Veteran bluesman coming to the Osprey

Greg Bennett
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Veteran bluesman Morgan Davis 

JUNO winning blues veteran Morgan Davis will play the Osprey on Saturday, Feb. 16 starting at 8 p.m.

With eight blues records to his name and a coveted JUNO for “Blues Album of the Year” in 2003 for Painkiller, Morgan Davis is a decorated blues veteran. The same record swept that year’s Maple Blues Awards, winning a total of four. In 1999 and again in 2005, he won a Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year.

And he is a great blues songwriter, as well as blues performer. Colin James does a searing cover of Davis’ song, “Why’d You Lie.”

But more, it’s his 40 years of history as a bluesman from Detroit – he moved to Canada in 1968 where he’s lived ever since – with a performance resume as long as your arm that’s most impressive. In Toronto’s 60’s subculture, he immersed himself in the study of Delta blues, in particular the seminal music of Robert Johnson.

Over the years Davis has open for such blues legends as Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond and Albert Collins. He’s shared the stage with Colin Linden, the great harmonica player James Cotton, Huber Sumlin from Muddy Waters’ band, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Prior, Prime Minister of the blues Dutch Mason, Sue Foley and Ray Bonneville. A highlight of his career was backing Dr.John.

Morgan Davis’ latest record called Drive My Blues Away from 2011 is available on ElectroFi Records.

Tickets are available at the Whirligig from Wednesday to Saturday by calling 875-1117 or dropping by the shop.  The price for tickets is just $20 for adults and $7 for students.


Geographic location: Detroit, Canada, Toronto

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