Cancelled – Harpdog Brown – August 28, 2020

Cancelled – Harpdog Brown – August 28, 2020

He’s Back! Get ready for Harpdog Brown & The Uptown Blues Band! 2020 Maple Blues harmonica player & Canada’s Classic Bluesman, Harpdog Brown has a brand new album out. It’s called For Love & Money and it’s unlike anything you’ve heard from Dog! It’s a little bit Chicago and a lotta New Orleans and it’s guaranteed to move ya!

His new record, For Love & Money, entered the Living Blues Radio Charts at #6 and it’s still charting on Roots Music Report! It’s a great New Orleans Blues vibe that’s piano driven and always features great horn players. It’s a whole lotta fun!

Harpdog Brown has grown a reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. His new band delivers a vintage New Orleans Blues vibe that’s sure to move you! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington. Audiences are raving about this new show!

He’s been called a Blues Evangelist, and that’s a very fitting moniker. “I speak the blues like it’s the truth, and it is”, he was recently quoted. “I do feel like I’m a servant of the people. A missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the messages in these songs.” He delivers those messages using the vintage sound whether it be with his lowdown classic blues band the Travelin’ Blues Show or with his Uptown Blues Band. Harpdog says “Blues has a healing power. It’s a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that’s OK.”

Vancouver-based Harpdog Brown was born in Edmonton in 1962, an adopted child who has felt somewhat detached his whole life – “a lifelong battle of not feeling like I belonged. I feel like I was born for the circus, you know, born to travel. The blues tapped me on the shoulder years ago and said ‘this is where you belong, son’. So the blues became my circus and there’s no better way to travel than with a band!”

Harpdog has won three consecutive Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year (2014/2015/2016), the Fraser Valley Music Award, has three consecutive Western Canadian Music Awards Nominations, a Juno Nomination and is the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In 2016, he was nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards (Harmonica Player, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year) for his 2016 release Travelin’ With The Blues.

His latest album, For Love & Money was produced by Juno Award Winner Steve Dawson. It’s a beautiful follow up to his previous discography and will be available on green vinyl as well as CD right here at The Orchard!