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Myers Brothers Band plays Bluesfest for the first time

By Adria May on July 18, 2015

It’s the first time that the Myers Brothers Band will play RBC Bluesfest. The group was formed by Ottawa brothers Mike “MossMan” Myers (guitar and vocals), and Stevie Myers (bass) in 2004 and in 2013, drummer Chris “Reverend” Rouffer joined them.

 

The audience can expect a stripped-down trio format playing original and non-standard covers of electric blues, hill country, and roots music and grooves. “Playing Ottawa Bluesfest is a fantastic opportunity to perform at home in our beautiful Capital, at Canada’s largest music festival. Also, it’s a recognition of all the years of hard work we’ve put into the project,” said Stevie Myers.

 

The group has had two independent album releases to date: Straight From The Woods (2005), and Drive (2011).  Over the past decade, the band has performed live and at festivals in Canada, the US, and the UK. Band highlights include: playing at the Juke Joint Festival yearly for the past 11 years in Clarksdale, Mississippi. They recorded with the late Sam Carr of the Jelly Roll Kings in 2005 and performed at the Gloucester UK Blues Festival in 2011.

We asked the band about their views on Ottawa’s local music scene. “The most positive aspect of Ottawa’s local music scene is the variety of genres and styles of music played in and around town, and the different venues that cater to these bands and music fans,” said Myers. Myers believes the area where the local music scene can improve is thinking outside the box to get more music and fans out. An examples of this is to cater to different crowds e.g. earlier start times for older crowds, live streaming of shows etc. “It would be nice to see bands getting better pay for their live playing, although this is getting tougher with all the media and entertainment options available out there.”

 

The Myers Brothers Band plays the Monster Energy Stage at Bluesfest on Saturday, July 18 at 3 p.m. For more information visit: www.ottawabluesfest.ca.

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