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January 16, 2006

Blues at the Bow Kicks Off 2006 Concert Season

Written by
cindy mcleod

Blues at the Bow Theatre kicks off its 2006 concert series with Norton Buffalo on February 18th, 2006. The historic theatre, located in southern Alberta’s Bow Island, is noted for its first class blues programming and its relaxed atmosphere. The theatre is a not-for-profit venture that is volunteer run.

Norton Buffalo is regarded as one of the most versatile and talented harmonica players in the music business, and is widely acclaimed as the finest multi-genre harmonica player of our time in rock, R&B, and blues circles, as well as in new age, country, and jazz circles.

For the last twenty-five years Buffalo has been a highly celebrated member of The Steve Miller Band, recorded and toured with some of the top names in music, worked in movies and television, and performed with his own band, the Knockouts.

In addition to his work on record and on stage with Steve Miller, Buffalo has also been highly sought after as a recording artist, having played on over 100 albums by artists as diverse as Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Cash, The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, The Marshall Tucker Band, David Grisman, Juice Newton, Laurie Lewis, and Elvin Bishop.

Norton also has numerous movie credits, including his acting and musical role in The Rose, a small part in the epic western Heaven’s Gate; and composed and produced the music for two feature films, Eddie Macon’s Run, and Stacy’s Knights. He also has made multiple television appearances with such notables as Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, America, Steven Stills, Graham Nash, Lacy J. Dalton, Kris Kristofferson, Roy Rogers, and Willie Dixon. He had a guest appearance on Starsky & Hutch, and as part of the Steve Miller Band he’s appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno , The Arsenio Hall Show, as well as The David Letterman Show. Buffalo and his band had a full hour special on Austin City Limits, and Norton was recently featured on a segment of San Francisco’s Bay Area Backroads.

On tour promoting his new release King of the Highway, Buffalo takes the harp from a whisper to a scream, gives a master class of many blues harmonica stylings, and infuses all with his originality and truly phenomenal brand of harmonica musicianship. His deep, soulful and penetrating vocals, though unique, also reflect the many jazz, country, rock and blues singers from whom he honed his vocal style.

Norton and the Knockouts
Bow Theatre
Bow Island, Alberta Canada
Saturday, February 18

For Tickets and Membership information, please call 403 545 2340.

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