Reuben Cherry

Reuben Cherry

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The Reuben Cherry Blues Band defines the future of blues, rock and and soul. They've distinguished themselves with their electrifying performances, rich vocal harmonies and finely crafted songwriting. Their ability to cross over several genres has earned them a diverse and ever-growing fan base.

Biography

Dynamic Toronto Rock 'n' Soul band Reuben Cherry have created a completely unique blend of rhythm & blues, rock, gospel and soul that is inspired by a century of music. They are known for their uplifting sound and high energy performances. The band ‘s name is an homage to the owner of "Home of the Blues", a local regional label and Memphis music shop, where young Elvis Presley consigned his first recordings.

BBC Radio host, Euron Griffith, recently featured the band's debut mini-album on his program, the "True Blues" thus introducing them to a new global audience, playing them alongside such greats as Elmore James, Led Zeppelin and B.B. King. Griffith describes them as "a delightful blend of rocky blues and soul that is dangerously catchy".

Reuben Cherry gained great popularity in 2005 after claiming the runner-up position in the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. As the result of their hugely successful tour of Western Canadian jazz and blues festivals their CD’s sold out in minutes and new fans were made at every stop. The band returned to Toronto to regroup with their original drummer, Bryan Humphreys, new bassist Charles James and keyboard player David Atkinson.

The band was founded by songwriter Craig Riddock and front man Scott McCord. Craig is a multimedia artist, composer and DJ, and has been in various bands since the age of 14. Craig grew up in suburban Toronto and spent a full decade in Vancouver where he studied multimedia art. Influenced by a wide variety of musical forms and the song writing of great pop composers of the twentieth century such as Cole Porter, and Willie Nelson, Craig has penned the majority of the band’s extensive repertoire. He is also influenced by contemporary writers Daniel Lanois and Jeff Buckley, amongst others.

Lead singer Scott McCord is also an actor of both stage and screen and is possibly the most intense and animated front man in this city. Scott easily holds an audience in the palm of his hand, brings the largest of crowds to complete silence, sustains their anticipation, then gets them on their feet as he uses every available chair, table and even a bar as a stage. Performing since the age of 5, Scott formed his first band in Grade 6, and continued to study classical piano, percussion and sax. Moving to Toronto from Sarnia at 18 to study acting and music, he played in various bands in the city and quickly racked up many acting and movie credits. As well, Scott had a regular role in CTV’s Gemini award-winning ‘The Eleventh Hour’ for three seasons Scott is currently studying world music and Tuvan throat singing, and his musical influences include Sam & Dave, Elvis and Otis Redding.

Drummer and Musical Director Bryan Humphreys was the original drummer with Reuben Cherry. His return to the band has resulted in a finer-tuned, broader-ranging sound. Playing Credits include Jeff Healey Band, Still Life, and The Soul Foundation. Recording credits include Still Life, The Soul Foundation, Jim Clayton and Greenhouse as well as various commercials and unsigned artists' demos. Bryan has freelanced in Toronto for 20 years but the majority of his work has been devoted to his own musical creations. His primary musical influences come from rhythm and blues, and he is also a fan of jazz and popular music traditions.

Keyboard player David Atkinson hails from Ottawa, and was raised in musical family, and like the band’s lead singer, he started classical piano lessons at the age of five. David played classical piano in embassies in Ottawa as early as 11yrs old. He became involved with the jazz and funk community at 15, and was a past member of the now-defunct sensational funk band 'The Groove Bug'. He played at the 2004 Ottawa Jazz Festival with a group assembled by CBC, whose members were seven youth from across Canada. David moved to Toronto in 2004 to pursue a music degree from Humber College, and has won the Universal Music Canada award for top first-year student. He also plays the vibraphone, and has played on stage with jazz legend Dave Holland.

Bass player Charles James started playing bass in grade nine at the age of 15. He played in a high school jazz ensemble lead by Reuben Cherry drummer Bryan Humphreys. Charles has received honour awards in every high school jazz competition he entered, and has received the Music Fest scholarship to Humber Collage. Charles has studied privately with Will Jarvis and Scott Alexander. His musical taste ranges from rock, pop, jazz, fusion, funk, R&B, reggae and Latin vibes.

For bookings or more information, please contact Doreen Davies, Manager, at dd@reubencherry.com or by telephone at 647.221.8500

Lyrics

Stars Above Me

Written By: Craig Riddock

Tell me would you ever decieve me ?
Tell me would you ever just leave me ?
I don't think so
'cause the flame in your heart burns so bright
I can feel it

Tell me would you ever retire ?
Tell me would you put out the fire ?
I don't think so
'cause the fire in this love
are the stars up above

If I ever get to thinking
That something crazy could go wrong
I only have to hold you closely
and look into your beautiful eyes

and I can feel...
the love light falling like the morning sunshine
warm in the way that you love me
love light shining from heaven my darling
shining like the stars above me
shining like the stars above me

Tell me would you ever get tired ?
Tell me would you want to be higher ?
I don't think so
'cause the sky is so high in the dream where we fly
Tell me would you ever be roaming ?
Tell me would you ever feel lonely ?
I don't think so
every day, every night
I will be by your side

If I ever get to thinking
That something crazy could go wrong
I only have to hold you closely
and look into your beautiful eyes

and I can feel...
the love light falling like the morning sunshine
warm in the way that you love me
love light shining from heaven my darling
shining like the stars above me
shining like the stars above me

Please Don't Tell Me

Written By: Craig Riddock

When I saw you for the last time
you were cold you had me crying
I was falling at your feet
and my breaking heart was dying

now your back my old friend
never thought we'd speak again
you're putting on all your charm
and you're trying to make amends

well you know there's no other man
who can love you like I did
but your pretty eyes and your clever lies
won't ever bring me back to you again

please don't tell me that you'll love me like you did
please don't tell me that you want the man you had
'cause he's gone, now I'm strong
and it's over like a long day's setting sun

Oh that look in your eyes
so familiar I could cry
oh the rapture I once knew
in the spell of your sweet lies

countless seasons, years have past
I was lonely, falling fast
all the pain made me stronger
i can see though you at last

well you know there's no other man
who can love you like I did
but your pretty eyes and your clever lies
won't ever bring me back to you again

please don't tell me that you'll love me like you did
please don't tell me that you want the man you had
'cause he's gone, now I'm strong
and it's over like a long day's setting sun

like a long day's setting sun...

It’ll Be Alright

Written By: Craig Riddock

Every day I used to wake up feeling lonely
Waiting only for the end of the day
All the strugle in a winter full of trouble
Wishing only for the warmth of the day

Summer comes, life seems so much lighter
My baby’s happy and her eyes shine brighter
I drift away upon a wisp of perfume
and the sound of her sweet voice
by the light of the moon

The sun is higher
And the days are getting longer
The nights are warm
And our love is getting stronger

It’ll be alright
Out in there in the moonlight
Holding my baby tight
She’ll be singing to me

Now my baby how she sings to me sweetly
Strumming deeply on an old guitar
Gently dreaming on a sultry summer evening
sweet melodies that she sings to me

The sun is higher
And the days are getting longer
The nights are warm
And our love is getting stronger

It’ll be alright
Out in there in the moonlight
Holding my baby tight
She’ll be singing to me

Discography

"This is Reuben Cherry" 2004
Ruby Recordings RR001
available from Scratch Records and Distribution

"It'll Be Alright" - 2005 limited edition CD single
Ruby Recordings RR002
available from www.reubencherry.com

Selected Radio Airplay:
BBC Radio Wales, "The True Blues"
CKLN Radio 88.1 FM - Toronto, "Lowdown 2 Uptown"
Classic 21 (Radio Belgium) "Classic 21 Blues",
FM Fenix 93.1 - Buenos Aires - "Goodtime Blues"
KEOS 89.1 FM - Texas - regular rotation
CFUR 88.7 FM - Prince George B.C. - "Blues Underground"
KJLU 88.9 FM - Missouri - "Blues Flight"
Eagle 810 AM - Tokyo - "Beale Street Blues Caravan"
Midnight Special Blues Radio www.ms-blues.com

Set List

We can play up to three 50 minute sets of
original material when called upon.
We cover a variety of obscure pop tunes,
Memphis soul standards, interpretations of traditional gospel songs and other personal favorites from many genres.