Kootenay Blues Society's next presention will be our final event of 2022.
On Friday, October 7th, KBS presents Michael Charles Band at the Balfour Beach Inn and the following night, Saturday, October 8th, at Finley's in Nelson.
Michael Charles is a blues/rock guitar player, singer and songwriter from Australia who is now living in the U.S. He is a Blues Hall Of Fame inductee, a nine time Grammy nominee and has released over thirty albums. He has performed with Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Eddy Clearwater and Junior Wells, among other blues luminary. He has been featured in numerous television and radio broadcasts and is the subject of a documentary chronicling his life and musical career. He has appeared at the Chicago Blues Fest, the Philadelphia Jazz and Blues Fest, the New Orleans Jazz and Blues Fest, the Regina Blues Fest and Buddy Guy's Legends club in Chicago, USA, as well as numerous venues all across Canada, the U.S. and Australia.
These will be our final shows of 2022 and are sure to be a powerful and exciting performances as Michael Charles and band pull out all the stops.
Please support blues in the Koots so that can we continue to bring you Canadian and International blues artists of the highest caliber.
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Every Friday night at 7 pm (show repeats at noon on Saturday), you can get your blues fix by listening to "Make Room For The Blues", with your host Richard Metzner on Kootenay Co op Radio: https://www.kootenaycoopradio.com/make-room-for-the-blues/
Sam Hurrie is at the BBI every Saturday @ 5 pm.
Check out the videos: Samantha Martin, Lautie Morvan, David Vest, Mark Hummel's Golden State/ Lone Star Revue, H0ROJO Trio and The Kootenay Women's Blues Revue, "What Women Do"- ( written by Judy Brown). Video of "What Women Do" by Keith Holuboff at Finley's in Nelson, BC. Scroll down this page for more photos, videos and other info.
Here is a link from a live stream blues show that took place on May 30/2020 from Greasland Studio's in San Jose, California with Alabama Mike and The Greaseland Allstars. This is a great, uplifting show, very well put together. Not to mention a band of dynamite blues cats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=aPY9Zu_rly0&feature=emb_logo
Sonny Rhodes, the hardest travellin’ bluesman of them all, passed from this mortal realm on December, 14, 2021.
Sonny Rhodes was born Clarence Edward Smith in Smithville, Texas, on November 3rd, 1940. He was the youngest of five children, whose parents, Leroy and Julia Smith, were sharecroppers.
Sonny was also a friend and mentor to many aspiring young musicians including Selwyn Birchwood, who credits Sonny with starting him on the blues highway. Early on in his career Sonny played bass for Freddie King, Albert Collins and John Lee Hooker before going out under his own name, playing guitar and singing then switching to the lap steel, which he became known for. Sonny counted blues greats such as Johnny Copeland and Albert Collins as close friends.
The Kootenay Blues Society always enjoyed bringing Sonny to town and presented him more than any other blues artist. In fact, Sonny Rhodes was the first show ever presented by the society and he was brought back many times over the years. He will be missed by many, including us all here, who were blessed to see him perform and preach the gospel of the blues in the Kootenays.
Sonny leaves behind his wife Annie, children and grandchildren and the blues community worldwide.