Blue Midnight: A Live Tribute to Little Walter
Raoul and The Big Time present BLUE MIDNIGHT: A LIVE TRIBUTE TO LITTLE WALTER featuring special guests Bharath Rajakumar, Julian Fauth, Doctor Nick Ouroumov, Tortoise Blue, Mark 'Bird' Stafford, Mike 'Shrimp Daddy' Reid and more... Portion of proceeds to Toronto Blues Society "Blues In Schools" Programme. "An outstanding tribute to Little Walter, featuring truly awe inspiring blues harp players as good as you'll find in Chicago or anywhere!" - Scott Dirks, Grammy Winner/ Walter Biographer On very cold night in January 2008, in the heart of the Toronto, a group of musicians gathered to celebrate one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, harmonica master "Little Walter". On the eve of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the 40th anniversary of his tragic death in Chicago, actor/musician Raoul Bhaneja of the Maple Blues Award winning Raoul and The Big Time gathered together some best harmonica players in town, accompanied by the cracker jack Big Time featuring Darren Gallen, Tom Bona, Terry Wilkins along with Jake Chisholm on second guitar and Juno winner Julian Fauth on piano and vocals. It made for an unforgettable night featuring recorded performances by Tortoise Blue, Mark "Bird" Stafford, Mike "Shrimp Daddy" Reid, Doctor Nick Ouroumov and anchored by Montreal native Bharath Rajakumar, one of the most gifted interpreters of Walter around who delivered a knock out! Other stellar guests included Paul Reddick, Wayne Charles, Mojo Willie Rymer, Aarron Kazmer and Mr. Rick Zolkower. A portion of the proceeds goes towards The Toronto Blues Society "BLUES IN SCHOOLS" programme which brings professional musicians into classroom to share the experience and history of blues music with young people. This is the second release in under a year from NOW Magazine: Best Blues Artist Raoul and The Big Time after the release of YOU MY PEOPLE which made many Top 10 lists for 2009 including one from CBC Radio 1 and Sun columnist Errol Nazareth as well as a #6 of the Top 100 Blues releases according to Real Blues Magazine.