A cross-reference to the first overnight radio show placing a heavy emphasis on Canadian blues and fusions of same. Previously aired on CKCU 93.1 FM, and now on Saturday mornings at CHMR 93.5 FM. This blog's origins (which pre-date my radio broadcasting history) began as a free promotional tool for arts-related news. Obviously it is not a conventional online blog, i.e. diary, but I do insert my own narrations from time to time. See also http://nlbluessociety.blogspot.ca
Thursday, March 26, 2009
JOHN LEE SANDERS @ FAIRVIEW PUB (VANCOUVER, BC) - JUNOFEST - MAR. 27
John Lee Sanders at the Fairview Pub, for Junofest
Friday, March 27, 2009 at 11:00pm at the Fairview
898 W. Broadway
Friday Doors 8:00
1:00 a.m. Run GMC
12:00 a.m. Jim Byrnes and the Sojourners
11:00 p.m. John Lee Sanders
10:00 p.m. The Bleeding Horse
over 100 Bands in Vancouver in 19 Venues, for $30.00
"New Orleans Deep Fried Funk in a Bucket Full of Blues..."
“One of the Hottest Bluesmen on the Scene” Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Fest. This 2008 Western Canada Music Award nominee does it all…. A Singer, Songwriter and triple threat on piano, saxophone and guitar, he is gaining a following in concerts throughout North America and Europe. His songs have nominations for a WC Handy blues song of the year, a 2007 Emmy award, and appear on Grammy nominated recordings of major artists.
A new Canadian resident, John Lee brings New Orleans Jazz, blues and gospel roots from his hometown in Louisiana. This man has performed with Willie Nelson, John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Dr. John, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder and many others.
Bucket full of Blues
Liner notes from John Lee's latest CD, Bucket Full of Blues by David Ritz, who has written biographies of, among others, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Etta James. He co-composed "Sexual Healing." Thirty years ago, still in the full bloom innocence, I walked into a little club in Dallas, Texas, and had the top of my head blown off by a bluesman with firepower to burn. The kid's name was John Lee Sanders, and now the kid's a man, and the man, steeped in the towering tradition of deep-fried funk, is offering up his Bucket Full of Blues. I'm grateful for this chance to celebrate John's most recent achievement and offer my testimony.
He's a truth-teller, an artist who can't help but give it to you straight. His voice. Raw. Real. Sweet. Tart. An instrument of tremendous emotional and spiritual range. His writing. His hooks. His stories. His sense, as he puts it, of "The World As I Know It." His deep Louisiana roots. His powerful connection to the fertile soil. His grit, his grooves. His honesty. His haunting cry, his courageous assault on anything false. His music, his singing, his aesthetic vision are more than good; they're flat-out great.
At this troubling moment in the history of the Music Nation, John Lee Sanders stands tall. He's major. In his own words, he's hitched a ride from Memphis, dealing with the ghosts of Highway 61, arriving in New Orleans in order to comfort us with the good news: that true music is truer than ever. His songs, full-bodied and blood-washed, are rooted in reality. He reminds us that blues are concerned with neither nostalgia nor self-pity. John Lee Sanders' blues are about nothing less a renewal of strength, a resurrection of the human spirit, a projection of hard-earned hope and a declaration of extravagant love.