Moon Turn Red
The trophy case for Ottawa blues meisters MonkeyJunk must be straining under the weight of all the awards the virtuosic trio has scored. In just seven years together, they've amassed 20 (!) Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and, in 2012, a JUNO Award for Best Blues Album (To Behold). Prior to teaming up, Steve Marriner, Tony D and Matt Sobb had already achieved individual success, playing with the likes of Harry Manx, Buddy Guy, Dutch Mason, Kim Wilson and more. Moon Turn Red, their fourth album, finds them firing on all cylinders. Sure to grab the attention of blues-rock fans is the presence of the legendary David Wilcox, who plays guitar and sings on MonkeyJunk’s cover of his classic “Hot Hot Papa.” “It was a real thrill for all of us to work with David Wilcox as he is one of our musical heroes,” says Matt Sobb. Check out that cut and "Travelling Light" for a taste of how well these guys can (blues) rock. Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar) also guested, confirming the peer respect earned by MonkeyJunk. The album was co-produced by the band and Ken Friesen (Blue Rodeo), with assistance by Colin Cripps (Crash Vegas, Blue Rodeo) on "Hot Hot Papa". We fully expect more awards glory to be generated by this one. Cool trivia: William Shatner terms them “The Sultans of Swamp R&B”.
The hard-working crew play two nights at Ottawa's Rainbow Bistro, Oct 2-3, and are at Toronto's Dakota Tavern on Oct. 15 and Hamilton's Mills Hardware on Oct. 17. They'll then tour Quebec and the East Coast in November.