Coffee Tasting
March 4, 2016
Gary Payne
March 5, 2016

The Smoke Wagon Blues Band

Sunday, 1:15 – 3:00,
Ian C. Moyer Music Stage

Featuring funky blues harmonica, whiskey vocals, slick guitar work and a solid rhythm section, Corey Lueck & the Smoke Wagon Blues Band has been performing in clubs and on festival stages for over a decade.  Started in 1996, The Smoke Wagon Blues Band became crowd favourites in Hamilton, Ontario’s famous Hess Village.  Four independent releases, international radio play, and a large local fan base propelled the band to national stages accross the province and beyond.  The group’s last two albums have been international hits reaching the top of the roots and blues charts and garnering 5 star reviews in blues magazines and blogs around the globe.  On the home front the band continues to lead the blues charge in Canada’s music meca “Hamilton Ontario” being invited to the city’s most prestigious cultural events including a special appearance right in side City Hall in 2014.  Not only has the band been spreading steel city blues across the World but the mayor himself Bob Bratina has become an unofficial member joining the group on sax for special city events.

The band has been nominated for blues album of the year three times by the HMA in 2006, 2012, 2013 and best new blues Artist by the Toronto Blues Society and Maple Blues at the Toronto Jazz Festival.  Last year’s blues nominated “It Aint Easy” reached #2 on the Canadian Roots Charts (#1 for Blues) and #13 on North America’s top 50 Roots and Blues Charts, as well as winning piano of the year by the HMA which is almost unheard of for an independent blues artist of this day. This year’s “Live in Hamilton” recorded live at Stonewalls Music Hall on May 4th, 2013 in Hamilton Ontario by Capacity Av, mixed by Steve Sherman productions, and mastered by the Legendary Nick Blogona has already reached #4 on the Canadian roots charts and #11 in North America.  Reviews are saying it’s possibly the best live blues to be released in decades!! The Smoke Wagon Blues Band has shared the stage with Ronnie Hawkins, David Wilcox, The Down Child Blues Band, Monkey Junk, Garrett Mason, Jeff Healey, David Gogo, Jack DekHarp Dog Brown and many, many more.

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