Dates & Times:
Friday Night Blues @ The Slice June 15, 9:30 p.m.

BC READ

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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 disk jockeys 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 Delta, Chicago and Texas styles of Blues over a generous helping of Folk, Rock and Country. 

Comparisons have been made to The Band, John Hiatt, Joe Cocker, 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, Son Seals, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Anders Osborn, Joan Baez, Bob Margolin, Big Dave McLean, Brent Parkin and opened for Johnny Winter, Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, John Hammond, Joe Louis Walker, Billy Branch, Ronnie Hawkins and many, many others. 

Many have praised his slide guitar playing, for it's unique sound and self-taught style. B.C. has done many guitar, song writing 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, two of the countries most renowned Blues Guitarist's on a couple of songs each. It continues to sell very well via download and 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 playing Stand Up Bass on three songs. 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 and is by far his most organic offering. 

"Bowl of Sugar" B.C.'s third 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. 

"1,000 Miles" B.C.'s latest album 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 Roots 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 reaching a high point of # 7. 

After raising his family and playing dates mostly in Saskatchewan for the past several years BC is going back on the road as a solo artist or with his 4 to 8 piece band. He has been working on a new album that he hopes to have ready for release in the near future.