Blues and Roots musician Alan Black is a drummer, harmonica player, vocalist and songwriter.
“Black as well as being a great blues drummer, also plays harmonica and sings – frequently in the same song.” (The Toronto Star, CAN.)
Club-goers in Peterborough, Canada, know that they’re in for some great music if Alan Black is in the house. For years he’s been the backbeat of the best blues, R&B and rock bands in this hip university town, notably Jackson Delta, Buzz Thompson, and Max Mouse and the Gorillas. Alan wows audiences with his ability to play drums and harmonica simultaneously and soulfully. Fans appreciate his heartfelt singing and songwriting and know that he has appeared at every major Canadian festival, been nominated for two Junos, and toured Scandinavia and the UK with the likes of Tracy Nelson and Mose Scarlett.
These days, it’s easiest to catch this talented guy on stage in Al Black and the Steady Band, which offers up New Orleans funk and echoes of the early blues masters. With a rhythm section that includes Black on the drum kit and Andy Pryde on bass, the groove is hypnotic. Together with Gary Peeples on guitar, this core band weaves Rock 'n' Roll and Caribbean rhythms together in songs that can bring to mind The Meters and Little Feat.
Meanwhile, enjoy some sample clips:
1. When I Hear You
2. Good Advice
3. She's Winning
For bookings or other info, please contact
Alan Black at email@example.com