Category Archives: blues

Review: Shufflin’ the Blues by Holly & Jon

This is classic blues, all down the line. Jon gets his guitar tone exactly right, no small achievement in a live setting, where even the most rehearsed songs can be subverted by bad acoustics or unexpected PA system fails. There’s … Continue reading

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Winter Blues Boogie patrons dance on despite adversity

If there’s one thing the 23rd annual Winter Blues Boogie in Silverton proved this year, it’s that music and dancing can overcome adversity. The event was notable for several things – the reunion of the original Dr. Fun and the … Continue reading

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Ozzie Wizard of the Slide

These days, to discover an original is something. And Jeff Lang is just that. While some folks are great players and others are great writers, it’s seldom the two come wrapped in the same package. Dylan and Cohen are genius … Continue reading

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Winter Blues Boogie a Kootenay Godsend

1. The January Blues You have to live in the mountains to appreciate what a godsend Winter Blues Boogie is in the depths of a Kootenay winter. The January blues, man. Skies about 50 feet off the ground. The chill … Continue reading

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With a Little Help From My Friends—Rockin’ Slocan City

1. The Brotherhood of Sound The old song With a Little Help From My Friends took on new meaning when top Canadian musicians gathered to help Johnny ‘Tornado’ Pettigrew launch his new business, the Slocan City Trading Company on May … Continue reading

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Winter Blues Boogie a Cure-all for the January Blahs

“The blues ain’t nothin’ but a good man feelin’ bad.” —Leon Redbone Ironic, isn’t it? That a form of music based on “feelin’ bad” should make people feel so good? Nothing less than the redemptive power of art in action. … Continue reading

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The King of Swamp Blues—Leon Russell Rocks the Royal

Let’s get one thing straight. This idea that old guys can’t rock is just nonsense. It only stands to reason that the longer a musician performs, the better they get. (Excepting of course those who blew out a few too … Continue reading

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