Creedence Clearwater Revival founding members and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford have been on quite a ride. 45 years ago, Creedence Clearwater Revival headlined the Saturday night slot at the legendary Woodstock Music Festival. Also that year, 3 Creedence Clearwater Revival albums simultaneously perched in the top of the rock music charts and the group had 4 top 3 singles.
The accolades keep coming. Earlier in 2014, The Recording Academy ® recognized Stu and Cosmo’s work in Creedence Clearwater Revival by introducing the album Cosmo’s Factory recordings into Grammy ® Hall of Fame and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 recording “Fortunate Son” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
Following their introduction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cosmo and Stu launched their Creedence Clearwater Revisted project in 1995, to once again perform live in concert the hit songs-touchstones of a generation. Since then, the legendary rhythm section has been thrilled by the outpouring of affection for their new band. World tours and platinum certified album Recollection followed. The astounding response to the band has been driven in part by new generations of fans that, as Cosmo says, “weren’t even born when the music came out.”
In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America’s hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC’s The Voice. Now he’s poised to bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world.
Laith Al-Saadi has always had the perfect combination of Midwestern hustle and incredible musical chops – honed at the University of Michigan school of music in his hometown of Ann Arbor, and on stages across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Gregg Allman and B.B. King.
“Laith is one of the most diverse talents we have,” said Maroon 5 frontman and ‘The Voice’ coach Adam Levine. “Incredible guitar player, incredible singer.”
Entertainment Weekly called Laith Al-Saadi “a power performer who is so legitimate and memorable.”
Audiences have agreed, propelling Al-Saadi’s most recent release, REAL, to the top of the blues chart for five weeks and the top 20 album chart for two weeks. Laith also had four singles in the top ten iTunes singles charts, and his albums In The Round and Long Time Coming spent time at the top of the rock and album charts.
Guitar World Magazine has called Laith Al-Saadi a cross between “Danny Gatton and Buddy Guy at their best,” and Guitar Center crowned him one of the top four blues guitarists in the United States.
Cecile Doo-Kingue is an exceptional stage presence, guitarist / singer-songwriter. Cécile Doo-Kingué blends blues, afro-roots and soul to create a unique sound. Born and raised in New York City, first generation from Cameroon, she has lived in the USA, France, and is now an adopted Montrealer. Considered one of Canada’s most electrifying and versatile guitarists, she has shared a stage and/or recorded with Montreal Jubilation Choir, Blind Boys of Alabama, Bernard Purdie, Michael Jerome Brown, Tricia Foster, Scarlett Jane, United Steel Workers of Montreal, amongst many, and has opened for many icons including Canned Heat, Eric Andersen, Angélique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour and Manu Dibango. Don’t miss her in The Burt on Friday night of this year’s Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival presented by 97.5 BIG FM!
Tinsley Ellis wears his Southern roots proudly. Born in Atlanta in 1957, he grew up in southern Florida and first played guitar at age eight. He found the blues through the back door of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream, and The Rolling Stones.
He especially loved the Kings — Freddie, B.B. and Albert. His love for the blues solidified when he was 14. At a B.B.King performance, Tinsley sat mesmerized in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis. Tinsley’s fate was sealed; he had to become a blues guitarist. And yes, he still has that string.
Averaging over 150 live shows a year, Ellis has played in all 50 states, as well as Canada, Europe, Australia and South America. Whether he’s out with his own band or sharing stages with major artists like Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule or Widespread Panic, he always digs deep and plays, as Guitar Player says, “…as if his life depended on it.” Ellis’ most recent tour with Blues At The Crossroads II: Muddy & The Wolf with the Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, James Cotton, Jody Williams and Bob Margolin was by all accounts one of the best shows of 2013.
JERRY DOUCETTE came by his talent and success naturally: his family are musicians by trade. As a youngster he would sit in on jam sessions with his father and Uncle Jim. The family picked up their MONTREAL stakes and moved to HAMILTON, Ontario when Doucette was 4 years old, and two years later he got his first guitar. Lessons soon followed at age 8 and he joined his first band, the REEFERS, at age 11. He remained with the group for five years and then moved to Toronto, playing in various bands like TRIBE, BRUTUS, ABERNATHY SHAGNASTER, and HOMESTEAD.
Doucette approached Shelly Siegel of MUSHROOM RECORDS. Siegel was so impressed that he asked for three more tunes, and Jerry returned the next day with them. He was advised to put a band together and did so. Doucette himself handled all lead guitar and vocals, and rhythm and 12-string duties. They went into the studio in 1977 and came out three months later, in November, with Doucette’s first album, ‘MAMA LET HIM PLAY’, which quickly went PLATINUM in Canada. They hit the road in the US, opening for the likes of Bob Welch, Bob Wier (of the Grateful Dead), Eddie Money, and MeatLoaf.
Fast forward to the 1990’s and Doucette took control of his own career with the re-issue of ‘MAMA LET HIM PLAY’ on CD (Doucette bough back the rights to the album) and a new album engineered by Colin Nairne (Barney Bentall, Sue Medley) called ‘Price of An Education’ in 1995. This album comeback reminded us of his diversity and sheer genius.
Jerry continued to tour from the late 90s to present day focusing his seasoned musical maturity on developing a fine reputation for presenting his fans with a classy blend of energized traditional blues tunes with his already Classic Rock/Blues originals.
Jerry is still out here teaching us about the PASSION of music and you can catch him live with his all star crew.. Doug Elliot (bass), Marco Ibarra (drums), and Paul Kaip (guitar)…proving it again each time he hits the stage that he hasn’t lost his edge, delivering clean melodies and slick pop each time out.
Bubbling up from the cauldron of roots Americana music, Samantha Martin is an artist of extraordinary power, gravitas and deep-seated emotion. On first listen, one is immediately struck by the awesome presence and sheer magnitude of her other worldly voice. Cigarette-ravaged and whiskey-soaked in the extreme, Martin’s pipes are capable of conveying an infinite range of emotions, bringing one to tears in one instance and in the next uplifting one’s soul with an empowered declaration of hope, faith and desire. As a vocalist her roots lie squarely within the wellspring of powerful, strong woman’s voices embodied by such forbears as Marion Williams, Mavis Staples, Etta James, Tina Turner, Bettye LaVette, Lucinda Williams and, perhaps most closely, Bonnie Bramlett. As a songwriter, she draws on black gospel and southern soul with a hint of roots country and sixties pop while her lyrics suggest an old soul with wisdom beyond her years.
Following the success of her Spring 2014 EP ‘Mississippi Sun’ (Dollartone), Martin spent the majority of the summer touring across Canada in venues and festivals as well as touring in Germany. Upon returning home to Toronto, Martin performed at Massey Hall for the Toronto Blues Society’s ‘Women’s Blues Revue’ (NOV 2014) and was invited to open for The Blind Boys of Alabama at Roy Thompson Hall (DEC 2014). Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar released thedebut album ‘Send The Nightingale’ (FEB 2015) to glowing reviews by both fans and critics alike. In this new gospel-infused, blues and soul formation known as Delta Sugar, Martin is set to keep raising the bar for herself and her audiences.!
Benjamin Darvill (born January 4, 1967), known by his stage name Son of Dave, is a Canadian musician and singer–songwriter, based in the United Kingdom. He was a member of Grammy award-winning folk rock band Crash Test Dummies in which he played harmonica, mandolin, guitar and percussion before returning to his blues, Beat-Box and harmonica driven solo work in 2000.
SOD was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was inspired to learn the harmonica after hearing James Cotton and Sonny Terry play at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
He moved to London, England, in 1998 and has remained there since. Son of Dave has recorded six albums to date and performed over eight hundred shows across Europe, as well as performing in Canada, the United States, Australia, South Africa, Uganda, Japan, Russia, and Cuba.
Son of Dave appeared on BBC television’s Later…with Jools Holland in 2005, performing the song “Hellhound” before recording the song a few years later on the album “03”.
His 2003 album 02 has been described as a mix of “cotton-pickin’ blues, vocalising beat-box, hard-breathing folk, steamy funk and even modern R&B”.
A song from 02, “Devil Take My Soul”, which features chorus vocal by Martina Topley-Bird, was featured in the Warner Bros film License to Wed, starring Robin Williams.
In 2010 the track “Shake A Bone” from the album of the same title, recorded by Steve Albini was featured on season 3 episode 11 of Breaking Bad.
In 2010, Son of Dave and his song “Revolution Town” were featured in a commercial for the search engine Bing. The commercial, using a first-person perspective, shows Son of Dave using Bing and his Windows-enabled phone to travel to his own concert at the Someday Lounge in Portland, OR.
In 2016 the track “Voodoo Doll” from the album Shake A Bone was featured as the last song in the premier episode of Preacher an AMC series based on the comic book of the same title.
Dave Quanbury is a Winnipeg-born, Austin-Texas-based songwriter, guitarist, and trumpet player. As a founding member of Twilight Hotel, he toured North America and Europe and received two Juno Award nominations for the band’s 2008 album ‘Highway Prayer,’ and for their 2010 release ‘When The Wolves Go Blind.’
By 2009, Quanbury was living in Austin Texas, Twilight Hotel was in the process of dissolving, and touring had taken its toll on his creative energy. He was invited to travel to New Orleans to help rebuild a flood-ravaged shotgun house. It was there that he came across a brass band playing music in the street and collecting tips in a cardboard box. Their infectious rhythms and joyful melodies would inspire a new direction for his music, and life.
When he returned to Austin he channelled his creative energy into discovering his voice on the trumpet, and found a niche in the local brass scene as a member of the Minor Mishap Marching Band. In this 30-piece renegade marching band he discovered a new take on performing: dressing up, dancing, and cultivating a new stage persona with a trumpet instead of a guitar. Armed with fresh songs and positive energy, Dave produced 2014’s “In the meantime let’s attend to our pleasures.” The record features sousaphone, french horn, trumpet, drums, and Dave on vocals and electric guitar, the new sound fused the swagger of New Orleans with Quanbury’s distinctive moody guitar and celebrated songwriting.
In 2014 Dave Quanbury relocated back to Winnipeg. He began writing a new batch of material inspired by loneliness, longing, and, of course, winter. The new material led to formation of The New Neighbors, a collaboration with singer and visual artist Jamie Wright, as well as veteran Winnipeg producer Michael P Falk of Head in the Sand Records. The New Neighbors perform Quanbury’s work around Winnipeg and are currently in the studio working on a record. The move to Winnipeg also gave Quanbury the chance to began hosting a weekly show called “The Exile Files” on CKUW radio as well as contributing as a freelancer with CBC’s national program DNTO.
Mohair Sweets originated as a music zine in the late 1990s and has, over the past twenty years of the identities existence, evolved into both a live and recorded representation of bandleader and vocalist/guitarist Colin Bryce’s attitudes and approaches to both traditional and experimental forms of rhythm and blues.
Following the success of 2014’s limited edition release of Mohair Sweets “You’d Better Read Before You Sign”, Bryce has begun a follow-up recording with a planned fall/2016 release date.
Mohair Sweets’s line-up for the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival 2016 will include guitarist Lloyd Peterson whose lengthy production and record engineering credits include a virtual who’s who of prairie musicians. He also just happens to be the engineer behind 2014’s Read Before You Sign EP and the new (as yet untitled) Mohair Sweets recording project.
On drums will Greg Gardner, whose own successful forays into live performance, recording/radio production and film graphics and have established him as bona-fide “man for all seasons” within the local music community.
Russ Kroeker fills the band in on bass. Russ has been part of guitarist/vocalists Colin Bryce’s live bands over the last decade and is greatly respected as both a solid upright citizen and an always ready and prepared bassist.
This will be the band’s (who previously appeared under the Driving Wheel moniker) third appearance at the BBQ & Blues Festival
The Lady has been a musician for 25 years playing and singing R & B, blues and jazz, Blue Noise has performed in Winnipeg as well as across Canada. Rich vocals and driving dance tunes, Lady Lee has performed at The Windsor Hotel, The Kings Head, The Museum of Man and Nature – Shaking all Over, The Winnipeg Blues and BBQ Festival, Miss Browns Blues and BBQ, Bushwhackers, Regina Folk Exchange and venues to numerous to mention. Recently playing with Raoul and the Big Time at the Prairie Theatre Exchange for the amazing theatre piece “Life, Death and the Blues” with Devine Brown.
Sax player extraordinaire has played with all of the great Jazz and blues musicians nationally and internationally. He is “One of the Best” with a life-time of experience behind him, always the star of the show with Blue Noise we can only watch in awe as he takes the stage and shines!!! With all the low mellow rich sounds to the incredible intricate highs and syncopated patterns Deano does not disappoint, this man can blow his own horn and we are oh so fortunate to have him with “Blue Noise”
Born and raised in Winnipeg, the amazing click-track man – has been playing drums since junior high starting at the age of eleven. Mikie is the main backbone blues man for Blue Noise. Mikie is an amazing and serious Blues/R & B/Rock and Roll Drummer.
Mr. Hammond B3 organ with a whirling Leslie started his three-year tenure at the Alley Catz Piano Bar, you gotta be good to do that. With a return to his blues roots, and a love for gospel, R & B, and 70’s rock, he brings a funky, percussive and melodic element to Blue Noise with southern and up-tempo Chicago blues.
Ultimate Funk/Blues bass blues player with a distinctive drive and lots of funk. He is naughty and oh so nice, swing, jazz, blues, a great driving force behind the Blue Noise meter!! Stand out bass solos, always in the pocket that completes the rhythm section with synchronicity.
You can only imagine the ultimate crystal clear sound of a screaming lead guitar!!!! A quite stormy Monday blues lick, a funked up “thrill is gone” rhythm with ultimate precision!!! He does not miss a beat, a note, a chord or a run over top of a bass line!!! Dave’s attention to the detail and the technical precision keeps Blue Noise on the charts and doing what we do and we do it well!!!