Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 8:30pm
Al Lerman and Northern Bayou
$20 Advance / $25 Door *
Celebrated multi-instrumentalist bluesman Al Lerman is considered among the top harmonica players in the country, and he has been heard on countless recordings and live sessions. His prowess on the harmonica has earned him ten Maple Blues Award nominations, while his engaging and dry wit has earned him a loyal following, building a solid career touring as an acoustic solo act. Al was the founder and leader of the much-loved band FATHEAD, and worked with them from 1992 to 2016, garnering two Juno Awards along the way. In 2016, his standout “Slow Burn” disc made the esteemed world-wide list of Top 100 Blues Albums Of The Year. That same year he also garnered a Maple Blues Award nomination for “Acoustic Act Of The Year”. In 2017 he received a Recognition Award for “Leadership In Arts & Culture” from the County of Peterborough. His newest album “Northern Bayou” was released on April 12, 2019.
The blues bug bit at a young age when Al was taken to hear the famed duo of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee at Toronto’s Riverboat coffeehouse. His interest in the music immediately skyrocketed, and over the years he saw the duo no less than forty times. He discovered many blues greats that were regularly touring through the city. Moving into his twenties while playing in local Toronto blues bands, Al sought out many of his musical heroes, seeking both advice and inspiration. He considers himself fortunate to have sat in with blues giants such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Sunnyland Slim and many more. A long friendship ensued with Chicago harmonica player Carey Bell who mentored him on the instrument. Hearing him now, there’s no doubt he has learned his lessons well.
Al offers up a tasty acoustic/electric mix of finely crafted blues songs on his third studio album, Northern Bayou. Produced by Alec Fraser and engineered by Grammy Award winner Peter J. Moore, this mostly “live-off-the-floor” recording captures the bluesified spirit created when a bunch of seasoned pros, who also happen to be very good friends, get together to play. It’s a sure-fire winner.
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