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  Rattlebag Named Best Canadian Blues Recording of 2001
from the Toronto Blues Society


NorthernBlues Music is proud to announce that one of its latest releases - Rattlebag by Paul Reddick & The Sidemen - was named Blues Recording of the Year at the 5th Annual Maple Blues Awards. In addition, Paul Reddick was named songwriter of the year, his band named the best electric act, and Colin Linden was for Best Producer for his work on Rattlebag.

"I'm extremely proud of Paul Reddick. He now has the hottest blues band in Canada." said Fred Litwin, President of NorthernBlues Music.

Earlier this month,
Paul Reddick & The Sidemen received a W.C. Handy Award nomination for the best new artist debut - which reflects Rattlebag's incredible critical acclaim. For example, the Santa Monica Mirror called Rattlebag the best CD release of the year, period.

“Rattlebag is blues for people who think they don’t like the blues. It’s got a slam-bang rocking rhythm that will get under your skin like a sailor’s drunken tattoo. From the quietly hypnotic “Dreamin’ Dreamin’” and “Tumblin’ Down” to the sublimely pneumatic title track and “Sleepy John Estes,” this is an explosive album. It’s a ripsnorting reminder that without the blues, there wouldn’t be any rock and roll —- and that would give us all the blues, wouldn’t it? You’ll think of The Band, The Doors and Stevie Ray Vaughn but Paul Reddick and the Sidemen ultimately are what Los Lobos would’ve wound up sounding like if they’d been born in Toronto instead of East L.A.”

Tony Peyser, Santa Monica Mirror, December 12-18, 2001

The accolades come right as NorthernBlues Music received 4 W.C. Handy nominations for Otis Taylor's White African, including a nomination for blues album of the year. Otis Taylor's new album, Respect the Dead, will be released on April 2, 2002. The album contains 12 original songs featuring Taylor (vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica and mandolin), producer Kenny Passarelli (bass) and Eddie Turner (lead guitar). Also scheduled for release on April 2 is Harry Manx's second album, Wise And Otherwise, embellishing the Indian-influenced folk-blues introduced by Manx on Dog My Cat, his debut for NorthernBlues Music.