The COMPLETE list of winners of the 2012 Maple Blues Awards!
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The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating its 15th annual Maple Blues Awards by honoring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian Blues artists from across the country on January 16, 2012. The nominees are recognized both for their talent as well as their contribution to the growing Canadian blues music scene. Leading the nominations is last [...]
Duke Robillard’s latest disc for Stony Plain, Low Down And Tore Up, couldn’t be better named. Duke gets gritty, digging in with classic tones, a live recording set-up, and a crack band that tears it up, down, sideways, and all points in between. Duke Robillard wanted to capture the spontaneity and feel of older recordings [...]
At first listen, it is easy to “see” why the group’s popularity has grown so much and so quickly in only three years…
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne has released his first disc for Stony Plain Records titled An Old Rock On A Roll. No, it’s not a new deli sandwich with fossils on a Kaiser. It is however a fun and inspiring collection of good-time boogie-woogie from one of the modern masters of the form. Kenny “Blues Boss” [...]
REVELATOR is at its core an uplifting song-driven work. It explores universal themes about love, hope, joy and perils of the everyday. Lyrically it has depth and resonance and musically it is rich, focused and soulful.
What is blues? Is it a feeling? A frustration? A formula? Three chords, twelve bars, one turnaround and some good people feeling bad? It’s more than any of those things even begin to suggest. Occasionally musicians come along and blur the lines of preconceived notions of blues and recreates the music with blatant disregard for [...]
Since the 2009 release of their debut CD, Tiger in Your Tank, Monkey Junk has had the “tiger” by the tail. Monkey Junk’s award winning sound comes from the talent and energy of Steve Marriner, Tony D and Matt Sobb. In 2010 they won the BMA for Best New Artist Debut and in 2011 they [...]
BMA Nominee Duke Robillard began expressing his passion for music at the age of 6. His first musical instrument of note was a plastic ukulele. American Blues News spoke with him about his passion, his producing and his playing. And the fact that the journey is worth it- because now, more than ever, he loves his [...]
Duke Robillard is nominated for a 2011 Blues Music Award in two categories, Traditional Blues Album and Instrumentalist Guitar. Duke has been on the scene for 30 plus years and is one of the most well respected guitarists in the blues community. He is the second most honored guitarist for The Blues Music Awards, having won [...]
Welcome back my fellow Blues lovers! For my post this week I am shining the spotlight on a very talented but somewhat overlooked female artist…Bettye LaVette. Bettye has been hailed as one of the greatest soul singers in American music history. I was watching a video clip of her on Youtube doing a live version [...]
Matt’s rise is a combination of talent, hard work and the excitement of his fans spreading the word.
These days the occasional blues concept album from a rock or pop star (or band) has become a bit cliché. Often such efforts leave much to be desired, but in the instances where the artist’s roots have always been firmly planted in the blues, like in the case of Gregg Allman, the outcome can end up being quite special.
(New York, NY) When I first heard that Detroit soul-singer Bettye LaVette was putting out an album of British rock covers, I was a little skeptical. LaVette’s voice has never been one of my favorites and in recent years it has taken on an even more raspy quality that is just not my cup of [...]
(PIttsburgh, PA) I know I said I would share interviews with Canadians Sue Foley and Shawn Kellerman in support of the Olympics in Canada. And, they are still coming! But I just remembered I forgot about Harry! Harry Manx! Let’s talk to Harry today, since he combines different cultures into one sound. And, that truly [...]