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Six new blues voices! Toronto Blues Society announces Talent Search finalists

Published June 7, 2010 in Press Releases


Six new blues voices!
Toronto Blues Society announces Talent Search finalists.

WHAT: Blues Talent Search Competition
WHO: Carrey Worrod, Douglas Watson R&B Revue, Smoke Wagon Blues Band, Son Roberts Band, Tracy K, and Up The Line
WHERE: TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, Nathan Phillips Square, Primus Stage
WHEN: Thursday June 28, 3-6PM

The Toronto Blues Society is pleased to announce the six finalists in the 2007 Talent Search. Each will perform a set for a panel of distinguished industry judges on Thursday June 28th at the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival.

The winning act will win a performance at the South Side Shuffle in September. In addition, the winners receive a professional development package including a live CBC Radio recording courtesy of Saturday Night Blues, studio time at Euphonic Sound, and a photo shoot with Rick Zolkower.

Previous winners of the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search include The Rockin’ Highliners, Jake & the Blue Midnights, David Rotundo & the Blue Canadians, Wickens-Knight, and The Undesirables.

The TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival runs June 22nd-July 1st.

The finalists are:

Carey Worrod and Memphis Mudd
21 year old Barrie resident Carey Worrod has been playing blues since the age of 10. His original songs are heavily influenced from the deep south and his acoustic side of performing. However, Carey loves to perform with his band Memphis Mudd in a very high energy Rockin Blues show which they perform on a regular basis in the Barrie area. Carey as a guitar player is influenced by slide masters like Elmore James to the electric blues of Buddy Guy. Carey is hoping his performance will move his band into the Toronto
Blues scene.

Douglas Watson’s R&B Revue
Raised in Chicago Illinois, Douglas Watson was born to sing R&B, Soul, Gospel, Funk, Motown and Blues. Douglas has been noted for his “full-throated vocal style…that is matched by few”. His full range and style have brought him much acclaim from some of the most respected R&B vocalists in the industry and he is considered to be is one of the finest R&B vocalists and frontmen on the Canadian Scene.

Smoke Wagon Blues Band
In the tradition of great Canadian Blues Icons such as McKenna Mendelson Main Line, King Biscuit Boy, and The Downchild Blues Band; Burlington’s Smoke Wagon Blues Band are living proof that the Blues are alive and well in Ontario Canada. Three Blues indie albums under their belts and regular gigging across the province of Ontario and even as far as Newfoundland and the Yukon have seasoned and originated this band’s sound. Due to their raw, honest, never over produced dirty whiskey stained sound the band has earned international radio play and a fantastic local fan base.

Son Roberts Band
The Son Roberts Band is a Toronto-based five-piece group that presents a fresh new energy and a current sense of storytelling in our blues-infused grooves. Something distinct and original is emerging in the Canadian “roots” music scene. Many artists are capturing the currency of this setting. It’s not Chicago or New Orleans or the Delta. They are proud to add their voice to the growing legion of eclectic, original and distinctly Canadian players.

Tracy K
Tracy K, singer and songwriter since childhood, started playing harmonica in 1982. After years of playing, her sound and passionate style developed to capture the ears of thousands of blues enthusiasts, both live and on her recordings. She can be experienced in two formats: with her electric “Right Hand Band” commended for their outstanding lively presentation of rockin’ blues originals and covers, or in the blues duo “Mojomama & Snakeman”, a cabaret style concert featuring the acclaimed vocals and harmonica of Tracy K, and the slide, dobro, and fingerstyle of Jamie “Snakeman” Steinhoff.

Up the Line
This dynamic acoustic duo of Robert Davis and Reeves Miller skillfully play the many shades of blues. With their versatility and a sound much bigger than you would expect from a two-man format, these veteran musicians cover a spectrum from country to Chicago blues, and big band to jazzy blues. Multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, they both play the guitar but usually Reeves forms the rhythm section on bass and kick snare drum simultaneously! Robert is a fine harmonica player who switches to rack style harmonica when
he plays guitar.

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