Harpdog Brown

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

Third nomination for Blues Artist of the Year from West Coast Music Awards

more info here... http://breakoutwest.ca/fest/blog/2017-western-canadian-music-award-nominees/

WATCH!  Michael Loeters of The Blues Tribe welcomed Harpdog Brown & the Travelin' Blues Show into the studio for a live performance and interview.  Featuring Jordie Edmonds on guitar and Andy Graffiti on the tubs.  It's an entertaining and frank interview ranging from the story behind his name to his scotch preferences.  You can subscribe to the show to see more interviews and intimate performances from the best of Canada's blues scene.

The March 2017 edition of The Blues Tribe features an interview and performance with Harpdog Brown.

In Depth Interview with richard l'hommedieu on live! at the midnight circus

September 9, 2016:  As Richard L'Hommedieu from LIVE at The Midnight Circus says - You're gonna LOVE this! What a great interview and Dog tells the whole story leading up to his latest and best release Travelin' With The Blues!   Very cool...   You can get your copy from the Doghouse Store or scroll to the bottom of this page and click the "Download" button of your choice.


First review of travelin' with the blues. . .

"This album is a major leap forward . . . both as a career summary and a door to the future." - John Valenteyn, Columnist, Toronto blues society, maple blues, august 2016



  • by Mike Ross, GigCity.ca

  • posted May 23, 2016

If Harpdog Brown has been faking it all these years, he deserves an Oscar – in addition to his two consecutive Maple Blues Awards for the best blues harmonica player in Canada, plus the Juno nomination. He’s too convincing for it to be an affectation.

By now, more than 35 years after he started with single-minded determination, he’s become a big deal in the Canadian blues scene.

“Dog” (only a few people know his given name) is one of the performers and producers of the “17 Years After” Blues Marathon Reunion (and its original event 17 years ago), Saturday at the NAIT Gym, with Sue Foley, Leon Blue, Amos Garrett and many more. ...

Edmonton blues marathon reboot of 1999 event

  • by Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal
  • published May 11, 2016

It’s funny how a lot of factors seemed to line up,” Klemen muses. “Harpdog (Brown) was all for it and he helped out again with some connections. It just happens to be 17 years later, but things are coming together in a very positive way.”

Vancouver-based Brown was happy to return, along with Canada’s blues queen, Sue Foley, other heroes of Alberta’s scene like Hot Cottage, and some notable imports, Sonny Rhodes and legendary Texas pianist Leon Blue. The NAIT Gym will be set up with a special floor cover for dancing along with chairs and tables for around 800. It’s an all-ages show with licensed bar and food service.


harpdog talks about his upcoming release via red deer express

“The sound is remarkably like it came out of the past. It’s very cool. There’s also some news songs, and some new takes on old songs in an older, cooler greasier kind of way. So we are excited about it.”

TORONTO, JANUARY 18, 2016.  

The 19th Annual Maple Blues Awards, Canada's Grammy's of the Blues, just announced it's winners at their annual awards gala held at the Royal Conservatory of Music's Koerner Hall in Toronto.  Each year, attendees of the Maple Blues Awards Gala enjoy performances from a selection of current nominees, accompanied by the always popular Maple Blues Band  This year's perrformers included Colin Linden, Harrison Kennedy, David Gogo, Cecile Doo-Kingue, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, John Campbelljohn and the after-party jam was hosted by Big Dave McLean.

No surprise to many, Harpdog Brown was once again awarded Canada's Harmonica Player of the Year making it two consecutive years.  In 2014 he launched What It Is, his best work to date.  The album saw a number of tunes getting regular spins on BB King's Bluesville (SeriusXM) and many other stations throughout North America.  Roots Music Report placed it at #20 in their worldwide Top Blues Albums of 2014.  In 2015 Harpdog Brown & the Travelin' Blues Show landed a whirl-wind cross-Canada tour with "The Beale Street Blues Bopper", the "King of Grit", Little Victor.  Now in 2016, they are working with Little Victor as producer of their next album.  

"This guy knows how to get that original roots sound, even in a digital world" says Harpdog.  To make the opportunity even greater, the album will be cut at notorious Bigtone Records, a studio in San Jose run by one of the hottest rising blues artists in the US, Big Jon Atkinson.  They've also planned a day at Greaseland Records - the dreamchild of Christopher "Kid" Andersen (Charlie Musselwhite, Rick Estrin).  Rumour has it that Kid Andersen will make a guest appearance on the album along with Blues stalwart Rusty Zin.  Those are some of the heaviest hitters in the blues business.  These two unique, boutique recording studios are putting out the best blues recordings of our time.  And they're doing it all with vintage gear and knowledge and truly recording "the way they used to".  Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more from Harpdog Brown & the Travelin' Blues Show.  Harpdog is on a meteoric path to bring his early electric blues sound to the people.  

Quotable quotes spanning a career in canadian blues

"Harpdog is a great blues man. He is in total command onstage – and enjoying every minute."

- Holger Petersen, Blues Programmer CKUA and CBC Radio.


"Brown is an excellent singer and band leader who reminds me a lot of the late Hock Walsh and he has put together a program that you can often hear in clubs but seldom so well player and. . . heavy on blues feeling"

- John Valenteyn, President Toronto Blues Society


"Isn’t it nice to know that all the “fast food / flavor of the week” blues artists are easily dispensed with when compared with the REAL THING. I mean the bona fide, totally authentic purveyor of heart and soul, down-in-the-alley blues. And, believe you me, Harpdog Brown and the Bloodhounds are purveyors with pedigree."

- Andy “Blues Boy” Grigg, Chief Editor Blues Review Magazine


“They play the blues naturally and without gimmicks or pretension, and when you combine that with their talent, it places them at the top of their trade… You won’t find a better blues band in Canada.”

- West Coast Entertainment Magazine


“These bluesmen are just too good to be missed."

- Blues Notes, Portland


“These guys play with passion, emotion and honesty, and instead of overwhelming their audience with technical genius,  they keep it simple except when the time is right for going to town. That’s the essence of Blues”

- Missoula Independent, Montana


“These guys are genuine bluesmeisters, and will make you homesick for Chicago and the Mississippi delta even if you’ve never been to either…They don’t come any better than this.”

- Capitol News, Kelowna, BC

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


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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