Calgary Bluesfest (2011)
They called James Brown the “hardest working man in show business” and it would be no understatement to call Shawn Kellerman the “hardest playing blues guitarist” on the scene today. Shawn is recognized as one of the most powerful stage performers you will ever see. He literally puts every ounce of mental and physical energy into his music. Expressive, dynamic and technically outstanding, Shawn continues to build on his past experiences and push the boundaries of traditional blues into modern territory by adding in some soul, funk and rock influences. Sitting up close at a live performance is truly an awesome, jaw dropping experience.
When asked about his approach to music, Shawn replied "My roots are in the south and the music I hear in my head is based around high energy blues played with sensitivity and honesty. When I am sending a strong message, I just let it rip. When I am talking tenderness I caress each note." Listening to Shawn play confirms his deep background in the main schools of blues notably such recognized performers as Albert King & Albert Collins. Shawn drew personal inspiration from Mel Brown who was not only a mentor but a close friend.
"Shawn hit the stage smoking with energy and left it dripping in sweat." Tim Holek (Blues on Stage Internet Review)
Shawn started his musical career as a teenager and has been on the road in 20 different countries over the last 15 years. During the last two years he has concentrated on touring with his own trio “The Shawn Kellerman Band” which has played key festivals like the Arkansas Blues & Heritage Fest, Mont Tremblant, Pittsburgh Blues Fest and Blues From the Top . Shawn’s band has also backed international blues greats like Sherman Robertson at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, Memphis in May and Lucky Peterson in Moscow Russia.
Shawn has been nominated for the “Guitar Player The Year” by the Maple Blues Awards, Canada’s most respected blues society based in Toronto, Ontario. Shawn recorded and performed on Bobby Rush’s Raw CD released in 2007 that won a Blues Music Award in Memphis for “Best Acoustic CD of the Year”.
In 2010 Shawn will spend most of his time playing throughout the USA and at major blues festivals.
“Kellerman’s leads on stage were tough and tasty, never pandering to the lowest common denominator.” Hal Horowitz - Blues Revue