Co-Headlining Stage, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa ON, July 14
Seated with his iconic Lucille on his lap, King chatted up the masses before delivering a tranquil rendition of his 1964 single, "Rock Me Baby." Justifiably struggling with his guitar playing, King ambled through "Every Day I Have the Blues," "Guess Who" and "The Thrill is Gone," adding brief and warbled guitar licks while his band proceeded to hold down each song's smooth rhythm. As the show closed with an extended version of "When the Saints Go Marching In," King began to speak boundlessly to select members of the crowd, offering jokes and anecdotes that only those in the first few rows could appreciate. Though B.B.'s live show moved at a senior citizen's pace, the King of Blues gave Ottawa a performance that was nothing less than sincere, passionate and straight from the heart.
ReviewsJul 25, 2015
Ryley WalkerIsland Stage, Guelph ON, July 24
The spirit of roving '70s roots artists and (to a lesser extent) the Grateful Dead is alive and well in the sounds of folk-leaning, Midweste...
ReviewsJul 20, 2015
Hundred WatersBass Camp Stage, Pemberton BC, July 19
Falling right into the beautifully crafted "Out Alee," Hundred Waters graced the Bass Camp Stage on the last day of Pemberton (July 19). Cup...
ReviewsJul 13, 2015
Richard ThompsonMonster Energy Stage, Ottawa ON, July 12
Although many associate the term "guitar god" with rock music, the term was originally applied to folk players like Bert Jansch and John Fah...
ReviewsJun 19, 2015
Gina ChavezThe Rivoli, Toronto ON, June 18
Gina Chavez is one of those artists whose music is impossible to pigeonhole. On up.rooted, the exceptional sophomore album that garnered Cha...
ReviewsMay 26, 2015
Shakey GravesSasquatch Stage, George WA, May 24
Last year at Sasquatch, Shakey Graves performed at the small Yeti stage and managed to pack the venue to the brim as fans and music lovers f...
ReviewsApr 26, 2015
Downtown Music Crawl with Peter Willie Youngtree, Ginger Snaps, Jon Mckiel, Susie Asado and Painful ShiversVarious Venues, St. John's NL, April 26
Sunday's Downtown Music Crawl followed the same format as the Quidi Vidi edition on Saturday. It started at Model Citizen, where Painful ...
ReviewsApr 26, 2015
Quidi Vidi Music Crawl with Dark for Dark, Gianna Lauren, Donovan Woods and WeavesVarious Venues, St. John's NL, April 25
The Quidi Vidi Music Crawl is just another example of Lawnya Vawnya's attention to detail, as the fest allows patrons to hit all of landmark...
ReviewsJan 25, 2015
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer / Ben RogersDistrikt Nightclub, Victoria BC, January 24
On a night featuring a couple of "up and coming" indie blues and country bands, you would expect a young hip crowd out in full force, but th...