Mon, Mar 31, 2014.
Everybody's talking ECMA's in Charlottetown this week, but hey, the music world doesn't shut down completely around the rest of the Maritimes. For instance, a big blues release for the province is happening Saturday in Miramichi. It's the latest, fifth CD from the hard-drivin' Terry Whalen Band, called Two Steps Forward. Whalen and the group always crank it up and deliver a powerful show, and that's happening on the new disc as well.
You have out-and-out thunder numbers, such as opener Wheels Hit The Ground, all muscle and guitar. Then there are story-songs, still with an electric edge, but snuggled into a loping beat, so you can follow the tale, like Robert Johnson Came To Town, what might have happened when the legendary character blew in for a gig. Like all good Johnson fables, the devil of temptation makes an appearance. Blues Gets In Your Blood pretty much says it all, a feel-good, gospel vibe that celebrates the pioneers, and explains why the Whalen Band keeps on doing it.
The launch is scheduled nice and early, for everybody to come and enjoy. It's at 1 PM, at Millbank Music, 3023 King George Highway in Miramichi, and all are invited. Afternoon boogie!
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).