2017 Calgary Bluesfest Artists
Amos Garrett & the Eh! Team featuring Dale Spalding
Revered as one of the top guitar players in the nation (and possibly the world), Garrett has recorded with more than 150 artists, ranging from Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren and Pearls Before Swine to Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Martin Mull. Guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin stated Amos Garrett was one of his favorite American guitar players. For his Calgary Bluesfest performance, Amos will be joined by Dale Spalding
of Canned Heat fame.
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Andy T Band with Alabama Mike & special guest Anson Funderburgh
Andy T and his band swing effortlessly between West Coast jump blues stompers, hardcore Chicago and Texas string-fests, and Louisiana swamp grooves. His jazz-tinged guitar style is influenced by T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Magic Sam, and Albert Collins among others, yet it remains his own.
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With a career spanning 27 years, nine albums and the winner multiple Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year, Quebec blues belter Angel Forrest has performed at major festivals in Canada and Europe. Often compared to Janis Joplin, Angel has her own sound and powerful delivery.
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Big Bill Morganfield
Multiple award-winning bluesman Big Bill Morganfield is the son of McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters) and has emerged in the past few years as one of the top blues talents in America. Bill has played all over the world, bringing pure joy to those who have had the pleasure of seeing one of his live performances.
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Billy Joe Green Band
Winner of numerous awards including 3 JUNO nominations, Billy Joe Green brings his down & dirty, gritty rough edges, searing, piercing guitar to the Calgary Bluesfest Mainstage. Get ready for some mean blues from this veteran artist!
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Black Cherry Perry's Mississippi Medicine Show
From the heart of the Mississippi Delta, at the turn of the last century, came a music so powerful that it pit the forces of good vs evil, angels vs demons, light vs dark. Inspired by the mystique and majesty that were the famous "Travelling Medicine Shows" Black Cherry Perry looks to entertain visually as well as musically.
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""His name is synonymous with myth, legend and greatness." - All Music Review
Acknowledged as Britain's finest blues and boogie pianist, Bob Hall's distinctive and original piano style has influenced generations of piano players and left a lasting legacy. He first came to fame in the rhythm 'n' blues explosion of the sixties, as a founder member of The Groundhogs and later Savoy Brown. Other blues stars he played and recorded with at that time included Alexis Korner, Peter Green and Spencer Davis. Bob Hall, his talented partner, guitarist and bass player Hilary Blythe, will back Lil' Jimmy Reed
for their Calgary Bluesfest appearance.
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Brent Parkin Band
Amos Garrett calls Parkin "a guitarist's guitarist" and Tom Lavin of Powder Blues refers to Brent as "Canada's Duke Robillard." A veteran of the Winnipeg music scene, Brent Parkin has been playing for audiences in Winnipeg and across Canada for well over 40 years. Brent's music is a mix of Chicago style Blues, Swing, Roots music with some Country and Roots Rock and Roll thrown in for good measure.
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Brother Ray Lemelin
The approach is simple. Sharp performances and professionalism. "If you put the Blues of B.B. King, the grooves of James Brown, and the Gospel vocal sounds of the Staple Singers," states Lemelin, "and mix it all up, you have the ingredients for a Funky, 'Soulful' good time!" That almost sums up this great musician s music... Ray Lemelin has brought his soulful sound to the stage, backing some of the biggest names in the business.
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Charlie B & the Groove Crew
One of the busiest musicians in show biz, Charlie Butler takes time out of his world tours to make an appearance at Calgary Bluesfest. Charlie is renowned for his impressive guitar skills and rich baritone voice, combining Gospel, Blues, Jazz Funk and R&B for a sublime style all of his own. Backing Charlie for his MainStage appearance are the Groove Crew, formed by Yuji Ihara (guitar), bassist George Phillip (bass), Casey Davis (drums) and Ferdi Braithewaite (keys).
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"Brother Ray meets the Ramones... Chopin meets Minutemen." - Tony Sarabia, WBEZ Radio. The Claudettes fuse Windy City piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk, jazz-age echoes of burlesque and vaudeville and the sultriness of '60s pop-soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music.
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The front man for Canned Heat, Dale Spalding is renowned for his harmonica work but is an accomplished guitar player and singer. This New Orleans based musician spent time as a member of the Iguanas, with Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Band, and as leader of his own band in L.A. Dale has also played and/or recorded with Dave Alvin, James Cotton, Marcia Ball, Ruthie Foster, Papa Mali, Otis Rush, Pinetop Perkins and is heard on the Ray Charles Latin version of Maryanne.
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Ghost Town Blues Band
"With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard." -Living Blues Magazine
Beale Street's latest success story, 2016 Independent Blues Award winner for Best Contemporary Blues Song, 2015 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee for Best Blues Band and 2014 International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa's blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player.
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As a participant in the 2017 Singing the Blues Vocal Camp during the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest, Ginette Tremblay has been selected to perform at the Calgary International Blues Festival Kickoff Bash on July 31st! Accompanying Ginette for her performance will be the Debra Power Band.
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The Thrill Ain' Gone - Jack Semple's Tribute to BB King
"In my opinion BB King was the greatest electric blues guitarist of all time," Semple exclaims. "His ability to communicate emotionally with the audience through his guitar was unparalleled. I met him in 1995 and unlike other superstars was humble, patient and empathetic – his generosity was overwhelming. I try to follow his lead professionally." - Jack Semple
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Lil' Jimmy Reed & the 'A' Team
The blues was born in the deep South, a wild outcry against segregation, poverty and hard, back-breaking work. Sadly most of the great musicians who created this vibrant, influential music have passed on, leaving only their recordings to testify to their genius. However, one man, whose career stretches back to the time when rhythm 'n' blues was just bursting onto the popular music scene, is still with us and playing better than ever. At 78, Leon Atkins, better known as Lil' Jimmy Reed, is the real deal, as will be attested to by anyone who has been privileged to hear his stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica. A tall charismatic figure, Lil' Jimmy epitomises the classic Louisiana down-home blues tradition.
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Mike Watson & the 6L6s
After years honing in on the most primal guitar sounds he could find, singer and guitarist Mike Watson began seeking out new sounds during the last few years of the King Eddy's life. He began to dig up old records of blues men, hill people, hollers, and prewar gospel.
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A Delta Blues Force recognized for his upbeat, outlandish show, Mr. Sipp has over 125 recording credits to his name, has played on over 50 national recordings with several Grammy nominated projects. Sipp captured the 2014 International Blues Challenge Band Category, the 2014 Gibson Award for Best Guitarist, and the 2014 Jus' Blues Bobby Rush Entertainer's Award. Mr. Sipp was also cast in the recently released James Brown movie, 'Get on Up'.
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Paul DesLauriers Band
Undeniably part of Canada's musical elite, all three members are regular nominees and winners at the Maple Blues Awards and Quebec Lys Blues Awards. Paul DesLauriers is the Winner of 2 Maple Blues Awards in 2014, including Guitarist of the Year and winner of 5 Lys Blues Awards in Quebec. Greg Morency won the Maple Blues Award for Bassist of the Year in 2015 & 2017. Sam Harrisson is a three-time Maple Blues Award Drummer of the Year nominee and winner of the 2017 award. He also boasts the record-holding 9 Lys Blues Awards in Quebec for Musical Performance.
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Randy McAllister & the Scrappiest Band in the Motherland
He's been flying in the face of convention his whole career. No smoke, no mirrors, no choreography, no industry machines. One of the most versatile bluesmen in Texas, Randy plays driving drums and world-class harmonica, writes incredible songs and sings like no one else.
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Rockin Johnny Burgin
"With the passing of time, Rockin Johnny has become a key figure on the Blues scene. His guitar playing continues to be unique. Many today use their instrument as a blunt instrument to beat their audience into submission. His guitar lines cut with the precision of a scalpel or laser mixing a sweet and menacing phrasing. Over the years he has stepped up to the front of the scene to not only lead the band but also to attract and surround himself with some of the best up and coming musicians (the mark of some of the best from the past)." - Alain Recourbe, Contributor, Soul Bag FR. Rockin Johnny Burgin appears with Sugar Brown for his Calgary Bluesfest MainStage performance.
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The Soul Sisters bring together three of Canada's finest vocalists in one dynamite package. With a repertoire that meanders through Gospel, Blues, Funk, Spirituals and more, this special Sunday performance will lift you, make you smile and will kick off the final day of Bluesfest in the best possible way!
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Sugar Brown Band with Rockin Johnny Burgin
"Here you have a Japanese/Korean-American singer-songwriter and guitarist performing the deeply African American traditions of Chicago and droning Hill Country trance blues way up north in Toronto, Canada. If you think it might be a disaster and couldn't possibly fly, rejoice. Sugar Brown will shake you up just a little... You want to press the replay button because this hard-driving record is a pure musical pleasure and highly addictive. This is sure to raise some eyebrows in bewilderment, but it is pure fun excitement. Get down Sugar Brown. Nothing boring here." Living Blues Magazine
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Toronzo Cannon has become one of Chicago's most recognized and most popular bluesmen through the sheer force of his music, his songs, his live charisma, and maybe most impressively, his passion for what he is doing. He's played the Chicago Blues Festival on nine separate occasions, either as a sideman, a special guest, a band leader or, most recently, as a main stage headliner. Toronzo Cannon is the real deal. He's battled his way to the top of the ultra-competitive Windy City blues scene, has already played multiple tours of Europe and delivered roof-raising performances around the U.S.A
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Williams, Wayne & Isaak
Inspired by a performance at the Klondike Roots & Blues Festival, these three bluesmen bring their tasty blend of country blues, delta blues, gospel, ragtime and swing to Calgary for a special performance. Equal parts Tim Williams, winner of the 2014 International Blues Challenge, Maple Blues Award Winners, the boogie piano great Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne, and songwriter and guitarist Brandon Isaak, this trio created the recipe for Blues perfection.
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