Meet Harpdog Brown. . .

Harpdog Brown photo by Mark Maryanovich

Harpdog Brown photo by Mark Maryanovich

 
 

Harpdog Brown is Canada's best classic blues band!  

Maple Blues Awards have named him Harmonica Player of the Year for 3 consecutive years!  He was recently inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in his hometown of Edmonton, AB.  He is a JUNO Nominee and still the only Canadian artist to hold the coveted Muddy Award from the Cascade Blues Society.  He is a gifted singer and an imaginative harmonica player and he's been a pillar of the Canadian Blues scene for over 30 years..

We're excited that he's chosen to work with ThinkTank to take his career to the next level.  Within the span of a few months we've released his new album, Travelin' With The Blues.  This album features some of the greatest blues musicians in the US today, and that includes a duelling harmonica tune with his dear friend Mr Charlie Musselwhite. As Charlie says "it really is some great smokin' blues".  The new Social Strategy is coming to fruition and the launch of the overall Marketing Plan will see numerous showcase performances for some of the best presenters across North America.  We recently attended the Western Arts Alliance Conference in Los Angeles where we were introduced to some outstanding presenters!  That was followed by juried showcases at the Arts Northwest Booking Conference in Spokane, WA, the Folk Music Ontario Conference in Ottawa, ON, Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City, and Blues Summit 8 in Toronto, ON. It's been exciting and rewarding to share the power of the blues with the folks who deliver the best shows at festivals, community theatres and unique venues throughout North America (and even some from Europe).  There's a lot of work behind the scenes to make it all happen and we are proud to be part of Harpdog's support team.

 After the release of his ground-breaking album What It Is, Harpdog was named Harmonica Player of the Year at the prestigious Maple Blues Awards - (Canada's Grammys of the blues scene - produced by the Toronto Blues Society).  It also achieved a his a nomination for Best Blues Recording at BreakoutWest, the Western Canadian Music Awards.  In 2015 he toured Canada with none-other than the Beale Street Blues Bopper himself Little Victor Mac.  This was a tour that included his current project, Harpdog Brown & The Travelin' Blues Show.  It's no surprise to many that was once again honoured with the Maple Blues Award for Harmonica Player of the Year!  They had so much fun together that Little Victor even decided to produce Harpdog's lastest album released in late 2016.

The efforts paid off when Harpdog Brown received his second consecutive nomination for Blues Artist of the Year by Breakout West, the Western Canadian Music Awards.  And if that's not enough to demonstrate the rise in popularity that this Canadian blues icon is enjoying, he was awarded the inaugural Fraser Valley Music Award (#Frazies) for Blues Artist of the Year on August 16th, 2016.

Harpdog Brown has been touring with his Travelin' Blues Show to support the release aptly titled, Travelin' with the Blues.  These guys are bringing real classic blues to the people!  They'll take you back to that early electric blues sound that many try to imitate but few succeed in.  There are no drums (in most shows), and who needs them when you hear the percussive style of Vancouver's accomplished doghouse bass player, Pat Darcus.  Add the outstanding and very tasty guitar work of Jordie Edmonds with the gritty vocals and greasy harp tones of Harpdog Brown and it's a show you won't want to miss.  If you consider yourself a true blues fan, you'll probably drool over the vintage gear seen at some shows!  Front of stage often includes a '51 Masco PA and his harp amps are '52 Mascos.  He often sings through a vintage Turner mic if the acoustics permit.  There is simply nobody doing it like this!  You'll hear plenty of originals but you'll hear them with that old-school sound.  For good measure, they love to include a few songs by the masters as well.  And that's why his audiences rave about the authentic experience this show delivers. 

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