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Morgan Davis

Posted by Glenn Meisner

For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road traveling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour. Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for
Canada.

While living in Rochdale College, Toronto's mecca for the subculture of the late 1960's, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto's music scene in the early 1970's was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers. Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John
Hammond were encouraging supporters.

Over the years he has had the privilege of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr.John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, who also produced his second album, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Sue Foley, Ray
Bonneville, Carlos DelJunco and the late Dutch Mason.

Davis' songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad "Why'd You Lie". Morgan's first solo recording "Blues Medicine", on
Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release "Painkiller" won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada's top
music prize...the Juno for Blues Album of the Year. Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians
as a trio or full band. His most recent recording, "At Home In Nova Scotia", pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001.

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Bucky Adams

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Charles R. "Bucky" Adams was born into a large musical family on Maynard Street in Halifax in 1937. At an early age Bucky picked up the trumpet to play alongside his father on the saxophone. At age 11 Bucky had the distinction of playing for the Queen during a royal visit to Halifax. In the years that followed Bucky played his trumpet with such intensity that it blew apart during one of his frequent performances at the Gerrish Street Hall. Determined that the "show must go on" Bucky ran home between sets and borrowed his father's instrument, returning just in time to step back on stage. This twist of fate resulted in Bucky embarking on a lifelong love affair with the tenor sax.

From the 50's through to the 80's, Bucky formed several successful bands, including "The Rockin' Rebels", "Club Unusual", "The Basin St.Trio", with whom he made his first recording, and "Generations", comprised of young players on the cutting edge of the Halifax music scene. Bucky also played with or to Jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Count Bassie, B.B.King and Lionel Hampton. In 1981 Bucky was featured on the CBC Radio Halifax program "Identities", for which he was awarded the International Gabriel Award by the United Nations, representing the highest honour in broadcasting production and content.

Since 1991 he has volunteered for weekly performances with the Senior's Band at Northwood Manor in Halifax and since 1993 has performed with the prestigious Nova Scotia Mass Choir, with whom he has participated on two recordings. Bucky has also remained very active at East Coast concerts and Jazz Festivals which wouldn't be complete without his smooth, rich performances. Bucky's innovative approach to timeless classics and knack for original compositions, along with his command of music styles including Swing, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Easy Listening and Inspiration, has expanded his audience to include a wide range of age groups and musical tastes.

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Garrett Mason

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Garrett Mason is a true bluesman at heart. He was raised in Truro, Nova Scotia by his mother Pam, and father, veteran Canadian Bluesman Dutch Mason. His quest to become a blues musician started at a very early age; being surrounded by blues music, Garrett's favorite tapes at 3 years old were Canned Heat and Buddy Rich. What really sealed the deal for Garrett to become a blues guitarist, came after watching a video of Stevie Ray Vaughn Live At the El Mocambo, he was hooked. Garrett's band released their sophomore album Love and Sound in July 2008 which was nominated for a Juno Award. The album won Blues Artist/Group Recording of the Year at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia and Industry Awards.

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