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July 2018 – Riot and the Blues Devils


This is a veteran Montreal trio led by a man who calls himself Riot. He plays guitar and sings while Big Papa Mike handles bass and Mark Di Claudio drums. André Chrétien adds keyboards for the CD. They play some fine rocking blues as those who were at the Aurora Winter Blues Festival will attest.

July 2018 – Spencer MacKenzie


A sophomore album is always difficult but Spencer MacKenzie, now 18, has met that challenge and then some: his voice has matured and his songwriting has blossomed. Working with producer Dean Malton and on one track none other than Eddie Kramer, he has moved into the big leagues.

July 2018 – King Biscuit Boy


Set the time machine for 1981, Richard Newell’s then current LP, King Biscuit Boy, produced by Allen Toussaint in New Orleans, had been released in 1974. It was well received but there were frustratingly few recording opportunities after that. Enter Bob “Georgie Fab” Johnston and Darcy Hepner who wanted to get started in the music recording business and who approached Richard.

Loose Blues News – July 2018


Congratulations to Women’s Blues Revue bandleader Rebecca Hennessy who was presented the 2018 Emerging Jazz Artist Award at the Toronto Jazz Festival. The $10,000 award is intended to support the pre-production, production, and/or recording of original music composed by the recipient. Photo by Randall Cook

Top Blues – July 2018


This month’s recommended listening by John Valenteyn, host of John Valenteyn’s Blues on ciut.fm, 89.5 and CD reviewer for Maple Blues.

Blues Summit 9 Will Take Place at the Marriott Courtyard Toronto Downtown


Blues Summit 9 Will Take Place at the Marriott Courtyard Between February 1-4, 2019.

Exclusive Pre-Sale for 22nd Maple Blues Awards


TBS Charter Members and Equivalents are eligible to benefit from the exclusive pre-sale for the upcoming MBAs in 2019!

June 2018 – Conor Gains


Conor Gains won the Cobalt Songwriting Prize for “Leave It On The Line” from Run Away with the Night. The prize is for innovation and creativity in songwriting and he has taken that to heart in the songwriting for this new one. The first single and the opening track, “I Know” opens with classical strings tuning before a choir comes in. With Gains vocal we are in a very contemporary R&B setting.

June 2018 – Jordan Officer


Three Rivers, or Trois Rivières, is Jordan Officer’s hometown and a trip to the Mississippi Delta led him to realize the importance of one’s roots and perhaps more importantly the value of family. The opening “Your Body’s My Home” tells of starting a family with a childhood sweetheart after many years apart.

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