B.C. roots and blues singer, songwriter, guitarist Judy Brown celebrates the southern Ontario launch of her new full-length album ‘Say It’ with two key concerts. The first show is at Mississippi Queen Foods in Hamilton on Thursday, September 6, and the second is at the Southside Shuffle, 20th Anniversary Port Credit Blues and Jazz Festival (opening for Duke Robillard) in Mississauga on Friday, September 7, 2018.
“I’m really looking forward to these dates! They’re a homecoming of sorts for me; playing at the South Side Shuffle with my good friends Gary and Teddy, who did such a terrific job playing on and co-producing my new CD, and it’ll be fun to share songwriting stories in an intimate setting at the Mississippi Queen in Hamilton.”
Produced by Maple Blues and JUNO award-winners Gary Kendall (Downchild Blues Band) and Teddy Leonard (Fathead) – ‘Say It’ (released May 18, 2018) – represents Brown’s journey in roots and blues that began in Alberta’s oil patch, followed by 30 years in the Toronto music scene and now marks an exciting next chapter. After taking time to raise her children, in 2017, Brown made a move to Nelson, B.C. and returned to recording with long-time musical friends and collaborators Kendall and Leonard.
“Judy Brown sings greatly and resiliently” – Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail
‘Say It’ is available via Brown’s website, at shows, CD Baby and iTunes. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by renowned engineer L. Stu Young (Prince, Downchild Blues Band, Anne Murray, Alan Doyle, David Wilcox, Prairie Oyster and many more) at Loud Mouse Studios in Toronto over the fall/winter of 2017/18. It features Judy Brown (lead vocal, electric and acoustic guitar), Teddy Leonard (electric, acoustic and slideguitar, dobro), Michael Fonfara (piano, organ), Jim Casson (drums, percussion) and Gary Kendall (bass). Special guests include Colin Linden, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar (Sheri Marshall and Stacie L. Tabb) and Jeff Baker, plus Emily Ekelund (Brown’s daughter) and Bessie Wapp on backing vocals.
During Brown’s years in Toronto, she formed ‘The Judy Brown Band’ with award-winning bassist Gary Kendall and performed at legendary Toronto music venues, clubs, festivals and appeared on radio and TV. She also focused on acoustic music, working with award-winning guitarist Teddy Leonard and she appeared as guest vocalist and co-writer on the song “Lucky at Love” on Gary Kendall’s ‘Dusty & Pearl’ album (2004). Brown later returned to electric guitar and co-formed ‘The Wilmas’ (four-piece powerhouse, all-female blues and rock group, 2010-2015).
WHO/WHAT: Southern Supper with Judy Brown (supper/club; dinner and solo acoustic concert).
WHERE: Mississippi Queen Foods Restaurant, 635 King Street East, Hamilton, ON, L8N 1E5.
WHEN: Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
HOW MUCH: Advance tickets are $45.00, available at; http://mississippiqueenfoods.squarespace.com/general_store_menu/southern-supper-with-judy-brown-thursday-september-6-2018.html.
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/707830389561528.
MISSISSAUGA (PORT CREDIT):
WHAT/WHO: Southside Shuffle, 20th annual Blues and Jazz Festival.
Opening for Duke Robillard; Judy Brown with awesome live band members Teddy Leonard (guitar), Jesse Whiteley (keys), Jim Casson (drums) and Gary Kendall (bass).
WHERE: Northern Fox Stage (stage #3). Port Credit Memorial Park, 20 Lakeshore Road East, Port Credit (Mississauga), ON, L5G 1S4.
WHEN: Friday, September 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
HOW MUCH: Advance tickets are $10.00, available at; https://www.ticketscene.ca/events/21555.