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January 15, 2009

Blues Veterans Hill & Lemelin Release CD

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues CD releases, Canada

Bill Hills & Ray Lemelin

Hills & Lemelin
Blues CD Release Neither Here Nor There
Indie (2009)

Bill Hills, Brother Ray Lemelin Step Into Spotlight as Acoustic Blues Duo

Veteran Calgary bluesmen Bill Hills (harmonica) and Brother Ray Lemelin (guitar) release their debut CD as an acoustic duo with Neither Here Nor There (Indie). The album, due next month, will be heralded with a series of Alberta dates including Calgary, Lethbridge and Edmonton. see dates below

Familiar to blues fans across Canada, Hills and Lemelin have literally thousands of performances under their combined belts, including sharing the stage with greats such as Otis Rush, Matt Murphy, Pinetop Perkins, Fenton Robinson, John Hammond and Lowell Fulsom, to name but a few.

Often found in the sideman role as well as being established bandleaders, Hills and Lemelin step into the spotlight for their acoustic duo CD release, Neither Here Nor There, featuring 12 standout tracks in a mix of standard and original songs of joy, triumph, sorrow and hope. The album was produced by another Canadian blues fixture, Tim Williams.

Originally from Quebec, guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Brother Ray Lemelin is a highly versatile musician whose range covers acoustic to modern electric blues. Brother Ray has gained notoriety as a leader in Canadian blues. Throughout the years Brother Ray has shared the stage with legends including Albert Collins, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Valerie Wellington, Fenton Robinson, Luther Johnson, Junior Wells, Johnny V & The House Rockers and Amos Garrett. Brother Ray is an oft-heard performer in local clubs and is actively involved in the Kill Floor Records label.

Calgary based harmonica player and songwriter Bill Hills started the city’s first electric blues band, the Children Blues, during the 1960’s, performing at various local venues. After a brief move to first Toronto and then Vancouver, Hills returned to Calgary to lead several other bands, including the 6-piece Alta Blues, followed by his tenure as a member of Johnny V’s Houserockers. Bill is perhaps most remembered for his Bill Hills and the 9th Avenue Allstars, which performed at the now-famous King Eddy for many years. Bill has shared the stage with such greats as Dr. John, Son Seals, Matt Murphy, Mr B, Mose Allison, John Hammond, Otis Rush, Pinetop Perkins, and many other touring blues acts.


Feb 18 Watch for us on the CITY TV BREAKFAST SHOW

Feb 19 – The Slice Lethbridge

Feb 20 – The Blue Chair, Edmonton

Feb 22, 2009 CD RELEASE Ironwood Stage Calgary

March 14 – Bow Valley (T)

March 21 – The Stop, Black Diamond

for more info visit www.hillsandlemelin.com

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