2015

2015 Celebration of Inductees:
June 7, 2015 – Blues on Whyte

Builders

builder2 To recognize individuals and organizations who have contributed to
the Edmonton blues community through their work:• Writers for print and electronic media
• Radio disc jockeys/program hosts
• Promoters and booking agents
• Television, film, video
• Education i.e., blues in the schools
• Record companies/producers
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Cam Hayden

(b. 1955, Brooks, Alberta)

Cam Hayden’s early interest in music began in the city of Calgary, where he founded his high-school radio station and was both DJ and program producer. He continued at CJSW, the University of Calgary station, where his skills expanded to radio host. With a keen ambition and a deep voice so well-suited for radio it did not take much time before he found his way, in 1978, to CKUA in Edmonton, one of the premier not-for-profit stations in Canada. Cam quickly developed as a radio personality hosting and producing everything from classical music programs to the Alberta Morning show, which gave him exposure throughout the Province. He began his signature program, the Friday Night Blues Party in 1990 which can now be heard worldwide. Cam then got involved in booking major blues acts in the old City Media Club, which filled a tremendous gap for Edmonton blues fans when the Ambassador Hotel closed. Cam brought noted musicians to Edmonton which included: John Hammond, Cash McCall, Luther Guitar Junior Johnson, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Lucky Peterson, Zora Young, Phil Guy, Eddie the Chief Clearwater, as well as past and current inductees of the Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame Clarence Big Miller, Eddie Shaw, Sonny Rhodes and Maurice John Vaughn.

Cam’s next significant achievement was co-founding the Edmonton Blues Festival in 1999. Now in its 17th year, the festival has showcased well-known acts, and new discoveries based on Cam’s keen ear for new talent. A number of Hall of Fame inductees have also performed under the big tent in Hawrelak Park including Hans Stamer, Hot Cottage, Lionel Rault and Ron Rault, Maurice John Vaughn, and Eddie Shaw who was unable to perform at the last minute due to health issues — but was admirably replaced by Vaan Shaw and a stellar group of local musicians. In 2008, the Edmonton Blues Festival received the prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive award from the Blues Foundation in Memphis. Cam was also presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Calgary Blues Music Association in 2013.Cam can be spotted at festivals across the continent “Just checkin’ out the scene” and looking for the next great, undiscovered talent to bring to Edmonton. For this, and all that he has done to bring great blues music to Edmonton, we are delighted to induct Cam into the Blues Hall of Fame in the Builder category.

 

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Doug Langille

(b. 1954, Kitchener, Ontario)

Many Edmontonians will remember Doug Langille as the soft-spoken blues disk-jockey on the Wednesday night blues show Off the Wall heard on the University of Alberta Students’ Union radio station CJSR, from 1983-1998. The program was fondly named for a recording by Little Walter Jacobs of the same name, on the Chess label out of Chicago. Somewhere in the basement of the Students’ Union building, in an old bank vault, was this guy spinning blues records with such exuberance. Doug had an astounding depth and range of knowledge in the history of blues, and could specify the recording, when it was produced, the label, and all of the artists performing on the session, which he would share between records in great detail. His taste was mostly Chicago, south-side funk in the old sense. Sometimes Bruce Stovel, inducted into the Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame in 2014, would drop by or fill in for Doug, which led to him taking over the show when Doug left Edmonton in 1998.

Doug also did the booking for Sneaky Pete’s in the 1990s–again an old basement room in the now-departed Mayfield Hotel. The venue was small and intimate, with peanut shells on the floor, and had the same feel and character of his radio show. Big Jack Johnson from Mississippi, Johnny Mars from the U.K., and Billy Boy Arnold from Chicago, were just a few of the artists Doug secured for the room. Because of the expense of bringing in these established artists, Doug ensured they were supported by young, local blues musicians. When Sneaky Pete’s closed, Doug volunteered to program the Yardbird Suite Blues series and as a result added a fresh approach. He continued the practice of hiring the young and gifted Edmonton blues musicians and gave them an excellent opportunity to work beside blues masters. During his time at the Yardbird Suite, a fine array of blues artists came to Edmonton such as King Ernest, Little Smokey Smothers, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, U.P. Wilson, Doug MacLeod, and Hall of Fame inductees Eddie Shaw and Maurice John Vaughan.

Doug was very well-respected in the larger blues community and was a source of musical insight to other writers and researchers. He wrote a long-time column for Canada’s Jazz magazine Coda and most notably, he was a contributor to the massive 775-page Blues Who’s Who published in 1979 by Sheldon Harris which was the definitive source of blues information prior to the internet.

Doug left Edmonton to work in California and makes his home in the Bay area, but he left an important legacy for Edmonton. The Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame Foundation is honoured and pleased to induct Doug Langille into the Builder category for 2015.

Performers

performer2 To recognize individuals or bands from Edmonton and area that have made a significant musical contribution to the Edmonton blues community and beyond, over a period of not less than 20 years.

 

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Nancy Nash

(b. 1957, North Battleford, Saskatchewan)

Nancy Nash is considered by Edmonton blues aficionados as the first important female blues singer to emerge from the Edmonton blues scene in the early 1970s. Nancy Nash made her mark as the vocalist on the pivotal 1972 album Big Walter Horton and Hot Cottage produced by Holger Petersen (2014 Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame inductee). Nancy sang two songs on that album, Hound Dog and Worried Worried. She has stated that she is extremely proud of the fact that Big Walter Horton, who was considered one of the world’s foremost harmonica players, had the time and the patience to teach her some of the basics of harmonica playing. To be a sixteen-year-old kid mentored by an elder blues statesman from Chicago was to leave an enduring impression on Nancy throughout her career.

Another of Nancy’s first blues mentors was African American Isabel Mayes. As a little girl, Nancy would listen and mimic the way in which this soul/blues singer poured out her heart and soul. In 1978, Nancy moved to B.C. to continue her career performing in different styles. She achieved acclaim as both a lead singer and a session backup, sharing the stage with icons such as B.B. King , Ray Charles, John Mayall, Long John Baldry, Buddy Guy, Jim Byrnes, Tommy Banks and David Foster to name a few. On one memorable occasion on stage, Albert King urged Nancy to sing As the Years Go Passing By. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Nancy returned to Edmonton in 1998 for the big Hovel Reunion organized by Andy Laskiwsky held at the Arts Barns. This reunion is important as it was the first time that the early Edmonton blues scene was truly acknowledged in our community. Nancy reunited with her old band mates from Hot Cottage to sing and perform for this very significant event.

Nancy now makes her home in British Columbia and her latest project is a new CD release titled Nash -MacInnes Long Live the Blues. This collaboration was recorded live with a few overdubs. Cam MacInnes was a member of Hot Cottage in the early 1970s and is a highly regarded musician — a slide virtuoso and fine finger-picker. The Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame Foundation is honoured and delighted to welcome Nancy Nash into the Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame for 2015.

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Hans Stamer

(b. 1938, Hamburg, Germany)

At a young age, Hans Stamer discovered jazz, blues and the music of Django Reinhart, which inspired him to play guitar and pursue a career in music as a frontman and vocalist. He was also fortunate to see artists such as Louis Armstrong and other jazz and blues greats that were touring through Europe. Hans’s great singing voice, and harmonica and guitar playing helped him develop into a multi–talented artist who made his mark on Edmonton for decades. He studied the craft of goldsmithing for five years –a trade he still practices today—before moving to Canada in 1962 and making his home in Edmonton.

Hans began to explore the local music scene performing blues and folksongs in the style of Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie while playing 12-string guitar. Hans formed his first band in 1964/65 consisting of Jerry Ford on sax, Al Gerrardin on drums, Rich Terry on bass and Archie Southern on guitar. This band morphed into The Famous Last Words which toured the Prairies until it broke up in 1967. Many blues aficionados of the Edmonton blues scene will say that this was the first blues band in the River City and is always mentioned in the same sentence with Hot Cottage in regards to their place in the development of blues in Edmonton.

Hans then formed the The Mighty Preachers in 1967 with Rich Terry, Archie Southern, Dennis Ferby, Stu Mitchell on drums and the extremely gifted Gaye Delorme on guitar. In 1968, he moved to BC and formed Django, followed by The Hans Staymer Band — adding a “Y” to his surname as it was often mispronounced. Band members included the extraordinarily talented Eddie Paterson on guitar. The band recorded a classic album in 1972 featuring the hit Dig a Hole. This record is very rare, but can be heard today on YouTube where it has received thousands of hits.

In 1997, Hans teamed up with Andreas Schuld to form an acoustic blues duo Schuld & Stamer. Their first album, No Special Rider recorded with Edmonton’s Bill Bourne, received a 1997 Juno nomination for Best Blues album. Schuld & Stamer also did an album with the legendary Long John Baldry titled You Get the Bread and We Got the Jam.

During his illustrious career, Hans has performed with some of the finest blues musicians around, most notably Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, John Lee Hooker, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne and Long John Baldry, among many others. The Brouhaha All-Star Revue, featuring Hans Stamer and Kenny Wayne were invited to perform at the inaugural Edmonton Blues Festival in 1999. Hans no longer performs live, but is still active in the recording studio, putting out a number of CDs, the most recent being Schuld & Stamer’s Kuddelmuddel released in 2014. It is an honour and a great pleasure to have Hans Stamer inducted into the Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame for 2015.

Legends

legend2 To recognize musicians from outside of Edmonton who have made
significant contributions to the Edmonton blues community:
• Musicians who have mentored or supported local artists
• Recorded in Edmonton
• Engaged local musicians for the recordings
• Picked up local musicians for tours
• Education i.e., blues in the schools
• Repeat performers in Edmonton by invitation

 

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Sonny Rhodes

(b. 1940, Smithville, Texas)

Born Clarence Smith, Sonny Rhodes is known in blues circles around the world as the Disciple of the Blues for his signature turban and his custom-made Maplewood lap steel guitar, both always present when he plays on stage. Sonny’s lap steel guitar playing was initially inspired by L.C. Good Rockin Robinson although his greatest inspiration was the Poet Laureate of the blues, Percy Mayfield. He has won numerous awards from the Blues Foundation in Memphis and Living Blues Magazine.

During his illustrious career, Sonny has based himself in all parts of North America from Texas and Florida, to New Jersey, Los Angeles and Oakland, California. Truly, the ever-moving blues man. He is however, mostly known for his association with the very vibrant blues scene that occurred in the west-coast city of Oakland in the 1970s and 1980s, with most of that activity centered around Eli’s Mile High Club.

In his early days, Sonny was the bass player for Freddy King and Albert Collins. As a solo artist, he recorded a number of songs on the Galaxy Records label. Sonny’s big breakout record was Cigarette Blues that was self-produced. After a period of time touring and recording in Europe, Sonny returned to Oakland and started up his own label titled Rhodesway. Throughout the last three decades he has recorded on many additional labels such as Ichiban, King Snake and Edmonton’s Stony Plain Records which is owned and operated by 2014 Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame inductee Holger Peterson.

Sonny has a rich history with both Edmonton and Calgary, and he has resided in Calgary for short periods of time over the years giving him a strong connection to our blues scene. Sonny has performed continuously almost every year for the last thirty years to appreciative audiences here in Edmonton and is almost always accompanied by his long-time friend Theo Brown from Saskatoon on the drum kit. Sonny Rhodes has entertained us over the last number of years at such places as the City Media Club, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, the Edmonton Blues Festival and the blues bars including the Blues on Whyte. The Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame is delighted to induct for 2015, the Disciple of the Blues, Mr. Sonny Rhodes.

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Maurice John Vaughn

(b. 1952, Chicago, Illinois)

Maurice John Vaughn is the ultimate triple threat and more. He is accomplished and versatile as a song writer, saxophone player, on keyboards as well as playing tasty blues guitar. Maurice is held in high-regard as a studio record producer and bandleader, with Chicago divas most notably Hollie Maxwell, Velvet McNair and a long-time regular guest in Edmonton, Miss Shirley Johnson.

Maurice began his career as a first-call sideman working with such diverse artists such as Junior Wells, Phil Guy, Detroit Junior, Son Seals and the late great sax man, A.C. Reed. His first record album was call Generic Blues produced on his own Reecy label with minimal budget which is why there is a bar-code on the cover. The album was picked up by Chicago’s Alligator Records and as a result it had a significant impact on his career.

Maurice’s reputation as a band leader is widely recognized in Chicago and is best seen by the artists that work in his band: long-time trombone player and vocalist B.J. Emery, and long-time friend and cohort on drums, and a fine blues singer in his own right, Mr. Donald Ray Johnson from Calgary. When in Edmonton, Maurice will often call on Chris Brzezicki to join him on bass and Graham Guest on keys. Maurice and B.J. Emery recorded a song that is often requested, I Got a Problem written by Edmonton bluesman Larry Lever.

Maurice has been a regular in Edmonton for well over twenty-five enjoyable years and has played all of the hot spots including the Ambassador Hotel Blues Bar, the old City Media Club, the Yardbird Suite, and the Edmonton Blues Festival. Maurice was also very involved in the Jane Eyre Sings the Blues CD (published by the University of Alberta Press in 2008) which was a tribute to Dr. Bruce Stovel. Maurice performed along with artists such as Ann Rabson, Eddie Vaan Shaw, Kat Danser, Tim Williams and Big Dave McLean, and the aforementioned Larry Lever. Maurice is the consummate entertainer onstage and truly enjoys engaging people in the audience with his witty and amusing songs like Computer Took My Job, Garbage Man Blues and Everything I do Got to be Funky which also illustrate his dexterity and musical gifts. We are honoured and delighted to welcome Maurice John Vaughn into the Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame for 2015.

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