been 2 years since
Nigel Mack thrilled a full house at Bozzini's.
Chicago blues ‘triple
threat’ (slide guitar, harmonica and vocals) Nigel Mack delivers a
high-energy show that fuses blues classics with the punch of contemporary
between instruments, Nigel Mack is equally proficient at them all. These are
talents honed by years of relentless touring in support of his critically
acclaimed CDs, ‘Devil’s Secrets’, ‘Road Rage’ and ‘High Price to Play’.
Based in Chicago, IL, ‘Nigel Mack & the Blues Attack’ have logged well over
half a million miles across North America and Europe and they have headlined
top blues venues throughout. They have appeared at the world famous ‘Chicago
Blues Festival’ four times and toured almost every one of the United States
and most of Canada. Their dynamic stage show is a favorite at clubs and
festivals. Nigel’s latest release, the award-winning, all-original, Devil’s
Secrets, was the #1 Canadian blues CD of 2012 nationwide in Canada on Galaxy
Satellite radio. His original compositions have been featured on television
sound-tracks ‘Dawson’s Creek’, ‘The Street’ and ‘Time of Your Life’.
Born in Canada, Nigel grew up surrounded by both the music of the ‘60’s and
jazz emanating from his Dad’s stereo. His hometown of Saskatoon, SK boasted
a central location and a world-class university which meant that everybody
who toured western Canada came through town. The list of artists is
extensive and eclectic: Muddy Waters, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Stevie
Ray Vaughan, just to name a few.
The ‘blues explosion’ in the mid-eighties led to the establishment of a
western Canadian blues circuit. Saskatoon’s ‘Buds on Broadway’ featured
touring blues artists from all over the US and Canada. “It was
unbelievable!” exclaims Nigel, “There were cats like Eddy Shaw or Phil Guy
playing six nights a week. Blues legends that we had only heard on records,
we were suddenly hanging out and jamming with.”
In the spring of 1988 Nigel and his band relocated to western Canada’s music
mecca, Vancouver, BC. With a large population, a busy nightlife and a
temperate climate, Vancouver was a great place to be. From his west coast
base Mack built a strong local following and toured around western Canada.
In 1992, Nigel received a phone call from the late Chicago blues band leader
Eddie Lusk inviting him to perform with ‘The Professor’s Blues Revue’ during
the Chicago Blues Festival. Nigel seized the opportunity and began touring
the US with a vengeance, racking up seventeen American/Canadian coast to
coast tours over the next ten years.
In 1996 Nigel released his first full length all-original CD ‘High Price To
Play’ to critical acclaim, including a nomination for ‘Best Blues/R&B Album’
at the 1997 ‘West Coast Music Awards’.
Nigel Mack followed ‘High Price to Play’ with ‘Road Rage’ released in 2001.
Essentially a live album, ‘Road Rage’ blends blues classics with original
songs and three studio tracks. It quickly became a favorite of fans.
In 2003, Nigel relocated to the home of the blues, Chicago, IL. A decade
earlier, the seeds of this move had been planted. On that first trip, Eddie
Lusk had said, “This is where you should be.” With the release of ‘Devil’s
Secrets’, his latest, award winning, all-original CD, Nigel Mack is building
on past successes and bringing his own brand of Chicago blues to a new
generation of blues fans.
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Nigel Mack at Bozzini's Restaurant
Friday, August 8, 2014 - Doors 8:00 Show 9:30 Tickets $14
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