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Rhythm and blues coming to Lorenzo’s

Thirty years together and still going strong, the Mud Bay Blues Band will be playing Lorenzo’s pub on Friday and Saturday. - photo submitted
Thirty years together and still going strong, the Mud Bay Blues Band will be playing Lorenzo’s pub on Friday and Saturday.
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The blues boys from Vancouver are coming through for two shows this weekend at Lorenzo’s pub in Enderby.

For more than 30 years (and counting) the Mud Bay Blues Band has been electrifying audiences with their eclectic brand of rhythm and blues.

Surviving more than their share of trials and tribulations along the way, they have earned a well-deserved reputation as “the band that won’t go away,” much to the delight of their devoted fans.

Founded in the “badlands” of south Surrey, way back in 1978 by lead singer/blues harp master Mud Bay Slim (a.k.a. Harold Arnold), the band’s rough-edged, high-voltage approach to R&B immediately distinguished them from their mellower counterparts in the Vancouver scene.

Throughout the years they have honed a distinctive sound and style, writing and playing the blues their way: unconventionally, uncompromisingly, and unapologetically.

Their 2007 CD release, Death, Taxes and the Mud Bay Blues Band, (three things that won‘t go away), displayed the diversity of influences informing their unique sound: classic Chicago blues, country, zydeco, barrelhouse, boogie, rock.

Widely disparate elements somehow find common ground inside their original compositions, all interpreted, incorporated and played the “mud bay” way.

And their latest release, Mudified, continues that trend, showcasing the band in peak form, the songwriting attaining new heights of creativity, and the arrangements and performances razor sharp.

With more than three decades of dues now paid, they have earned respect and praise from such blues legends as James Cotton (“Just like playing with family... ”) and the late great Stevie Ray Vaughn (“Mud Bay…? More fun!”)

Alongside Mud Bay Slim and longtime stalwarts Murphy Farrell (drums) and Mark Branscombe (guitar), the lineup features two founding members now back in the fold: Gordon Nicholl (keyboards) and Randall T. Carpenter (guitar, mandolin, lap steel) and the newest member, Bob “Beaudine” Petterson (bass).

They will be taking the stage both Friday and Saturday night at Lorenzo’s on Mabel Lake Road. For reservations call 250-838-6700.

 

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