Firehall Concert with Morgan Davis & Al Lerman
For 45 years Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.
Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for Canada.
While living in Rochdale College, Toronto's mecca for the subculture of the late 1960's, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto's music scene in the early 1970's was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers. Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John Hammond were encouraging supporters.Davis hit the road with the Rhythm Rockets, The Knights of The Mystic Sea, and David Wilcox's first band, eventually forming his own trio.Over the years he has had the priviledge of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr.John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, who also produced his second album, shared the stage with James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Dutch Mason, Gene Taylor and many other great blues artist over the years.Davis' songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad "Why'd You Lie".Morgan's recording "Blues Medicine", on Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release "Painkiller" won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada's top music prize...the Juno for Blues Album of the Year. Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians as a trio or full band. His most recent recording, "Drive My Blues Away on Electro-Fi recordsis his first solo disc. His previous recording "At Home In Nova Scotia", pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001.
Morgan's passion for the Blues has never wavered...
and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.
AL Lerman: An engaging and skilled artist and songwriter whose often humorous anecdotes are interspersed between great blues numbers, Al was nominated in 2016 for a Maple Blues Award as “Acoustic Act Of The Year”. With his former group FATHEAD, he was twice the winner of the prestigious Juno award. Outside of the band, he long ago built a solid career touring as an acoustic solo act, accompanying himself on guitar and rack harmonica. Considered among the top harmonica players in the country, his prowess on the instrument has earned him no less than ten Maple Blues Award nominations in that instrument category. Both his saxophone and harmonica have been heard on countless recordings and live sessions with some of the best in the blues. A full-time musician for over forty-five years with an impressive catalogue of well crafted songs, Al casts a magical spell on his audience, employing ace musicianship with plenty of heartfelt soul. In 2016 his "Slow Burn" disc made the esteemed world-wide list of Top 100 Blues Albums Of The Year. In 2017 he received a Recognition Award for “Leadership In Arts & Culture” from the County of Peterborough.