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John’s Blues Picks is the monthly album review column originally launched by the late Toronto-based blues historian and broadcaster, John Valenteyn. Submission can be sent to the TBS office for consideration and will be circulated to a pool of journalists and others for review in the monthly Maple Blues newsletter and placed at the Spotify playlist.

October 2022 – Spencer Mackenzie 

“Preach to My Soul”, Spencer Mackenzie’s third album, marks a giant step in the still young (22) musician’s career.  Coming four years after his much praised “Cold November” album (released when he was just 18 years old) Spencer’s songwriting, vocals and guitar playing all display continued growth and maturity – which has led to the creation of an album that can stand with the best of contemporary blues releases.


October 2022 – Suzie Vinnick

In the world of music, Suzie Vinnick is among the best.  The gifted songwriter, guitarist, bassist and vocalist is at the top of her game and her new release, Fall Back Home, further cements her place on the Canadian music landscape.


October 2022 – Crystal Shawanda

When Crystal Shawanda sings, the world stops. There is only her in the room, her vocal presence powerful and intoxicating.

October 2022 – Steve Hill

Steve Hill, the acclaimed singer-songwriter, celebrates his 25th year as a recording artist with the release of his new album Dear Illusion, set for worldwide release via No Label Records on Friday November 11, 2022.

September 2022 – Suzie Vinnick

SUZIE VINNICK  Fall Back Home 

September 2022 – Bywater Call

Bywater Call   Remain  Gypsy Soul

September 2022 – Charlie Musselwhite

Charlie Musselwhite  Mississippi Son 

September 2022 – Lyle Odjick & the Northern Steam

Lyle Odjick & the Northern Steam  Through The Rain

September 2022 – Broke Fuse

Splashdown  Broke Fuse

September 2022 – Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland   Done Come Too Far  Alligator

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