Category Archives: Blues

This Week’s Birthdays in Canadian Music

Happy birthday to Mike McKenna, born on April 15th a few years ago. He has an extensive CV in Canadian music. A short list of bands he has been with over the years are listed here.

  1. Luke and The Apostles
  2. The Ugly Ducklings
  3. McKenna Mendelson Mainline
  4. Mainline
  5. Downchild Blues Band
  6. The Guess Who (After Burton Cummings left)

The track I have selected is from McKenna Mendelson Mainline’s debut album, “Stink”, released in 1969. The track is “One Way Ticket”. It holds up well.

This Week’s Birthdays in Canadian Music

March 29th saw 2 birthdays. First a big happy birthday to Terry Jacks who turned 75. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Terry is most noted for his monster hit, “Concrete Sea”. He also had a major international hit as a member of the Poppy Family with the tune “Which Way You Goin’ Billy’.

Our second birthday wishes go out to Sue Foley, a fine blues guitarist and singer/songwriter. She was born in Ottawa, Ontario 53 years ago. A prolific artist, she has released 15 albums since her debut in 1992. The attached video is an excellent introduction to her work, if you are not acquainted.

Remembering Herman Green

Jazz and Blues saxophone player, Herman Green passed away at the age of 90 in Memphis on November 26, 2020. As I read up on him, I found his life to be amazing. I have attached his obituary below. It looks like he played with anybody that was anybody. A true musician’s musician. The YouTube link takes you to a track list, and I have also attached a video. It is over 10 minutes, and is quite interesting. Enjoy the work of this great player.

Herman Green

YouTube

Number 1 in Alberta – January 12 – 18, 2020

Good evening folks.  This is the answer to the most asked question of the week, what is the number 1 song in Alberta, Canada this week.  The answer, according to CKUA radio, available around the world at CKUA.com is ….Catfish Blues, a catchy  number by BMW: Belzner, McLean, Williams.  Enjoy.

If you like, lots more info at

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Canada’s Number One Song And Album – March 15, 2015

New number ones on both charts this week.  We will begin with CBC2’s new number 1 single.  Alabama Shakes are releasing a new album next moth and “Don’t Wanna Fight” is their 1st single off the album.  Great song, reminiscent of some Bee Gee songs of the past, but done with the incredible  of Brittany Howard.  Amazing singer.

The album topping CKUA’s chart is Punch Brothers album “The Phosphorescent Blues”.  Released in January, they have released 3 singles including “I Blew It Off”, which I have included for your pleasure.  Kind of a bluegrass sound, very melodic.