2019 Blues and Brews Artist Bios

Canned Heat - "Don't Forget to Boogie"

Canned Heat rose to fame because their knowledge and love of blues music was both wide and deep.   The group has been noted for its interpretations of blues material and for its efforts to promote interest in this type of music and its original artists.

Emerging in 1966, the band attained three worldwide hits - “On The Road Again” in 1968; “Let’s Work Together” in 1970; and “Going Up The Country” in 1969 which became rock anthems throughout the world with the latter being adopted as the unofficial theme song for the film Woodstock and the “Woodstock Generation.”

Canned Heat's breakthrough moment occurred with the release of their second album, establishing them with hippie ballroom audiences as the "kings of the boogie." As a way of paying homage to the musician they got the idea from in the first place, they collaborated in 1971 on Hooker N’ Heat, an album with John Lee Hooker that was one of the bluesman's most successful outings.

The music and attitude of Canned Heat afforded them a large following and established the band as one of the popular acts of the hippie era. Canned Heat appeared at most major musical events at the end of the 1960s, performing blues standards along with their own material and occasionally indulging in lengthy psychedelic solos. Canned Heat founder Bob Hite once described the band as "the first and greatest boogie band ever." Canned Heat's greatness is testimony of their versatility and devotion to the strange and wonderful mutations of their music.

Now, more than 50 years later and with 38 albums to their credit, Canned Heat is still going strong. They have been anchored throughout the past fifty years by the steady hand of drummer and band leader Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra.  Joining Fito is original bassist Larry “The Mole” Taylor; New Orleans legend, Dale Spalding on harmonica, guitar and lead vocals; and John Paulus on lead guitar.

Dennis Jones Band - Blues You Can Rock To

Sizzling hot guitar solos. Smooth and soulful vocals.  High-energy stage performance. Backed by a rhythm section that is second to none, this is Dennis Jones.

This band ROCKS the blues like NO other! 

Dennis’s feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues. And unlike others, he isn’t afraid to tackle the controversial issues of today. 

Since 2003, Dennis Jones has released six successful CDs, and a DVD, on his own label, Blue Rock Records. Each and every one of these has met with rave reviews. Both Sides of the Track, released in February 2016, spent many months ranked in the top 20 on several blues & roots charts, including a stint at #1 on Roots Music Radio and #1 on Smokestack Lightnin’. His August 2018 release, WE3 LIVE, is still charting on the Roots Music Report and is being played on blues and roots radio stations around the world.

R.D. Olson - The Real Deal

Tom Walbank and Austin Counts - From the Delta to Chicago

Anna Warr and Giant Blue - High Octane, Horns A Plenty

Tucson Jazz Institute - Ellington Band