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Davis playing with legends

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Nova Scotia based bluesman Morgan Davis is returning to Lethbridge after a long hiatus.Morgan Davis
“I tour all the time,” he said over the phone from his home in the woods just outside of Lunnenberg while preparing to fly into Winnipeg and hit a series of gigs all over western Canada. He returns to Lethbridge to play Henotic with Papa King, Oct. 12.
“I’ve played there many times. I’ve played for the folk society and at Carole’s,” he said adding when he lived in Toronto, he used to build western Canadian  tour around the North Country Fair in northern Alberta and used to visit his sister in Grande Prairie at the same time.
 The Detroit-born  Delta blues style guitarist/singer has an esteemed 40-some year career, which has included having Colin James turn one of his songs “Why’d You Lie” into a  Canadian hit, not to mention has has opened for original bluesmen like Willie Dixon and has shared the stage with countless others like Hubert Sumlin, John Lee Hooker and Albert King.
“Opening for Willie was a great honour. I was very fortunate to get to open for them. For years I took lessons from them. Every time they played, I was there in the front row learning from them. It was a lot of fun,” Davis said adding he forged these connections through Toronto’s blues series who brought these great cats in.
“I talked to these guys and every one of them were  so open and generous. There was no rock star attitude. After their show, they’d sit and talk to anyone. They were the most humble people I’d ever met,” he said adding touring with Howlin Wolf’s guitarist Hubert Sumlin was the highlight of his career.
“He was Howlin’ Wolf’s guitarist for years. He loved playing guitar.”
Davis has also toured with his own bands like The Rhythm Rockets, the Knights of the Mystic and even David Wilcox’s first band.
“I always tour solo now. I spent the first 25 years of my career touring with bands, but that’s all but impossible now. Back then  many of the gigs were six nighters at places like the King Eddy in Calgary. It was great touring with a band , but now nobody really knows them enough,” David continued.

Pellerin inspired by departed friends’ lives to write new CD

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Local singer songwriter Jenn Pellerin  is trying to turn tragedy into something positive by recording her debut CD.Jenn Pellerin
“Backwards Distortion” was inspired directly by the deaths of two of her close friends,  Devin Cockerill and Meghan Kay.
 She recorded the seven song CD with local musician/producer Randy Shaver.
“I wanted to  have it ready for a fundraiser in Brooks called Devinfest,” Pellerin said adding Devin was  a musician who played several instruments including guitar and drums before he died of brain cancer.
“ He wrote a lot of songs and poetry before he passed away,” Pellerin remembered.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 October 2009 13:40 ) Read more...

Vancouver blues rocker to “Whip it onYa”

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Rich HopeVancouver based blues rocker Rich Hope is going to “Whip it on Ya” at the Slice, Oct. 10 with the Manvils and the Ramblin’ Ambassadors and in the process, they’re going to help officially launch L.A Beat magazine.
“There isn’t going to be a better one this year,” said Hope taking a break from renovating his kitchen in Vancouver.
“ I hope  a lot of people come out because it is really going to be a great party,” he said, noting while he and drummer Adrian Mack play with the Manvils a lot on Vancouver, they have never toured together.
“It’s going to be great,” he enthused adding he is just as enthused about his third record “Whip it On Ya.” As always, the duo had a two take mandate for all songs, and three of them (“Death Bed Blues,” “Rollin’ On” and “When My Light Comes Shining”) weren’t even finished where the entered the studio in 2008 to record the follow up to 2005’s Rich Hope and His Evil Doers CD. “Saying we were unprepared is the wrong thing to say because we had been playing the songs steadily for about three years. They were road prepared and ready, we just didn’t get a chance to record them because I had a kid and was moving into and renovating a house which took more priority in my life than making a new record,” said the Edmonton born Hope, who moved to Vancouver in the early ’90s
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 October 2009 13:32 ) Read more...

Blue Man Group mark another busy week

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This week is another busy one. Not only is L.A. Beat officially getting launched at the Slice, Oct. 10, but the Blue Man Group is performing at the Enmax Centre, Oct. 11. The Blueman group
L.A Beat has given away a pair of tickets and a Blue Man Group DVD to Matthew Graf  for being the first person to e-mail me with the correct answer to  the question “What are the names of the three groups performing at my launch party, Oct. 10 at the Slice and where are they from?” Rich Hope is originally from Edmonton, though he is based out of Vancouver now, the Manvils are from Vancouver and the Ramblin’ Ambassadors are from Calgary.

In addition to that there are several really choice shows happening this week.
Henotic is outdoing themselves this week with Hamilton poet/rocker B.A., Johnston returning, Oct. 7 with Shotgun Jimmy and the Moby Dicks. They’ll play the main room for a $10 cover while upstairs, the Wind Whistles and the Paper Tigers perform.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 October 2009 15:22 ) Read more...

Stagger and Zeus were kings of Sunday night

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 Leeroy Stagger and the Wildflowers played a wicked show at the Slice, Sept. 27. Photo By Richard AmeryThere were a couple of sweet shows on Sept. 28, both of which started early.
 I only caught the end of Leeroy Stagger and the Wildflowers’ set of energetic country rock tinged folk which approximately 50 people were enjoying. They heard several tracks from his latest CD, “Everything is Real” including “Red Bandana,” and one of his best known songs “Just in Case,” plus  a few choice covers.
 Stagger’s band including lead guitarist Kevin Kane and bassist Tyson Maiko, played extremely tight and Stagger’s voice was in fine form. He brought local bluesman Paul Kype on stage for a couple of electrifying numbers and opening act Patrick Brealey on stage for the encore.
Down a few blocks at Henotic, I caught the end of a set by a really cool Toronto blues influenced garage rock band called Zeus.
 Zeus ended a set at Henotic  with “That’s All.” Photo by Richard AmeryThey had harmonized vocals and some sweet and dirty harmonized guitars on a wild cover of Genesis’ “That’s All” which ended their set.
— By Richard Amery L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 September 2009 15:31 )
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