Although he now bases himself out of Austin, Texas, Gordie Johnson - former frontman of Canadian blues-rock hero's Big Sugar - is bringing his new band Grady up to his old stomping ground to show them around the Great White North. Johnson's new outfit is called Grady, and they're making the trek up to Canada in support of their debut full-length "Y.U. So Shady?".
Kingston, Ontario will be the first stop to receive Grady, with the trio hitting the city on March 2nd. The alt-rockers will then make their way around Ontario, and then head out westwards to play the Prairies and finally end up on the West Coast (where the sun shines a little stronger). The final date of Grady's 8-stop Canadian jaunt will be on March 10th in Surrey, British Columbia.
To make up for the week they'll be spending amid snowdrifts and icy roads, Grady will take up a residency at Austin, Texas venue the Continental Club. The band will be at the Continental off and on for the next two months; check Grady's official web site for more details, www.shadygrady.net.
Released last year,"Y.U. So Shady?" features 11 tracks that blend the sound of blues, rock, honky-tonk, metal, and punk into one. That feat may sound a little impossible, but Gordie Johnson is what one would call an experienced musician. With seven Big Sugar albums under his belt, and a mastery of the slide guitar, it's safe to say Johnson knows what he's doing.
Grady's upcoming Canadian tour:
March 2 Kingston, ON - AJ's Hangar
March 3 Toronto, ON - Opera House
March 4 Peterborough, ON - Trasheteria
March 5 Oshawa, ON - Durham College
March 7 Winnipeg, MB - Cowboys
March 8 Calgary, AB - Back Alley
March 9 Edmonton, AB - Cook County Saloon
March 10 Surrey, BC - Mavericks
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt