- Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019 at 8pm
- Big Dave McLean
- West End Cultural Centre
- 586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
You can’t talk about the blues in Canada without mentioning Big Dave McLean. A staple of the Winnipeg music scene, McLean has led a weekly blues jam for decades, as well as playing with a who’s who of local, Canadian, and international artists. He has released six previous albums and has won countless accolades including a Western Canadian Music Award (2004), a Prairie Music Awards (1999), and a Juno Award (1992). Most recently, McLean was inducted as a member of the Order of Canada for his contribution to the nation’s cultural life.
Big Dave’s latest album, Pocket Full of Nothing, was never envisioned as a simple blues album, and his newest songs joyously communicate several musical flavours in his impassioned performance. With the help of his backing band, Big Dave fill out all nine original tracks with horns that bring a new flavour to his recording. The album also includes covers of songs by the Allman Brothers, JB Lenoir, and of course, Muddy Waters.
On every track, Big Dave’s bellowing, prairie storm of a voice conjures smoke and fire as he delivers the most impassioned performances of his career. Big Dave explains, ‘you just have to be open. The Blues is a feeling, and you should play it the way you feel it.’