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Winter Blues Boogie’s 25th another memorable night

Well, they came, and they rocked. The 25th anniversary of the Winter Blues Boogie in Silverton (Saturday, February 4) delivered another great evening of booty-shaking rock and blues. The evening was notable for the reunion of the original line-up of … Continue reading

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Holly & Jon interview: The A–Z of the Blues

INTRODUCTION: I’ve been following the music of Holly and Jon for about 10 years now, ever since being utterly gripped by Holly’s clarion voice and Jon’s pristine blues picking. In the Kootenays they’ve become something of a blues institution along … Continue reading

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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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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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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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The Golden Age of Rock ’n Roll 2: The Day Rock ’n Roll Died

Alvin Lee is dead. Taken at just 68 by the evasive ‘complications from a routine operation.’ The passing of musical prodigies like Alvin Lee means the passing of a great generation. A generation that had more deep, original talent per … 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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