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May 24-June 8, 2013: BLUES CARAVAN Shreds Western Canada

April 22nd, 2013 . by Mod May

With a dazzling line up of Les Pauls, Teles and Stratocasters, and people who really know their way around them, the 9th Annual Blues Caravan is shredding the stage! The latest edition of the yearly Ruf Records collaborative tour is coming to western Canada in May and June, bringing raw, powerful blues to a stage in your area.

This year’s edition features a badass selection of guitar player/vocalists, with blues demon and Jeff Healey prodigy Jimmy Bowskill (Canada), the hot licks of Nashville’s Bart Walker, and the First Lady of British blues, Joanne Shaw Taylor. The group is coming to western Canada as part of an extensive tour which started with shows across eastern Europe and Scandanavia in April, and will then wind down to where the heart of the blues started pumping, in the midwestern and south US, along Highway 61 and beyond. Each of these top notch artists have a CV worthy of raised eyebrows, and they prove their mad skills night after night. For a full list of tour dates visit


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May 24th: Capitol Theatre,
 Tickets $32.50 adults/$22.50 youth, 8:00pm
May 25th: Performing Arts Centre,
 Tickets $20 at the door, 7:00pm Doors/7:30pm Show
May 26th: The Blue Grotto,
 Tickets TBA, Showtime TBA
May 27th: Centre Stage Theatre,
 Tickets $25 at Beanery Cafe, Good Omens Coffee, Grooveyard (Penticton), 7:00pm Doors/7:30pm Show
May 28th: Lorenzo’s (JIMMY BOWSKILL SOLO),
 Tickets $20 at the door, 8:00pm Show
May 29th: Duncan Garage Showroom,
 Tickets TBA, 6:00pm Doors/7:30pm Show
May 31st: ArtSpring,
 Tickets $23 adult/$6 youth, 7:00pm Doors/8:00pm Show
June 1st: The Waverley,
 Tickets TBA, 9:30pm Show
June 2nd: FanClub,
 Tickets $17 advance $20 at the door, 8:00pm Doors/9:00pm Show
June 4th: The Bailey Theatre,
 Tickets TBA, Showtime TBA
June 5th: The Legion,
 Tickets $20 at the door, 8:00pm Doors/9:00pm Show
June 6th: The Legion,
 Tickets $25 advance $30 at the door, 8:00pm Show
June 7th: The Palomino,
 Tickets $15 advance at Sloth Records and, 9:00pm Show
June 8th: Blues at the Bow,
 Tickets $32.00 at the door, 8:00pm Doors/9:15pm Show

Jimmy Bowskill has been onstage since age 11; discovered by the irreplaceable Jeff Healey, and folks have been watching his fingers fly across the fretboard since. At just 21, he has a a grasp on blues music more than most twice his age, not to mention his fifth release Back Number has been earning him much acclaim. It’s seen him take the stage with the likes of Colin Linden, and collaborate on a track with Ron Sexsmith. Bowskill is also Canada’s youngest Juno nominee, with his second album being nominated for the prestigious award in 2004. Together with The Jimmy Bowskill band the soulful singer and player is becoming one of Canada’s blues greats.
LISTEN: “Salty Dog”
LISTEN: “Down The Road”
LISTEN: “Least of My Worries”

Bart Walker might have well as been born with a telecaster in hand, as it was only the first four years of his life that he did not play the guitar. He’s earned his chops in recent years the Nashville way, playing with country star Bo Bice, and releasing second album Waiting on Daylight with Ruf Records after his successful debut Who I Am, and touring through the south and midwestern US frequently. Walker is a bold young torchbearer in the international blues scene, with all the right ingredients to topple the ranks of history’s greats.

Joanne Shaw Taylor wowed the audience in 2012 at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, when she burst onto the scene with a crushing guitar solo amid Annie Lennox’s set; though her prodigal discovery by Lennox’s guitarist Dave Stewart happened years earlier when she was only sixteen. Her latest pressing (and third album to date) Almost Always Never has blossomed the young guitarist and vocalist into a full-grown powerhouse, pushing her own boundaries with producer Mike McCarthy. Another young-starter, Joanne developed her love for blues rock around thirteen through the guitars “lying around the house”, and a boss collection of records compliments of her folks, but she honed in her skills quickly and was on the road to stardom in just three short years.

No band is complete without a kick-ass rhythm section of course, and drummer Denis Palatin has been driving the Caravan for years. For this tour, he will be joined in the engine room by bassist Ian McKeown from the Jimmy Bowskill Band.

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