Long Live The Blues

Any Canadian Blues aficionado worth his/her salt knows the story of Edmonton’s Hot Cottage who in the early 1970’s, aided by Stoney Plain Records’ president, Holger Petersen, hooked-up with legendary blues artist Big Walter Hortonwhat became a landmark recording session for teenage vocalist Nancy Nash. At Horton’s request, Nash sang “Hound Dog”, jammed on “Worried Worried”’ and was inspired by Horton to learn how to play the harmonica. Guitarist Cam MacInnes joined Hot Cottage two years later and continued collaborating with Nash after Hot Cottage disbanded. And although they went their separate ways for some 20 years before rejoining to record `Sing In the Wind’ in 2001, and then spent another 11 years apart, Nash and MacInnes (both devout environmentalists)  have finally reconnected at Edmonton alumni Dennis Ferbey’s rustic Oakstone Sounds Studio in Victoria B.C to record an eight-track recording titled `Long Live The  Blues’. Produced by former Hot Cottage guitarist Robert Edwards, Long Live The Blues is one of those down n dirty, whiskey soaked records that bristles with Nash’s raw vocal talent and harmonica prowess, accompanied by MacInnes’s emotive guitar licks with Ferbey adding bass guitar. Memorable tracks include “As the Years Go Passing By”, an Albert King staple that Nash has carried on the legacy of that song for the past 40 years,a stunningly raw accapela cover of Son House’s “Grinnin In Your Face”, Robert Johnson’s “Come On In My Kitchen’, three songs written by Nash and MacInnes;  “Not Fade Away”, “Long Live The Blues” and their majestic, stripped down “The Maker”. This inspired recording is capped by “The Big Walter Horton Story/How I Met My Harmonica in which Nash narrates the story of how the two met and the massive influence Horton had on Nash’s future career.  Long Live The Blues is a tremendous record that effectively displays the true talents of Nash, who should be a Blues legend in this country along with a strong musical consort in Cam MacInnes – a raw, gritty recording which should not be ignored.

Download `”As the Years Go Passing By” “The Maker”’.

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