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
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.