Bluegrass Double Bill: Slocan Ramblers and Alan Jeffries Band
Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Windsor
Sat. May 6, 2017
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada's young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, they have quickly become a leading light of Canada's roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan.
On their new album, Coffee Creek, The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast and devilishly intricate instrumentals with the sawdust-thick vocals of singer Frank Evans. The Slocan Ramblers recorded Coffee Creek the same way they perform on stage: standing up, leaning into the music, and pushing harder and harder for that edge just beyond.
Alan Jeffries was raised on bluegrass. The Nova Scotia-based artist is well known to Canadian music fans from his childhood days performing on bluegrass stages around the Maritimes and more recently from his years of touring with renowned acts including David Myles.
In 2013, Jeffries returned to his bluegrass roots to launch his solo career and debut album, Coffee 'til Midnight, which won him the 2014 ECMA 'Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year' award. In the past, Jeffries has received accolades from World Wide Bluegrass (Artist of the Month) and The East Coast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Association (Bluegrass Guitarist of the Year). Hailed as a 'fleet fingered guitar phenom,' Jeffries now tours with some of the best bluegrass players in the Maritimes to perform shows filled with fast-picking solos, heartbreaking harmonies and a level of musicianship that you won't soon forget.