Brian and the Bluestorm: 2013 edition
By: Sean Willoughby
Photos: Phil Brisse
There have been personnel changes in the band but Brian and the Bluestorm keep on rolling along. You'll be able to see Brian and his latest lineup at the Tremblant International Blues Festival this July and again at VIP en Blues in Ile Perrot again in September. See their website for more complete information: http://brianandthebluestorm.com. Sean spoke to Brian before a show waaaay back in 2013!
You know how the story goes; “I heard Otis Redding (or Ray Charles or Howlin’ Wolf) and I knew what I wanted to do in life. I was going to be a singer.” Maybe it was Sinatra, James Brown, or the cute blonde that challenged you at Karaoke while you were enjoying a pint after a hard day of repairing refrigeration units…wait a second... let’s back up. The cute blonde that challenged you? That’s right folks. Meet Brian Tyler, “I was sitting at a local bar in Lachute enjoying a beverage as patrons were doing their best to show they were better singers than the originals on the Karaoke machine without much luck. A girl tells me to get up there and give it a shot but I really wasn’t interested. She persisted saying I couldn’t be any worse than what we had just witnessed so what the hell, I gave it shot. It went down pretty well and it started something that is long from being over.” That was back in 1999.
Just think of their 40 years of stage expertise, or of their 10 recorded opus, of their two nominations to Felix Awards, of their Lys Blues Hommage or think of the trivia that they know of, for instance Bo Diddley’s frequent flatulences on stage in Montreal at the legendary Rising Sun, or Big Mama Thornton’s famous “Tough Milk” (gin with milk), and you’ll sure understand right away that these Viree Blues Boreale’s guests are of a higher grade among Canada’s Bluesmen! One of the Canadian Blues spiritual fathers will be here at Viree Blues Boreale to celebrate his career’s 40th anniversary with an all new set up. The Stephen Barry Band on stage: impeccably sounding instruments, four experienced musicians, solid jazzy blues and lots of white hair! ... but also many ``Ahh! I’m so eager to hear this band !`` The result is indeed astonishing with precision and charming with finesse and with the virtuosity of those musicians, which earned the band to play with the Greatests of the Blues.
Ria Reece Interview
by Bella Blue
La version en français est après les photos!
Photo credit: André Chevarie and Phil Brisse
Over the years women of Blues have been gaining more notoriety but it’s still difficult for all those very hard working Female Blues Singers to have more venues and festivals hire them and to also get recognition from some of their Blues peers. Blues has always been a man’s world…NOT…
Photos: Kimberly Dorneval
Cécile Doo-Kingué recently launched her latest CD, Anybody Listening. Kimberly was there and here are some of the photos she took. You can get more information about Cécile's live dates and CD reviews on her website, cdkmusik.com.
Voici quelques photos prise lors du lancement du plus récent CD de Cécile Doo-Kingué. L'album s'intitule Anybody Listening. Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez le site de Cécile, cdkmusik.com.