This Juno nominee has already won two Maple Blues Awards, and this year he’s up for Harmonica Player of the Year as well as Male Vocalist of the Year and Blues Album of the Year!
Harpdog Brown is a gifted singer and an imaginative harmonica player that has been a strong force in Canada’s Blues scene since 1982.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta and based in Vancouver, British Columbia, he’s crossed tens of thousands of miles playing club dates and festivals in Canada, North Western United States and Germany.
Over the years Harpdog, yes that is his real name as his passport will attest, has issued 4 CD’s to critical acclaim. Back in 1995 his Home is Where The Harp Is won the coveted Muddy Award for the Best North West Blues Release, from the Cascade Blues Association in Portland. He is still the only Canadian to do so. A Juno Nomination for the best Blues Release in Canada followed that same year. Teamed up with Graham Guest on piano, his CD Naturallywas voted #1 Canadian Blues Album of 2011 by The Blind Lemon Survey. Most recently Harpdog was honoured with his second consecutive Maple Blues Award for Harmonica Player of the Year by the Toronto Blues Society. Add to that a second consecutive nomination for Blues Artist of the Year by the Western Canadian Music Awards. These are outstanding accomplishments that clearly solidify his rise in popularity and a new beginning in his career.
Opening up for Harpdog is Al Lerman. Al is a multi instrumentalist, singer and song writer. Known by many as the two time Juno Award Winning Band Leader of ‘Fathead’, he has built a solid career touring as an acoustic solo act, accompanying himself on guitar and rack harmonica. A full time musician for over 40 years with an impressive catalogue of well crafted songs, Al casts a magical spell on his audience, employing ace musicianship with plenty of heartfelt soul.
Al has recently been nominated as “Acoustic Act Of The Year” by the Maple Blues Awards and is considered among the country’s top harmonica players, his prowess on the instrument has earned the former FATHEAD bandleader no less than ten Maple Blues Award nominations in that instrument category.