B.C. Read Press Bio

 

B.C. Read has been performing his unique and original style of roots, blues and americana music throughout Western Canada since the late 1970’s.

 

He has been called "One of Canada's best kept secrets".

 

His music has been charted by blues DJ’s all over the world. People from Australia to Germany, Greece to Mexico have heard B.C. Read on their radios.

The music is a mix of Chicago, Delta and Texas styles of Blues over a generous helping of Folk, Rock and Country.

Comparisons have been made to The Band, Joe Cocker, John Hiatt, Slide Guitar Man Roy Rodgers as well as classic blues men like Son House and Big Bill Broonze.

In the past B.C. Read and his band have backed up some of the greatest roots musicians of our time, including Hubert Sumlin, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Anders Osborn, Joan Baez and opened for Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, John Hammond, Joe Louis Walker, Billy Branch, Ronnie Hawkins and many, many others.

 

His slide guitar playing has been praised by many for it's unique, self taught style and B.C. has done many guitar, songwriting and blues history workshops over the years.

 

He is the founding President of the Saskatoon Blues Society and keeps involved with "The Blues In the Schools" program, a Blues Music education and performance workshop available to schools every where.

 

"My Tunes" B.C. Read's first album was co-produced by Canadian Roots Music Legend Ken Whitely & BC. It was charted at #6 for Canadian Blues Albums in 1998, by Real Blues Magazine and was called "Close to a Master Piece" by Canadianblues.com. It featured old friends Johnny V & Brent Parkin as guests. Two of the countries most renown Blues Guitarist's. It continues to sell very well via download at cdbaby.com.

 

"LIVE" was recorded over two nights at The Bassment in Saskatoon and The Exchange in Regina. It showcases BC as a solo performer and with his long time musical partner George Tennent on Stand Up Bass. This album was featured on "Saturday Night Blues", Canada's National Blues Music show hosted by the great Holger Peterson. It is still some of his fans favorite recording and was BC's first solo producing work. By far his most organic offering.

 

B.C.'s "Bowl of Sugar" album was nominated for a "Western Canadian Music Award - OUTSTANDING BLUES RECORDING" in 2007. It features his long-time working band: George Tennent on Bass, Sheldon Corbett on Sax & Accordion, Tom Cunningham on Drums, Rod Saloum on Keyboards, Doug Scarrow on Electric Guitar and features B.C.'s old friend "Big Dave McLean" on harp for two songs. Also contributing were Brent Longstaff (principle Tuba player from The Saskatoon Symphony), Ross Ulmer on Trombone, David Anderson on Trumpet, Sharon Matheson & Kelly Read on Vocals, as well as Glenn Ens, who co-produced the recording and played Drums on one track.

"Bowl of Sugar" has been charted by DJ's all over Canada and the World.

 

B.C.'s last album "1,000 Miles" features friends and special guests ,Big Dave McLean on Harmonica, the guitar magic of Jack Semple, Kevin Barrett & Ross Nikaforic on Keys with Wilma Grounan and Suzie Vinnick on vocals, as well as the O-So Sweet Horns featuring Barrie Redford on Trumpet, Kevin Marsh on Trombone and Sheldon Corbett on Saxophones and horn arrangements, along with B.C.'s regular live band George Tennent on Bass, Joe Dixon & Glenn Ens on Drums & Doug Scarrow on Guitar.  The music, like B.C.'s other albums, ranges from Gut Bucket Acoustic Delta Blues (Jellyroll Baker) to New Orleans Horn Drivin' Funk (That's The Deal) to Bluesy Folk (What Could Have Been). The album also includes a bluesy cover of Neil Young's "Are You Ready For The Country" recorded live off the floor. "1,000 Miles" is Read's best album so far. It spent over 36 weeks on the "Roots Music Report" Canadian Roots Charts.

 

B.C. and his band continue to write and record when ever possible and expect to have a fifth album available soon.

They are one of the best know and most in demand "LIVE" musical acts in Western Canada.

"An act not to be missed" - Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

 

 

Discography:

"My Tunes" (1998) (Top Ten Canadian Blues Album-Real Blues)

"Live" (2002) (Featured on C.B.C. Radio's Saturday Night Blues)

"Bowl of Sugar" Nominated for WCMA "Outstanding Blues Recording"(2007)

"1,000 Miles" (2011)

 

Major festival appearances include:

The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival*, The Regina Folk Festival*, The Swift Current Longest Night Festival, The Gravelbourgh Summer Solstice Festival*, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival*, The Kelowna Jazz Festival, The Vernon Summer Festival, The Prince Albert Winter Festival*, The Saskatoon*, Regina* & Swift Current* Blues Festivals, Ness Creek Music Festival*, The Saskatoon Fringe Festival*. (*indicates multiple appearances)

 

Awards:

Western Canadian Music Award Nomination "Outstanding Blues Recording" (2007)

Honorary Life Time Membership: Saskatoon Blues Society (2008)

Sasko Award: C.B.C. Radio (2007)

FACTOR Songwriter Grant (1997)

Rawlco Radio: 10K20 Recipient (2006 & 2010)

Saskatchewan Arts Board New Project Grant (1997 & 2010)

Planet S Magazine "Best of Saskatoon" - Best Solo Musical Artist Nominee(2017)

 

For more information on B.C. Read visit his webpage at: www.bcread.com

Or contact him at: (306) 230-8604 Email: 4bookings@bcread.com