The Twisters - Bio


The Twisters

  2003 Juno Nominees and Canadian Independent Music Award winners for "Best Blues Album of the Year" for their second release “Long Hard Road”, The Twisters are one of the hardest hitting acts on the blues scene today.

Paying dues to the blues tradition, The Twisters swing hard with two inspired vocalists, tightly woven harp & guitar lines, and a relentless driving rhythm section forging a groove that refuses to be denied.

Each of the members has brought his musical talents and influences to the table, resulting in a potpourri of "Blues Cuisine" guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning blues palette. From deep in the Mississippi Delta to early Chicago shuffles, from infectious Texas grinders to West Coast jump and funky swamp-soaked Louisiana rhythms, The Twisters serve up the goods. Top it all off with strong original compositions and a live show renowned for rockin’ the house and there’s only one thing left… do yourself a favour and see what the storm’s all about when The Twisters blow through your town.

David “Hurricane” Hoerl - Harmonica, Vocals
Born and raised in San Francisco, David was originally tutored by Rick Estrin and David Burgin in the art of Blues Harmonica. He has since played with some of the best blues musicians in the U.S. and Canada, including: Mike Bloomfield, Albert Collins, Percy Mayfield, Big Mama Thornton, Little Joe Blue, Freddie Roulette, Big Joe Duskin, Pee Wee Crayton, Steve Freund, Carl Weathersby, Phil Guy, Sonny Rhodes and Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne. In 1982 David came to Canada with Kenny Wayne, and became a landed immigrant in 1986. In Canada he has recorded with Powder Blues, Valdy, Gary Fjellgaard,and played on numerous jingles and commercials. He plays on almost all of Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne’s recordings.

As the founding member and sole remaining original Twister, he has recorded 4 CD’s, the latest-“
After The Storm” on the Northern Blues label, released in 2006. He has received numerous accolades and awards for songwriting, vocals and harmonica playing, including being nominated in 1997, 1998, 2003, & 2005 for “Harmonica Player of the Year” by the Toronto Blues Society’s “Maple Blues Awards”. According to West Coast Blues Review (1995) and Real Blues Magazine (1996-2006) David Hoerl is: “Canada’s Top Harp Blower”

Brandon Isaak - Guitar, Vocals
This young red haired guitar player has monster tone and technique. He moved from his home town of Whitehorse, Yukon to Vancouver, BC in 1999, where he joined the Twisters. He has shared the stage with many great blues artists, including Taj Mahal, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, Robben Ford, Canned Heat, Jeff Healey, Zora Young, Big Dave McLean, and Rusty Zinn, just to name a few. Most recently, Brandon returned from a 2 month European tour, where he played along side Joe Louis Walker, Willie Hayes and Ken Faltonson on numerous festivals and TV shows.

Brandon played guitar on the 2006 Juno award-winning album "
Let It Loose" with Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, and appears on 11 albums with many different artists. When he plays, he travels to a different time and space. You can hear it as well as see it.

Matt Pease - Drums
Matt Pease has been working professionally as a drummer for over 20 years, and credits his hard swinging style to his early influences Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Matt grew up in a musical family with a large record collection on Vancouver Island. He moved to Vancouver in 1997, after which he toured with the Michael Kaeshammer Trio in the DuMaurier Jazz Festival. Shortly thereafter he hooked up with Juno Award winner Lee Aaron for three years. Matt has also played with Juno Award winners Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne and Hugh Fraser. He's jammed with Angelo Moore (Fishbone) and members of the Brand New Heavies, and has played with artists such as Daniel Lapp, Ross Taggert, and Marc Atkinson (The Bills).He has shared a stage with Edgar Winter, the Wailers, Green Day and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Matt studied with the great Canadian drummers Claude Ranger and Don Leppard. He joined the Twisters in early 2005.

Keith Picot - Bass
Unforgettable is what a performance by stand-up bassist Keith Picot is. Better bass players one will encounter, but a bass player who gives more of himself and is such a joy to watch is decidedly much harder to find. Whether singing and leading his own band, or supporting the talent of such bands as: The Twisters, Cousin Harley, Joe Dollar and Juno Award winner Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, he always gives 110 percent. With a hard hitting slap style all his own he can drive a beat like the devil, then equally and effortlessly draw out the sweet tones of a saint. You are guaranteed pleasure when watching Keith Picot do what he loves to do.
  • Nominated for a JUNO Award in 2003 forBest Blues Album

  • WINNER of the Canadian Independent Music Awards in 2003 for Blues Album of the Year

  • The Twisters features Dave Hoerl—one of Canada’s foremost harmonica players. Nominated in 1997, 1998, 2003, and 2005 for Harmonica Player of the Year by the Toronto Blues Society