Category: RBC Bluesfest Revue

RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Red Rails

RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Red Rails

Holy $#!%. That’s all I could say when I heard The Red Rails for the first time. Bluefest indeed, these are the bluesiest guys in town. Just listen to the first minute of this and you’ll know what I mean. There’s something going on here, and I really dig it. Somewhere between AC/DC and Wolfmother, The Red Rails swing the […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Split

RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Split

RBC BLUESFEST REVUE: THE SPLIT Fans of Lee Fields, Charles Bradley and James Brown should check out The Split when they bring their authentic sounding old school soul music to RBC Bluesfest.  They released an EP, Can’t Get Enough,in March, and it’s fantastic. These guys have a great lineup of very talented musicians and a two-piece horn section! If you […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Still Winter Hills

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Still Winter Hills

With a nice throwback sound, blending catchy melodies and quality musicianship, Still Winter Hills are a band that would feel at home in any decade. Their songs have a good pace that keeps your foot tapping and your head nodding and their on stage camaraderie makes their live shows a joy to watch. They’re reminiscent of the kinds of bands […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Silver Creek

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Silver Creek

Silver Creek are a pretty phenomenal roots band from Ottawa. They’ve been playing for years, touring around Canada and playing to happy hometown audiences on a regular basis. Some bands seem to pick a style and try to mimic or present their take on the genre…Silver Creek have just naturally gravitated to this mix of blues, roots, folk, etc. It […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Sound of Lions

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Sound of Lions

Chill-out pop. A touch of R&B. Brooding bluesy notes. Sprinkle with a bit of trip hop. Add cool beats. Those are the ingredients that make up Sound of Lions, a multi-genres, multi-talented band that creates smooth, groovy, and pleasing music. If you want to play the name game, think of a band that mixes Massive Attack, The xx, Bright Smoke, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Silkken Laumann

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Silkken Laumann

Silkken Laumann No, I’ve not lost my mind and decided to write about Canadian Olympic Rower Silken Laumann, but about a fantastic band from Ottawa named Silkken Laumann.  Made up of Patrick Johnson, Rolf Klausener, Gary Franks, and Adam Saikaley, Silkken Laumann kick back and groove with some really awesome electronic grooves and gorgeous psychedelic house.  Earlier this year, they […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Scattered Clouds

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Scattered Clouds

Certain music can transport you to places that you feel like you’ve never seen before. Places that hit all your emotional buttons and overwhelm you but keep you transfixed. Scattered Clouds qualify for this distinction. Their music is epic and grand but also simple. It’s three musicians and the singing is meant to suck you in rather than rock you […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Pith and The Parenchymas

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Pith and The Parenchymas

This post has been revised as the band has a new album and has changed its sound. The definitions have been moved to the end of the article. To name a band Pith and The Parenchymas requires great ingenuity, a love of biology, both, or maybe something else. Regardless, it’s a great name. And like the name, Pith and The […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Old Whiskey Road

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Old Whiskey Road

I’m loving that Bluefest is tapping into so much local blues for the festival this year. Old Whiskey Road don’t just choose evocative band names, they play a crowd-pleasing style of country and blues with some tight musicianship and great vocal harmonies. Kristin St. Pierre on vocals has a laid back style, and fellow vocalist Dave Morrow has a quiet […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Old Stereo

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Old Stereo

Ottawa’s Old Stereo are bringing their funky rockin’ soul sound to RBC Bluesfest.  Fans of Gary Clark Jr will love these guys. Their 2012 EP Crossed The Line is fantastic.  It’s got a great classic feel to it, especially on the song “Old Stereo”, which lead singer Phil Dunac’s voice channels his inner Michael Jackson, and reminisces of a time […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Mackenzie Rhythm Section

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Mackenzie Rhythm Section

One of the great joys of going to festivals is discovering new bands that sound like nothing you already listen to. This is a feeling many people will experience when they first hear Mackenzie Rhythm Section. Equal parts rock, funk, reggae and old school punk, Mackenzie Rhythm Section have a completely one of a kind sound and are an absolute […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Keturah Johnson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Keturah Johnson

While there are plenty of excellent songwriters and bands in the Ottawa area, Keturah Johnson may be the one who will emerge to the top of this growing talent. In watching her perform live and listening to her music, she has the potential to be the National Capital Region’s answer to P.J. Harvey – her music is raw, gritty, spirited, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Kalle Mattson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Kalle Mattson

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, but now an Ottawa resident, the young Kalle Mattson has become a critical darling over the last few years. A grad of Classical Music (guitar) from the University of Ottawa, Kalle’s pop sensibilities are seemingly innate. When he was 17, in high school, he wrote his first 10 songs as a project to test out […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Jonathan Becker & The North Fields

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Jonathan Becker & The North Fields

Jonathan Becker has been performing since 2005, and as himself since 2009.  He, along with his band, The North Fields bring post-punk and folk music together, along with Becker’s raspy vocals that are almost a growl. It’s a really cool blend, and I really dig it, think Frank Turner, but more post-punk than just straight punk.  They have two EPs […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: John Allaire and the Campistas

RBC Bluesfest Revue: John Allaire and the Campistas

I once heard someone say that there is nothing like the sound of a guy who’s been through it all and lived to tell the tale. John Allaire has that sound. With their contagious mixture of modern alternative and old bar room country, John Allaire and the Campistas sound like no one else you will hear at Bluesfest. Allaire’s voice […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: James Leclaire

RBC Bluesfest Revue: James Leclaire

Originally from nearby Renfrew, Ontario, James Leclaire has established himself as one of Ottawa’s rising country-folk singers. However, Leclaire isn’t some teenager that is just making his mark. On the contrary, he’s been involved music for several years, having been part of a two punk bands who released several LPs. But as those bands separated as the members got older, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Firebelly

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Firebelly

These guys know what’s what. They play the blues, but they play it like jazz. Each song features a healthy dose of improvisation and each member gets room to stretch out and keep things interesting. Fredy Carriere (guitar and vocals), Mathieu Gagnon (harmonica and vocals), Daniel Grewal (bass), and Mike McNeill (drums) are musicians’ musicians, inspired by traditional soul and blues styles, and […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Fiftymen

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Fiftymen

“OH HELL YES” – My first reaction when I hit play on their self-titled LP Fiftymen. This Ottawa five-piece band play some badass hardcore country music.  The first track, “Wedding Band” is a bluesy, gritty, swingin’ track that’s just freakin’ awesome.  It’s followed up by some great country ballads, “Laureen” and “Don’t Cry” before we get back to pure rockin’ […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Farewell Davidson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Farewell Davidson

Farewell Davidson could be one of the big surprises of Bluesfest 2014. With a melodic but rocky sound reminiscent of Kings of Leon or Sloan and well written, relatable lyrics, Farewell Davidson are a throwback to the kind of folky alternative music that was made popular in the 1990’s and, still, holds favor today. Live, Farewell Davidson are a fun […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Cold Capital

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Cold Capital

We’ve covered nearly the waterfront of music genres on the RBC Bluesfest Revue, and today we feature a blues-roots band that has only been around for two years, yet has played in some pretty impressive festivals. Cold Capital is a blues-roots band that was formed in “rural hills of Ontario”. Combining the sounds of former Canadian blues-roots-rock stalwarts Staggered Crossing, The […]

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