BIO (cont'd.)

In 1984 I formed the band "Juke". The name comes from Little Walter's only number one hit by the same name.

We played a lot lot around Vancouver and eventually, we became the band of choice to open for "name acts" at what was then gem of the Vancouver Concert scene, The Commodore Ballroom.

So, during the 1980's I had the priveledge of opening for: Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Willie Dixon, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Norton Buffalo, Hollywood Fats, Albert Collins, and other living legends.

I also jammed a lot with some of Canada's premier blues bands of the time, including Downchild Blues Band, Whiskey Howl and The Powder Blues Band.

The hottest nite club on the local scene in the 80's was called The Anchor and I used to practicly live there. At the Anchor, I got to work and play with: Sunnyland Slim, Jay McShann, Lowell Fulsom, Joe Duskin and many other great bluesmen..

During the Expo 86 world expostion in Vancouver, I worked the entire duration of the fair with The John Cooper Blues Band.

During the 1990's, I continued to play, mostly on weekends and to develop my improvisational style of playing.

In 1990 I joined a band called "Party Pigs" for a short time. We mainly played parties. Our theme song was "Makin' Bacon'".

In 1993 I moved to Nelson, BC and lived there for 2 years. The local blues bar in Nelson "the Civic Hotel" was known as "The Zoo". I played with pretty much every blues act that came through Nelson, including: Amos Garrett, Harpdog Brown, Dr. Fun and The Nightcrawlers, Johnny Vee and Don Johnson.

In 1995 I moved Back to the Vancouver area and was playing a bit less, since I live about 100 miles from the city centre. I also put up the Bluesharp Page on the net in 1995.

In the summer of 1999 I toured BC with Canada's "Prime Minister of the Blues", Dutch Mason.

During the years 1999- 2005 I palyed with a band that hails from Maple Ridge BC called "The Shakers". The Shakers are very cool becuse they play at a reasonable volume and do very few "White Boy" tunes. Their repetoire includes Roots Rock, Blues and Swing. Lately, I have been studying the roots of Rock'n Roll a lot and peer-to peer file sharing has made it easy for me to listen to my current fave artists like Wynonie Harris, Louis Jordan and Bull Moose Jackson.

Update: In the Summer of 2003, I discovered an internet radio station called "Mr. Poboy New Orleans". By listening to this station, I discovered many great artists I had never heard before, like: James Booker, Wayne Toups, Boozoo Chavis, Skip Easterling, Al "Carnval Time" Johnson, Danny Gatton and many, many others. I listen to this station all the time now. For me it offers the ultimate mix of Blues, Roots Rock, Zydeco, Cajun, and Jazz from New Orleans. I urge you to give it a try.

In 2006, after Katrina, I went to live in New Orleans. I currently live there about half of every year. You can find me on Frenchman St. or at Cathedral Square...

In October 2009, I moved to New Orleans permanently. These days, I'm kind of a hired gun who plays with a lot of different acts here. Mostly tho, I am playing with John Lisi and his band Delta Funk.

The Colonel playin at the Yale Hotel 06/07/03

The Colonel at his former day gig with a few iMacs

Pic of The Shakers with The Colonel, right rear

Download the Shakers MP3 track
"It Shoulda been Me"
4.4 MB


 A few tracks from Dutch Mason tour

The Colonel blowin on the banks of the Mississippi in New Orleans

The Colonel playin with Butch Trivette at Apple Barrel, New Orleans

 

Colonel's house in New Orleans

 

 

 

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