Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Dynamite, Soul Shaking, and Passionate Blues and Roots Music

The Kirby Sewell Band Will Rock Horizon Stage on Friday, November 20

Kirby Sewell was born to sing.  The big Blues shouter, who stands 6 foot 6, belts out his tunes like the great gospel soul singers of the past. Called “dynamic”, “soul shaking”, and a “whiskey gargled power-crooner”, he commands the stage, shares nuances from his own life, and gives an unforgettable performance. Hailing from Calgary, and recently enjoyed by enthusiastic audiences at the Beaumont Blues Festival last summer, Kirby Sewell Band are heading back to the Edmonton area for a concert at Horizon Stage on Friday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Reaching out with modern interpretations, Kirby Sewell Band’s R & B arrangements are amped up and invigorating.  Their songs, “Devil’s in the Details” and “Till the River Starts to Overflow”, both charted at number one on Canada’s Roots Music Report, and their music is played regularly on SiriusXM, CBC and the CKUA and Galaxy networks. Touring steadily since the release of their CD Girl With a New Tattoo in 2014, they recently received two 2015 Maple Blues Award nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist or Group of the Year.

Bandmates Neil Gunhold (producer/guitarist), Morgan Turk (lead guitar), Jim Johnston (drums) and Jae Cho (bass) have cooked up a genre bending, sonic union, colored by  rock, country, and blues overtones that dynamically underpin Sewell’s deeply textured, powerhouse lead vocals. Their melodic heart-pulling stories come from the depths of old souls who have obviously spent personal time living the Blues.

It is this true-Blues magic, and the band’s zealous live concerts, that have been their ticket to perform at major events across North America including the San Jose Jazz Festival, Ontario’s Blues and Jazz Festival, and the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival. While on the road they have shared stages with Colin James, Trombone Shorty, Burton Cummings, Coco Montoya, Blue Rodeo, the Downchild Blues Band, Edgar Winter and Savoy Brown.

Join fellow music lovers for an electrifying Canadian Blues Rock experience. Spend an evening with the Kirby Sewell Band at Horizon Stage on Friday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are just $35 for adults and $30 for students and seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave) or by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090, and online through Ticketpro.ca.

“Sewell’s powerful vocals and unflinching front man presence are magic
as he belts the songs out like an R&B bat out of hell.”
Mike Bell - Calgary Herald

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