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LA HORA DEL BLUES-Barcelona - Spain

Singer, guitarist and harmonica player Read BC and his musicians have been playing since the end of the seventies, both their own material and versions in almost every corner of Canada, with great success in all the stages they have stepped on. Their previous albums have been broadcast on radio stations all over the world, from Australia to Greece, Germany or Mexico. The band has also backed great musicians like Hubert Sumlin, Anders Osborn or Joan Baez and have shared stage with Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, John Hammond, Billy Branch, Joe Louis Walker among many others. The music you are going to find in this cd is an interesting mixture of Chicago and Texas blues with some drops of Delta and reminiscences of folk, rock, country and Americana. The album includes twelve great songs I am sure will not disappoint the most demanding palates, which love to taste the more delicious actual tasteful music. B.C. Read and all the musicians involved in these recordings ooze an elegant delicacy from the first to the last cd note. GREAT.

Blues Matter Magazine (UK) Oct 2011

B.C.READ , 1000 Miles

B.C. who hails from Saskatoon is another fine example of the quality artists who make excellent music in Canada. Thoroughly steeped in the Blues this is a worthy addition to the canon of the music that captures our hearts. Whilst it could be argued that there is not a terrific amount of originality contained within these twelve I don't really care. What I hear is good music played well and really what more do we need? The influences stretch from the Mexican border 'Rosalita' via Chicago '1000 Miles (from Chicago)', Funky Soul 'That's The Deal' or the back stoop on 'Jellyroll Baker'. Want to tap your feet of dance around to a big band sound? Then look no further than the instrumental 'Diamond Bop' with its infectious beat driven along by a cracking walking bass line and fine brass section. The age-old question posed by the ending of a relationship 'What Could Have Been' is eloquently dealt with. Dipping his toes in to the political and world conflicts arena are given a big band treatment on '(Why Can't We Just) Walk Away?'. It may be a short track but it works and gets straight to the point but of course that is a question that will never be resolved. All bar one track are originals the exception being a cover of Neil Young's 'Are You Ready For The Country' which moves along with some rather nice Dobro slide. B.C. even has a hint of similar vocal delivery to Neil on that bonus track. So there we have it. A nicely produced album with good strong songs well delivered by B.C and the merry men that surround him.

Graeme Scott

Roots Time Magazine (Belgium)

There are some great people gathered on the latest CD from BC Read.

 You will hear special guests including Suzie Vinnick (what a singer), Big Dave McLean (harmonica) and Kevin Barrett (piano).This result is a variety of blues in which quite a few styles are covered.

"1000 Miles" is the title of the latest roll of this Canadian Blues Man. It contains twelve tracks which eleven BC Read wrote or co-written. The only cover Neil Young's "Are You Ready For The Country", for which an excellent blues jacket has been measured.

I first thought that their sound could be described as Big Band Blues. There is quite a lot of it on this album. But that is doing an injustice to the other fine tunes you’ll find on this CD.

 Read's singing is never less than excellent and the variety of songs prove the man knows the ropes. The almost full range of blues styles pass the review Chicago, Delta Blues to Country and in addition, you will find R & B and funk-inspired tracks. Read is also a damn fine guitarist. He puts that on full display with National Slide Guitar on "Number Two", a fine song: "ahoo ,....".

The South American-tinged "Rosalita" sometimes makes me think of "Save The Last Dance For Me" despite his cha-cha rhythm, but Vinnick's vocal contribution makes it worth the purchase price.

"The Blue Boy" appears to be an arrangement plucked from an old album by Joe Cocker. Occasionally he makes me think of John Hiatt.

I make these points because they are the worst we can do. We get the same top flight musical quality for the entire album.

We have the title track, a real Chicago blues, where the horns are confined to excellent support.

Unlike "Diamond Bop", on which all restraints are removed, and this ultimately results in a sound that can best be described as the opening tune from a great television variety show.

The lyrics are strong, on the anti-war song "Why Can’t We Just Walk Away".

This is an entertaining album for the Roots & Blues Music fans.

1,000 Miles Star Phoenix Review July 2011

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June 2011 Sasktel Jazz Festival Show Review

Talent trumps weather at the Gardens

The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival is renowned for diversity. And not just in music - fans at the Bessborough Gardens shows on Saturday got a little bit of everything from the real leader of the band, Mother Nature.

First, she acted like a diva and threw a temper tantrum, delaying the start of the day with wind, icy pouring rain, thunder and lightning. A multicolored, nylon sea of umbrellas, many blowing inside out, did what they could to protect the hardy fans hiding underneath.

B.C. Read and his All Star Big Band got to playing about a half-hour late, doing what they could to lighten the mood. Could 14 mere mortals coax some kindness out of the angry skies? They could. Read gamely launched into Working on You and Garbage Man, getting some soggy feet tapping. The Tex-Mex sound of Rosalita from his new album 1,000 Miles hinted at a drier, sunnier place. And then the rain stopped and the clouds thinned. Suddenly, rain gear was being doffed and smiles were replacing gritted teeth.

The lesson was lost on no one - you have to pay your dues to hear the blues. Read and Co. delivered a wide-ranging set that featured a stellar band and guests like Suzie Vinnick who lit the range with her steamy number Save Me for Later. "Cookin' it slow brings out the flavor," Vinnick sung with a wink, simmering the dish under her electrified Gibson.

Courage by the fans, determination by the organizers and an abundance of musical talent snatched the day back from that fickle lady… that was clear by the size of the crowd - an announced 3,500, making the sellout the biggest Gardens show in festival history

By Cam Fuller, The StarPhoenix,  June 27th, 2011

 

         April / May 1998 Real Blues Magazine

 

     Maple Blues Review

B.C. (Brian Cleve) Read is from The Prairies and My Tunes, his debut on his own BlueBudda label, is a fine,

mostly acoustic blues album. Although he does play guitar, the emphasis on My Tunes is on singing and songwriting.

Fortunately, he has a fine blues voice and writes good songs. Described as “whiskey-soaked” and “husky” it is

placed by producer Ken Whiteley in settings from Chicago to the Piedmont with Rev. Gary Davis being a very

important influence. The songwriting is by Read or by Read with members of the recording band and

I hope you get a chance to hear them on your favourite radio show. The band
is Brent Burlingham, drums; George Tennant, bass; Doug Scarrow, electric guitar and Dwayne Harder, keyboards.

Brent Parkin guests on one song and Johnny V contributes slide guitar to two others. Ken, not surprisingly,

fills out the sound with guitar, mandolin, piano and assorted percussion. Read plays National Slide guitar,

acoustic and electric guitars mandolin and harmonica. BlueBudda Records can be reached at 306-241-8178 or email: info@bcread.com

T.B.S. Maple Blues Issue April 98
John Valenteyn - Maple Blues Magazine

 

 

Vol 1 No 3 Blues Scene Quarterly

 

  Vol 2 No 1 Blues Scene Quarterly


 

By: Al Handa/ Delta Snake Daily Blues News
July 1998

B.C. Read: My Tunes (Bluebudda)

Brian "B.C." Read is a multi-instrumentalist and singer from
Saskatoon, in Canada. His sound is an eclectic mix of swing,
hard core Chicago, folk and Delta Blues. His gruff voice has
the same quality that the Band had in their vocals, and the
set comes off a very Bluesy "Music From Big Pink." A very
pleasant and likable set of music.

In this outing, he is accompanied by over a dozen musicians,
including Brent Burlingham, George Tennent, Doug Scarrow,
Sheldon Corbett, Dwayne Harder, Sharion Metheson, Terry Long,
S. Kelly Read, Brent Parkin, Johnny V, and Ken Whiteley. This
variety gives him an almost unlimited palette of sounds to
work from.

Read starts things off with and uptempo Blues called "Believe Me,"
and an even funkier one, "New Thing." Some hard-edged Delta Slide
opens the "The Job," a Delta Blues, leading into the folk ballad,
"Love To Keep Me Warm."

"Starts All Over Again, a folky Blues, that one can only compare
to an outfit like the Band, or maybe Jesse Winchester comes next,
followed by a Blues rocker called "Working On You." Read then
does some more Delta Blues slide that transitions into a great
rocker, "Big Car," then breaks into some rhumba-Blues in "Tough
As She Can Be."

A country-flavored "Unconditional" leads to the acoustic Blues of
"Blues in Paradise," another rocker, and then a folk Blues called
"Two Faced Man." The CD ends with a fine ballad, and a very nice
fingerpicking number called "Thats My Tune."

Considering the eclectic line-up of supporting musicians, one could
have expected a record that went all over the place and had no
aesthetic core. However, Read is clearly a true unifier, an
artistic presence that has a clear direction and sense of soul.
Each song shows the strong imprint of his personality, and all
of the varied elements seem like colors on a single palette, and
not a series of wild jams that happen to have the same singer.
A very worthwhile set of music from someone who has a long career
ahead of him.

Produced by Ken Whiteley and B.C. Read

 

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