“One Step Forward” is a brand new track from Harpdog Brown’s forthcoming album For Love & Money scheduled for release on April 26th, 2019. This song was filmed by Ken Stewart live-off-the-floor at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver. The album is produced by Juno award winner Steve Dawson and brings a whole new direction for Harpdog. It’s a fresh and vibrant new sound that’s totally upbeat. A little bit Chicago and a whole lot of New Orleans.
Brown has earned a solid reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues (Chicago Blues) reminiscent of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late ’40s and early ’50s. These days he’s been touring more and more as Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band – a vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring, piano, horns and drums. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage! This music will move you! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington.
Brown has won three consecutive Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year (2014/2015/2016), the Fraser Valley Music Award, has three consecutive Western Canadian Music Awards Nominations, a Juno Nomination and is the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In 2016, he was nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards (Harmonica Player, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year) for his latest release Travelin’ With The Blues.
“One Step Forward” was written by Wayne Berezan and is performed by Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band Harpdog Brown (Vocals and Harmonica), Dave Webb (Piano), Skye Lambourne (Trombone), Billy Joe Abbott (Alto Saxophone), Jerry Cook (Baritone Saxophone) Steve Dawson (Guitar), Bob Grant (Drums), Jeremy Holmes (Doghouse Bass). Vocals: Robert (Bob) Vail Grant, Dave Webb, Jerry Cook, Skye Lambourne, William Joseph Abbott, Harpdog Brown, Ken Simms. Video: Filmed at Warehouse Studio by Ken Stewart Sound Engineer: Sheldon Zaharko
“You know how it is at times, when no matter how hard you try, you can’t get ahead of the pack,” Brown shared with us. “Like driving in heavy traffic, you gain a little and then loose a lot. Well, life is like that isn’t it? It’s all losses, wins and ties after all. Kind of like kicking water up hill.”
*Feature image Mark Maryanovich