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August 2021 – Tommy Castro

So you want to be a bluesman? Or woman (to bring us into the 21st century)? Take a listen to Tommy Castro’s latest album, “A Bluesman Came to Town, a blues odyssey.” It’s an invitation and a warning of the joys, fringe benefits and bumps in the road, all wrapped up in vivid storytelling.

August 2021 – JP LeBlanc

This is JP LeBlanc’s first album in 15 years, and man, was it worth waiting for. The native of Bathurst, New Brunswick was somewhat of a young prodigy, infected by the blues at the age of 11, picking up guitar and joining high-powered jams as a teenager and recording his first CD at the age of 21.

August 2021 – Gary Kendall

There are not enough words in the English language to explain the incredible impact Gary Kendall has had on the Canadian Blues Industry. His work with Legendary Downchild Blues Band is just the tip of a very deep ice berg.

August 2021 – Lindsay Beaver & Brad Stivers

Two Austin residents, drummer, vocalist Lindsay Beaver and guitarist, vocalist Brad Stivers have teamed up to present a pretty impressive debut duo disc.

July 2021 – 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin’ Blues

When Bruce Iglauer started Alligator records in a neighbourhood on the south side of Chicago back in 1970, little did he realize the giant impact his tiny label would have on the world of blues. In the years since, the label would release a compilation called Genuine Houserockin’ Music every 5 years,  that I would snap up as soon as I could get my hot little hands on it. It all started when Bruce used his savings to finance a recording by his favorite windy city blues band, Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers. It was that album that created the necessity of the label, so it is only fitting that the first cut on this 50th anniversary compilation is from that classic band.

July 2021 – Steve Marriner

On first glance at the front cover of Hope Dies Last, one could be excused for wondering if Steve Marriner’s new solo album might be a complete departure from the raucous and righteous sounds he’s been whipping up with his MonkeyJunk bandmates for more than a decade now.

September 2021 – Top Blues

This month’s recommended listening by Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail.

Twitter: @bwheelerglobe

August 2021 – Top Blues

This month’s recommended listening by Greg Torrington, programmer of Stingray’s blues channels

July 2021 – Top Blues

This month’s recommended listening by Brad Wheeler, music writer for the Globe and Mail.

Twitter: @bwheelerglobe

August 2021 – Loose Blues News

Saturday Night Blues with Holger Peterson is leaving CBC Radio One. Sue Foley postpones Ontario Tour and New Orleans Jazzfest Cancelled

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