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Spectacular show slated for spring



Two of the all-time favourite Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival performers, will team up  on April 23rd.

Florida based JP Soars and the Red Hots won the International Blues Challenge in 2009 and have been touring the world ever since. They will be joined by the band that was once voted fan favourite, the Red Dirt Revelators, from North Carolina.

Soars also spoke to The Sound this week and said he is thrilled to be returning to Thorold.

“I think we’ve played the Shuffle five times,” he said. And the people there make us feel so warm and welcome. They’re very hospitable.”

The band enjoyed critical acclaim for their 2014 CD Full Moon Night in Memphis. The recording was lauded around the world and especially in the cradle of the blues, the Southern Delta area. But the band has not rested on that success.

JP noted, “We’re busy touring including the northeast which has five stops scheduled in Canada. Then we’re off to Europe in the summer.” He also said the band has been busy in the studio and will release their fourth CD soon. When asked what’s the goal of the new effort, “To out-do the last one,” he laughed.

Soars is also a genuine affable performer and asked that we thank his fans here. “Without them we absolutely couldn’t do it. We thank everyone for the continued support.”

The Red Dirt Revelators (RDR) have appeared, and shared the stage with, The Red Hots before. They have also appeared at the Shuffle several times and pack the house each time. The night is sure to be special because of their shared experiences and mutual respect for each other. With two great bands in the house, the performance level is bound to be heightened. Live performing is what these bands are all about and no one wants to “finish second.”

Shuffle fans are well aware of the multi-talented front man Willie Shane Johnston. He owns a unique sound both in voice and blues harp and pens meaningful lyrics as well. When The Sound asked how he likes playing in Canada he said, “I don’t suppose you can print f$#!ng awesome!”
RDR also boasts the tight rhythm section of drummer Jason Gardner and bassist Clay Ford. They play like brothers and are responsible for the underlying drive the band projects so effortlessly. New to the line-up is guitarist Jamie Trollinger who brings an extensive resume and “incendiary” component to the act.

This show will be presented by the Canal Bank Shuffle at the Moose & Goose, 54 Paul De Divitiis Sr. Way, Thorold.  The Red Hots with Red Dirt Revelators appear on Saturday April 23rd. 7:30 p.m. start with doors opening at 6 p.m.