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The Smoke Wagon Blues Band – The Ballad of Albert Johnson

Featuring whiskey-stained soul vocals, funky blues harmonica, slick
R&B/roots guitar, swinging piano work, soulful organ, riveting saxophone,
with a racy, taut rhythm section, The Smoke Band Wagon has been performing on festival stages for over two decades

Formed in 1996, the band first became crowd favourites in Hamilton, Ontario’s famous Hess Village. Seven independent album releases, international radio play, and a large local fan base propelled the band to venues across the continent. The group’s last three albums were international hits reaching the top of the Roots and Blues charts and garnering 5-star reviews in blues magazines and blogs around the globe.

The band’s previous release, “Cigar Store”, won 3 Awards at the Independent Blues Awards: Best New Blues, Best R&B Song, and Best Modern Roots Album. “Cigar Store” spent over 47 weeks on the Top 50 Roots Music Reports Blues Charts reaching #2 in Canada, #6 in USA, and #16 in Australia.

On the home front the group has been nominated and won several awards including: Hamilton Music Awards, Hammer Blues Awards
and Maple Blues Awards.

Red-hot live performances have become the talk of the town at venues across the county and beyond – including a three-night stand at Club 152 during the 2016 International Blues Challenge in
Memphis, Tennessee.

“The Ballad of Albert Johnson” delivers over 50 minutes of new Blues classics, stomping swamp boogies, classic R&B, Acadian swing, Memphis soul, and cutting-edge barn burners. The Smoke
Wagon Blues Band continue their legacy with tales of triumph and misadventure from New Orleans to the Yukon. This album will get you on your feet and remind you of a time when legends were celebrated through music and story-telling. We hope you enjoy!

MUSICIANS:

Corey Lueck – vocals, Harp
Mike Stubbs – Guitar, Lap, Slide, backing vocals
Brandon Bruce – Organ, Piano, Backing Vocals
Gordon Aeichele – Saxophones, washboard
Steve Sherman – Guitar, percussion, backing vocals
Jason Colavecchia– Bass, Backing Vocals
Tibor Lukacs – Drums, Backing Vocals

TRACK LISTING:

Ballad of Albert Johnson (4:31) Lueck, Stubbs, Lukacs
Memphis Soul (3:34) Lueck, Colavecchia, Stubbs
Aint Gonna Be Your Fool (3:19) Lueck, Stubbs, Colavecchia. Bruce
The Fat Man (2:33) Domino, Bartholomew
Lay Say Lay (3:29) Lueck, Bruce, Colavecchia,
Mescaline (4:32) Lueck, Stubbs, Bruce
Sacrifice (3:38) Lueck, Stubbs, Colavecchia
Poor Man Blues (4:28) Lueck, Stubbs, Colavecchia, Lukacs
Matapedia River Blues (5:57) Lueck, Stubbs
A Song for Cheryl (3:56) Lueck, Stubbs, D’Auria
Can’t Take the Blues (3:49) Lueck, Lukacs, Stubbs, Bruce, Colavecchia
On the Road Again (4:49) Lueck, Colavecchia, Stubbs, Bruce, Lukacs
Steaming Comrades Harp Boogie (3:51) Lueck, Dawe, Stubbs

Website The Smoke Wagon Blues Band

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