"Guitarface is the energetic, guitar-driven duo of Gordie Matthews and Jimmy Guiboche combining a diverse mix of musical styles creating a fun, roots-based musical experience. Having played together over the years, the two veteran guitarists realized a certain chemistry as they experienced spontaneous outbursts of musical shenanigans virtually every time they played. The band name came from the obvious...there's no hiding that. They play a mix of cool, classic covers and also combine their skills steeped in blues, country, surf and rock and roll to create fine original tunes as well. Combined with the muscular grooves of the skilled rhythm section of Chris Brzezicki on stand-up bass, and Emmet VanEtten on drums, the quartet is truly a force to be reckoned with!"
Based out of Dallas, TX, "Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch" is an original high-energy trio that blends jump blues, hard-hitting rock, vintage soul/r&b, and traces of 60’s country into a unique-but-familiar sound that always maintains the essence of the blues while simultaneously offering a fresh take on the genre. Jason Elmore is uncommonly seamless in his ability to tailor his performance to suit the venue and demographic, without compromising the integrity of the band’s mission, which is to give 110% with every single performance, regardless of whether it’s 2 people or 2,000.
Having grown up with an obsession for all genres of American roots music, Elmore is remarkable in his ability to appeal to fans of all genres of music with his virtuoso-level guitar playing, soulful and powerful old-school vocals, and keen sense of songwriting. It is common to see an artist excel at one of those three things, but Jason is uncanny in his ability to express himself with an original and unique voice as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. All one needs to do is watch him play live one time in order to have a good understanding of how all of these different genres of music have a common thread when it comes to eliciting an emotional response from the listener and taking them to that special place where only the music exists and the troubles of the world are temporarily put on hold.
The band recently released their 3rd full album, titled ‘Champagne Velvet’ in September 2016 on the Underworld Records label. The album debuted at #13 on the Billboard Blues Charts, #3 on the Roots Music Report blues charts, and held the #1 chart position on the Texas music chart for 6 consecutive weeks! It is currently receiving international acclaim and airplay. This recordis a slight change of direction from the band’s 2010 album “Upside Your Head” and 2013’s “Tell You What”, both of which featured a heavy emphasis on Texas rock and blues. ‘Champagne Velvet’ sees the band exploring their soul, blues, and country roots more in-depth than before with a sense of excitement and fire that is uncommon in the contemporary blues scene. It is a throwback to 1950’s jump blues, rockabilly, and Memphis soul. The guitar tones are cleaner, the bass and drums interplay with more dynamics and the grooves jump like a kangaroo on a hot sidewalk. All 13 original songs flow with an abundance of melody, harmony, and clever lyrics. At the same time, there is just enough variety to quench the thirst of fans of the more rock-oriented material of past albums. ‘Champagne Velvet’ is like a road trip from Dallas to Memphis, TN with a quick stop by the West Coast on the way. It perfectly captures the essence of the band doing what they do best, which is bringing unrestrained boogie to the party. So get ready to groove with Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, baby!! These boys can flat GET it!
A new name, a new brand, a new beginning for Y Brothers.
Y you say? More like Y not?!
“Y” is not only the first letter of the brothers Chris and Jay Yaholkoski, but ditto for drummer Celene Yohemas. Unlike the previous, but well-loved incarnation of the band (bluessmyth), Y Brothers shines a brighter spotlight on the beauty and bodaciousness of this talented trio.
Y Brothers competes where few bands can by embracing its competence with the complicated: audacious arpeggios, bombastic beats, un-rudimentary rhythms – always good for a sonic showcase. But while the crowd continues connecting with the band, Y Brothers wants to re-connect with its crowd by advancing the audience’s aural experience.
Visceral videos complement the band’s comprehensive catalog. It’s now a “standard” feature of every live show, allowing fans to embrace the essence of sound and sight. Furthermore, the band practices participation: the blues rockers share intimate anecdotes behind the intellectual innuendos in its songs.
Y Brothers celebrates meticulous musicianship, lofty lyricism and a prodigious performance. That is why fans simply love this group. And Y Brothers, now more than ever, is always ready to show them Y!
Although learning traditional Ukrainian folk music (and instruments) at a very young age would set the stage for his talents, it would ultimately be the guitar that would become his passion. This would soon lead to the creation of Ukrainian band, Zhyto followed by a stint in Saskatoon ska band, Misterfire, becoming recognized as a reliable session musician, opera lessons at the University of Saskatchewan and eventually a position as a music educator to a studio of over 50 students. Understandably, all of these significant moments in the career of Jordan Welbourne would culminate and blend to produce his signature, self defining sound.
Taking the stage for the very first time to a crowd of 10,000 opening for Tyt I Tam at Dauphin, Manitoba’s National Ukrainian Festival; Jordan Welbourne would continue to maintain that momentum opening for notable acts such as Pop Evil, showcasing at several notable Saskatchewan festivals and events all while preparing to embark on his fourth Western Canadian tour in less than a year.
Releasing his debut EP, Reach Out o n April 29th, 2016 and its commercially successful single, Rattlesnake Jake soon thereafter - Jordan Welbourne is now armed and ready to soldier on with his solo work. Strong material that continues to receive recognition and praise from audiences and media alike.
While it’s no shock that the solo career of Jordan Welbourne has been a lifelong destination; it’s the music he creates that continues to forge new paths with its stark ingenuity and unforgettable craftsmanship! ~ Taron Cochrane Entertainment
Wayne was born in 1944 in Spokane, Washington, but he relocated with his family to San Francisco, California at an early age. His parents alternatively advised for and against the blues, but his mother's influence led Wayne to be influenced early by Nat King Cole, Little Willie John, and Fats Domino. The family moved in turn to New Orleans, Los Angeles and Compton, California. While he was growing up, Wayne drew further inspiration from The Three Sounds, George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría, Ray Charles, Charles Brown, Floyd Dixon, Big Joe Turner, and Jimmy Reed.Based in Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s, Wayne was utilised as a sideman by various pop and rock musicians. In the 1980s Wayne relocated again to Vancouver, British Columbia. "Blues Boss" (his nickname was acquired from the title of Amos Milburn's comeback album with Motown Records) undertook a tour of Europe in 1994. Wayne dedicated his debut album to his parents, and 2002 heralded the issue of 88th & Jump Street, followed by Blues Carry Me Home (2003) and Let It Loose (2005).
In May 2008, Wayne issued his album, Can't Stop Now. Wayne's recent release, Rollin' with the Blues Boss (2014), included guest contributions from Diunna Greenleaf and Eric Bibb. Wayne's 2016 release, Jumpin' & Boppin' featured guitarist Duke Robillard.
Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin are an Ottawa based original roots rock/blues band. Their sophomore album, Shame On Me (2013) was released to critical acclaim and wide-spread airplay in North America. The band received the 2014 Maple Blues Award for Best New Group. Shame On Me was named Best Canadian Blues Rock Album of 2014 and 2015 by The Blues Underground Network. Bassist Leigh-Anne Stanton received the 2015 Maple Blues Award for Bassist of the Year. Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin have been touring through Canada and the United States steadily through 2014 – 2016. They will be hitting the road again in 2017 with a major Canadian tour, numerous US tours and a short tour to the United Kingdom and Germany. To the journey!
Based out of Calgary, Alberta, Mike MacKenzie is an original blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He devotes most of his effort towards building his live band, recording his music and always plenty of playing and songwriting. Inspired by guitar-heavy groups such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix among many others, he finds his own sound in a progressive styling of blues-rock.
"Lazy Mike and the Rockin' Recliners" are one of the hardest workin' Blues Bands on Vancouver Island. These guys always bring their "A" game to the shows they play and have had the crowds jumpin' every time that I have had the pleasure of seeing one of their shows. Good solid musicians who know how to entertain an audience with high energy, enthusiasm, and an honest passion for the music they play. One of the hightlights of the "2012 Powell River Blues Festival!"
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Jason Buie has performed throughout Canada, Europe, the U.S.A. and Japan. He's been touring consistently for the last 15 years at Festivals, Clubs and Events. Along the way he has played and performed with Blues legend Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, Jeff Healey, John Mayall, Robert Cray, The Powder Blues Band as well as Canadian Rock Legends Trooper, Jerry Doucette and others. He is currently working on his 3rd C.D. This will be released spring 2017.
Since the release of his critically acclaimed CD “Urban Blues” his profile continues to grow. Jason's second C.D" "Live atThe Blue Gator" was released in 2009. Two of Jason’s songs have been featured on Vancouver’s crime drama TV show “Cold Squad”. “Urban Blues” is on regular rotation at Galaxy and affiliated satellite networks. His music remains a well-seasoned gumbo of blues, funk, rock and soul with influences that originate in the Southern States. Jason’s from the heart vocals, fiery guitar work and charismatic stage presence has captured the attention of critics and blues fans around the world.
Jason's passion for the Blues and music in general has lead him to many related projects. He is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director for The White Rock Blues Society. He's promoted and produced many blues shows on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland. He has also taken the initiative to start "The Blues in The Schools" program in British Columbia. He is currently working on his next release and playing live. Visit Jason on line at jasonbuieband.com.
s straight ahead groove oriented rhythm and blues what you need? Then The Blue Mules are for you !
The Blue Mules Are three guys who love to jam the blues.The band has been playing since 2013. The band’s focus has been touring clubs and festival through out Western Canada.
The band will continue to play several festivals and venues through the West this year . Touring Europe is the plan for 2017. The Blue Mules have received extensive airplay from their debut cd The Blues Ain’t That Bad.
The band has had extensive airplay in Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Canada and the U.S. Over 100 radio stations have played The Blue Mules to date. Two new albums will be released by the band this year!
Hector Anchondo doesn’t just play the blues— he lives and breathes the blues. At 16-years-old, the budding musician picked up his first guitar and never looked back. He began an instant love affair with the instrument, especially Fenders. Born in Omaha, but raised seven miles outside of Salem, Missouri, Anchondo was able to take advantage of the tranquil farm life and learn guitar at a steady pace. He was drawn to those artists who played Fender Stratocasters like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton, but also respected the country greats such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Sr. As he got older, his propensity for music only intensified. After playing countless shows at family gatherings and hole-in-the-wall dive bars, Anchondo made the move back to Omaha, Nebraska in 2000. His first official recording, Rookies of the Year, was with his first band, Anchondo, and featured more energetic, Latin-influenced grooves. Recorded by the infamous A.J. Mogis of Presto! Studios (and later Saddle Creek Records), the album funded any touring for the next few years. With a home base in Omaha, it made traveling much easier.
“A sassy and dynamic rockabilly singer, songwriter and guitarist, creating a national buzz with some slightly cheeky music and a captivating charisma fueled by her roaring voice and model beauty.” – Nick Krewen, Toronto Star
With her sultry and powerful voice, her sassy and commanding stage presence, and a repertoire that blends country, rock n’ roll and blues, Ginger St. James packs a lot of entertainment into her 5-foot frame.
International Blues Challenge winner (2017), JUNO Award Nominee and Billboard Top 10 Blues artist JW-Jones tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy live shows.
Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, referred to this Maple Blues Award winner as “one of this country’s top blues guitar stars.”
JW’s new release ‘High Temperature’ was named the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Top 10, and is the follow up to the JUNO Award nominated ‘Belmont Boulevard’. From the liner notes: “Acclaimed Nashville producer Colin Linden takes Jones into new territory with warm, analog-driven tones, and a wide-range of material. His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through on this record like never before. Real songs, real playing by real people, and JW is the real deal.” – Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones)
Rockin' Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues and zydeco with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, The Meters, WAR, J. Geils Band, Clifton Chenier, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds.Jake's work has also been heard on the soundtrack of "The Big Easy" television series, the theme for the "Mike Ditka Show, " and a Miller Beer commercial. Jake is a five-time winner of Off Beat Magazine's coveted Best of the Beat award for best harmonica player. He and his band pour out their souls in every performance with high energy and electricity which consistently brings the audience to their feet.
Taylor Scott is an international touring guitarist/singer/songwriter based in Denver, Colorado. He has consistently toured all over the US, Canada, and Europe with both the Taylor Scott Band and blues legend Otis Taylor. In 2015, he played alongside the likes of Warren Haynes on Otis Taylor's critically acclaimed release, "Hey Joe Opus: Red Meat." Scott's current group, based in Denver, is an original rock & roll band heavily influenced by soul & funk. The band’s new EP is due for release in the summer of 2017.
The Carvin Jones Band is a three piece Blues Rock band hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. The band is lead by guitarist/vocalist Carvin Jones and accompanied by bassist Joe Edwards and drummer Levi Velasquez. The band's unique style of blues and high energy live performances have made them a favorite of blues and rock n roll fans alike.
“It’s a mystery to me why Dennis Jones isn’t more acclaimed than he is. Since 2003, the L.A.-based blues rocker has released one powerhouse album after another, each loaded to the brim with stunning guitar work (he counts the Kings, Hendrix, and Page as influences…..an impressive line-up), profound songwriting, and propulsive rhythm section backing that’s second-to-none (Dale Black – bass, Raymond Johnson – drums). Through the years, he has served as an opening act for the likes of Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, John Mayall, and Dick Dale, but Both Sides of the Track, Jones’ fifth recording for Blue Rock Records, should propel him to the headliner list if there’s any justice in the world. Jones wrote all thirteen tracks and produced the disc himself. He has guitar chops to burn, but it never seems like he beats you over the head with solo after solo….in part because of the creative way he mixes blues with rock, funk, and soul. His solos are always crisp, concise, and the”— Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes May 8th, 16