Downchild Blues Band - "Mississippi Woman, Mississauga Man" (Linus Entertainment): We last heard from Canada's premier blues band back in 2013 with their Juno-winning album Can You Hear The Music. Their legion of loyal fans will be pleased to hear there's a new Downchild album, Something I've Done, in the can, with an Oct. 13 release date.
Whetting the appetite is this vibrant first single, one with the best title for a blues song we've heard in a while. Written by vocalist Chuck Jackson, it's an upbeat number featuring sassy harp, rollicking piano and fluent guitar and it'll have them jumping at the juke joint. Reflecting on his love affair with blues mecca Mississippi, Chuck notes "I've spent a lot of time there. The people are great, and you see street and city names you know from songs. That's very inspirational to me. When in the U.S. and people ask, 'where did you Canadians learn the blues",' I joke 'the Mississauga Delta.'"
For the new album, leader and chief songwriter Donnie Walsh had his talented bandmates contribute material, with Jackson, Gary Kendall, Mike Fitzpatrick and Michael Fonfara all chiming in. Tunes by David Vest, and the late former Downchild singer John Witmer are included too, but the result remains vintage Downchild, always a good thing.
We've heard the full album and can guarantee that fans will not be disappointed. The ensemble will celebrate its 50th anniversary in a couple of years and continues to have plenty to offer.
Downchild performs at The Southside Shuffle in Port Credit, ON, on Sept. 10 (Chuck Jackson produces the fest) and the Niagara Falls Blues Fest on Sept. 15. The Something I've Done tour of Western Canada begins in Sidney, BC, on Oct. 11, closing out in Sherwood Park, AB, on Nov. 3.