Paul Reddick and the Sidemen (#911)

Blues from north of the border.

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Proving that real blues can exist north of the border, Canadians Paul Reddick and the Sidemen bring their contemporary blues sound to the Jubilee stage in a performance taped at the 2003 W.C. Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY.

Canadian singer, harmonica player, and songwriter Paul Reddick is considered one of the most original and inventive singer-songwriters in blues today. A self-taught musician, Reddick claims a diverse mix of influences, including poets William Blake and William Carlos Williams, the music of Sleepy John Estes, and the field recordings of Alan Lomax.

“His beats are hang-dog but punchy and steady as the furrows in cotton fields,” writes the Nashville Tennessean of Reddick. “His songs are fresh, with twists of phrase that don’t rely on the old blues saws. The harp and voice are just the right kind of dirty.”

The Toronto Blues Society has honored Reddick and the Sidemen with a record nine Maple Blues Award nominations. In 2001, the group won awards for Electric Act of the Year and Recording of the Year for its fourth recording, Rattlebag, as well as Songwriter of the Year for Reddick. In the United States, the group was nominated for the 2002 W.C. Handy Award for Best New Artist Debut for Rattlebag.