Harpdog Brown

Canada's 3X Harmonica Player of the Year | Canada's Favourite Classic Blues Band | Canadian Blues Singer

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Harpdog Brown brings a modern vibe to a vintage New Orleans Blues sound

Harpdog Brown has earned a solid reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues.  Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late 40's and early 50’s.  These days he’s been touring more and more as Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band - a vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring slide trombone, keyboards, bass and drums and often a sax and clarinet. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage!  This music will move you!  They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington. Audiences are raving about this new show!

He’s been called a Blues Evangelist, and that’s 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. A missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the messages in these songs.” He delivers those messages using the vintage sound whether it be with his lowdown classic blues band the Travelin’ Blues Show or with his new Uptown Blues Band.  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 feel like 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  band!

Harpdog Brown is a gifted vocalist and an imaginative harmonica player. He has won three consecutive Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year (2014/2015/2016), the Fraser Valley Music Award, has three consecutive Western Canadian Music Awards Nominations, a Juno Nomination and is 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. 

Travelin' With The Blues released in 2016 is listed as #9 on the Roots Music Report Top Classic Blues Albums of 2017.  This follows his Top 20 charting 2014 release What It Is (Roots Music Report International Blues Albums). 

Thank you for your interest in Harpdog Brown.  For booking information please visit ThinkTank Music Network or email Ken@ThinkTankBC.com 

Here's a compilation of videos of Harpdog Brown & the Travelin' Blues Show performing LIVE!  Harpdog Brown (Vocals, Harmonica)  Jordan Edmonds (guitar).  Pat Darcus (doghouse bass).  For Booking information please visit www.ThinkTankBC.com or contact Ken@ThinkTankBC.com.  604.940.4888

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Watch:  The Blues Tribe Interview and live performance.  Our March guest is Harpdog Brown and the Travelin' Blues Show. In this episode Harpdog provides an entertaining and frank interview ranging from the story behind his name to his scotch preferences. Songs performed are "Home is where the Harp Is" and "Sacrifice".

Watch a collection of Official Song Videos From the album "What it is". Recorded in Victoria,BC 2014. Written by Harpdog Brown / John R Hunter. Harpdog Brown (harmonica / vocals), John R Hunter (drums) Jordan Edmonds (guitar), George Fenn (bass) Recorded by Dennis Ferby, Mixed & Mastered by Rick Erickson

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".

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Harpdog Brown  Contact: ThinkTank Music Network 5487 50 Ave  Delta  BC  V4K2A1  Call 604.940.4888


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This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.  We would also like to acknowledge Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia through Music BC and BreakOut West for their generous support of our conference travel efforts.  We could not have accomplished our goals without this support.

 
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