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April 21, 2008

Roots & Blues Greats Chris Whitely, Tim Williams in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

live blues, Canada


One Night Only!
Tuesday, April 22
Chris Whitely & Tim Williams
Mikey’s Juke Joint & Eatery

Roots & Blues Greats Share the Stage for a Rare Performance

Two of Canada’s finest roots & blues musicians appear for one night only at Mikey’s Juke Joint & Eatery on Tuesday, April 22, when Toronto’s Chris Whitely will join Calgary’s Tim Williams for an intimate club performance.

Whitely and Williams have each built expansive and well-recognized careers in the music industry and are well-established artists and composers. They will bring their distinctive musical voices together for the intimate concert at the city’s newest live music venue.


Chris Whiteley

Chris Whiteley has been performing, writing, and recording roots music for over 30 years. The gifted multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, harmonica, guitar, and pedal steel) and vocalist has performed/recorded with a long and diverse list of artists such as Leon Redbone, John Hammond, Blind John Davis, Prairie Oyster, Tom Paxton and Canadian music icon Stompin’ Tom Connors among the many. To date Chris has appeared on over 150 recordings.

Whiteley’s own recordings have garnered six Juno nominations, including one for Bluesology, shared with his longtime musical partner, brother Ken Whiteley, as well as for two albums of original songs with wife Caitlin Hanford. Bluesology was also named Blues Album of the Year by the Jazz Report Awards.

A prolific writer, Chris’ numerous songwriting credits include radio, television (Sesame Street) and film, as well as a top ten Canadian country hit for Prairie Oyster. His songs have been recorded by such artists as Amos Garrett, Cindy Church, Penny Lang, Quartette and Fathead (who won this year’s Juno for Best Blues Album).

Chris has performed throughout North America at festivals, clubs, and concerts, including a featured concert with brother Ken at the prestigious Chicago Blues Festival, and often performs as part of the award winning CBC Radio show The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean, touring big theatres across Canada. Chris received Maple Blues Awards for Horn Player of the Year and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year as well as a nomination for the Blues With A Feeling Lifetime Achievement Award.


Tim Williams

Blues-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim Williams is a 40 year veteran of the Roots music scene in North America, roots which stretch back to the coffee-house scene of his native California in the mid 60’s.

Settling in Canada in 1970, the studio musician, producer, and a performer is in constant demand, appearing regularly at major festivals and concert halls and clubs across Canada.

Inspired by the Hillbilly and Western Swing music he heard as a child, Tim also absorbed the R&B and Rock & Roll music of the late 50’s, as well as Hawaiian and Mexican music, early 60’s Folk,and Bluegrass before discovering a passion for traditional blues styles.

With seven critically acclaimed albums under his belt, William’s latest, Songster, Musicianer, Music Physicianer, made #20 on CKUA Radio’s top 100 for 2007 as well as ffwd magazine writer Mary Lynn Wardle’s Top 10 of ”07 list.

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