Critically Acclaimed Blues-Rock Guitarist, Songwriter and Vocalist Jim Allchin Announces Prime Blues, His Newest LP, for Release September 21, 2018

Produced by Grammy and Blues Music Award Winner Tom Hambridge and featuring a team of veteran studio and touring professionals including special guests
Bobby Rush and Mike Zito

Jim Allchin Prime Blues

SEATTLE, WA, September 12, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ — Jim Allchin, American guitarist, philanthropist, and a former software executive, is releasing his fourth widely distributed contemporary blues album: Prime Blues. Prime Blues was produced by Producer and Grammy®, ASCAP and Blues Music Award winner Tom Hambridge, whose production credits include: Buddy Guy, Marcia Ball, Susan Tedeschi and James Cotton, among many others.

Prime Blues features 14 new tracks performed by an all-star group of musicians including: bassist Glenn Worf, rhythm guitarists Rob McNelley, Bob Britt and Kenny Greenburg, keyboardist Kevin McKendree, drummer Tom Hambridge, vocalist Mycle Wastman, The Memphis Horns and special guest vocalists Grammy-winner Bobby Rush, and Blues Award winner Mike Zito.

Hambridge stated: “I’m so very proud of this major step forward in Jim’s journey as a Bluesman. We had an absolute blast co-writing some of the songs, planning and recording Prime Blues and we’re anxious for blues fans around the globe to hear these incredible tunes and performances.”

Featured in Apple Music and receiving wide critical acclaim, Allchin’s last LP, Decisions, topped Contemporary Blues and Blues Rock charts for months and was named a Top 20 Blues Rock Album of 2017 by the venerable Roots Music Report (RMR), the number one independent music chart in the world. RMR compiles radio airplay data from radio stations around the globe that play Roots Music and is widely considered a real-time industry barometer.

The reviewers said:
• “Decisions is Jim Allchin’s best release to date!” Blues Bytes Review
• “Lovers of modern blues need to check him out.” Norman Darwen, Blues in the South Review
• “If you decide to hear some great music, here it is!” Smoky Mountain Blues Society
• “Allchin flat out rips!” Rick Bowen, NW Blues

Allchin added: “The title Prime Blues refers to both my love of the blues as well as my love of mathematics. Prime Blues is more concentrated blues than my past albums and at the same time more diverse in terms of style, guitar technique, and guitar tone. Each song tells a story – about an experience, life observation, or my life philosophy in general. I hope you find some of these songs just flat out fun. And about that mathematics reference? Study the grill cloth on the front cover and let us know what you see.”

Prime Blues is widely available from iTunesSpotifyAmazon and the official website, jimallchin.com for digital downloads and CDs.

Founded in 2013, Artisanship Music Nashville is a multimedia production, marketing and distribution company dedicated to uncommonly great music and the artists who love to create and perform for audiences around the globe. We work with both well-established and emerging artists from concept to launch on their musical, entertainment and educational endeavors. Artisanship Music is a proud member of the Americana Music Association, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, NSAI and ASCAP.

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Out Now: Chris Antonik’s New Release ‘Monarch’

Sarah French

The Toronto-based bluesman’s third album is available on iTunes

Monarch by Chris Antonik

Preview Chris Antonik’s “I’d Burn it All Down (For You)” here

Toronto-based guitarist and songwriter Chris Antonik releases his third album today and has already garnered extensive airplay and positive reviews from critics both at home and abroad.

Here’s what the reviewers are saying:

“Monarch is a classic modern blues album made with wisdom and style.  Antonik has a transcendent understanding of modern electric blues.” – Indie Folk Americana
 
“Antonik’s guitar playing is masterful.” – Toronto Blues Society
 
“One of the best artists we’ve heard from the Great White North.” – American Blues Scene

About Chris Antonik and Monarch:

What does it take to forgive? When is it time to let go and let live? The answers to these questions are always found in deeply personal, closely guarded corners of every heart and mind. Until we shine a light to explore those corners, we just might be driving blind on a collision course with heartbreak.

We can all suffer setbacks in life, but it is in the aftermath where the heart and soul can find healing. While creating his third album Monarch, critically-acclaimed guitarist/singer/songwriter, and Maple Blues award nominee Chris Antonik focused inward on his own deeply personal corners, against the backdrop of a marriage coming to an end.

Following up his self-titled debut in 2010 and his sophomore release Better For You in 2013, (named Blues-Rock Chris Antonik Blues GuitaristAlbum of the Year by Canada’s Blues Underground Network), Monarch closes a trilogy of self-expression. Traveling from an earnest desire to give more and make things better to a destination of peace and forgiveness, Monarch embodies an artist moving on with newfound energy, momentum and an understanding of the past. While forgiveness is free, there are most certainly tolls to pay along the journey. The songs on Monarch cover every mile of that emotional terrain as they ride through a rich and varied blues landscape punctuated by Antonik’s searing guitar work.

Joining Antonik are Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck) on drums, Guenther Kapelle (Wild T and the Spirit) on bass, Jesse O’Brien (Colin James) on keyboards, Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar on harmony vocals, and many others. Monarch was recorded by multiple Grammy and Juno award-nominated engineer Jeremy Darby (U2, Pink Floyd), and co-produced by Antonik and Ted Onyszczak.

While Kris Kristofferson may have surmised that “freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose,” then perhaps forgiveness is just another word for everything to gain. As we all face increasingly uncertain and unforgiving times, it is Chris Antonik’s sincere hope that Monarch can provide something personally valuable for everyone to gain from the music.

Monarch Track Listing

1. I’d Burn it All Down (For You) (4:56)
2. You’re Killing My Love (3:08)
3. Slow Moving Train (4:25)
4. Gold Star (3:55)
5. The Monarch and the Wrecking Ball (5:19)
6. Love, Bettike (7:07)
7. Forgiveness is Free (3:34)
8. The Art of Letting Go (5:48)
9. All Our Days (4:38)
10. New Religion (5:11)
11. Hungry Ghost (4:45)
12. A Slip in the Rain (4:15)
13. Everywhere I Go (2:49)

Upcoming Tour Dates

April 18 – The Casbah, Hamilton, ON
With special guest Jesse O’Brien
April 21 – Bar Spectacle Le Quartier de Lune, Quebec, QC
April 22 –  The Rainbow, Ottawa, ON
April 26 – The Rivoli, Toronto, ON
With special guests Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar, and opener Spencer MacKenzie
May 5 –  RCHA Club, Kingston, ON
May 18 – Spinoza’s, Riverside, OH
May 19 – Redstone Room, Davenport, IA
May 20 – The Flatted Fifth, Bellevue, IA
May 21 – Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago, IL
May 22 – The Alamo, Springfield, IL
May 25 – Chrome Lounge, Omaha, NE
May 26 – BB’s, St Louis, MO
May 27 – BBQ Blues & Bikes Festival, Elizabethtown, KY
June 4 – Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival, Orangeville, ON
June 9 –  Moriarty’s, Lansing, MI
June 10 – Paddy Flaherty’s, Sarnia, ON
June 23 – The Boathouse, Kitchener, ON
June 24 – The Bar Upstairs, St Catharines, ON
Download hi-res album artwork here
Download hi-res promo photo here
Download liner notes and lyrics here
 
Chris Antonik is available for interviews and station IDs.

For CD or MP3 copies of Monarch contact Sarah French Publicity

ANN VRIEND WINS COBALT PRIZE AT 2017 MAPLE BLUES AWARDS!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aporia Records Logo imageAporia Records Logo

ANN VRIEND

WINS COBALT PRIZE

AT 2017 MAPLE BLUES AWARDS

Ann Vriend Cobalt Prize


TORONTO – TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017 –
Big Win for Ann Vriend! Following on the heels of her powerful and well-received Blues Summit Eight showcase with Rooster Davis Group (also her backing band), Ann Vriend is more than thrilled that she has won the Toronto Blues Society’s COBALT PRIZE at last night’s Maple Blues Awards. The event took place at Toronto’s Koerner Hall where Vriend was handed the award for Contemporary Blues Composition/Songwriting for her song “All That I Can” (Aporia Records), a soulful gospel tune. For more information please visit: www.annvriend.com / www.aporia-records.com.

The Toronto Blues Society’s annual Cobalt Prize is judged on a song’s ability to creatively utilize blues traditions within the broad contemporary musical landscape. With a focus on melody, song structure, lyric etc. they also choose the song that “will refresh and enrich blues as an art form.”

The Cobalt Prize judges decided that Edmonton-based Ann Vriend’s “All That I Can” achieved just that, and selected it as first place winner among 75 entries from across Canada. Shocked and ecstatic from the win, Vriend gave a speech noting the inspiration from the African-American community, reminding the audience that they were all there because of a music that came out of great hardship, slavery, and abuse of the African-American people – and yet blues music has had the most profound influence on almost all genres of music world-wide than any other genre.

“All That I Can” is a new track from AV’s upcoming EP release via Aporia Records. It will also be released in Australia next month, alongside four other original tracks, in an EP entitled Anybody’s Different, licensed by David Hand Productions from Aporia Records. With the vocals recorded in primarily one take, the song has a live-off-the-floor feeling and falls into the category of gospel blues with its 6/8 time signature. The music is very traditional gospel, but the lyrics are secular. The Hammond organ combined with upright piano and AV’s soul vocals are reminiscent of early gospel and soul recordings in the era of Sam Cooke. However, there is also a contemporary twist in the sound too – since the drums used on this track are sampled in the style of retro hip hop, and eq’ed to give the song a rough low-fi edge, in contrast with Vriend’s smooth and sweet (though powerful) vocals.

The lyrics of the song are an earnest promise to a lover to do “all that I can” if the lover is willing to “take me just as I am” – a plea to be a true friend and companion in a world where “sometimes I think they wanna break me, just to see if they can.” Though Vriend points out: “but they mistake me as a weak and silly woman,” which could be taken as a slight jab at the misogyny that is sadly, still so prevalent in the world.

Following this very fruitful weekend in Toronto, is a showcase tonight at Aporia Record Label, 714 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, at 6:30 pm. Then Vriend will tour Australia with the Rooster Davis Group next month for a five-week tour, to support the Anybody’s Different EP followed by a European Tour from May 13-29, 2017.

More on “All That I Can”

Composer: Ann Vriend
Producer: Tino Zolfo
Mixing engineer: Brandon Unis, Cylinder Sound
Film mastering engineer: Peter Letros, Wreckhouse Mastering
Label: Aporia Records 

Musicians

Vocals and Piano: Ann Vriend
Organ: Rooster Davis (David Aide)
Programming: Tino Zolfo

Upcoming Dates

February 9 – March 12 – Australia EP Release Tour

Artist Links

Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/annvriend/all-that-i-canwav

https://soundcloud.com/aporia-records/ann-vriend-will-you-be-there

https://soundcloud.com/aporia-records/ann-vriend-anybodys-different/s-dEJII

Spotify: https://play.spotify.com/artist/3vjHMysd98leqhwDotu9fZ

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnVriend

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnVriend

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnVriend #WillYouBeThere #AllThatICan

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annvriend  

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For more information, photos, mp3s, WAV files, interviews, please contact:

MEDIA CONTACT:

Beverly Kreller, Publicist | SPEAK Music
bev@speak-music.com | 416-922-3620
Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR
Facebook: www.facebook.com/beverly.kreller

 

 

Dalannah BOWEN BLUES BENEFIT: How You Can Help

Dalannah Bowen Blues Benefit

Dalannah BOWEN BLUES BENEFIT
Tues., April 5, 2016
The Fairview Pub
898 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 1J8

7:00pm to 1:30am / Doors open at 6:00pm
Donation at the Door (minimum $15)


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2016

[Vancouver, BC]  Shortly after the 30th Annual Blues For Christmas Benefit, organizer and performer Dalannah Gail Bowen was hospitalized with a stroke; and experienced a second stroke this February.  Her mobility and speech has been heavily affected and rehabilitation will take an extended period of time.  For musicians, taking away our ability to perform not only stifles our hearts and creativity but greatly tightens our pocket books as  well, leaving us with the inability to provide for ourselves.

Dalannah Gail Bowen is a much-loved and acclaimed singer/songwriter, delighting audiences throughout the Lower Mainland for over thirty years. A devoted community activist, particularly on the Downtown East Side, Dalannah works tirelessly as a performer, producer and organizer for local charities. (www.dalannahgailbowen.com) There are many faces and many personalities to this Vancouver-based blues singer. All of those personalities have something in common – a spark, joy, determination and a fire inside.

In recent years, with her singing career rekindled, Dalannah was described as “a surprise hit at the Vancouver Folk Festival”; gave “can’t miss performances” for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival; was described as “…one of Vancouver’s finest talents” by the Vancouver Sun and was named one of Vancouver’s Thirty Inspiring Women. Her latest CD, Been Around A While, received outstanding reviews around the globe. Her vocals, alongside a simple rhythm of bass tracks supplied by Owen Owen, was the sound that won over The Memphis Blues folks and put her in the Blues Hall of Fame just last year.

The  Fairview  Pub and the Vancouver  Music  Community  are  banding  together  to give back to Dalannah so she can concentrate on recovery without financial worry.

ThPerformerareJim  Byrnes, Murray  Porter, Kenny  “Blues  Boss”  Wayne, Candus Churchill, Catherine Bowers, Cecile Larochelle, Billy Dixon, Wes MacKey, Damian Azriel, Jason Buie, Jayleen Stonehouse, Jessi  Nicholson, Jim Foster, Joani Bye, Keith Bennett, Steve Sainas, and Taylor James.

The Stellar Musicians are: Billy Mendoza, Brock Miller, Cameron Hood, Chris Nordquist, Dave Say, Don Hardy,  Johnny Ferreira, Leonard Saidman, Lindsay Mitchell, Malcolm Aiken, Marko Ibarra, Michael Creber, Olaf de Shield, Owen Owen Owen, Ray Ayotte, Ross Langbell, Shawn Soucy, and Steve Daily.

Concert goers will also be able to support Dalannah Gail Bowen by purchasing 50/50 tickets.  The general public will be able to participate in an online auction for items including a One Week Luxury Stay in Mexico, valued at $4200, purchase music downloads donated by local musicians or donate directly to an online donations site.

Please join us for this wonderful evening, purchase items from the online auction at bowenbluesbenefit2016.eflea.ca from March 13 to April 13 or donate directly www.dalannahgailbowen.com/Donate.html.  Collectively giving a bit translates into a whole lot!

www.dalannahgailbowen.com

Sherman & Lee Were Just Meant To Be: Lost and Found on CD Baby Now

Sherman and LeeSome things are just meant to be.

At a time when most Baby Boomers are looking to retire, David Sherman and Nancy Lee packed up the van and hit the road, touring towns in Ontario to share their love of music — and each other.

A former journalist and editor, Sherman, 62, saw the writing on the wall when newspapers began downsizing and used his love for words to propel him into becoming a successful playwright and a songwriter musician Lee, 55, had been a professional musician songwriter in her early 20s, until settling down to raise a family. But when her husband died a few years ago, she picked up her guitar and began playing in cafes near her home.

That’s when serendipity stepped in — Sherman met Lee one frozen February night two years ago as they shared a bill playing a gig in farm country outside of Montreal.

“I just found her looks and soulful singing mesmerizing,” said Sherman, of the woman with whom he now shares his personal and professional life.

“And I found his songs and voice fascinating,” said Lee.

After exchanging email addresses, they met again, and again, and soon started performing together.

The result has been the creation of Sherman & Lee, a creative, collaborative team where they compose and perform songs of the magic and misery that is love, of disintegrating cities and broken dreams, of lost souls and magic moments.

“One night, at a sold out dinner show in Montreal, Guy Sprung, the artistic director of Infinitheatre where I am the writer-in-residence, suggested Nancy and I string the stories together into a narrative and do a musical theatre piece,” recalls Sherman.

“He called it ‘docutheatre.’”

The idea resonated with the couple; they had come from hard times, they were older and a little wiser and there were stories to tell.

“Mixed with a little fiction, we created Lost and Found,” explains Sherman of the 90-minute musical that will be directed by Guy Sprung and performed in Montreal next winter.

“We were lucky to have some of Montreal’s best musicians — Stephen Barry and Andrew Cowan of the Stephen Barry Blues Band and John McColgan, a former member of the band, a drummer and producer — who workshopped the play in front of an audiences. Lost and Found is the soundtrack CD to the play,” says Sherman.

Lost and Found is available now on CD Baby. A captivating and bluesy blendLost and Found by Sherman & Lee of folk, roots, country and pop that combines the sweet vocals of Lee and the edgy vocals and soul-touching lyrics of Sherman, creating an original sound that lingers long after the last note.

Whether they perform as a duo or are backed up by some of Montreal’s finest musicians, Sherman & Lee entertain with an entrancing combination of blues, folk, roots, and pop.

Their love is real, their stories are true and audiences are drawn in by their lyrics, their haunting harmonies and the duo’s captivating stage presence. A Sherman & Lee show makes them laugh, makes them cry and makes them come back for more.

Check them out at www.shermanandlee.com, LIKE their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @ShermanandLee.

“At Last” Georgette Fry Sings Etta James and She’s SENSATIONAL!!

Georgette Fry & Shout Sister Choir

Photo from Picton Regent Theatre performance

“At Last”

Georgette Fry Sings Etta James

Brockville Arts Centre
June 22, 2013 – Showtime 7:30 pm

Market Hall, Peterborough
June 29, 2013 – Showtime 8:00 pm


Juno nominated
Georgette Fry has been described as a “powerful and expressive singer.”   She returns to the stage with a Tribute to Etta James, accompanied by an eight-piece band, three accomplished vocalists (Tabby Johnson, Mariko Ohtake and Anna Sudac), and the Shout Sister! Choir providing the gospel backups! 

Georgette’s concerts highlight the ease with which she bridges the gap between jazz and blues.  Sandy MacDonald, Halifax Daily News writes, “With her luscious singing voice, she explores the soulful grey area between blues and jazz, where artists like Etta James and Ray Charles and Bonnie Raitt have staked their careers.”  Long recognized as one Canada’s best blues vocalists, Georgette was most recently named “2013 Singer of the Year” by the Calgary Blues Music Association.

Etta James’ career spanned six decades, during which she had several top ten hits, a dozen nominations and three Grammy Awards and a Grammy “Lifetime Achievement” Award; in 2008, her first hit, “The Wallflower” (aka “Dance With Me Henry”) was also given the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.  Etta James passed away in January of 2012, leaving a lasting legacy.

Tickets for the Brockville show are $29.00 and are available at the Box Office at 613-342-7122.

Tickets for the Peterborough show are $33.00 and are available at the Box Office at 705-749-1146 or Moondance Records at 705-742-9425 (cash only).

For interviews contact: Nancy Greig, Manager – 613-453-6570

 njgreig@absolutelymusic.on.ca

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I saw Georgette Fry’s tribute to Etta James at the The Grand Theatre in Kingston on Thursday, June 20th and it was, without a doubt, the best show I’ve seen this year! Georgette was SENSATIONAL and she received two standing ovations! This is definitely a MUST SEE show. I was almost moved to tears during several songs as Georgette has put so much heart, soul and BLUES into her show. It blew me away. This show isn’t just for Etta James fans (of which I am) but for anyone who wants to witness a spectacular night of blues, R&B, jazz, soul and gospel music. Georgette’s back-up singers Tabby Johnson and Anna Sudac were excellent too. The whole show should really be filmed and made available on DVD, it’s that good!

Lyle Lovett’s Release Me Releases Him From Contract With Curb

CD Review
Title: Release Me
Artist:  Lyle Lovett
Label: Curb/Lost Highway
Released: February 28, 2012
Stars:  3.5

Release Me is Texan singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett’s 15th album.  I remember playing Pontiac (1987) when it was first released over and over…couldn’t get enough of his saddle smooth voice, wry sense of humour, and superb medley of genres.  I followed him quite closely throughout the release of his following four albums (Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Joshua Judges Ruth, I Love Everybody, and The Road To Ensenada), and saw him in concert in Vancouver in 1995.  However, for some inexplicable reason, he fell off my radar for quite a while and I’m not familiar with the music he made after 1996.  I guess I was missing him.  After giving Release Me a good listen I remember why I loved him so much.

While Release Me doesn’t mean as much to me as the previous recordings I mentioned, as Lovett mostly covers other people’s songs here, it does have a few gems among its generous 14 track listing, that span from dour to droll, as well as a couple of Christmas songs which were, truthfully, a bit mystifying.  The CD’s black and white artwork features Lovett looking forlorn, standing on a country dirt road, bound by a very long piece of rope which is more than likely a metaphor for the place he now finds himself in his career.

Release Me opens on an upbeat note with a rollicking country instrumental reel highlighted by Luke Bulla’s fiddle called “Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom”.  Immediately your toes start tapping and they don’t stop as it segues into the title track, “Release Me”.  The country classic is interpreted by Lovett and k.d. lang, but for all intents and purposes is one of two throw away tracks on the album in my humble opinion.  I’m a big fan of k.d. lang too, but this is neither lang’s nor Lovett’s most memorable performance.  However, I’m completely captivated by “White Boy Lost In The Blues”, a sexy, cool blues number with harmonies by Arnold McCuller and Dean Parks’ slick electric slide guitar.  It’s my favourite track and I could push repeat on my iPhone and listen to it all day long!

Track 4, which I thought was a little out of place and could be classified as another one to toss, (though it’s certainly not bad) is the jazz standard, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, a Christmas duet with Kat Edmonson.  Later on in the album (Track 11), Lovett offers up his own Christmas song, “The Girl With The Holiday Smile”, a New Orleans style, boogie-woogie about a hooker in a grocery store.  Love it and will most certainly add it to my holiday playlist, but still can’t understand why he’d put Christmas songs on an album released in February.

Lovett is no stranger to the relationship blues and we hear more about them in the pretty and poignant ballads “Understand You” and “Dress of Laces”, a heartrending murder epic featuring harmony vocals by Sara Watkins.  He’s always been a master storyteller as well and spins more familiar yarns with “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” and “One Way Gal”.

“Night’s Lullaby” is exactly that, a lullaby with backing vocals by Sean and Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek) while “Keep It Clean” is a Traditional standard arranged by Lovett featuring upbeat jazzy blues with whimsical, jaunty lyrics.  “Isn’t That So” is exceptionally good swinging, soulful blues that scream classic Lovett and is another favourite of mine on the album along with “White Freightliner Blues”, a frenetic country blues duet with Keith Sewell & Luke Bulla, written by Townes Van Zandt and featuring some fantastic drumming by Ross Kunkel.  Release Me closes with the gospel piano ballad, “Keep Us Steadfast”, written by Martin Luther featuring Luke Bulla on harmonies, but it’s a track I could have done without as I’d rather the album ended on a more exulted note.

Singer-songwriters as intelligent and charming as Lyle Lovett are as rare as white tigers, but I prefer to hear him sing his own songs.  Regardless, I’ll love Lyle’s style forever.  Release Me is definitely worth listening to and it’ll be interesting to see what he does as a free agent, now that his contract with Curb has ended and a new chapter is waiting to begin.

Live Wire Music Series Presents Rick Fines & Girls With Glasses on Fri. Feb. 11th!

The Live Wire Music Series is kicking off the 2011 season on Friday, February 11th with a double-bill featuring two of Canada’s finest music acts, Peterborough’s Rick Fines and Toronto’s Girls With Glasses.

RICK FINES

He’s an all-time Live Wire favourite who has won countless awards for his spectacular guitar playing, his wonderful songwriting and his expressive, bluesy vocals. Rick Fines is a musical powerhouse – whether he’s fingerpicking a Mississippi John Hurt number or doing a bottleneck slide guitar rendition of one of his own tunes, you can be sure that Rick will be both authentic and entertaining. And that’s just the first half of the evening!

GIRLS WITH GLASSES

EVE GOLDBERG, EVALYN PARRY, & KARYN ELLIS

It’s true, they proudly wear glasses, and they are girls, but Girls
With Glasses
is much more than a gimmick. Begun in 2004 as a “one-time-only” concert collective, Girls With Glasses has evolved
into an ensemble that combines rootsy folk and blues, edgy pop, and
spoken word with luscious harmonies and original arrangements. Bringing together the prodigious talents of three of Ontario’s finest songwriters – Evalyn Parry, Eve Goldberg, and Karyn Elllis, Girls with Glasses performances are hilarious, poignant, provocative, and fun. They have performed across Ontario for five years straight, selling out many venues and steadily growing a fan base eager for more.

Rick Fines and Girls with Glasses
Friday, Feb. 11 – 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston, ON
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if available)

On sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613) 542-2452, Tara Foods and Renaissance Music.

www.livewiremusicseries.ca

For The Love Of The Blues!

Me with Blues singer/musician/harmonica player extraordinaire, David Rotundo!


I’ve been a lover of live Blues music since I was in college in the early ’80’s and have seen many amazing Blues artists play in Kingston, Belleville, Toronto, Vancouver and Austin. I’ve highlighted some of my very favourites in bold on the list below. I am a member of and photographer for the Kingston Blues Society and highly recommend that if you love the Blues and your city has a Blues society, you should join!

ZZ Top (2x)
BB King (2x)
Buddy Guy
Junior Wells
Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows
David Wilcox (4x)
The Neville Brothers
Lucky Peterson
Deborah Coleman
Little Feat
Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir
Guitar Shorty
Sapphire
Smokey Wilson
Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers
Jimmy Vaughan
Delbert McClinton (my favourite!)
Colin James (4x)
Son Seals
Robert Cray
Eugene Smith (4x)
Roy Buchanan
Bleeker Street (4x)
Fathead
Powder Blues Band
Brownie McGhee
Matt “Guitar” Murphy (2x)
Dan Aykroyd (of The Blues Brothers)
Albert King (2x)
Roomful of Blues
Lou Ann Barton
The Fabulous Thunderbirds (4x)
Bugs Henderson
Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson
Morgan Davis (6x)
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (2x)
Albert Collins
Professor’s Blues Review (2x)
The Phantoms (5x)
Jeff Healey (2x)
Angela Strehli
Omar & The Howlers (excellent!)
Wild Blues Yonder (8x)
Downchild Blues Band (2x)
Jim Byrnes (4x) (great bluesman and lovely man!)
Long John Baldry w/Kathi McDonald (3x)
Jack de Keyzer (3x)
The Blue Nites
Blue Avenue (4x)
The Southbound Blues Band (2x)
Wailin’ Al Walker
Taj Mahal (amazing!)
Ruthie Foster
Stanley Road
Elyssa Mahoney
Agent Blue (2x)
Mojo Shooters (4x +)
JW Jones Band (2x)
Marg Bass Blues Band
Big Bill Morganfield
Coco Montoya
David Rotundo (2x)
Michael Pickett
Lee Oskar
Steve Marriner
George Thorogood & The Destroyers (consummate pro!)