DownchildCan You Hear the Music
Category:Blues Album of the Year
Downchild is a household name in Canada and the internationally renowned blues band celebrated their 40th Anniversary in style, selling out Massey Hall in Toronto and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa while their popular documentary Flip Flop & Fly: 40 Years Of The Downchild Blues Band was a major hit nationally, airing continuously on HBO Canada and TMN for over two years. Can You Hear The Music, Downchild’s 17th album, features classic Downchild jump-blues such as “Don’t Wait Up for Me”, “Fasten Your Seatbelt” and the title track “Can You Hear the Music”. “One In A Million” has a hypnotic, Southern gospel feel, while “I Need A Woman” is steeped in New Orleans vibe. Chuck Jackson’s “My Mississippi Queen” takes us on a steamy road trip through the deep south and with “Worn In”, Gary Kendall makes his debut song writing contribution to a Downchild album. Downchild is led by the one and only Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh (who penned eight of the eleven original songs), on guitar and harmonica, vocalist/harmonica player Chuck Jackson, Michael Fonfara pianist/organist, sax player Pat Carey, bassist Gary Kendall and drummer Mike Fitzpatrick.