Get ready Haliburton County because on May 5th the Dominion Hotel in Minden will be rocking to ‘The Red Hot Blues’ of talented multi- instrumentalist Chris Whiteley and exciting blues singer Diana Braithwaite.
Whiteley has accompanied the likes of John Hammond, Chuck Berry and John Lee Hooker. He also toured with Leon Redbone, playing cornet and harmonica, and appeared with him on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in New York.
Chris has twice played the prestigious Chicago Blues Festival, and he often performs as part of the award winning CBC Radio show The Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean.
Diana Braithwaite’s solo career came about in her teenage years when she opened for John Lee Hooker at the Brunswick House in Toronto. Later on Albert Collins invited her on the road as a warm-up act. She then followed up with collaborations with such luminaries as Jeff Healey, Robert Cray, Tracy Chapman and Buddy Guy.
Between them Whiteley and Braithwaite are nine time Maple Blues award winners, including best songwriting. For the Minden gig Diana and Chris will be combining original material with a sprinkling of classics in sets that have been rocking audiences from New York to the British Isles. They’ll definitely perform songs from their latest album DeltaPhonic which reached number one on B.B. King’s Bluesville program on XM-Sirius Satellite Radio.
Chris plays guitar, slide guitar, harmonica and trumpet as well as singing with a wry sense of humour that perfectly complements Diana’s sultry and intimate delivery. Joining Chris and Diana will be Chris’ son, Jesse Whiteley on CX-3 organ. As a member of the Toronto All Star Big Band, Jesse has backed up such notables as Clark Terry, Oliver Jones and Doc Severinson.
The ‘Red Hot Blues’ gig with Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite is the third in the very successful ‘Canadian Blues Legends’ series from the collaboration of promoter George Farrell and Dominion proprietor Shawn Chamberlin.
Tickets for the May 5th ‘Red Hot Blues’ event are on sale for $10 if you purchase in advance, or $15 at the door. Advanced tickets can be secured by phone or picked up at the Dominion Hotel, 113 Bobcaygeon Rd, Minden, tel: 705-286-6954 or toll free 877-888-6954.