Blues-rock duo extraordinaire The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer recently released their highly anticipated upcoming album Live At The King Eddy.
Carefully assembled from the most powerful performances of a three-night residency at Calgary’s historically iconic blues mecca, the King Edward Hotel, between February 15th and 17th, 2019, Live At The King Eddy arrives as the latest instalment of an already storied career that has to date produced six stunning studio releases. Following the independently released, raw folk and country-blues excursions of 2007’s The Blues Can Kill and the following year’s eponymous album, vocalist and harmonicist Shawn Hall – the Harpoonist – and guitarist Matt Rogers – the Axe Murderer – truly hit their stride and found their sound on 2012’s Checkered Past. This self-released record established a contemporary blues identity entirely their own, leading one fan to sanctify the duo as a 21st-century version of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee.
Featuring powerful contributions from Vancouver soul powerhouse Dawn Pemberton, Winnipeg-based musician Andrina Turenne, and keyboardist Geoff Hilhorst (The Deep Dark Woods / The Satellite & the Harpoonist), Live At The King Eddy was mixed by Graham Lessard (Timber Timbre / Kevin Drew / The Barr Brothers) at the National Music Centre. At this juncture of The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer’s journey, regardless of their enforced absence from the road a live album is a logical release.
Live At The King Eddy closes a 15-year chapter, paving the way for…well, as Shawn ardently hollers on “Get Ready”… who knows what. Whatever may lay ahead for him and Matt musically, it’s certain to deliver good vibes, rock, groove, and soul in abundance.