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The Powder Blues

For over three decades Powder Blues has been Canada's premier blues band. The sound is a mix of Swing, Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll and R & B and the result is an appeal so wide that people from seven to seventy often swing side by side at a Powder Blues concert. Over the years the band has toured non-stop through Canada, the United States and overseas, spreading a groove that makes people dance and shout.

When Powder Blues first recorded their debut album, 'Uncut', the big record labels shrugged it off as 'not commercial', saying there was 'no market for the blues'.

Undiscouraged, the band pressed the album, sold it off stage and sent it to radio stations whose switchboards lit up with calls asking 'who's that?' After selling 30,000 copies in a matter of weeks, the major record labels competed to distribute this 'non-commercial' product. To date Powder Blues albums have sold over a million copies worldwide.

Band highlights include winning Canada's Juno, headlining the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, winning the W.C. Handy / Blues Foundation Award in Memphis, Tennessee and touring the US and Europe appearing with legends like Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, James Brown, Albert Collins, James Cotton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Who, ZZ Top, the Doobie Brothers, Edgar Winter and Tower of Power.

Leader, Tom Lavin has written many of the band's best-known songs including 'Doin' It Right' ['On the Wrong Side of Town'] and 'Boppin With the Blues'. Born in Chicago where he learned his craft by watching and working with local bands and 'blues legends', Tom moved to Vancouver in 1969 gigging nightly in the thriving downtown nightclub scene. This led to work as a studio musician and subsequently, to his roles as song writer, band leader, record producer and studio owner.

Over the 40-plus years that Tom has been performing he has won BCMIA awards for 'Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter and Producer of the Year', a CMIA Juno award for 'Best New Band' and the American W.C. Handy award for 'Best Foreign Blues Band'. He has over a dozen 'Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum' records for playing on, writing for or producing such bands as Powder Blues, Prism, April Wine, Long John Baldry, Amos Garrett, and many others. His studio, Blue Wave, has gold records for Powder Blues and numerous other artists and has recorded music for countless products, movies and TV shows.

The current Powder Blues line-up includes veterans Mike Kalanj on keyboards and vocals, Tony Marryatt on bass, Bill Runge on tenor sax, Vince Mai on trumpet and Daryl Bennett on drums.

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