Son of Dave
Son of Dave isn’t you’re average blues musician. He’s an international cult Bluesman on a mission to save your musical soul from atrophy. It would be an easy game, sticking to cliché’s and playing a circuit of guitar-solo lovin’, middle-aged divorcees. No disrespect to the working man’s blues circuit, but this one-man harmonica & beat-box genius beats his own path, turning rhythm and blues upside down and gathering a huge international army of devoted fans from all walks of life.
Besides the outstanding live show and recordings, he’s known for his columns in music magazines (a book was made of them), his banter with an audience and 45rpm radio show on Soho Radio, London. His albums are treasures, and his songs have been used as soundtrack to Breaking Bad, a Robin Williams film, huge brand campaigns and in upcoming first episode of The Preacher on AMC.
Son of Dave – born Benjamin Darvill – is half a century old now, and started out in the blues + biker bars of Canadian mid-western city Winnipeg. Resembling an arctic Chicago and infamous for its artists such as film director Guy Madden and Neil Young, Winnipeg was also home to Grammy nominated Crash Test Dummies, in which Son of Dave was a member as a young man. But keeping his roots in R&B, S.o.D has since released seven albums of his own, and performed over a thousand concerts on five continents.
It takes some kind of genius with just harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation to get on Later With Jools Holland (U.K.) and Taratata (France) as well as being invited to support artists as diverse as Iggy and The Stooges, Grace Jones, Heavy Trash, UB40, Supergrass and the Yardbirds.
In the UK where Son of Dave has based himself for 20 years, his last ‘Blues at the Grand’ LP release resulted in two headline tours back in 2014, followed by standout summer performances at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown and Love Supreme amongst others. These last years have also seen him take the show around Europe, performing to bikers at the Harley Davidson Rally in Austria as well as wowing audiences in France, Italy, Poland, Netherlands and most recently new territories like Finland.
Last year also saw the launch of a new series of “Filthy 45’s” where Son of Dave took on some classic (and not so classic) tunes, giving them his own unmistakable mistreatment. Already known for his renditions of ‘Bonkers’ – Dizzie Rascal, ‘Black Betty’ – Ram Jam, ‘Bom Bom’ – Sam and the Womp, and many more, he decided to bow to public demand and crank out more crowd pleasers on limited edition seven inch vinyl. Not content with just that though, he now bows even lower to popular demand and is extending his series into an album of hit covers, due for release in 2016.
With a CV as long as your arm and a briefcase full of naughty tricks, the master will not only be recording a new album of original tunes, but will be on the road again in 2016 and still hasn’t reached top speed. He’s a long distance Bluesman, not a quick burner. He’ll still be going strong through his next fifty years no doubt. It’s YOU that has to catch him before sinking into your old age.
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