Local genre-bending outfit The Blue Lane has a hot night cooking for everyone with their Blind EP release party on Friday, August 25th at The Carleton Music Bar and Grill. Joining them on the night are legendary ECMA-winning pianist Bill Stevenson and the equally legendary Juno Award-winning guitarist Morgan Davis. The show kicks off at 8 PM with a solo set by Bill, followed by Morgan and then The Blue Lane until close. Free Blind download card with admission and it’s only $8 at the door for this very special night!
THE BLUE LANE
The Blue Lane merges the sounds of jazz, blues, rockabilly, fusion and traditional pop music. The electrostatic weaving of sultry vocals, intricate harmonies, lightning guitar, and ever-so-thick beats define The Blue Lane. Rachael Henderson (lead vocals/bass), Morgan Cruickshank (guitar/vocals), and Connor Booth (drums/vocals) write and perform original music. Musical influences include: Billie Holiday, Django Reinhardt, Les Paul & Mary Ford, Pokey LaFarge, George Benson and The Stray Cats. Take a ride with The Blue Lane…
In over forty years as a musician Bill has recorded for Elektra records while still in his teens, opened for the Doors, backed up John Lee Hooker, put performing and recording bands behind some of Canada’s best loved musicians including Amos Garrett, Colleen Peterson and Linda Carvery.
Stevenson is the 2008 winner of the East Coast Music Award for Jazz Album of The Year. With Tom Easley and Geoff Arsenault, he is also a 2009 East Coast Music Award nominee for Blues Album of The Year.
He has hosted his own National radio series for CBC. He has been a contributing side man to multi award winning albums by Garrett Mason, Thom Swift and Hot Toddy. His participation in the Jazz/Blues idiom has earned him a respected place in the national music spectrum.
For 45 years Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling 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. Over the years he has opened 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 and Hubert Sumlin.
Morgan’s 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.