Calgary Bluesfest (2007)
Aaron Penton’s obsession with music came early on, and at the age of 13 his dream came true when he got his first guitar.
He studied with Ron Burke, who introduced the young lad to the Blues., and Aaron was hooked. By the time he was 16,
he was joining his teacher on stage - a truly defining and important time for the up and coming Bluesman. By the age of 17,
Aaron had joined his first gigging band and would spend the next few years as a professional guitarist. While he experimented with
various styles of music including Rock, R&B, Metal, Country and Funk, the Blues continued to be his true passion and lifeblood.
Word of mouth spread, and young Aaron was contacted by the CBC. He was given the opportunity to interview and jam with Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson, one of Aaron’s heroes. The two went guitar shopping, perused the record stores, and finished the day with a one on one jam session.
The next break came when Willie MacCalder, piano man for The Powder Blues Band, recommended Aaron to Juno Winner Harpdog Brown, who was looking for a guitarist. Aaron jumped at the chance and the next thing he knew, he was on the road, touring the US with Harpdog Brown and the Bloodhounds. The gig proved to be a serious lesson in showmanship and musicianship.
These days, Aaron writes and records original material in his home studio, and produces for other bands. He has had songs placed with Spike TV, the TNT network, and his song “Bitter Harvest” was chosen for the movie “Banana Moon”.
As a live performer, Aaron is intense and dynamic, injecting his own style and feel into the Blues. He takes the audience on a sonic journey and drives it back home again.
Aaron continues to evolve as a musician and strives to delve deeper into the Blues, pushing its limits and stretching its boundaries.