Composer and multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal, a two-time GRAMMY® winner and one of the most influential American blues and roots artists of the past half-century, has made no Faustian deals in his long and distinguished career, but he stands at an important crossroads nonetheless.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Living more than half his life in the spotlight, Kenny Wayne Shepherd was signed to a major record label at the age of at 16, recorded his first album while a senior in high school and embarked on a world tour after graduation. Now, at only 32 years old, he has sold millions of albums worldwide, received four Grammy nominations, two Billboard Music Awards, two Orville H. Gibson Awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive Award, and a Blues Music Award among many other accolades. Stratocaster®.
Pure raw amazing talent is what has garnered Canada’s own Serena Ryder such great success and genuine accolades so early in her career. Known for her powerful vocal range, Ryder who hails from the small town of Millbrook, Ontario, has already earned a Canadian GOLD record, the 2008 JUNO Award for New Artist of the Year.
Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real
Raised on a strict diet of country, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll, California-based Lukas Nelson, and his band, The Promise of the Real, are starting to make waves with their infectious, no-nonsense brand of the classic American sound. “The recipe is simple,” writes Sam Sanborn in the March 9th issue of The Oregon Music News, “possibly because it’s plain home-cookin’.
Colin Linden is a genuine renaissance man of roots music. He’s a singer and songwriter of great skill, an in-demand and prolific record producer ( Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, Colin James), a sideman to the stars as guitarist for the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Emmylou Harris, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, and, for the past decade, a member of the highly successful trio, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings.
Little Miss Higgins
Over the past five years, Little Miss Higgins – described as a “pocket-sized powerhouse” by Richard Knechtel in the Owen Sound Sun Times – has built a strong national reputation throughout Canada, appearing in clubs and on festival stages in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Owen Sound, and Canso, Nova Scotia…
After returning from a cross-Canada tour with Jon-Rae Fletcher, both as his backing band and his opening band, Alphababy packed their bags and moved from Kelowna to Vancouver. Big changes lead to new beginnings, and with that, the band changed their name to Yukon Blonde, signed to Toronto-based Nevado Records (Bahamas, Fox Jaws), put their 300 show history behind them (including performances alongside Ladyhawk, Black Mountain and Women), and set out to write all new material, which they recorded in Vancouver with Shawn Cole (Bend Sinister, You Say Party! We Say Die!).
Winner of the Shore 104.3FM “Sounds of Summer” song search competition.