08 March 2010

Ottawa Blues This Week - 8 March 2010




Congratulations to the Indie nominees for Favourite Blues Artist/Group

Colin James (MapleMusic)
Colin Linden (True North Records)
Harrison Kennedy (Electro-Fi)
Jim Byrnes (Black Hen)
Monkey Junk (Beefy Productions)

Voting is open; one vote per category per email address.


Awards will be presented Saturday, March 13 at the Fairmount Royal York Hotel in Toronto.






Congratulations to the nominees for this year’s Juno for Blues Album of the Year:

“Steady Movin’” - Carlos del Junco (NorthernBlues)

“From The Water” - Colin Linden (True North)
“I Need A Hat” – Downchild (Linus)
“The Corktown Sessions” - Jack de Keyzer (Blue Star*)

“Low Fidelity” - Treasa Levasseur (Slim Chicken)

The Juno Awards will be presented Sunday, April 18.

For other nominees, http://junoawards.ca/nominees/




Hot Guitars and Fiery Cuisine

With the Robert Farrell Band at

Mambo Nuevo Latino, 77 Clarence Street

Wednesday, March 10 @ 8 pm; no cover

Robert Farrell Band pays a visit to Byward Market’s Mambo Nuevo Latino to heat up the popular dinner entertainment spot with an evening of hot rock blues.

Robert who’s been New Artist Radio's Male Rock Artist of the Year as well as runner-up in the International Music Aid Awards and performed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis with his band, rfb, continues to amaze with his unique playing technique – there is no one else who plays double slide like he does.

It will be an outstanding evening featuring the best of Mambo’s Latin American cuisine in combination with the big sound of Robert’s custom guitars.



Rocket Rached & The Fat City 8
       "6th annual 39th Birthday Bash.... actually he'll be 45"
Carleton Tavern, 223 Armstrong Street
Friday, March 12 @ 9:30 pm
Following their recent 2-night CD-recording shows at the Elmdale House, 
the Fat City 8 are helping Jed celebrate his 6th annual 39th birthday bash 
at the Carleton Tavern.


Drew Nelson Band

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Friday, March 12

After a couple of years in self-imposed semi-retirement Drew has decided to lunge back into the music world in a much more active fashion. The newly re-configured band consists of...Drew Nelson, Scott Amey on guitar and vocals, Steve Trecarten on sax and keyboards, Matt Wood on drums and vocals, as well as Andy Gorham on keyboards. The return of Drew's original bass player and arranger, Kurt Walther has provided an extra spark. Kurt recently has recovered from a severed tendon in his hand as well as a bad case of being a financial advisor. The band is pumped and ready for action.



Souljazz Orchestra

Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Hull

Saturday, March 13

Souljazz Orchestra’s new album, “Rising Sun”, is finally out on Strut Records and they will be kicking off a two-month album release tour with dates in Ontario and Quebec in March. After that, they cross the Atlantic for a tour of Europe, hitting the UK, France, Holland, Switzerland, Norway, maybe German,y collaborating along the way with friends from Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Fanga.

“Without getting into long descriptions, let’s just say that we really put all of our hearts and souls into this album, have a listen.”




Fathead – CD release party

O’Reilly’s Pub, Perth ON

Friday, March 12 @ 8 pm


Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Saturday, March 13 @ 9:15 pm

The journey continues for two time Juno Award winners, Fathead, the sturdiest of Canadian bands.

Fathead, individually and collectively, has garnered numerous awards and accolades; notably two Juno Awards – Blues Recording of the Year for “Blues Weather” (1998) and “Building Full Of Blues” (2008) respectively. And now, buoyed by the return of long time member Teddy Leonard on guitar and the full integration of Bucky Berger on drums and percussion, Fathead offers up a new assortment of material on their latest release, “Where’s The Blues Taking Me”.

A more than worthy successor to “Building”, “Where’s The Blues Taking Me” takes it to a new level with the band’s most fully realized recording to date. With production handled by B-3 master Lance Anderson, the CD boasts a number of different sounds via always eloquent stories weaved into song, (courtesy of the band’s long time song writing team of Al Lerman and Omar Tunnoch), soul bearing vocals, sterling musicianship, and superior production values. The release demonstrates that the Fathead sound is constantly evolving and provides a generous supply of everything within Fathead’s wide musical sphere including straight up Blues, R&B, 50s framed Rock & Roll, Funk, Gospel, and even some cabaret Soul/Blues. All selections are delivered with the warmth and accessibility listeners have come to identify with the band.

The subject matter brings to light all things common and uncommon in everyday life and generally displays a courage to keep on moving forward despite life’s unpredictability. As evidence look no further than the title song:

“I nearly met my maker once or twice,
But I’m still here, I guess the time wasn’t right
I wake up every day with a smile on my face
Still the clock keeps ticking and I just can’t stop thinking
Where’s the blues taking me”

As an added bonus, Fathead closes the disc by dispatching a rare cover of Jackie Wilson’s ‘Lonely Teardrops’. The number, that the band has been performing regularly live, features a convincing John Mays vocal, an infectious Rhumba beat accentuated by Bucky Berger’s percussion, and a great ‘Say You Will’ vocal ride out. ‘Teardrops’ is a soul satisfying conclusion to an offering that effectively adds to the Fathead legacy.



Shane Philip

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, March 13, 10pm – 2 am; $10

Shane Phillip is a solo maniac of a musician; he plays the didgeridoo, the drums, sings, and so much more, all at the same time. Just back from performing 9 shows at this year's Olympics.

Be prepared to enter a world of music that is unique, compelling, infectious and just plain amazing when you go to a Shane Philip concert. Multi-instrumentalist Shane Philip is nothing short of awesome. Playing drums, percussion, guitar and didgeridoo, he weaves together a pulsing tapestry of sound to lift the heart and move the feet!

“It touches on many different genres ... I call it ‘island soul music’, a category I invented,” said Shane Philip. “It’s not really rock, it’s not reggae. It’s got elements of rock, elements of reggae.”

The man from Vancouver Island British Columbia really knows how to lay down a groove and people can expect to be moved.





TNT Duo – Soul Nite
Georgian House Restaurant, Main Street, Alexandria ON

Thursday, March 11 @ 7 pm: $10

Join us for an intimate evening in the Timber Room of the Georgian House. Dave Dragone and Miki will be sitting in on hand drums.
If you wish to come for dinner, Chef Heinz prepares a special menu every Soul Nite.



Suzie Vinnick

The Waterfront Bistro; 590 Liverpool Road Pickering

Thursday March 11 @ 8 pm; tickets $20 advance / $25 door

Suzie Vinnick has the voice of a blues mama who's seen it all. She plays bass, guitar, saxophone, piano, Dobro, lap steel and mandolin. A self-taught musician, Suzie is one of the busiest session players and singers in the Canadian blues/roots music and jazz communities, having made appearances on more than a dozen recordings by other artists. She is a frequent headliner at festivals across the country and in the US, and in November shared the Massey Hall stage as musical director and featured artist in the Toronto Blues Society's annual all-star Women's Blues Revue. Multi-Maple Blues Award winner (for female vocalist, bassist and songwriter categories), Suzie was nominated for a 2009 JUNO for her 3rd album, “Happy Here”, produced by Juno-Award winning singer/songwriter Stephen Fearing, and for two 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs).

“Possessed of a distinctively alluring voice – once described as being "spun of gold " – she has the power and grace to project it through finely-crafted (and increasingly self-penned) songs that make you sit up and wish you knew her better.” (Eric Thom)


Opening for Suzie is Jill Jambor, an emerging artist from Barrie ON. Jambor released her debut album "To Give You an Idea" in 2009. Her songs have been praised as fresh, deliberate and emotionally authentic.


Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick

Studio Theatre 63 Gore St E, Perth, ON
Saturday, March 13 @ 8 pm; tickets $21.50 advance, $25 at the door

Rick & Suzie released their “Nothing Halfway” CD in 2006, and their collaboration was recognized with a Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2007. They toured extensively following the award. They still perform together, perhaps less often, and will be appearing this summer at the 50th Anniversary of the Mariposa Folk Festival, the 25th Anniversary of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival in Lunenburg, NS and the 20th Anniversary of the Stewart Park Festival in Perth ON. They’ll also be in Perth in March; don’t miss this opportunity to see arguably the best acoustic duo in Canadian roots/blues music.


Tickets: Shadowfax, 67 Foster St, Perth or call 1-800-518-2729




Irene’s Blues Jam

Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street

Thursdays, 9 pm – 1 am

The Stellar Cast Blues Jam is a bonafide grass roots event that has grown out of the very floorboards of Irene’s Pub and has become a real crowd pleaser for musicians and music lovers alike. The Stellar Cast features Mike Ktenas (bass) and Corky Kealey (drums) as the foundation, and is filled out by a host of great local players who rotate according to availability. Each week the cast is topped up with a guest host who steers the song selections in whatever way they're inspired and the jamming begins. It's a great concept and the proof is in the popularity the night has garnered over the years.

Special guests:

March 11 – Jed Rached

March 18 – John Yemensky

March 25 – Terry Gillespie


Sunday Blues, 6-9 pm, no cover

Atomic Rooster, 303 Bank Street (at MacLaren)



Open Blues/Rock jam

Le Petit Chicago in Hull Centre-Town, 50 Portage Street

Sundays, 8-11 pm, starting March 29

We provide drums and amps, just bring your instrument. One musician at a time can play, with the band for improvisation, or as a standalone, for 15/20 minutes. You can register your name on a list at the door, choosing at what time you'd like to play. We suggest that you know how to communicate in terms of chords and rhythms, to make the improvisation easier and more convenient for the other musicians. You're more than welcome to come and play with us, and bring your friends! Le Petit Chicago is a very nice bar and we hope to see a lot of people. Spread the word!



Irene’s, 885 Bank Street

Every Sunday night, 9 pm – until Sunday, March 14

Jesse Greene and band perform live at Irene's every Sunday night. Blues/jazz originals rock, funk, folk, R&B, don't miss out! This is a kick-ass band. Jesse is an amazing guitarist and songwriter. Bluesfest performances, and shows with her other two bands Jokko and Frank and Jesse James have really started to turn heads and win hearts. But this is by far the best yet!
Drums - Jason Cote; Guitar - Luke Donovan & Jesse Greene; Harp - Marc Seguin; Bass - Dan Grewal.






Open Blues Jam

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street

2nd Sunday of each month, 4-7 pm; cover $5 (jammers free)

Hosted by Smokestack Lightning, the jam is open to all ages.



Open Blues Jam

Rainbow Bistro, 76 Murray Street

Last Sunday of each month, 4-7 pm; cover $5 (jammers free)

Hosted by River City Junction, the jam is open to all ages. Jammers sign up on the jam sheet at the door & each jam session lasts for 3 songs. Drums & amps are provided, you only need to bring your instruments (but you can bring your amps if you want to).



Blues Jam

Avant- Garde Bar & Restaurant, 135½ Besserer Street

First Tuesday of each month @ 8 pm

Hosted by River City Junction, this jam is open to guest performers, but is not an open jam’.

If you want to play, please contact River City Junction in advance to work out what instrument you play & what songs you would like to do.

Contact Jason jason@rivercityjunction.com




Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang

Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Friday, March 19 @ 9:30 pm

Eddie Shaw, on tenor & alto saxes and harmonica, is a very talented singer, songwriter, musician, arranger and bandleader. Howlin’ Wolf’s personal manager for five years, Eddie is one of the most respected blues musicians alive today. He composes, arranges, and writes music. He worked at Delmark managing weekly sessions for the label with fellow studio fixture Jimmy Dawkins in the ‘60s. In the ‘90s, he recorded for European and Japanese labels, as well as for Roosters Blues in Clarksdale MS. The Wolf Gang usually features Shaw’s son, Eddie ‘Vaan’ Shaw on guitar.



The Jesse Greene Band

International Blues Challenge finalists

Tucson’s, 2440 Bank Street

Friday, March 19 @ 9:15 pm


Rainbow, 76 Murray Street

Saturday, March 20 @ 9:30 pm

The Ottawa Blues Society is very proud of our representative at the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. The Jesse Greene Band travelled to Memphis TN in January to represent the OBS in the Band Competition of the IBC. One hundred and eleven bands, representing blues organizations from a dozen countries, including seven from Canada, were entered. Each band played the same venue Thursday, January 21 and Friday January 22 and one band from each venue advanced to the Saturday evening finals at the Orpheum Theatre. The Jesse Greene Band was the only Canadian band of the 11 bands in the finals.

Join us on Friday, March 19 at Tucson’s and Saturday, March 20 at the Rainbow to congratulate the Jesse Greene Band on their fantastic showing at the IBC.

The Jesse Greene Band is Jesse Greene, guitar; Marc Seguin, harmonica, Luke Donovan, guitar; Dan Grewal, bass and Jason Coté, drums.




The Loyal Blues Fellowship presents

End of Winter Blues VI

Saturday, March 20; all door pass $25; dinner $12

Local Showcase of Quinte region’s finest Blues performers, early afternoon till 8:30 pm;

Jimmy Bowskill 9 - 11:30 pm.

Southern Dinner catered by Loyalist College Culinary Students 5:30 - 7 pm

Purchase passes on-line.



Ross Neilsen

Stonewater Pub, 490 Stone St. S., Gananoque ON

Saturday, March 20 @ 9 pm

A true road warrior in every sense, Ross Neilsen spent the last two years living out of his van on friends’ couches and fans’ floors so he could dedicate himself to his craft. He is out there doing it and he is not going to stop. A recent nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards, Blues Album of the Year nomination from the East Coast Music Association, two albums released in six months, 200+ 4-hour shows a year and a log book of over 80,000 km covering three national tours – all this in just the past year. In February 2010, Neilsen was chosen to represent New Brunswick and perform outside Atlantic Canada House Pavilion on Granville Island during the Olympics. Ross Neilsen is the real, old school kind of artist.

Whether telling tall tales, capturing the spirit of the blues through his own originals and unique covers in his intimate solo shows or combining clever lyrics with old school, in-your-face guitar playing, Ross Neilsen will take you on an emotional journey through the joys and pains of life, death, triumph and defeat.


(Thanks to Sarah French for this info.)


Blues on Tues

With Terry Gillespie

Alexandria ON

Tuesday, March 30, 7-10 pm

March 30th is a Tuesday, it is a Full Moon and it is Terry’s birthday – we are going to celebrate.
It is Jody Golick’s (sax) birthday also. Blues on Tues at the Granary with dueling saxes.





Blues on the Rideau, a Dinner & Show Fundraiser series at the Cove Inn, Westport, featuring some of Canada’s best blues artists, takes place once a month from October to June, in the friendly, intimate setting of a cozy country Inn. Includes a delicious full course buffet dinner plus the Show, with proceeds going to support different local charities – all for only $55, tax included. Advance reservations required. Shows frequently sell out in advance, so book early.

March 19 – JOHN CAMPBELLJOHN BAND http://www.campbelljohn.ca

Sizzling slide guitar rockin’ blues all the way from Cape Breton – a multiple Maple Blues Award nominee

Proceeds to the Westport Lions Club Mobility Van & Compassion Canada Sponsor-A-Child


http://www.electrofi.com and http://www.jackdekeyzer.com

From Detroit & Toronto – The Shah of Detroit blues harp & voice with a hot Toronto band featuring the great Jack de Keyzer on guitar

Proceeds to Westport In Bloom & Habitat For Humanity

May 14 – BLACKBURN http://www.myspace.com/blackburnbrothers

4 great blues, funk, R&B soul brothers form Toronto. 2009 Maple Blues Award winners as Best New Group of the Year

Proceeds to Rideau District Museum & Gilda’s Club for Cancer Families

June 19 – DANNY MARKS & THE BLUES ALL STARS http://www.dannym.com

From Toronto – A child prodigy now one of Canada’s best blues guitarist/singer entertainers, backed by an All Star Band

Proceeds to the David McCarthy Scholarship Fund

Artists & dates may change. Check the website or call the Cove as the show date draws closer.

$55 for dinner & Show (taxes and donation to charity included)

7 pm buffet dinner, Show 8:30 – 11 pm

Well—priced accommodation available at the Cove and nearby B&Bs

The historic Cove Inn is located in the beautiful town of Westport on Upper Rideau Lake – a 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston. http://www.coveinn.com

Advance reservations required. Call the Cove (613) 273-3636 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (613) 273-3636      end_of_the_skype_highlighting & book your tickets now!

Visit http://www.choosetheblues.ca for more info & updates.




Regular events

Kingston Blues Society Monthly Jam

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario St. (big blue door), Kingston ON

3rd Saturday of each month, 9 pm – midnight; $3 at the door

Always one of the best nights of entertainment Kingston has to offer – come early as seating is limited.
Come out and see Mojo Shooter (one of Kingston's best bands) and a special guest each month. Then watch and dance as Mojo Shooter and some of Kingston's best musicians get together and jam the night away.


Georgette Fry

Brandees, 178 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Every Thursday night at 8:30 pm (new start time)

The Ones

Monte’s in the Prince George Hotel, 200 Ontario Street, Kingston ON

Every Thursday night @ 9 pm

Agent Blue

RCHA Club, 193 Ontario St. (big blue door), Kingston ON

First Saturday of each month; early start 8 pm


For more, please contact Kingston Blues Society





On CKCU-FM 93.1

The Mighty 93.1


Community Radio serving the Ottawa Carleton Region

Sundays: 9-11 pm

Black and Blues

with John Tackaberry

The show features a heavy dose of electric blues and rhythm and blues, with the occasional selection of sixties soul. The first hour is dedicated to artist profiles and reviews of recordings on particular labels. In the second hour there is a blues calendar, a rundown of events in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and interviews with “new and reissued blues and rhythm and blues tracks on wax, alternating with “live blues and R&B for a Sunday night” in the last half hour of the show. On the last Sunday of every month, the show goes “down in the delta” for a selection of acoustic blues tracks in the final half hour of the program.


Wednesdays: 9-11 pm

In A Mellow Tone

with Ron Sweetman

Jazz from every era & every style – from 1917 to 2010. Each program features an artist, group, instrument, event, city or record label. Check out Ron’s website www.inamellowtone.com for info on upcoming shows and playlists (current show is posted several days in advance and past shows are archived). Ron is always happy to hear from listeners at ronsweetman@kalixo.com

This week, March 10 – Japanese Women Pianists: Our contribution to International Women’s Day will be a survey of Japanese Women Pianists, including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Satoko Fujii, Hiromi, Keiko Matsui, Junko Onishi, Aki Takase and Eri Yamamoto.

Next week, March 17 – Hakon Kornstad: We’ll focus on the leading Norwegian saxophonist Hakon Kornstad, using his recordings made between 2000 and 2007.


Every other Monday, 2-7 am – starting Monday, January 18

Rockin’ the Blues from Canada

with Diane Wells

Every other early Monday morning Diane plays a mix of Rock (classic and new) and Blues (traditional, contemporary, fusions).


On CBC Radio Two 103.3 FM

Saturdays: 6-8 pm

On CBC Radio One 91.5 FM

Saturdays: 9-11 pm

Saturday Night Blues


Host Holger Petersen has been a broadcaster, record producer, album collector, and serious blues fan for over 30 years. His collection of blues records numbers in the thousands. On Saturday Night Blues each week you’ll hear a mix of classic blues from the ‘Petersen Vaults’, concerts, interviews, artist features, new releases, plus anything that boogies, jumps, or swings, plus your requests from the Bluesline.


On CJHR 98.7 Valley Heritage Radio

Thursdays, 8-10 pm

Got The Blues

Pat Watters has been hosting this blues only radio show for the last 2+ years. It can be heard throughout the Ottawa Valley (except downtown Ottawa).




Canada Live

Monday, March 8
Concert 1: ECMA special, with guest host Tom Power, recorded in Sydney, Nova Scotia
A special edition of Canada Live from Sydney, Nova Scotia – home of this year's East Coast Music Awards. The ECMAs are more than just an awards show – they’re an entire weekend of music, running from March 4 to 7. Join guest host Tom Power for highlights from the weekend, featuring some of Atlantic Canada's best musicians in concert: Joel Plaskett, Rose Cousins, David Myles, The Cottars, Madison Violet and more.

Wednesday, March 10
concert 2: Michael Jerome Browne and The Twin Rivers Stringband, recorded at La Salla Rossa in Montreal
Guitarist and vocalist Michael Jerome Browne has a reputation as one this country's best blues and roots performers, and he has a trunk full of awards to prove it! In this concert at La Salla Rosa in Montreal, Michael is joined by acoustic trio The Twin Rivers String Band ,made up of Ottawa natives Jody Benjamin on guitar and Cajun triangle and Michael Ball on the fiddle. Michael plays an assortment of guitars along with a fiddle and sings like no one else. The room is quiet because Michael insists on having just one microphone – but that's just the way the roots audience likes it!

Canada Live broadcasts are on traditional radio, Monday to Friday, at 7-8 pm (eastern). Broadcasts can also be streamed live in every time zone from the Radio 2 website – http://www.cbc.ca/radio2




The 40th anniversary Downchild show featuring Dan Aykroyd, Colin Linden, 
Colin James & James Cotton from Toronto is now available in the concerts 
on demand section of the CBC website:
Lots more available (you can filter by blues & you’ll get 71 hits!) including:
Nova Scotia Gospel Choir and Jackie Richardson – 
Martin Luther King Tribute concert in Halifax
MonkeyJunk at the 2009 Ottawa Bluesfest
Matt Anderson at the 2009 Vancouver Folk Festival

Harrison Kennedy at Koerner Hall


Chris Kirby & The Marquee live at Bella Vista Club

Colin James live in Vancouver
Blackburn live at the Silver Dollar
(Thanks to Ian Tomlinson for this info)


Not yet broadcast, but also available on the site, the November and December live recordings of Madagscar Slim and the Women's Blues Revue.
(Thanks to Derek Andrews for this info)


Canada Live broadcasts are on traditional radio, Monday to Friday, at 7-8 pm (eastern). Broadcasts can also be streamed live in every time zone from the Radio 2 website – http://www.cbc.ca/radio2 – and each of the concerts (there are about 700 online) is archived for On-demand streaming on the Concerts on Demand part of the website for 1 year at http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/

(Thanks to Ann MacKeigan for this info)




From Andy Frank andy_frank55@yahoo.com

Hello! Many of you are aware of Roots Music Canada; we began operations in November of 2009, and currently exist as a blog that aims to put into context what (and who) is truly worth knowing about in Canadian roots music.

In this, we include some blues, some jazz, some rock, anything where roots/folk intersects with another genre is fair game for us.

You may be interested in seeing some of our HD interview and performance videos. It's free, so why not? Here are some direct links to blues-related pieces we've produced. And if you like it, I encourage you to become a Facebook Fan at our page, http://facebook. com/rootsmusicca nada

Roxanne Potvin
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 03/08/roxanne- potvin-no- love-for- the-poisonous/
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 02/13/juno- winners-fathead- release-7th- cd/
Matt Andersen
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 03/04/matt- andersens- fabulous- winter-of- 2010/
Maple Blues Awards
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 01/24/13th- annual-maple- blues-awards/
Harrison Kennedy
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 01/13/maple- blues-series- harrison- kennedy/
Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite with Danny Marks
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 01/09/maple- blues-series- whiteley- braithwaite- and-marks/
Julian Fauth
http://www.rootsmus ic.ca/2010/ 01/07/maple- blues-awards- series-julian- fauth/




ALWAYS check local listings to confirm.

On BRAVO – http://www.bravo.ca

Tuesday, March 9 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Nothing Halfway, Rick Fines & Susie Vinnick (2008): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features Rick Fines and Suzie Vinnick.

Tuesday, March 9 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Talkin' Blues EP: 301 Curtis Salgado (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features words and music from blues/soul singer Curtis Salgado, who served as the inspiration for John Belushi's Blues Brothers character.

Thursday, March 11 @ 9 am – Long John Baldry: In the Shadow of the Blues (2006)
The life and legacy of guitarist and singer Long John Baldry is examined in this one-hour documentary. Baldry played a key role in the growth of the British rhythm and blues movement, and led bands in the mid-1960s that featured Rod Stewart and Elton John, both of whom are interviewed in the documentary. In the ‘80s, Baldry emigrated to Canada, living first in Toronto and then in Vancouver, where he died in 2005.

Tuesday, March 16 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Long Walk to Nowhere, Broken Joe (2008): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features the members of Broken Joe -- Joe Toole, Jerome Godboo and Alec Fraser.

Tuesday, March 16 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Sonny Landreth (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music.

This episode features a profile of soulful Louisiana vocalist and slide-guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth.

Monday, March 22 @ 10:30 pm & Tuesday, March 23 @ 2:30 am

Garrett Mason, Born to the Blues (2008): Documentary featuring the JUNO award-winning son of Dutchy Mason, the Prime Minister of the Blues, as he forges his own style of music and develops a dedicated fan base throughout Canada.

Tuesday, March 23 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

In Good We trust, Harry Manx & Kevin Breit (2008): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features Harry Manx and Kevin Breit.

Tuesday, March 23 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Heritage Blues Festival (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music.

This episode features an interview with Bruce Wheeler of West Virginia's Heritage Blues Festival, a conversation with Journey's Neal Schon and a performance by Montreal's Dawn Tyler Watson.

Tuesday, March 23 @ 9 pm & Wednesday, March 24 @ 1 am

Johnny Cash: Behind Prison Walls (1977): In this one of only two of Johnny Cash's prison concerts that were filmed for broadcast, "Johnny Cash: Behind Prison Walls" features the ten-time Grammy Award winner performing at the Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville in 1976. Special guests Linda Ronstadt and Roy Clark perform a selection of Cash's biggest hits, including ‘Folsom Prison Blues’, ‘Orange Blossom Special’, ‘A Boy Named Sue’ and Ronstadt's version of the Eagles' ‘Desperado’.

Tuesday, March 30 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Keep on Believing/Lou Pride (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features Chicago R&B soul musician, Lou Pride.

Tuesday, March 30 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Blues Cruise (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features an interview with Roger Naber, promoter of the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, as well as artists and fans who took part in the 2005 event; also, the music of David Maxwell and Zac Harmon.

Monday, April 5 @ 9 pm & Tuesday, April 6 @ 1 am

An Evening with Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis Playing the Blues (2007)
Filmed in 2007, two iconic figures from the world of jazz and country, Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson come together for a one-off performance live at the Rose Theatre at Lincoln Center's House of Swing in New York City. Songs include ‘Down by the Riverside’, ‘Stardust’, ‘Georgia on My Mind’ and more.

Tuesday, April 6 @ 7:30 am – Rhythm, Roots and Soul

Blind Boys of Alabama (2007): This series profiles R&B, soul, gospel and roots musicians through their words and their music. Mako Funasaka documents a moment in time of these wonderful musicians from many different musical genres. This episode features The Blind Boys of Alabama.

Tuesday, April 6 @ 8 am – Talkin’ Blues

Julian Fauth (2005): Series exploring the world of contemporary blues music. This episode features multi-talented artist Julian Fauth, who shares his thoughts on the blues.




Thursday, March 18

Drew Nelson Band @ Gad’s Place, Merrickville, 8:30 pm

Friday, March 19

Jesse Greene Band @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Saturday, March 20

Jesse Greene Band @ the Rainbow, 9:30 pm

Moetown @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Sunday, March 21

Drew Nelson Band @ the Atomic Rooster, 6-9 pm

Friday, March 26

Ball & Chain and the Wreckers @ the Elmdale House Tavern

Saturday, March 27

Sweet & the Back Beat @ Tucson’s, 9:15 pm

Drew Nelson & Guy Del Villano @ Swan on the Rideau, 8 pm



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