…   

Top Blues – February 2020

This month’s recommended listening by Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail Twitter: @bwheelerglobe *Jackie Washington The World of Jackie Washington Borealis *The Soul Motivators Do The Damn Thing Do Right Music Bernard Allison Songs From The Road Ruf The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Live At Woodstock Run Out Groove Bai Kamara Jr. Salone MIG North Mississippi Allstars Up and Rolling New West *Big Dave McLean Pocket Full of Nothin’ Black Hen…   

Loose Blues – February 2020

Blues at Winterfolk:  The Winterfolk Blues & Roots festival is moving to the Annex but continues with a healthy dose of blues.  Opening night, Friday February 21, presents festival favourite Jack de Keyzer and a “Blues and Bluegrass” showcase with Ken Whiteley, Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite and the Layrite Boys as well as a “Finger Picking the Blues” workshop…   

Blues Revival #8 Featuring Emily Burgess

For the first month of 2020, Emily Burgess is taking over the “Blues Revival” series on January 24th! Come and enjoy a blues evening in an intimate space surrounded by vinyl, Armenian coffee, booze, and some good yums that Antikka – Cafe & Records has to offer! Emily Burgess plays guitar in the Women’s Blues Revue Band and has worked…   

Mark Hummel – January 2020

Harmonica ace Mark Hummel sets the wayback machine to Chicago in the 1940’s to re-introduce us to the “Bluebird Beat”, the sound that producer Lester Melrose developed that was hugely popular at the time. There are a couple of exceptions to the program but for those Bluebird songs, he has assembled a downhome band featuring The Deep Basement Shakers: Aaron…   

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