When MUSICAlive! first learns about Murray Kinsley’s guitars for the blues-rock mix of Wicked Grin’s latest album, it’s pretty encouraging!
“I use a Fender Telecaster modified Thinline (and) I call it the ‘Frenken-Tele’ that’s the modified part); I have a 61 Strat that I used on it, and a
When Harpdog Brown answers his phone in Vancouver, a month before he arrives on tour here at Calgary’s Ironwood Stage and Grill, he declares, “You’re a minute early!” And then laughs when I offer to call back 60 seconds later. So begins the storied conversation with this 35 year veteran of Canada’s blues scene.
by Carey Rutherford Okay, okay, okay . . . While I was interviewing Cécile Doo-Kingué after what was apparently a very satisfying opening blues set at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, one of the headliners of that set walked past and wished… Continue Reading →
by Carey Rutherford The Palamino Smokehouse and Social Club is an interesting place. On a Friday night in April, the evening begins upstairs with the roots-grounded artist Erin Ross, whose folk-rockish set ends around the time the floorboards begin vibrating… Continue Reading →
by Carey Rutherford The blues are here, and that’s a good thing, believe it or not. Isn’t it funny how emotional distress creates such beautiful things? The blues lie at the heart of so much of North American popular music,… Continue Reading →