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Check out who's playing at the famous Blues on Whyte in Edmonton, Alberta. We've got plenty of heavy hitters in the blues arena, as well as up-and-comers to the scene. Boogie the night away with live blues 7 nights a week.

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Troy Turner

Troy Turner

Born in Louisiana in 1970 and raised in Baton Rouge, Troy first started singing in the Starhill Baptist Church choir at the age of five. Already he was an orphan of sorts. His father died in a tragic car accident when Troy was three; his mother was clinically depressed and living in an institution during most of his childhood. His paternal grandparents Edna Mae, a respected gospel singer, and Henry, raised Troy. They were the first to recognize his musical talent. Edna Mae sent him to school to learn to play the several instruments, including the sousaphone and the guitar, but balked when she heard him play the blues, a genre she still thought of as “the devil’s music.” 

It wasn’t long before Troy was sneaking out of the house at night to hang with the late harmonica master Raful Neal, who had famously played with Buddy Guy in the blues band The Clouds, and jam at local clubs like Tabby’s Blues Box, Byron’s and Soweto’s. Customers were so taken with his youthful appearance the nicknamed him “baby face.” He may have been young, but he’s always claimed to have an “old soul.” In fact, he says with a smile that he’s really 84. Troy was a huge Prince fan in high school. He dressed like the Purple One in high school, even thought of himself as a Southern version of the Minnesota superstar. He attacked songs with an aggressive style that earned him another moniker—Troy Turner, guitar burner.

Alex Zayas

Alex Zayas

Started playing guitar and singing at age 7, influenced by his brother, who open the doors to all kinds of music. After playing with several local outfits in Barcelona, an 18 year old Alex was recruited by harp bluesman Hook Herrera (Gov’t Mule, Alvin Youngblood Hart) with whom he played in top clubs and festivals in Europe. 3 years later he formed his own band Alex TNT, and got a residence in “La Boite”, a prominent Barcelona music club, as well as playing in other clubs and festivals in the Barcelona area. As Alex TNT, he has released 3 albums, Walking your way (Discmedi, 2001), I feel the blues again (Mas i Mas, 2003) and Alex TNT (Gaztaluzpeko, 2009) all on which he explored different facets of the Blues exclusively. He later joined African bassist/vocalist Steve de Swardt’s blues band, where he met a key influence in his career, string master Javier Mas (Leonard Cohen, Mª del Mar Bonet, etc). 

He shared countless nights onstage playing together with them and St. Louis drummer Julian Vaughn (Albert King, B.B. KingJohnny Copeland) at the Jamboree jazz club in Barcelona. Durant this time he toured in Canada and the US with Cockrell & the Groove and later with his own band. In Novembre of 2006, Alex had the privilege to open for the King of Blues B.B.King at the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. After many years on the circuit and being known as Alex TNT, he decides to ultimately shift his artistic identity to ZAYAS for the occasion of the release of his new work Guitarshock (Mitik, 2012), where he underwent a deep self exploration to find a new path through which to forge all of his past and present influences.

Alex Zayas has also played with artists such as Larry McCray, Johnny B Gayden, Lynwood Slim, U.P. Wilson (Texas Tornado), Paul Orta, Alvin Youngblood Heart, Mike Wheeler and Rick Perkins, among others… and has perfomed all around Spain, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal, Ital, Canada and the USA. 

Tia Brazda

Tia Brazda

http://www.tiabrazda.com/

http://www.tiabrazda.com/

Tia Brazda has established herself as a sparkling presence on the jazz scene in Canada and beyond, performing from Montreal to Paris to Amsterdam, and at such notable festivals as the Vancouver International Jazz, Toronto International Jazz and Bestival (UK). Her debut EP, Cabin Fever burst onto the scene in February 2012, hitting #1 on the iTunes Canada Jazz chart as well as receiving play on CBC Radio 1, Jazz FM 91.1 and college radio stations across Canada. Originally from Vancouver, but having honed her cutting-edge sound in the clubs of Toronto, Tia’s sassy songs and pin-up girl style have made a startling impression, paying homage to the golden era while still remaining daringly modern.

Now with her debut full-length album Bandshell, Tia comes out swinging with a more polished flair, updating her vintage vibe from flats to heels. The 10 tracks examine affairs of the heart from a rollercoaster's front car view, neatly packaged and bowed with Brazda's superb Billie Holiday-meets-Amy Winehouse-like vocals. The album also debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart in Canada and was ranked #5 by Jazz FM 91 in Toronto on their list of Top 10 Canadian jazz albums of 2015. It also hit #24 on the CMJ national jazz radio chart in the U.S. after being added to over 30 stations nationwide.

The Good the Bad the Blues

The Good the Bad the Blues

The Good The Bad The Blues

Aayan Naim, playing lead guitar and singing is his thing, he grew up in Chicago started playing and singing in the 7th grade, turned pro in the 9th and never looked back By the way he grew up directly across the street from Muddy Waters, his brother-in- law was a Temptation, let’s just say he get’s it honest. Talk about blues heritage, he’s got it. The rich sound of this band, is a mixture of the fresh new sounds of the new and deep rooted past of Gospel, Blues, Soul and Funk. the blending of influences make a rich dynamic experience that touches every sense of your being, you can feel it see it and hear it,, well maybe not taste but if you could it would be home cooking like you have always imagined. The band is fronted by Aayan Naim, he grew up in Chicago directly across the street from Muddy Waters, talk about blues heritage he’s got it. Playing lead guitar and singing is his thing. The Good The Bad And The Blues is the 2011, 2012, 2013 winners of the prestigious Black Swamp Blues Society blues challenge. 

Wayne Harris:
Bassist and vocals. What he brings is an unmistakable sound that keeps the groove moving. After playing all over the country he has chosen to apply his wealth of talent to ensuring this is the best musical experience you could imagine. 
John Cunningham: 
Keyboard and vocals a master of sounds. From Hammond B3 to a piccolo flute and everything in between. He makes every song vibrate with magic and majesty. 

Hollywood Mike:
Drummer and vocals. It is said a good drummer can make an average band good, and a great drummer makes a good band sound real good. So what do you get when you add Hollywood Mike with a great band? You get an INCREDIBLE BAND.

As the winners of the 2013 Black Swanp Blues Society's Challenge, the band has now evolved into a music force to be experienced. Winning the 2013 blues challenge took the band to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tn. where they placed in the semi-finals, top 30 out of 255 bands from around the world. 2015 brought us to new hieghts winning the Columbus Blues Challenge and then made the finals at the IBC. We now have a CD "Live at The Strand" available at any of our shows or message us an we'll get one to you.
 

Dustin Harder

Dustin Harder

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Singer-Songwriter Dustin Harder & Prairie Soul - guitar tone evoking the masterful attitude of Peter Green and Eric Clapton !

Dustin Harder is a Metis singer/songwriter who performs and writes in multiple genres but it all stems from The BLUES he is a something for everyone style artists. "I wish to make your attendees feel comfy but also push the comfort zones with my professional contemporary blues sound." 
The passion and intensity that Dustin Harder pulls through his guitar is immediately apparent, and backed by an unrelenting rhythm section They Are the complete "something for everyone" Band. 

Debut Album "Searchin' for a River" Available now. 

Dustin Harder is an emerging singer/songwriter from Winnipeg, MB. Dustin has performed on several stages across Canada and built a following through grassroots promotion and hard work ethic. In 2009, Dustin released his album, Searching For A River that went on to sell over 2400 copies independently. In addition to this the album was nominated for a 2009 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Award. Dustin has received placements for his music on shows including the 2010 Olympics through APTN and “Mixed Blessings” on Prairie Dog Film and TV. Dustin is well prepared to continue building his fan base and industry appeal as he prepares to market a new set of professional demos. Dustin has studied with Mid Ocean School of Arts and Media along with the A.C.I Manitoba Art of managing your career program lead by Heather Bishop. Dustin is well poised and ready for success. The new demo recordings will serve as a calling card to help build his profile and strengthen his reach across Canada and beyond(Uk/Europe) 
Dustin was recently approved for a Level 1 Demo Grant through Factor. 

Dustin most recently had the single Titled “Hold Me Tight”(I Love You)reach #1 in the National Aboriginal Top 40 Charts. And he currently has the song "Trading off heartache" steadily climbing the same charts. Dustin is looking forward to making new fans and networking within Toronto in January 2015.

The Dusty Roads Band is a splendid blend of great musicianship and great music in which Blues, Folk, Funk, Rock, Jazz and Reggae all fuse into a unique blend of Rocking Prairie Soul Roots Music.

JW Jones

JW Jones

http://www.jw-jones.com/

http://www.jw-jones.com/

JUNO Award Nominee, Canadian singer/guitarist JW-Jones tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy show that keeps getting hotter!

Jones has released eight albums, performed in twenty-two countries and four continents, and averages over one hundred shows per year.  The 2015 release ‘Belmont Boulevard’ hit #9 on Billboard sales charts in the United States, held the #1 position on Canadian roots radio stations for 13 weeks, and was nominated for JUNO and Maple Blues Awards in Canada. JW was invited to join Buddy Guy on stage four times and Canned Heat twice in the same year.  Canadian-born Hollywood actor Dan Aykroyd, known for his Blues Brothers persona “Elwood Blues,” has called JW’s group an “amazing blues band.”  

2016 NEWS: George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ management specifically requested JW-Jones to open for several of their spring tour dates, including Massey Hall in Toronto.  The band received a standing ovation at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.  Jones added three new countries to his list with a successful UK tour, and a new release is coming later this year, produced by Colin Linden in Nashville.

Fred Brousse & the Blues Party

Fred Brousse & the Blues Party

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Fred been diggin’ these Blues for over 30 years, learning a lot from working with masters such as Alligator recording artist Maurice John Vaughn and the missed Joe « Guitar » Hughes (Houston TX). He was also hired by Lil’ Ed and his Blues Imperials in Chicago 1997. Beside Blues, He can play Spanish Classical guitar and French songs with World Blues influences. With his band he still works with singer Grammy Award winner Donald Ray Johnson, the great Maurice John Vaughn, Tre’ & the BluesKnights who plays genuine Southside Chicago Blues like nobody else (they rocked together the Chicago Blues fest. in 2009).

Tacoy Ryde

Tacoy Ryde

Tacoy Ryde was first conceived almost 40 years ago in the minds of a group of twelve year olds from Stettler, Alberta in the summer of 1967 (commonly referred to as ‘the Summer of Love’).

In 1973 they moved to Edmonton. At this time, the members of Tacoy Ryde were writing their own songs, as well as playing covers by the likes of the Allman Brothers, The Band, The Byrds and lots of Grateful Dead tunes. Since they were the only band in Edmonton playing this kind of material they developed a large following of loyal fans who would guarantee full houses wherever they played.

In the spring of 1980 the band recorded their first single at Homestead Recorders with manager Larry Wanagas (k.d. Lang, Big Sugar). The single,"Is There a Reason"/"Don't Let Me Be Alone" was released and received airplay regionally. These were the days of six-nighters back-to-back across the country, with a solid fan base in several major cities. Tacoy Ryde was also becoming a fullfledged reggae band. They were now being booked to open for major reggae acts such as Jamaica's Third World Band and England's Steel Pulse.

By 1982, the time was ripe to record an album. The band headed to Pinewood Studio in Vancouver with Claire Lawrence (Chilliwack, Hometown Band) hired to produce the record. The album consisted of original reggae material as well as a version of "Could You Be Loved" by Bob Marley and Third World's arrangement of Gamble and Huff's "Now That We've Found Love". The band was unable to secure a record deal so the album was shelved and to this day remains unreleased.

In late 1983, under pressure to change their name and move in a more pop direction Tacoy Ryde became Jato and signed with an upstart label from Vancouver, Parallel One. Jato worked with Declan O'Doherty (Idle Eyes, Rita Mcneil) and reshaped their sound considerably to try and break into the pop market of the day. The Jato album was well received by radio and songs like "She's Got" and "Lake of Fire" were on gold rotation across Canada. Jato also produced two music videos for these songs which got a lot of play on Much Music. Though things seemed to be going well, a major distribution deal was still not in the cards and by 1988 the band temporarily stopped performing.

Reformed in 1990 as Tacoy Ryde, the band went back to its roots and started to perform again in local clubs. Having lost front man, Jerry Woolsey, the band forged ahead without a lead singer until meeting up with Al Brant while performing a tribute on Jimi Hendrix's 50th birthday. Shortly after this, Drummer Bill Hobson's future wife, Dale Ladouceur joined the band.

By 1995 the band was a regular fixture on the Edmonton club scene. Independent albums were becoming easier to produce and Tacoy Ryde began recording their independent CD, “Here's the Picture”.

“Here's the Picture” was released in 2003 and songs like "Where's Doug" and "Ojo Grises" ranked in the top 15 most played songs on CKUA radio.

With two lead singers who are also great songwriters, and a band that has forged a unique sound over its many years together, the band today is poised to record a sensational new album (just in time for its 40th anniversary) and hit a new stride in its long and colourful history. (via YEGLive.ca)

Maurice John Vaughn

Maurice John Vaughn

Maurice John Vaughn is a true blues original. A triple threat on guitar, saxophone and vocals, Vaughn writes powerful, innovative and often humorous songs that spring directly from his vast musical experience. His soulful and passionate vocals are convincing because they are earned -- Vaughn means what he sings. Coming out of the streets of Chicago, Vaughn was raised on Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, black Top 40 and James Brown.

Like the greats who have come before him, he has incorporated his various influences into a blues and R&B style that is completely his own. Vaughn's most recent Alligator recording, In The Shadow Of The City (AL 4813), is a collection of mostly original songs covering all the emotional bases. From the good-time fun of Can't Nobody to the soul searching of Suicide Is Not The Way, Maurice displays his singular musical vision.

He moves effortlessly from the full funk of (Everything I Do) Got to Be Funky to solo acoustic blues on Treat Me So Bad. According to Vaughn, it's important to mix things up musically and stylistically. "I don't want to be known as a 'heavy,'" Vaughn says, "but rather as someone who understands pain, can deal with it, and can also have a good time." His goal is to inspire his audience to do the same. 

Jason Buie

Jason Buie

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Vancouver based guitarist, singer and songwriter Jason Buie has been performing live since the age of sixteen. He has honed his skills over the last fourteen years playing throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and Japan. Along the way he has played and performed with such artists as blues legend Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, The Jeff Healey Band, John Mayall, The Powder Blues Band, Big Dave Mclean, Jimmy D. Lane, Wild T, Johnny Ferriera and Jerry Doucette. With the Release of his critically acclaimed CD “Urban Blues” his profile continues to grow. Jason's second C.D" "Live at The Blue Gator" was released in 2009. Jason did Spring and Fall European tour's in 2009 with great success.

Jason was born and raised in Victoria, BC. As an adolescent he explored the roots of American Blues along with other forms of music that spawned from it. Growing up in an artistic home, Jason had the freedom to explore his passion and talent. He would empty his pockets regularly to purchase blues recordings. He idolized such pioneers as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, The Three Kings: Freddie, Albert, and B.B., Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix and others. His love for the blues really blossomed when he witnessed Albert Collins in concert at fifteen years old. “I worked at the local grocery store and I borrowed one the older guy’s id. to get into the show. Albert was amazing; there will never be anyone like him.” From that point on Buie was hooked. Jason has taken his influences and sculpted them into a style of his own. His music remains a well-seasoned gumbo of blues, funk, rock and soul with influences that originate in the Southern States and inner cities of America. Jason’s from the heart vocals and fiery guitar work combined with a charismatic stage presence have caused listeners and critics to take notice. His passion and honesty always comes thru in his live shows. 

Jason’s debut CD is “Urban Blues”. The recording reflects Jason’s love of various blues styles from uptown horn arrangements, funk, Texas shuffles. And traditional blues. The CD features some of Vancouver's finest musicians including Al Webster (Long John Baldry, Colin James, Amanda Marshall) on drums, Norm Fisher (Colin James) on Fender upright bass, and Dave Webb on piano. Three tracks feature Steve Hilliam and Derry Byrne (Little Big Band Horns) on tenor sax and trumpet. Stormin' Norman from Vancouver’s Rock 101 Sunday Blues show also lays harmonica down on one track. “Urban Blues” is on regular rotation on the affiliated satellite network. Two of Jason’s songs have also been featured on Vancouver’s crime drama TV show “Cold Squad”. “Urban Blues” has received excellent reviews and the disc offers a diverse blend guaranteed to satisfy!!

Brent Johnson & the Call up

Brent Johnson & the Call up

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Brent Johnson – Brent Johnson and the Call Up

A guitar prodigy from the age of four, South Texas born Brent Johnson always knew where he wanted his playing to take him. Drinking in the very best of Blues, Jazz, Rock, Punk, Country and World Music, by the time his family moved to New Orleans in his teens, he was predestined towards a career in music. 

Writing his own material, Brent formed several high-school bands, all with a lean to the Blues, then joined ‘Under The Gun’, who built a considerable following on the local live circuit in Louisiana and beyond. As admiring of the style of The Clash, Albert King, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix, Albert Collins or Black Flag and Thelonius Monk, Brents passion for playing was immediate and intense for his audience. 

By serendipity, New Orleans’ legendary ‘Braille Blues Daddy’ Bryan Lee heard Brent's playing and immediately recognized his virtuosity, drive and dedication to his Craft and to the Blues. At 22, Brent was seconded into Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band with whom he has recorded and toured nationally and internationally for the past ten years.

 

Brent credits Bryan as an ever encouraging Mentor, sharing and expanding his deep love of the Blues and playing guitar; “ playing with Bryan has really helped me open my ears. For example, Bryan always had keyboard players before I joined him – so I had to learn how to play like an organist, like a horn section – how to play rhythm like a group of instruments... instead of solely like a guitarist. I’ve learned how to swing, how to play be-bop and also how to take that aggression that I love and give it room to move – new colors to paint with”.

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