Tuesday May 7, 2012 was a night to remember for us. The Revival on College is where we celebrated the release to our 3rd CD “WELCOME TO CLUB BLUENOTE”.
This CD is an homage to the club which came to be known as Toronto’s “Home of Rhythm and Blues”
Featured performers from the CD include Gayle Ackroyd, The Lincoln’s Steve Ambrose, Diana Braithwaite, John Dickie, John Findlay, Johnny Max, Fathead’s John Mays, Peter McGraw, Osunlade, Betty Richardson, Son Roberts and Johnny Wright.
The evening was emceed by CIUT’s program director and host of “Funky Fridays” and “Global Rhythms”, Ken Stowar.
“WELCOME TO CLUB BLUENOTE” is a collection of mostly original tunes, penned by Little Nikky Balkou and hand picked for each of the artists who appears on the CD. “It is my vision to celebrate the Toronto entertainers past and present who make up the current Toronto rhythm and blues scene.” says Balkou. “I also want to pay tribute to my cousin Bill and his contribution to the Toronto music scene. After all, it was Bill who resurrected the original club from the sixties. I remember him greeting people at the door in his tux…a class act all the way.”
Stay tuned for CD #4 which we are aalready recording bed tracks.
Keep the Blues alive and check us out at http://www.bentroots.ca and pick up your copy today at http://bentroots.bandcamp.com/