Monday, February 2, 2015

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Blues in the Night

Neilsen and Foster perform at Bozzini's Feb 6

By Emmanuel Asprakis, Bozzini's Rest.


redericton's Ross Neilsen & Vancouver's Jim Foster meet up at Bozzini's for a Coast Coast night of gritty roots, rock an blues. Both artists are incredible songwriters and seasoned performers that will make this a memorable night for sure.


"This is a double bill of two great performers and super cool people. They've never appeared together before. Both will be performing their own sets, plan on around 2 1/2 hours of sweet music. I've put this show together for your enjoyment (and mine)," said Bozzini's owner Mano Asprakis.


Friday, February 6. Doors 8:00 Show 9:00
Tickets $20 available now at Bozzini's or Call 604 792 0744 to reserve by phone
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Ross has rocked the house on his previous three sold out visits, twice with his band and once solo. This time I've paired him up with the wonderful Jim Foster for a fabulous Double Bill of real raw blues roots an rock n' roll; Canada’s hardest working blues rock musician, Ross Neilsen, does it right. He’s taking strong, timeless material to the place that matters: The People.


Seven Years, over 1200 shows and more than half a million kilometers traveled. In a time of corporate cookie-cutter music, this is the return to real. Proving hard work pays off Neilsen has been honoured with a nomination for Best New Artist at The Maple Blues Awards in 2010, two Rising Star nominations from CBC, back to back Blues Album of the Year nominations from the East Coast Music Association, a win for Best Blues Recording for Redemption at the 2010 MusicNB awards, a semi finalist in the solo/duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2012 and most recently Five nominations from Music New Brunswick including Album of the year, best group and best rock recording for RESURRECTION as well as Best male solo Recording for THE SHACK UP SESSIONS and a win for best blues recording for THE SHACK UP SESSIONS. He is a real, old-school kind of artist. Write. Tour. Record. Tour. Repeat. More about Ross below.


See a video of Ross's last performance at Bozzini's here.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jim Foster first became known in Canada as the leader of the band Fosterchild, writing Top Ten Canadian hits such as “Let Me Down Easy”, “I Need Somebody Tonight”, “Troubled Child”, and “Too Late Now To Turn Back”.

In 1986 Jim signed an American deal with RCA and released the solo album “Powerlines”, including the single “X-Ray Eyes” which charted Top 30 in a number of American markets and won Best Song, Best Songwriter, and Best Video at the West Coast Music Awards. The album also charted in the Top 10 Import Albums in England.

Jim has written songs for a growing number of recording artists including “Doug and the Slugs”, “One Horse Blue”, and Patricia Conroy (including the Top Ten single “Here We Go Again” from her 1993 Canadian album of the year, “Bad Day For Trains” and her later single “Nobody’s Fault”.) He has also co-written songs with many artists including Murray McLauchlan (“I Put Away My Gun” from Murray’s “Gulliver’s Taxi”).


Over the years he has toured as lead guitarist/mandolinist for “One Horse Blue” and “The Cruzeros”, and also appeared as lead guitarist/vocalist with Jann Arden at the debut performance of her “Living Under June” album. This work won him a nomination for the CCMA All-Star Band as guitarist.

In December of 2014 Jim released his latest album 6 Foot Ladder.

Watch Jim Foster's big 1980s hit X-Ray Eyes here.
See current Jim Foster on YouTube here.

Ross Neilsen Bio
Neilsen’s latest studio effort, RESURRECTION, was recorded in Maurice, Louisiana at Dockside Studios. RESURRECTION was produced by New Orleans’ favourite son, Anders Osborne and engineered by Grammy award-winning studio whiz, Warren Riker. RESURRECTION was funded in part by the Music Industry Development grant in New Brunswick as well as direct-to-fan funding site Pledge Music. Neilsen’s journey to RESURRECTION was an epic one. Detouring to Macon, Georgia to visit the Allman Brothers Museum, The Big House, Neilsen gained inspiration for recording after being one of the few people on earth to be allowed to play Duane Allman’s 1957 Gold Top Les Paul. This is the legendary guitar used on the first two Allman Brothers albums as well as Eric Clapton’s “Layla” album. RESURRECTION contains ten original songs, each one a unique sonic assault that draws from Neilsen’s full palate of influences.


From the dueling southern rock guitar lines between Neilsen and Osborne on “Daddy Taught Me” (Neilsen’s tribute to his late father), the poppy ear-worm hook in the rocker “Need You More”, ZZ Top-esque guitar work in “Walk on By”, or the closing ten minute opus of “Juanita” that conjures up the heavy drone of Crazy Horse, RESURRECTION explores bold new ground taking the band into dangerously beautiful new territory. The song topics are snap shots into the lives of the people Neilsen meets and the places he visits as he tours the great nation he so proudly calls home. After the demise of The Sufferin’ Bastards in December 2011, Ross Neilsen has spent much of the 2012 rebuilding his musical foundation with a new trio, ROSS NEILSEN BAND. Any doubt as to the impact of his return has been shattered with this latest recording. The old school, in-your-face guitar playing coupled with a thunderous, tight rhythm section has been Neilsen’s trademark for years, blurring the lines between pop, blues and rock. With RESURRECTION, Neilsen has returned with an arsenal of mature, timeless material and a fire burning hotter than ever to take this new, exciting music to the place it matters most – The People. RESURRECTION is coming. - See more here.



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