Lauded Canuck roots/blues legend, whose new Easin' Back To Tennessee disc hit store shelves January 10, and who hosts the Maple Blues Awards at the Phoenix Monday (January 16).
SAM COOKE - The Man And His Music
"I've listened to so much Sam in my life - especially his work with the Soul Stirrers - and he never fails to inspire. Peter Guralnick's excellent Sam Cooke biography, Dream Boogie, made me want to revisit his RCA recordings, and they're as thrilling and beautiful as ever. "
STEPHEN FEARING - Yellow Jacket
"Stephen gave me an advance of his new solo record, and it's his best ever. His writing is direct but never predictable, and he's done a great job of putting it together. "
REVEREND J.M. GATES - Legacy
"A great collection of sermons and songs by the wildly opinionated and passionate Atlanta preacher from the 20s. His vocal tics and ability to think on his feet while preaching make these recordings essential to any aspiring rhymer. "