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White Rock Blues Society
The White Rock Blues Society
Weekly Bluesletter
#363 March 13 2019
In this issue
Michael Jerome Browne New Album and Tour Dates Saturday May 4 House Concert with WRBS
Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
Hornby Island Blues Workshop
Links For Blues Fans
Rock Humour
Taylor James
Rolling Stones Then and Now
Michael Jerome Browne New Album and Tour Dates
Saturday May 4 House Concert with WRBS

The White Rock Blues Society is proud to present Michael Jerome Browne performing the third in a series of intimate house concerts featuring Canadian, American and International Blues artists. This event is only being promoted in our Weekly Bluesletter and website giving our membership first crack at the limited number of tickets. 
( As a reminder to Bluesletter subscribers, being one, you are a member of the WRBS. We stopped issuing paid memberships a number of years ago to keep things simple. We are sure that Muddy Waters would have preferred it that way. After all he started out doing house concerts, which evolved into  juke joints back then.)
This is a special kind of an event that allows fans to meet the performers and hear their music in a comfortable setting. Two sets are performed so there's ample opportunity of audience members to meet and great other music lovers as well as the artist. We use name tags to grease the wheels of conversation.


Michael Jerome Browne is a three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner (Traditional Singer, 2015; Solo Artist, 2012 & 2008), Maple Blues Award winner (with 32 nominations since 1999), Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Finalist, four-time Juno Award Nominee in both the Roots/Traditional and Blues categories. He is a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American Roots music.

That’s Where It’s At! is Michael Jerome Browne’s latest collection, focusing on soul music through the lens of a traditional blues player. Recorded largely live off the floor in Sherbrooke and Montréal (Québec) and Hamilton (Ontario), Michael’s finger style guitar and warm, unaffected vocals are front and centre, accompanied only by John McColgan’s funky drumming on five songs.

That’s Where It’s At! is the new album on Borealis Records, available February 8, 2019. This album focuses on the connection between blues and soul, the stripped-down accompaniment consisting only of Michael’s guitar, with drummer John McColgan on five tracks. Vocal guests include Harrison Kennedy, Roxanne Potvin and Eric Bibb. Five originals are mixed in with songs from Sam Cooke, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Al Green, Randy Newman and Stevie Wonder, as well as two spirituals from way back- the roots of gospel and soul.

To celebrate and share this outstanding new recording, Michael Jerome Browne will be on tour throughout Canada in the coming months, starting with industry showcases at both Blues Summit Nine in Toronto and Folk Alliance International in Montreal.

May 4 - House Concert, White Rock, BC 
WRBS Headquarters
15798 38A Ave
Surrey BC
604 723 3905
Tickets $25.00 (only 40 tickets available)
Coffee.Tea & Snacks


Visit and for more information
Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival
Another great line up for this year's 24th Annual Mount Baker Rhythm & Blues Festival.
Great venue, fans and talent on stage. Check out their website for more details.


Hornby Island Blues Workshop

Twenty Years of Blues - 1999-2019

While twenty years is just a drop in the bucket of Blues time, we here on Hornby Island take great pride in saying we have been helping to keep the Blues vibrant and alive on the west coast in that time. These last two decades have been a blast as we have watched and heard students from all over Canada and the US come to our Blues Workshops to learn from all the best Blues and Roots instructors we could talk into coming to teach. We really appreciate the faith that has been shown as every musician who has come here to teach has agreed to do so without a contract, holding faith in our mantra that the entire operations runs on the egalitarian principle that everyone gets one share of whatever revenues we generate. That’s pretty cool if you think about it, that in a world driven mad by cash, that music can still generate such good faith and good vibrations. And here we are once again, this time with a big program of fourteen musicians joining with us and our faithful student disciples in the celebration of our twentieth Blues Week that will rolling out May 4 through May 11. We are planning a big party, some special musical treats and several acts of prestidigitation, conjuring and voodoo that will stun those who attend. Are you coming to the big show? You really should consider it.
Check out this promotion video regarding the workshop.

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.

Canadian Blues History
Rock Humour
Taylor James
Here is a great opportunity to meet and hear a great Canadian performer who knows how to entertain and create wonderful music. Greg Drew and the WRBS have worked together in the past entertaining music fans with fine talent. I know that you will experience a real treat when you meet and hear Taylor in such a fine setting. Don't miss this, get your tickets ASAP; while they last. Check out Taylor's music on her website.
Taylor James will be playing at Greg Drew's house concert in Langley on Saturday April 6. Taylor will be joined by Rob Becker and John Ellis a multi instrumentalist who you can see playing in a few of Taylor’s videos on the music page of her website or on YouTube.
Don’t miss this unbelievable night of music and please share with your friends who enjoy live music. If you have never been to a house concert, there is nothing like it as there is no talking in the house when the music is on. It’s not a house party, it’s about the music, meeting fellow music appreciators and the performers as well as great food. BYOB beverage.
Opening act will be Jessica Barbour doing a few Joni Mitchell songs and some originals.
BYOB and a pot luck appetizer.
Tickets $20 advance -$25@door.
100 tickets only
Doors 7:00 Music 8:00.
Phone Greg Drew 604-838-3482 or 604-888-8787 for tickets or any questions. Get on the ticket list ASAP.
9978 Allard Crescent
Next to Fort Langley Golf Course



Rolling Stones Then and Now

White Rock Blues Society  •  15798 38A Ave  •  South Surrey  •  BC  •  V3S 0K9

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