The Halifax Jazz Festival has announced April Wine frontman and member of the Canada Music Hall of Fame, Myles Goodwyn and his band, Friends of the Blues, as the headliners for this year’s free closing concert.
As the leader of Halifax-based rock band April Wine, Myles Goodwyn has helped shape the now iconic Canadian group since it its beginning in Waverley, Nova Scotia.
In addition to joining April Wine in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Goodwyn was also the recipient of the East Coast Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, and his 2016 memoir Just Between You and Me became an instant hit. Goodwyn’s second book Elvis and Tiger was published in March of this year.
With over 20 million records sold worldwide, April Wine continues to tour across the country and internationally, but it is Goodwyn’s love for blues which brings him and his band, Friends of the Blues, to this year’s Jazz Fest.
With a passion for the blues dating back to the 1960s, Goodwyn wrote a number of songs which he knew would never become part of the April Wine discography. Saving them for the blues album he recorded just last year, he was committed to making the album with musicians that inspired him and could bring authenticity to the blues influenced songs he had written.
Writing at mylesgoodwin.com, the prolific song-writer says he wanted to write good blues tunes and sin them as best he could. “I really appreciate great blues material because it is timeless, it is vital and it’s passionate, even heartbreakingly so.”
Admitting he is not a blues man himself, Goodwyn deliberately set out to use only “real blues players”, reaching out to established blues musicians to join him. The results have been impressive with the East Coast Music Association naming Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues as the Blues Recording of the Year in 2019, and a Juno nomination for Blues Album of the Year the same year.
A second album, Myles Goodwin and Friends of the Blues 2, is set to drop in June of this year.
Myles Goodwin and Friends of the Blues perform on the Waterfront Stage off Lower Water Street at this year’s Halifax Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 14. Visit halifaxjazzfestival.ca for more information about this free concert.