King of the roots blues coming to Chilliwack

Terry Gillespie brings his blues sound to Bozzini
Terry Gillespie brings his blues sound to Bozzini's on March 29.
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The list is a collection of some of the greatest blues performers on the planet . . . and Terry Gillespie has played with them all.

Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, JJ Cale and Howlin’ Wolf are just some of the legends Gillespie has performed beside en route to being coined Canada’s very own “king of roots blues.”

A singer/songwriter/guitarist, Gillespie will perform at Bozzini’s March 29 as part of his new CD “Bluesoul” tour.

Accompanying Gillespie on bass guitar and violin is Smithers B.C. native Lyndell Montgomery.

From the very beginning of Gillespie’s foray in to the music industry he was never interested in being a pop star. He just wanted to play music.  His goal was to get inside the music he loved, to learn the notes and nuances of the songs. Gillespie wanted to be able to deconstruct the complexities of jazz, blues and African music in order to bring it to people and allow the listener to also get inside the music and be lost among each note, each phrase, each groove and each lyric.

Fast forward more than 20 years and find Gillespie as he is now. Some will call him seasoned, some may call him a veteran and others will call him a survivor—a survivor of the excesses of the music industry. A survivor indeed—though Gillespie does not dwell on the past. He takes life’s lessons, trials, and triumphs and uses them to create his music. His musical influences are diverse—drawing from his love of reggae, African music, jazz, and of course, blues.

Gillespie has been called a musical Shaman, Canada’s king of roots music and “Mr. Groove” for good reason; his live performances are fascinating, entertaining and captivating in a way that allows the audience to pay attention and not be distracted from the music by egotistical showmanship and maniacal guitar playing. He is both charismatic and soulful. His guitar is tasteful, his vocals beautifully phrased and he is backed by an energy of sound that pulls people off their chairs and onto the dance floor.

Tickets available at Bozzini’s Restaurant, 45739 Hocking Ave., 604-792-0744.

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