Kootenay Blues Society's next show will feature the Laurie Morvan Band at the BBI on Thursday, July 28th and at Finley's in Nelson on Friday July 29th. They are a 5-piece high energy, rockin’ blues band based in Long Beach, CA that honed its distinctively tight sound through joyful, relentless, and ever-expanding touring throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico and Europe, amassing over 80 festival performances along the way. “Tasty yet blistering Strat work that hits all the right notes and overflows with soul.” (Vintage Guitar). Picture this. A tall, blue-eyed blonde steps up to the microphone, a guitar in her hands and confidence in her soul. She launches into a set of hot, modern blues, spiced with burning guitar solos, soulful harmonies and compelling songwriting. Her in-between song banter is affable and relatable, and she wants to bring a healing joy to your heart through her music.
On Tuesday, August 16 KBS presents Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar at the BBI and the following night, Wednesday, August 17 they will appear at Finley's in Nelson. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar are a 7-piece, Canadian band from Toronto, Canada, who have garnered critical acclaim for their blend of blues, soul, gospel and rock, and exceptional vocals. Please support blues in the Koots so that can we continue to bring you Canadian and International blues artists of the highest caliber.
If you wish to join our mailing list and be notified of upcoming events and shows please go here: https://www.kootenaybluessociety.com/contact-us . Subscribe by filling out your email address and hitting the SIGN UP button. Also, membership's are good for one year, so if your membership has lapsed and you wish to renew for another year, please go here: https://www.kootenaybluessociety.com/membership and you can find out how to re - up. It's only 10 bucks and well worth the money to support the Kootenay Blues Society.
Every Friday night at 7 pm (show repeats at noon on Saturday), you can get your blues fix by listening to "Make Room For The Blues", with your host Richard Metzner on Kootenay Co op Radio: https://www.kootenaycoopradio.com/make-room-for-the-blues/
Sam Hurrie is at the BBI every Saturday @ 5 pm.
Check out the videos: David Vest, Mark Hummel's Golden State/ Lone Star Revue, H0ROJO Trio and The Kootenay Women's Blues Revue, "What Women Do"- ( written by Judy Brown). Video of "What Women Do" by Keith Holuboff at Finley's in Nelson, BC. Scroll down this page for more photos, videos and other info.
Here is a link from a live stream blues show that took place on May 30/2020 from Greasland Studio's in San Jose, California with Alabama Mike and The Greaseland Allstars. This is a great, uplifting show, very well put together. Not to mention a band of dynamite blues cats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=aPY9Zu_rly0&feature=emb_logo
Sonny Rhodes, the hardest travellin’ bluesman of them all, passed from this mortal realm on December, 14, 2021.
Sonny Rhodes was born Clarence Edward Smith in Smithville, Texas, on November 3rd, 1940. He was the youngest of five children, whose parents, Leroy and Julia Smith, were sharecroppers.
Sonny was also a friend and mentor to many aspiring young musicians including Selwyn Birchwood, who credits Sonny with starting him on the blues highway. Early on in his career Sonny played bass for Freddie King, Albert Collins and John Lee Hooker before going out under his own name, playing guitar and singing then switching to the lap steel, which he became known for. Sonny counted blues greats such as Johnny Copeland and Albert Collins as close friends.
The Kootenay Blues Society always enjoyed bringing Sonny to town and presented him more than any other blues artist. In fact, Sonny Rhodes was the first show ever presented by the society and he was brought back many times over the years. He will be missed by many, including us all here, who were blessed to see him perform and preach the gospel of the blues in the Kootenays.
Sonny leaves behind his wife Annie, children and grandchildren and the blues community worldwide.