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Fathead – CD Release – “Fatter Than Ever”
July 26, 2014 @ 8:30 pm$22.50 – $25
With the June 2014 release of “Fatter Than Ever” it is becoming quite evident that Fathead may be the best blues & roots band to come out of Canada since Ronnie Hawkins hired The Band to become his backup group in the mid-1950s. An ultra-tight ensemble, Fathead brings together some of the most respected musicians in the country to create an energetic blend of blues with r&b, funky, gospel-tinged soul and “feel good” rock’n’roll. Real Blues magazine referred to the group’s harp and guitar-dominated sound as “one of those rare, much sought after, but seldom achieved, chemical/spiritual reactions that happens when all the right ingredients come together: talent, personality, humour, united vision and a little bit of hoodoo/voodoo”. “The Toronto Star” praised Fathead when it commented, “If the blues were a sports league, Fathead would be the equivalent of an all-star team”.
FATHEAD formed in 1992, and the band has been tearing it up on the North American festival and concert hall circuit ever since – winning over new fans every time they play – making FATHEAD one of the country’s top roots acts. Signed to the world renowned ELECTRO-FI RECORDS‘ imprint, two of their albums have won JUNO AWARDs (Canada’s “GRAMMY”) for “Blues Recording Of The Year” while two others garnered nominations.
That they have been described as a Blues Tour De Force comes as no surprise. Georgia-raised lead singer JOHN MAYShas had a storied career that began in the Southern gospel tradition, crossing over into Doo-Wop, R&B and Blues, not to mention a stint with the Godfather Of Soul JAMES BROWN. He has won numerous Maple Blues Awards for “Male Vocalist Of The Year”. Band leader AL LERMAN is a journeyman musician who plays with sizzle and a whole lot of soul. He’s garnered several MAPLE BLUES AWARD nominations for both his harp and saxophone playing as well as his song-writing. Bassist BOB “OMAR” TUNNOCH played in seminal Toronto bands Whiskey Howl and Wooden Teeth, and has played with John Lee Hooker, Etta James and Paul Butterfield. He along with Lerman, is a major contributor to FATHEAD’s arsenal of original material. Newest member, guitar ace PAPA JOHN KING, has played with Long John Baldry, Solomon Burke, Rita Chiarelli and many more. Along with iconic drummer BUCKY BERGER (2009 Drummer Of The Year), Fathead creates a fresh sound that is immediately recognizable as their own. They have a ball wherever they play and it shows!