The 24th Street Wailers are a band that break all the rules. Lindsay Beaver is a firehaired gut bucket singer/drummer who fronts the band, who at first glance are anything but the norm. Emily Burgess on lead guitar may appear to be shy however her playing is both thoughtful and explosive. Saxophonist Jon Wong is a second generation Chinese Canadian who is a modern day version of a 50's Rock n' Roller. Rounding out the group is Lindsay's Husband Michael Archer, a country boy at heart that turns his Harmony bass into a sound so big you'll feel it in your soul. They truly are one of the most original and exciting bands on the scene today, the quartet quickly developed their tight grooves, unadulterated live show, and original repertoire in the three years they have been together. With their 2010 debut album Dirty Little Young’uns reaching #3 (CAN) and #8 (US) on the Roots Music Report and a smashing sophomore CD in 2012 titled Unshakeable, the band is gaining widespread national and international radio play.
“Unshakeable is raw and authentically funky. These players have the natural rhythm and looseness of studied musicians, which is a breath of fresh air.” (House of Blues Radio Hour)
In just a few short years, The 24th Street Wailers have quickly made a name for themselves in the Canadian music scene and beyond. In August 2011, they were the only non-Quebec band to win both the Releve en Blues and the Bourse Air Transat/Blues Sur Seine competitions at Festiblues International De Montreal, which sent them to France to perform at The Blues Sur Seine Festival. In early 2012 they were nominated for New Artist of the Year at The Maple Blues Awards, and Blues Group/Duo of the Year at the Sirius XM Indie Awards. In February 2012, they were semi-finalists in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee where they performed for industry professionals and blues enthusiasts from around the world, further cementing their place among their musical cohorts. In true grassroots fashion, The 24th Street Wailers booked their first coast-to-coast tour that saw them perform in 29 cities in Canada and the U.S throughout the summer of 2012. Tour highlights included an opening spot for legendary blues pioneer Jimmie Vaughan, and performances on prestigious festival stages at the Vancouver Island Music Festival, Harrison Festival of the Arts, Folk on the Rocks festival in Yellowknife, Festiblues International de Montreal and Limestone City Blues Festival.
The release of Unshakeable has brought The 24th Street Wailers much deserved recognition from festival bookers, reviewers and DJs from around the world, including spots on the Roots Music Report and #1 charting on the !Earshot National Campus charts. Music media and tastemakers have embraced them enthusiastically, and the kudos continues to be plentiful for Unshakeable.
“There are bands out there with 20 years experience on them that could not, and have not, produced an album this real and technically proficient. And the music sounds killer too!”
Barry Kerzner (American Blues Scene)
“The overall groove of Unshakeable is causal but never sloppy, coy and occasionally slutty-but in a really cool way, One of my favorite outings of 2012”
“A worthy representative for the new face of the blues”
-Richard Knechtel (GBFS/Summerfolk AD)
It's apparent when either listening to their recordings or attending one of their raucous live shows that The 24th Street Wailers are a band in every sense of the word. Together they eat, sleep and breathe for their love of music.
Lindsay Beaver - Drums and Lead Vocals
Mike Archer - Bass
Jon Wong - Tenor Sax
Emily Burgess - Guitar
Live in Halifax - February 2013
Unshakeable - May 2012
Dirty Little Young'uns - January 2011
All are available at www.the24thstreetwailers.com as well as CDbaby and iTunes.
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“Unshakeable is raw and authentically funky…these young players have the natural rhythm and loosenes...“Unshakeable is raw and authentically funky…these young players have the natural rhythm and looseness of studied musicians, which is a breath of fresh air.”
Unshakeable CD Review
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Looking at The 24th Street Wailers, you might take them for a bunch of fresh-faced college kids. Not...Looking at The 24th Street Wailers, you might take them for a bunch of fresh-faced college kids. Nothing could be further from reality! The maturity, skill and poise they show on this release is astounding. There are bands out there with 20 years experience on them that could not, and have not, produced an album this real and technically proficient. And the music sounds killer too!
For those who are unfamiliar with the band, a brief history is in order. Together one year, in 2010 they won the Toronto Blues Society talent search. This led to a raised level of exposure and the band began playing higher profile venues and festivals. In 2011, their debut Dirty Little Young’uns was released and charted in various venues. The band is Lindsay Beaver on (amazing) vocals and (driving) drums; Lindsay’s husband Mike Archer on bass; Emily Burgess on guitar, and Jon Wong on (funky) sax.
Unshakeable is 40 minutes of fun, blues and funk. The album opens with “Home Cookin’”, a slow Big Band throw back to a bygone era. This is followed by “Unshakeable”, which sounds like Sound Of Philadelphia soul, with a NOLA backdrop. Archer’s Bootsy Collins style thumpin’ drives and Beaver’s Peggy Lee tinged delivery envelopes without smothering. Very impressive cut! “Love Triangle” is something that will transport you to the Gruene Hall in Texas: It has a chickin’ pickin’ start and a Texas rockabilly vibe throughout. This cut also features guests Carter Chaplin and Marc Doucet on guitars. “Trouble” is a well done bluesy Chicago sounding shuffle with some great sax playing by Wong. “Howlin’” sounds like a throwback to early 50's juke joint recordings with that distorted vocal, live edgy aural quality – just haunting. Another standout is “I Will”, with great guitar by Burgess; she knows when to play and when to lay back. “Jack, Jim, Johnny, and Me” is straight-up jitterbug action, with guest Gary Potts doing a fine job on drums. The closer, “Don’t Make It Easy”, is a fine 50's style rocking swing with more excellent sax and vocals.
There are many qualities that make this album a keeper. There is the low-fi almost “live” sound quality similar to what Jimmy Vaughan has done on his last two releases that really adds to the overall vibe. Wong’s sax playing is confident and belies his youth; it’s gonna be interesting to hear how good he is 10 years from now! Archer plays a mean bass and adds the right touch to every groove. Burgess is an excellent guitar player that checks her ego at the door and plays for the song and she is damn good. Beaver’s vocals are good and provide the perfect flavor for each cut. This band is exceptional and has earned a whole lot of respect from everyone, especially their elders and mentors. We can’t wait for their next album. Until then, catch them live if you can.
Unshakeable CD Review
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Big sound, dynamic and raw edged sincere vocals, that’s what this band of youngin’s bring to our ear...Big sound, dynamic and raw edged sincere vocals, that’s what this band of youngin’s bring to our ears and musical tent. Led by drummer, vocalist, Lindsay Beaver and bassist Michael Archer they kick it off with ‘Home cookin”. A sassy strut with horns and wonderful double entrendre lyrics by Ms. Beaver as she sits on the shuffle beat and the horns accentuate the heat of the special that’s cookin’ up in the kitchen. This is one hot ‘n nasty track. PHEW
The title track ‘Unshakeable’ is a biographical song that flatly states the belief that Ms. Beaver is just that. Destined to be what they are from the start, being born three months early and will always put up a fight and go further to gain more. Again we are treated to greasy horns (courtesy of Jonathan Wong on sax) and bottom feeding bass lines.
Ms. Emily Burgess, guitar player and other songwriter contributes four of the eleven tracks here. She sparkles with Love Triangle”. A sordid but tasty instrumental that features Marc Doucet and Carter Chaplin completing this triangle with Ms. Burgess. Hot licks and more twists than a Saturday night dance party makes this track an example of how damn good instrumentals can be, and we need more of them.
‘Jack, Jim, Johnny and Me’ is a whirlwind of swing blues that starts in high gear and goes forward from there. The tale of her three best friends of the night (all of the liquid variety) if you ain’t dancing (even in your chair) when this hits the air then ‘Jack you’re dead’.
With talent like this, the future of the Blues is in good hands. Support keeping the Blues alive and thriving by getting this release for yourself and one or two friends who may not know about these kool kittens and hip-kats, they will thank you over and over for turning them on to the 24th Street Wailers.
“a worthy representative of the new face of the blues” -Richard Knechtel
Unshakeable CD Review
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Funky, low-down blues is featured on this second album from the Toronto quartet. Featuring Halifax-...Funky, low-down blues is featured on this second album from the Toronto quartet. Featuring Halifax-born singer/drummer Lindsay Beaver, it's nasty and raw, with honking sax and distorted (on purpose) vocals, and tough and sexy lyrics. Guitar solos are knife-sharp, and the whole thing might even be a bit sinister if it was so darn danceable.
You'd think it was the work of seasoned and toughened bar-band veterans, but these Wailers are actually fresh-faced music school products, all young but obviously getting the right seasoning fast. They've been climbing the Toronto bar and club seen, and now touring the country in all the right spots, plus becoming festival favourites. It's easy to hear why; Beaver belts with authority, and the songs move great. With Emily Burgess on lead guitar, the group also holds the distinction of being a rare thing in the blues world, two women and two men, and everybody with superior chops. I didn't think it was possible to go to school to learn the blues, and maybe they had it down before, but the formula sure works here.
“this is just great, gritty, fun, live stuff!”
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"When it comes to playing the blues, The 24th Street Wailers are the real deal!" -Paul DeLong (Davi..."When it comes to playing the blues, The 24th Street Wailers are the real deal!"
-Paul DeLong (David Clayton-Thomas, Kim Mitchell, The Code)
Home Cookin’ (Lindsay Beaver)
Unshakeable (Lindsay Beaver)
Love Triangle (Emily Burgess)
Trouble (Lindsay Beaver)
Howlin’ (Lindsay Beaver)
What Can You Give Me Now? (Emily Burgess)
I’m Not Free (Lindsay Beaver)
I Will (Emily Burgess)
On A Mission (Lindsay Beaver)
Don’t Make It Easy (Emily Burgess)
Jack, Jim, Johnny and Me (Lindsay Beaver)
My My (Emily Burgess)
Standley (Lindsay Beaver)
Who Do You Think You Are? (Lindsay Beaver)
Turn To You (Lindsay Beaver)
No Man (Emily Burgess)
Talk To Me (Lindsay Beaver)
Dirty Little Young’uns (Lindsay Beaver)
Break In the Road (Susan Tedeschi)
She Likes To Boogie (Johnny Winter)
Goin’ Home (Dan Auerbach)
Stuff You Gotta Watch ( Levon Helm)
Later On Tonight (Garrett Mason)
Bring it on Home (Sam Cooke)
Somethin’ Bout Ya (Garrett Mason)
MoJo (Muddy Waters)
House Party (Junior Watson)
Shake A Hand (Little Richard)
Come Love (Jimmy Reed)
No Gettin’ Over You (Bonnie Raitt)
Shake Your Moneymaker (T Bone Walker)
Empty Arms (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
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