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MAMA DANCED!

MAMA DANCED! LJ Mounteney’s new Blues and Roots Album- In late 2019, Veteran engineer Ken Burke connected LJ MountenEY with Blues legend Jack Lavin to produce and record an authentic album of Blues and Roots… One pandemic and 2 years later it is almost complete. The project includes some of the finest musicians, singers, songwriters and engineers in the country!

LJ Mounteney’s new Blues and Roots Album

In late 2019, Veteran engineer Ken Burke connected LJ MountenEY with Blues legend Jack Lavin to produce and record an authentic album of Blues and Roots… One pandemic and 2 years later it is almost complete. The project includes some of the finest musicians, singers, songwriters and engineers in the country!

FEATURING 9 ORIGINALS BY WEST COAST SONGWRITERS AND 5 VERY COOL COVERS, THIS ALBUM CUTS A WIDE SWATH ACROSS THE GENRE OF BLUES AND ROOTS.

BLUES PARTY THIS WEEK AT HERMANN’S

Back again by popular demand! Join these multi-blues award winners deemed “Masters of Old School Blues” by Blues Revue Magazine for a fun filled Thursday night of blues! With an all star band: Jan Randall on Piano, Jack Lavin on bass, and Ross Hall on Drums, this show will feature more songs from their exciting collection of classic and original blues favourites. Highlighted by Diana’s authentic blues vocal sound and legendary multi-instrumentalist Chris Whiteley on slide guitar, harmonica and trumpet, this promises to be a memorable night of great music. Don’t miss this dynamic “real deal” duo before they head back east.

Our band, Rhythm Train will be backing up Canadian blues treasures Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley with special guest Eugene Smith at Victoria’s legendary Hermann’s Jazz Club this coming Thursday May 5th. Details at. this link https://hermannsjazz.com//show/556857/view

Back again by popular demand! Join these multi-blues award winners deemed “Masters of Old School Blues” by Blues Revue Magazine for a fun filled Thursday night of blues! With an all star band: Jan Randall on Piano, Jack Lavin on bass, and Ross Hall on Drums, this show will feature more songs from their exciting collection of classic and original blues favourites. Highlighted by Diana’s authentic blues vocal sound and legendary multi-instrumentalist Chris Whiteley on slide guitar, harmonica and trumpet, this promises to be a memorable night of great music. Don’t miss this dynamic “real deal” duo before they head back east.
Special guest – the legendary vocalist Eugene Smith! A rare Victoria performance by this unique entertaining singer who has shared the stage with BB King, Gordon Lightfoot, Bo Diddley and K.D. Lang to name just a few! Throughout his lengthy career, Eugene toured with ‘Rompin’ Ronnie Hawkins to Memphis, Alabama and many southern states and also led his own successful band for many years. 

Three fantastic performers – Thursday May 5th, 7pm – Good entertainment to the max!

Here’s what Mike Devlin from the Times Colonist said about Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley’s previous show March 11th 2022:

Critic’s Pick List! “The duo of singer Diana Braithwaite and multi-instrumentalist Chris Whiteley is a two-pronged threat, with both veterans bringing something special to the table. With multiple Juno Award nominations and Maple Blues Award wins as a unit, they are an extremely esteemed duo in the blues genre…band that includes Jack Lavin on bass, Ross Hall on drums, and Jan Randall on piano, expect great things to happen. This will be a party with a capital P.” 

Band: Jack Lavin, Ross Hall, Jan Randall

B3’s, Zorbas, and Bob

1967 and I’m a busboy at Zorba’s standing behind a keyboard player, entranced. Various bands would haul Hammond B3’s and Leslies down 2 flights of stairs for a gig that likely paid them about the same as what I was making- and why?

1967 and I’m a busboy at Zorba’s standing behind a keyboard player, entranced. Various bands would haul Hammond B3’s and Leslies down 2 flights of stairs for a gig that likely paid them about the same as what I was making- and why? Because it was magic. I had a $50 organ then, and a band too- so it was a big deal to me. Not long after that I was at a street dance in Garneau standing behind a musician I had not met yet, also playing a big Hammond with Hot Cottage. Bob Derkach and I have been brothers for over 50 years now. It was my fault that he left his gig as composer for the planetarium in Edmonton(which eventually led to his CD actually flying to Mars) and left for Toronto to have a career with Second City. He was my understudy, and when I quit- he made history by staying with it for longer than anyone, truly defining the art of improvising live music for theatre, and influencing MANY who came after. We are still connected at the hip, brothers forever. This is a recent photo from his current tour. Pure genius and a truly enlightened soul.

Bob Derkach (center) on tour with some fairly famous comedians
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