September 2022
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A Friendly Reminder

Hoping to see you at my "Celebration of Life (while I'm Still Here to Enjoy It)".  Not to be morbid, but as I went through my Facebook to invite people I kept running into friends who are no longer with us  - and all younger than me (except for Her Majesty, who had a good run).

For the covid-cautious (of which I am one)  the venue has brand new air-conditioning and lots of space for social distancing.  I mean, we have to start getting out, don't we - I'm off to see Sue Foley at the Elmo as soon as I hit send, but I will be wearing a mask.

There is a bar featuring reasonably priced craft beers and many fine Indian restaurants in the hood - and a great sushi place on the corner.

A lot of great musicians will be joining me to celebrate my 30+ years making music in this town - players who encouraged me and helped this blues newbie from the hill country of Quebec navigate my way through the Toronto blues scene.  Lorraine Ingle was half of Blue Willow, the first band to hire me as a sideman. There was not a gig or a rehearsal with Terry Wilkins that did not teach me an important lesson. Roberta Hunt's love of New Orleans music infected me, Raoul Bhaneja invited me to be part of one his theatrical projects, and Son Roberts and Ric Levenston were great jamming buddies in the "Campfire" era. Paul Reddick played on "Overqualified for the Blues" CD and Steve Marriner played on the title track of my most recent CD, "I'm Not Fifty Anymore."  I'm sure there will be a few surprise guests, too.  I have an extra guitar standing by for any walk-ups. The rhythm section is my dream team - Michelle Josef on drums and bassmeister George Koller who just mentioned to me that he'll be playing with the Eagles at the Budweiser Stage for the two nights before our party (as part of their string section). Gab Lavoie and my son the DJ, Joel Blain, will join me at the end to demonstrate some of the ambient electronic music I've been messing with in my new incarnation, Stringbuster.  We will provide the "exit music"

See you out there (eventually)

Thanks for reading this far. I see that the Blainletter gets opened by hundreds of people but not sure how many read through it. But I always seem to hear from someone or other that they enjoyed it and that's what keeps me going. Feel free to forward this to any friend you think might enjoy my occasional ramblings (and maybe my music, too). These bits and more are always available on my blog,

See you out there, eventually...

BrianB, aka Butch, Nappy, Shaker, Two-Lane Blain, Colorblind Brian, Stringbuster, Buddha of the Blues


Sunday, September 11  7-11pm

"I'm not 75 Anymore"
Birthday Bash

with lots of musical guests

The Redwood Theatre
1300 Gerrard St E.

Tix $20 at
Proceeds will be shared by the musicians
(but no one will be turned away for lack of funds - it's my birthday, after all)

For this album, I wanted to bring attention to the water crisis that is affecting 3 billion people on the planet. "Water Song" is a pretty dark "ear movie" with a global vibe provided by Sadio Sissokho (kora) and Harry Manx (mohan veena). The haunting vocals are provided by Ruth Mathiang. "I'm Not Fifty Anymore" kicks off the album with a little tongue-in-cheek  humour and some fine harp playing from Steve Marriner.  “The Not Worried Blues (An American Dream)” and “You Are Also His Son” were recorded with Julian Fauth and Gary Kendall, Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Carey from Downchild.  “Blues Des Cantons (Goodbye Sherbrooke)” is a leaving-home barrelhouse boogie “en francais” with David Vest pounding the 88s. Patrick Merner added some bass & synth, and Clayton Doley overdubbed some organ from his studio in Melbourne, Australia. Ken Whiteley played some lap steel on "You Are Also His Son", Jesse O'Brien added some piano and organ to "The Mother I Never Knew" and drummer Michelle Josef provides a solid backbeat throughout.  Some songs end with extended jams (because I loves to jam) and the last track is a ten-minute acoustic soundscape with Michael Jerome Browne from the last day of recording my “Overqualified For The Blues” album years ago in Montreal. I call it “Tai Chi Ten,” …because it’s just the right pace and length for my Tai Chi set, but it makes for a fine meditation even if you aren’t moving.
Track Listing
1. I’m Not Fifty Anymore  3:07
  feat. Steve Marriner
2. You Are Also His Son  4:52
  feat. Ken Whiteley
3. Blues des Cantons (Goodbye Sherbrooke)  4:22  
feat. David Vest & Clayton Doley
4. The Mother I Never Knew  3:55  
feat. Jesse O’Brien
5. Not Worried Blues (An American Dream)  3:37  
feat. Julian Fauth
& Gary Kendall, Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Carey from Downchild
6. Water Song  5:26  
feat. Harry Manx & Sadio Sissokho
7. Tai Chi Ten  (A Meditation)  9:54  
feat. Michael Jerome Browne

mixed by Margaret Stowe at Ozworld Toronto
mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal
art direction Linda Turu
photography Margaret Mulligan
design Keijo Tapanainen
Copyright © 2022 Brian Blain, All rights reserved.

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