John and The Sisters - Bio

 

John & The Sisters
From left to right:
Ian Desouza (bass)
Gary Taylor (drums)
John Dickie (vocals)
Rob Gusevs (keyboards)
Kevin Breit (guitar)

  Meet John and the Sisters: A weird, wonderful, soulful project results when guitar genius Kevin Breit meets veteran blues singer John Dickie.

Who's taking risks in music these days? Hey, you gotta get on the radio. You gotta have "hit product." You'd better tour your ass off, non stop.

Artistic integrity? A joyful sense of humour and fun? A record that grabs you and won't let go? Well, that's astonishing. Who did this?

Meet
Kevin Breit. Ace guitarist. Accompanist for the likes of Cassandra Wilson and Norah Jones. Recent records that he has participated in have sold well over 15 million copies. A few others he's recorded with: k.d. lang, Holly Cole, Janis Ian, Celine Dion, Marc Jordan, Quartette, and Natalie MacMaster.

He's played everywhere from Australia to Brazil - recently to Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Not to mention two-thirds of the capitals of Europe, and just about everyhere in the USA. He's even written a song ("
Humble Me") for the new Norah Jones release.

But regardless of all the "high profile" gigs and recording sessions, Breit has one thing that's mattered to him most of all: his home-grown band The Sisters Euclid, which plays almost every Monday night to a packed house at the Orbit Room, a tiny club on Toronto's College Street. The Sisters are one powerful band:
Rob Gusevs on organ, Gary Taylor on drums, Ian de Souza on bass.

Then you take this man - who's already had most critics exhaust their superlatives for his recent collaboration with Harry Manx on the award-winning NorthernBlues album "Jubilee" - and you introduce him to John Dickie.

Never heard of
John Dickie? Where've you been for the last three decades? Not in Toronto, that's for sure. In the '80s he cut two albums with Mondo Combo, wrote most of the songs and sang 'em all with a full-throated roar of a voice. With passion and commitment. He recorded a stunning album in the late '90s with The Prima Donnas which featured jump blues versions of classic pop hits. And as the new century emerged, he contributed vocals and four songs to a long-awaited "comeback" release by the veteran Cameo Blues Band.

Put John Dickie and Kevin Breit and his band together and you've got John and the Sisters. A wonderfully off-the-wall collaboration that you could describe as crazy cosmic burnin' blues from another planet. Genres get bent, volumes get adjusted (usually upward), songs come live off the floor, and happy, amazing and adventurous chaos ensues.

This is taking risks. This is stretching boundaries. This is for laughing and being free. This is for experiencing surprise. This is a junkyard dog of a record, full to the brim with the unexpected.

They don't make records like this; at least, until now, they never have.

A wonderfully off-the-wall collaboration that you could describe as crazy cosmic burnin' blues from another planet. Genres get bent, volumes get adjusted (usually upward), songs come live off the floor, and happy, amazing and adventurous chaos ensues.