- Lisa MacIntosh Vancouver blues musician Harpdog Brown will perform at the Winter Blues Festival at Creekside Theatre, Jan. 19.

Vancouver blues musician ready for Lake Country stage

Harpdog Brown is exploring a new sound

The Central Okanagan loves the blues.

Not even two weeks after ticket sales were announced for the third Winter Blues Festival at Creekside Theatre, the event was sold out.

Vancouver’s Harpdog Brown with the Uptown Blues Band is bringing a unique New Orleans twist to the mix for Jan. 19.

His recently released single, Reefer Lovin’ Woman, came out in time for recreational cannabis legalization in Canada and will be a part of his fifth studio album, For Love and Money, which is set to be released in April.

The 56-year-old singer said the intention behind the song wasn’t about legalization, as it was written in 2016, but more just on a report of his life.

When he met up with Billy Joe Abbott, now his clarinet and alto sax player, and Skye Lambourne, on slide trombone, he found the perfect sound for the song, which he previously disliked on the recording.

RELATED: Lake Country Creekside Theatre kept busy with upcoming season

Well known for his classic electric blues sound paired with the harmonica, the New Orleans vibe with horns is a new venture for Brown.

“They inspired me to do something I’ve always wanted to do…based on what I’ve surrounded myself with is the (musical) direction I’ve always wanted to go,” he said.

The mid-1950s style was what originally drew the award-winning harmonica player to music, and his first blues band was formed in 1982.

While he has family ties to New Orleans, he has yet to visit the city.

“I’m a foster child and an adopted child…when my mother found me, we met in 1991, and she informed me that I’m a third generation from New Orleans on her side, but I’ve never been,” he said.

“It’s definitely on the to-do list.”

Being the foster child in Edmonton made him feel like he never fit in, so as a wanderer, he found the blues.

“Music gave me that vehicle to run my own circus. When I was a kid…Edmonton back in the ‘70s and ‘80s was a cultural melting pot. They were bringing up some great Chicago blues.

“I saw James Cotton when I was 17 years old, and I always wanted to play the harmonica, but when I saw Cotton in (the ‘70s) he blew my mind and there was no turning back. I blame James, I could have been an account or a welder or something,” he said.

Brown has won three Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year, the Fraser Valley Music Award, three Western Canadian Music Awards nominations, a Juno nomination and is the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award.

For more information about Brown, visit http://www.harpdogbrown.com/epk/.

Lake Country cultural and development coordinator Ryan Donn said no other event sells out this quickly in the district, which he said may be because of the style of the event, which has multiple stages along with drinks and dinner provided.

READ MORE: Lake Country Winter Blues Fest bigger and better in its second year

“It’s like a choose your own adventure for a concert, which is why I think people enjoy it,” Donn said.

@carliberry_
carli.berry@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

ChargerQuest expands its EV charging network into Kelowna

The new stations can be found at Manteo Beach Resort and the Eldorado Hotel

Kelowna resident warns North Glenmore community of active thieves in the area

Two thieves stole a pontoon boat from a residence on May 23

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Penticton Search and Rescue airlifts injured mountain biker near Naramata

The Penticton Fire Department initially took the call and attended to the injured biker.

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Vancouver Foundation grants benefit Okanagan-Shuswap residents

Grants of up to $500 available for ideas that connect people socially or involve sharing skills

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Water quality advisory rescinded for Central Okanagan system

Turbidity levels improve enough to rescind advisory issued for Killiney Beach system May 11

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

UPDATE: Two sent to hospital following Okanagan highway accident

Drivers in head-on collision air-lifted to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries

Most Read