BLACKBURN is a band of three brothers whose music is rich in the tradition of the blues, while inflected with R&B and soul and is electrified with an urban vibe. BLACKBURN brings it all together with conscious lyrics to create a smooth and soulful groove.


Given their lineage – their father, highly regarded keyboard player Bobby Dean, a seminal figure of Toronto’s Blues and R&B scene in the 60s – coupled with their evident talents and vast experience, it’s no wonder that they were the sensation at this year’s Blues Summit. Catching the band live, first time listeners are quickly drawn in by their natural, infectious in-the-pocket groove.

The brothers have played or recorded wih Liberty Silver, Shakura S’Aida, Demo Cates, Salome Bay, Eugene Smith, Betty Richardson, Canadian Idol finalist Toya Alexis, Choclair, KO, “George” Nozuka, Kingsley Etienne, Eddie Bullen and appeared on stage with Etta James, Mary Wells and Ernestine Anderson, to name a few.


Brotherhood - 2009

Big City, Small World on National CBC Radio 99.1 FM
live in studio-track's: Movin, Talk to me and Hush.

Metro Morning on National CBC Radio 99.1 FM - track#4 'Four Brothers'.

Bluz FM on JAZZ.FM91 - track#4 'Four Brothers'.

Saturday Night Blues on National CBC Radio1 99.1 FM - track#6 'Further On Up the Road'.

Back To The Sugar Camp on CIUT 89.5 FM - track #6 'Further On Up the Road'.

Set List

A typical set list is 8 songs, one hour each set. Typical performance includes two sets.

Set list example:
1. Back at the Zanzabar (Original song)
2. Talk to Me (Original song)
3. Movin (Original song)
4. Soul Searching (Original song)
5. Four Brothers (Original song)
6. Junker Blues (Original song)
7. Everyday I have the Blues
8. Survival (Original song)

Typical cover song repertoire:
1. Fever
2. Thrill is Gone
3. Midnight Hour
4. Everyday I have the Blues
5. Further On up the Road
6. Sister Rosa
7. Hush