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He's been called a blues evangelist
And Blues Evangelist is a very fitting moniker. "I speak the blues like it's the truth, and it is" he was recently quoted. "I do feel like I'm a servant of the people. And I do heal people if they pay attention to the good messages in the songs I choose." He delivers those messages in the traditional sound of early electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late 40's and early 50's. Harpdog says "Blues has a healing power. It's a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that's ok."
Vancouver-based Harpdog Brown was born in Edmonton in 1962, an adopted child who has felt somewhat detached his whole life - "a lifelong battle of not feeling like I belonged. I think I was born for the circus, you know, born to travel. The blues tapped me on the shoulder years ago and said 'this is where you belong, son'. So the blues became my circus and there's no better way to travel than with a classic blues band!"
They love the traditional early electric blues sound and they perform that style with authenticity. Some call it a Chicago Blues sound. Harpdog calls it Classic Blues. Late 40's and early 50's vintage electric blues. They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed and of course, Muddy Waters. Audiences say that they love hearing that lo-fi vinyl sound live on stage. They do it all while using vintage gear as well.
Harpdog Brown is a gifted vocalist and an imaginative harmonica player. Guitarist Jordie Edmonds plays a lowdown understated style yet has plenty of flash when needed. Doghouse bass player Pat Darcus drives the engine with his percussive style. The Travelin' Blues Show sometimes includes other guest musicians that befit the band and situation such as sought-after drummer Andy Graffiti. Regardless of the incarnation you see, this show is unique, refreshing and leaves audiences feeling good and wanting more.
He is a two-time Maple Blues Award Winner (2014 and 2015), Fraser Valley Music Award Winner, two-time Western Canadian Music Awards Nominee, Juno Nominee and the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In case you haven’t heard, he’s been nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards (Harmonica Player, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year) for his latest release Travelin’ With The Blues. The album features a duet with Charlie Musselwhite and was produced by the Beale Street Blues Bopper himself, Little Victor with guest appearances from Kid Andersen, Big John Atkinson and more.
The band is juried to showcase at Blues Summit in Toronto, then off to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, representing the White Rock Blues Society, followed by another juried showcase at Folk Alliance in Kansas.
His recent album release Travelin' With The Blues is quickly gaining momentum on roots and blues charts and follows his Top 20 charting 2014 release What It Is (Roots Music Report International Blues Albums).
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