Mud Bay Blues Band
Calgary Bluesfest (2009)
For 31 years (and still counting) the Mud Bay Blues Band has been electrifying audiences with their eclectic brand of Rhythm and Blues. Surviving more than their share of trials and tribulations along the way, they have more than earned their reputation as “The Band That Won’t Go Away”-- much to the delight of their legions of devoted fans.
This ain’t your average blues band.
Founded in the badlands of South Surrey way back in 1978 by lead singer / blues harp master Mud Bay Slim, the band’s hard-edged, high-voltage approach immediately distinguished them from their mellower counterparts in the Vancouver music scene. Throughout the years they have continued to develop their distinctive style, playing the blues their way: unconventionally, uncompromisingly and unapologetically.
Their 2007 CD, “Death, Taxes and the Mud Bay Blues Band (Three Things That Won‘t Go Away)“ displays a wealth of influences informing their original compositions -- classic Chicago blues, country laments, good-time zydeco and barrelhouse grooves, hard-driving boogie -- and their latest release, “Mudified” continues this trend, widely disparate elements finding common ground inside the songs, all interpreted and incorporated the Mud Bay way.
Through mishaps and misfortunes (including the untimely deaths of guitarists James Lougheed and Peter Draper) the band has persevered, turning adversity into opportunity, allowing hardships to nurture creativity. And with more than three decades of dues paid, the Mud Bay Blues Band has earned respect and praise from such blues legends as James Cotton (“Just like playing with family”) and the late great Stevie Ray Vaughn (“Mud Bay…? More fun!”)
The current line-up features “Legend In His Spare Time” Mud Bay Slim (“King of the Mud Bay Delta Blues”) and his long time cohorts Murphy Farrell (drums), Dennis Ingvaldson (bass) and Mark Branscombe (guitar) alongside two founding members more recently returned to the fold: Gordon Nicholl (keyboards) and Randall T. Carpenter (guitar, lap steel, mandolin.)
Mud Bay Blues Band