JUNO Category of Blues Album of the YearMarch 5, 2010
The five nominees for Blues Album of the Year are Carlos Del Junco for ‘Steady Movin’, Colin Linden for ‘From the Water’, Downchild for ‘I Need a Hat’, Jack de Keyzer for ‘The Corktown Sessions’ and Treasa Lavasseur for ‘Low Fidelity’. Below is a brief bio of each artist and an example of their work.
Carlos del Junco – Steady Movin’
A performer at last years Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, Carlos del Junco captivated audiences with his harmonica playing. This is Carlos’s second JUNO nomination, the first coming in 1998. The seven Time Harmonica Player of the Year (at the Maple Blues Awards) has delighted audiences across the world with his playing.
Colin Linden – From The Water
‘From the Water’ is Colin Lindens 11th solo album from a musicians whos career stretches back over 33 years. Linden to date has won seven JUNO awards, add to that a Grammy nomination and multiple Maple Blues Awards you see an artist who is a master at his craft. ‘From the Water’ is a more diverse work than previous albums with heavy acoustic country blues influences.
Downchild – I Need A Hat
2009 was a milestone year for Downchild, it marked the bands 40th anniversary. ‘I Need a Hat’ boasts a number of notable guests appearances including Hollywood actor/comedian and fellow Canadian Dan Aykroyd and fellow Blues Album of the Year nominee Colin Linden. Downchild have won many awards and accolades including a JUNO for “Best Roots and Traditional Album” in 1991.
Jack de Keyzer – The Corktown Sessions
Jack de Keyzer won a JUNO for Best Blues Album in 2003 for ‘6 String Lover’. British born de Keyzer has been performing for over thirty years, with his music taking him across the globe. An accomplished guitarist he has appeared on numerous albums by artists such as Bo Diddley, Etta James and Blue Rodeo.
Treasa Levasseur – Low Fidelity
‘Low Fidelity’ is the Winnipeg natives second album and first Juno nomination. Levasseur is a rising star in the blues world, with her reputation already made in Canada she is spreading the word further afield. An accomplished musician on piano, accordion, guitar, mandolin she is an artist who lives and breaths music.