True to the spirit of power trios of the sixties, Dylan Wickens & The Grand Naturals immediately grab the listener by the ears with their unapologetic take on the blues, by choosing to colour outside the lines with fuzzed up guitars and bass and melodic, hook-heavy vocal lines. Raw, real, modern and traditional; it’s that paradox which defines the sound of these three world- class musicians that have come together to record the aptly titled, Hi Lo-Fi.
Their debut recording Tattoo Black was released in 2010 to critical acclaim and extensive airplay on commercial and campus radio, CBC, Stingray and specialty blues programs, quickly establishing themselves as one of the most original and exciting bands in the genre. Featuring Dylan Wickens on guitars and vocals, Al Webster (Jeff Healey, Colin James, Long John Baldry) on drums, and Dennis Pinhorn (Downchild, Danny Brooks, The Last Waltz Tribute) on bass, this trio has created an album that is tremendous in sound and quality.
Wickens’ guitar work transitions between visceral stinging slide and soulful blues/rock with the combination of the two helping to define the band's sound as both raw and real but contemplative, while his vocals are gritty and fervent with a “Clapton like growl and urgency” (Blinded By Sound). As a songwriter, Wickens composes well crafted and meaningful songs that often have a melodic twist at the end - a nod to the freestyle playing of 60s power trios.
Our special menu for the evening will include....
Corn & Crab Bisque
Coleslaw with Remoulade Dressing
Sweet Iced Tea
Cafe du Monde Chicory & Coffee
(AT THE TIME OF THIS POSTING, MARCH 12TH, MISSISSIPPI QUEEN FOODS IS NOT YET LICENSED. HOWEVER, THE LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATION HAS BEEN SUBMITTED, AND WE ARE EXPECTED TO BE LICENSED BY THE MIDDLE OF APRIL).