New Orleans has the Neville Brothers; Toronto has the Blackburns, the city’s first family of funk and soul. Their music has traces of traditional blues, R&B, soul, hard grooves and harmony that only siblings can create.The brothers put on a show rich in the tradition of the blues, while inflected with an electric urban vibe.
Blackburn’s wickedly tight sound features lead singer, Duane Blackburn, playing a vintage Hammond B3 organ as if he was born on the bench. Duane has a sensuously smooth, yet powerful voice. Crack session guitarist Brooke and drummer Cory have played with many of Canada’s best blues and R&B artists, such as Shakura S’Aida and Liberty Silver. Bass player Mark Ayee has played with the brothers since childhood.
With deep roots in the Grey Bruce, Blackburn returns home this summer to rock the Sound.