With a briefcase filled with awards, including three Maple Blues Awards naming him the best harmonica player in Canada, Vancouver’s Harpdog Brown has been called a blues evangelist — and that’s a very fitting moniker. “I speak the blues like it’s the truth, and it is” he was recently quoted. “I do feel like I’m a servant of the people. And I do heal people if they pay attention to the good messages in the songs I choose.” He delivers those messages in the traditional sound of early electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late 40’s and early 50’s. Harpdog tells us that “blues has a healing power. It’s a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that’s ok.”
Andy Grigg from Blues Revue magazine wrote that “[i]sn’t it nice to know that all the “fast food / flavor of the week” blues artists are easily dispensed with when compared with the REAL THING. I mean the bona fide, totally authentic purveyor of heart and soul, down-in-the-alley blues. And, believe you me, Harpdog Brown is a purveyor with pedigree.”
Called the best blues band in Canada, which is no overstatement, Harpdog Brown & The Travelin’ Blues Show will be bringing their classic blues to The Birk on Saturday, September 2, with a band featuring Jordie Edmonds on guitar, bassist Pat Darcus and Seattle-based drummer Jeff “Drummerboy” Hayes. The Birk is located at 11139 Hwy 202 in Birkenfeld. Show time is 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Tickettomato.com for $10.00 or at the door for $15.00 day of show.