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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#322 March 7 2018
In this issue
Carlos del Junco - Friday March 16th
Links For Blues Fans
Note from The Editor
A Day In The Life (50 years ago the Sgt Pepper's Band Album won an Emmy Award)
Carlos del Junco - Friday March 16th
Carlos del Junco
Carlos del Junco, Cuban-Canadian harmonica master, fashions sound the way Michelangelo sculpted his David: with daring and sensuality! Considered one of the world's greatest harmonica players, he is a pioneer of the "overblow" technique, allowing him to play a diatonic harmonica chromatically. The result is stunning: a sophisticated blues/jazz fusion from sublime to raw to quirky. 

Carlos is one of those players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it's either retire the category or rephrase the question "Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos". This includes two Gold Medals from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany, as well as multiple national awards in Canada and several JUNO Award nominations:

  • 2017 SPAH (U.S.A. Society) Bernie Bray Harmonica Player of The Year Award nomination
  • 2016 Maple Leaf Blues Nomination for Best Harmonica Player and Best Acoustic Duo (with Jimmy Bowskill for Blues Etc…)
  • EIGHT times Harmonica Player of the Year - Canadian Maple Blues Awards
  • 2005 "Best Blues" Award - NOW Magazine, Toronto, ON
  • 1996 Blues Musician of the Year Award - Jazz Report Magazine
  • 1993 Hohner World Harmonica Championship, Trossingen, Germany -Two Gold Medals in both diatonic blues and diatonic jazz

Catch Carlos and his Blues Mongrels featuring Eric St. Laurent (guitar) and Henry Heillig (bass) in support of their new CD Hang On touring in Western Canada for the first time in 5 years!
Links For Blues Fans


“The Blues Foundation plays an absolutely essential role in ensuring the present and future of the blues as well as celebrating this great American music tradition. With the Blues Music Awards and The Blues Hall of Fame, the Foundation honors the finest blues artists and recordings of the past and present. With the International Blues Challenge, Generation Blues Scholarships and the Foundation’s support of blues education, The Blues Foundation nurtures the great blues artists of the future.”
Bruce Iglauer, Founder and President, Alligator Records
Here is a link to a podcast that focuses on the blues produced by the Blues Foundation.

Note from The Editor
If you haven't heard by now it pains me to tell you that the Pacific Inn, "the Pink Palace",venue we have been using for 11 years is no more. The staff we have been working with over that time have all been let go or quit. Hilton Hotels purchased the property and a transition management outfit is planning to do a total refit to bring the venue up to Hilton standards. Major construction is in the works over the course of the year.
The society will keep busy with co promotions with the Blue Frog Studios and are reviewing other venue options. In addition we are reviewing the feasibility of conducting an International Blues Society event to select a solo/duo act and or a Band to sponsor for the 2019 IBC.

We do plan to have a couple of house shows with some top tier blues artists who are coming through town this summer and fall. More details to follow.
I'm often asked how one joins the White Rock Blues Society and the answer is quite simple. By subscribing to this newsletter you are a member of the society. We have over a thousand receiving the Bluesletter each week. We don't ask for dues. We only ask that you help support our aim of keeping the blues alive by attending our events or any other events supporting the blues genre. That simple.
We will be supporting the Mount Baker R&B Festival this summer as always and the Las Vegas "Blues Bender" in September because they are great events. Another great event is the Naniamo Blues Festival that brings top tier artists to the West Coast.

The Juno Awards are coming up in March and there's a great album in the running that features three talented western blues artists that we hope gets the nod.

Note from Brandon":
So excited and proud to be nominated for a Juno Award with my dear buddies Tim Williams and Kenny Wayne for blues album of the year. Congrats to my brother Chris Isaak for producing this little jewel. The whole record was recorded, mixed and mastered in Whitehorse, Yukon.

That's it for now.
A Day In The Life (50 years ago the Sgt Pepper's Band Album won an Emmy Award)
A Day in the Life (Beatles Cover) live at Glastonbury Festival 2009
The Glastonbury Festival crowd did a fine job pitching in.

Jeff Beck live version, later joined by Eric Clapton.

Here is Paul performing the tune July 17th-21st
kicking off his "Summer Live '09 Tour" at Citi-Field in New York.

"A Day In The Life/Give Peace A Chance/Let It Be/Live And Let Die"

When attending this show I was pleasantly surprised with the canons. The compression they elicited took your breath away.
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