Willie MacCalder's Blues Revue

Willie Mac Calder was the piano player for The Powder Blues for 20 years, after and early career as a teen idol with Willie and the Walkers in the late 60’s. He moved to Calgary to be with his ailing parents, and I was privileged to play guitar in his band. Michael Kaeshammer cites Willie and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne as the two top pianists in Vancouver, and as his chief mentors. Willie is a master of two fisted boogie boogie piano, blues and Doo Wop. One of the best bands I have ever played in was composed of willie, Brian Pollock, Scott Anderson and myself, but every band Willie put together was strong. He’s a very easy leader to play behind. About 15 years ago, Willie did me the favour of letting me play at the Yale with the Lavin brothers and Chris Norquist, sharing a bill with Charlie Musselwhite.

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Steve Pineo Trio

Between the time we formed Beautiful Joe and I put out my first CD, I played as a solo artist, with singer Laura Jackson playing pop jazz, as a guitarist for blues legend Willie MacCalder and with the Steve Pineo Trio. Chris Byrne and Dustin Keillor had played in a heavy metal/hair band called Rainbow Warrior. I met them through bassist Mike Wall. Soon we were all living together like the Monkees. I introduced them to vintage jazz, blues, folk, R&B and the like. They introduced me to the 90’s sound. We partied a lot, but we also practiced like crazy and our three part vocal blend was superb! Chris and Dustin were with me in Toronto when I was showcasing and they did a number of openers, including tour with Jann Arden. Chris is now a member of the Road Hammers and is a noted producer and recording engineer. Dustin did a tour with Lindsay Ell and performs mostly as a solo act on his 7 string guitar.

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