I guess I’ve been more than delinquent about my blog for the past four months or so. I didn’t slip off the face of the earth. I’ve actually been traveling the face of the earth a fair bit. Spring and early summer took the band across country and an awesome, successful tour of Canada and we’ve spent the summer darting out of the Maritimes here and there to do some festival shows. All in all it’s been a great summer. Now that we’re into September a couple, three things are looming on the horizon. Harvest Jazz and Blues Fest, Fall Tour of Canada and WINTER! (Booo!)
Before I get into my Harvest Schedule and fall tour notes I wanted to mention that my new solo cd, THE SHACK UP SESSIONS is now available. This album was recorded in a shack just outside Clarksdale MS over a couple days in February 2012. You can buy the album online right HERE or you can get a physical copy at Backstreet Records stores in Fredericton and Saint John or you can visit CDBABY and they’ll mail you a copy. Check it out. I’m pretty pleased with the album. You can expect to see me touring this baby across Canada in early 2013.
HARVEST JAZZ AND BLUES: Another year of great music programming is almost underway from the peeps at Harvest. This year I’ve got a few shows to tell you about.
Thursday Sept 13, Maritime Monster Jam in the Mojo Tent. I get the great pleasure of hanging with some of my favourite axe slingers. MattAndersen, Keith Hallett, Garret Mason, Scott Medford and more.
Friday Sept 14, 2pm, Free Outdoor concert at Officer Square with Mike Shrimp Daddy Reid and Donna Grantis. This is a little stripped down preview of what you’ll get Friday night at the Hoodoo Tent. My pal Shrimp Daddy is a great singer and Harmonica player. Donna is one of the best guitarists anywhere.
Friday Sept 14, Hoodoo Tent. Blues by invitation. We’ve got a 2.5 hour review planned for you. Special Guests Carmen Townsend, Donna Grantis and Shrimp Daddy Reid will all be joining us to tear the roof off the place!
Saturday Sept 15, 4pm at The Playhouse. CD release for THE SHACK UP SESSIONS. I’ll be playing cuts from the new album. Tickets are $12 and get you a copy of the CD. Due to this package pricing Ultimate passes will not be honoured for this show. Tickets will be available in the lobby at The Playhouse. Stop by the Annex Gallery in The Playhouse after and see some of my photography from the trip to Mississippi.
Saturday Sept 15, 7pm. Bud Light Blues Tent. We kick things off for what is surely to me an incredible night of soul. Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones and the afterburner from Maceo Parker. Come Shake everything you got!
Should be a memorable Festival as always.
Sadly for us the Festival will mark Young Will Pacey’s last shows with RNB. We’ve had a blast playing with Will all over the country and wish him all the best in future endeavors. The following week on Sept 20th we’ll venture out on our Ninth tour of Canada. we’ll have a brand new van and a brand new bassist. Jamie Guitar will be taking over low end duties for the fall. We look forward to welcoming Jamie aboard. I hope you’ll get out to a show or two to meet the new guy. The first batch of tour dates have been posted on this site so check em out and get thee to a show!