DAISY TRAIN is Ontarios HOTTEST Party Band
Covers all the Hits from A - Z
Celebratiing 15 Years of Live Music
Playing venues all over Ontario & Quebec
We Do It All Night Long!!! Litterally
Award-winning Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman is a versatile talent, and a restless one. By constantly pushing himself in new directions, he has kept himself vital. His talent is huge and impossible to miss, and it’s matched by his staggering musical ambition — as guitar-slinger, songwriter or vocalist. The same structures and progressions that animate blues and roots music can also choke the air out of it, smothering it in caricature and cliché. But Strongman is a subtle shape-shifter who manages to slip that trap without betraying the music he loves. Throughout, he never sounds an inauthentic note or loses touch with the essence of the blues. In the tradition of The Howlin’ Wolf Album and Muddy Waters’ After the Rain.
Modern and timeless, Strongman’s latest album No Time Like Now is a slab of reinvigorated 21stcentury blues. An intoxicating shot of raw electrified blues, the album captures the performer riding a surge of new energy. The album is a shout-out to a lifelong love of blues in all its shapes and shadings, from rough-hewn electric blues, blue-collar hollers and swampy stompers to soulful groovers and hushed, heartfelt ballads. More than anything, the album reconnects with the primal force and emotional clout of dirty blues. It’s a stunning rocker, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
Strongman’s impressive resume includes stints opening for guitar legends such as Johnny Winter, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. The performer’s breakthrough 2012 release A Natural Fact was hailed as a standout, earning Maple Blues Awards for Recording, Songwriter, and Guitarist Of The Year as well as a 2013 Juno Award for Blues Recording Of The Year. In 2014 he was thrice-nominated at the Maple Blues Awards (Guitar Player, Electric Act, and Entertainer of the Year) and in 2015 received a second Juno nod for Blues Album of the Year (for Let Me Prove It To You).
Now veterans of the Canadian Music Scene, River City Junction has had the honour of playing with some of Canada’s finest musicians. Juno & Maple Blues award winning artists such as Jerome Godboo, Eric Shenkman, Jerry Mercer, Steve Marriner & Matt Sobb, Al Wood, Murray Kinsley, Leigh-Ann Stanton, Rod Williams, Thomas Starwalker Clair, David Maracle, Greg Morency, Scott Price, Simon Meilleur & Robert Watt are but a few of the many talented people RCJ has had the good fortune to perform with.
They’ve also had the esteemed & rare pleasure of working & studying with legendary producer/engineer & former V.P. of Island Records Rob Fraboni. (Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Raitt)
With two albums released & a newly founded record label / recording studio recently purchased named Tone King Records, they are working on re-releasing their first two albums as well as tracking the third & working on pre-production for the fourth. Also active on the studio side of things, they have recorded, mixed & mastered several albums for fellow musicians such as Josef Mieto’s “Bad Eyes”, Chasing Amber’s self titled debut & Blues & Company’s self titled EP. They are currently working on a release for Toronto Jazz band Snaggle & have several other projects lined up for the near future as well.
Formed in mid 2016, Dimestore Playboys are: Ian Cook (The Kingmakers) lead vocal, rhythm guitar; Ian Clark (The LowballBidders) lead guitar and vocals; Sean Burke (The Mud Boys) bass and vocals; and Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk) on drums and vocals. The Playboys are sure to entertain, playing rockabilly, swing, blues, early country hits, with a smattering of well penned originals!