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Saturday, February 04, 2012

Blues for a Saturday Night

Tonight's selection: Canada's own Dutch Mason, "Prime Minister of the Blues", singing Sonny Boy Williamson's Nine Below Zero. I had the pleasure of hearing him perform this song live at the now-defunct Albert's Hall in Toronto in the 1980s - he was an unforgettable presence on stage, always singing with a cigarette in one hand and a beer in the other. Dutch died in 2006 but his legendary stature among Canadian blues artists is undiminished.

1 comment:

ClementParsons said...

Dutchie held court nightly at the Wyse Owl Tavern in Dartmouth during my studious 1970s.