Brotherhood by Blackburn (mp3 Download)
Winners of the 2010 Maple Blues Award for Best New Artists, Blackburn have gone on to play some of the biggest festivals in Canada. They opened for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at the Toronto Jazz Festival and have made appearances at the Montreal Int. Jazz Festival, The Mont Tremblant, Waterfront and Kitchener Blues Festivals to name a few.
2. Soul Searching
4. Four Brothers
5. Talk to Me
6. Further on Up the Road
8. Sister Rosa
9. Back at the Zanzibar
11. The Thrill Is Gone
12. Junker Blues
BLACKBURN is a band of three brothers whose music is rich in the tradition of the blues, while inflected with R&B and soul and is electrified with an urban vibe. BLACKBURN brings it all together with conscious lyrics to create a smooth and soulful groove. The four member group has been writing and performing together since 1995.
Given their lineage – their father, highly regarded keyboard player Bobby Dean, a seminal figure of Toronto’s Blues and R&B scene in the 60s – coupled with their evident talents and vast experience, it’s no wonder that they were the sensation at this year’s Blues Summit. Catching the band live, first time listeners are quickly drawn in by their natural, infectious in-the-pocket groove.
The brothers have played or recorded wih Liberty Silver, Shakura S’Aida, Demo Cates, Salome Bay, Eugene Smith, Betty Richardson, Canadian Idol finalist Toya Alexis, Choclair, KO, “George” Nozuka, Kingsley Etienne, Eddie Bullen and appeared on stage with Etta James, Mary Wells and Ernestine Anderson, to name a few.