Harpdog Brown plays with his regular bandmates

Harpdog’s got the blues

Harpdog Brown brings his blues show to the Rainbow Room in Alberni on Sept. 20 along with Brandon Isaak, also known as Yukon Slim.

Blues fans would likely be horrified to think that Harpdog Brown started out emulating the Rolling Stones.

“I was a Stones fan,” says the Edmonton musician, “so I guess I was a fan of the original punks in rock.”

Brown was born in 1962, the year the Stones’ first album came out. Fascinated with their sound, he did a little research and discovered their first album was blues to the core. “There was one original Stones song and all the rest were blues covers,” he said.

“That shocked me into falling deep in love with the depth of the blues. The blues stole me from the Stones.”

Brown brings his blues show to the Rainbow Room in Port Alberni this Thursday, Sept. 20 along with Brandon Isaak, also known as Yukon Slim.

Brown grew up in a musical family—his mother played a lap steel guitar he called a “wee-wah” when he was a toddler. And although his mother tried to dissuade him from choosing music as a career, he began performing in 1981 and hasn’t looked back.

Brown has shared the stage with such greats as Matt (Guitar) Murphy, Pinetop Perkins, Tim Williams, Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne, the Powder Blue Band and more.

Brown doesn’t hold much water when it comes to awards—his was the only Canadian band to win the American Muddy Award in 1994, and he won a Canadian Juno Award in 1995—but there is one he is proud of. In 2012 his latest recording, Naturally, was voted No. 1 Canadian Blues Album by the Blind Lemon Blues survey.

Brown is also proud of his association with Yukon Slim, who is a musician in his own right.

Slim is one of the most sought after roots guitar players in the country. Critics say his affinity for the rawness and spontaneity of the blues is second to none. But he’s got an acoustic schtick that makes his sound so much more rounded.

“When I was sitting there watching Brandon play by himself, I could swear I could hear a whole band,” Brown says of a recent performance.

Tickets for Harpdog Brown and Yukon Slim are $10 in advance (at Rainbow Lanes) and $15 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m. and show times are 9:15 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. The Rainbow Room is located at 3752 Fourth Avenue.

editor@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Alberni teen earns black belt in taekwondo

Lachlan Duncan of Port Alberni earned his black belt at Dragon Martial Arts

ARTS AROUND: See magic on the stage at the Capitol Theatre

Murray Hatfield and Teresa don’t just do magic—they are magic

ELECTION 2018: Ron Corbeil runs for Port Alberni city council

Corbeil wants to focus on the economy, livability and affordability

San Group adds third shift to its Port Alberni mill

The new shift will mean 40 to 50 more jobs

BCHL: Mackenzie Wight returns to Bulldogs lineup

Forward returns following a Memorial Cup run with WHL’s Swift Current Broncos

VIDEO: 41 years later, Saanich author publishes story he wrote at 6 years old

Troy Wilson originally created Captain Otter while Port Alberni Grade 1 student

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

‘A little odd’ B.C.’s biggest city celebrates cannabis without a legal store

On the streets of downtown Vancouver, notably the Wild West of illegal marijuana, not a single legal store opened Wednesday, making for a rather anticlimatic kick-off

BC Ferries begins taking debit in two-month pilot project

Company is giving customers option to use Interac on two-month trial on select vessels

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

B.C. has only one bricks-and-mortar marijuana store

Most Read