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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 three-time Maple Blues Award Winner (2014, 2015 and 2016), Fraser Valley Music Award Winner, three-time Western Canadian Music Awards Nominee, Juno Nominee and the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In 2016 he was 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 was juried to showcase at Blues Summit in Toronto, and Folk Alliance International in Kansas City. They also represented the White Rock Blues Society in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
His recent album release Travelin' With The Blues has hit numerous roots and blues charts including Living Blues and holding steady in the top five Classic Blues Albums on Roots Music Report for North America. This follows his Top 20 charting 2014 release What It Is (Roots Music Report International Blues Albums).
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See why he and the Travelin' Blues Show are a must-have at any Blues Festival, a great fit for any Theatre Venue and an incredible fit for cabaret and bar shows! As Holger Petersen (Host of Saturday Night Blues on CBC Radio One and Natch'l Blues on the CKUA Radio Network) says, "this band could play anywhere in the world, in any venue, large or small, and blues fans of all stripes would love this show".