Terry Blersh, veteran guitarist and singer-songwriter has
just released his self-titled debut CD. If you’re a fan of Canadian
blues and roots music, you’ve probably seen him, doing his own thing or
backing up many of your favourite artists, on stage and in the studio.
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“I was on a three week stint in northern Ontario. Late one night after the gig we were listening to a radio station out of Minnesota somewhere that was playing all this great old 50’s rock & roll, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Elvis. It hit me that Elvis needed a killer comeback back song, so I stayed up all that night and wrote him one. As the sun was coming up I crawled into bed and fell asleep. When I woke up, Elvis was dead. I never played the song again until this year, “Tryin”, it’s the first tune on my record”.
The record features nine of Terry’s original tunes and one blazing cover, Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire”. Blues, rhythm & blues, rock ‘n roll and jazz influences are all evident, with Terry’s smooth vocals, fiery guitar and clever writing, tying it all together. There’s some rock ‘n roll (Tryin’), some blues (Wearin’ Out My Heart, Walkin’), rhythm & blues and soul (Doin’ All Right, I Don’t Need No), southern rock (Annalena) as well as three instrumentals (Flyin’, Dreamin’, Jammin’).
Terry assembled some of Canada’s finest musicians for the project. Denis Keldie (Serena Ryder, Carlos Del Junco), Garth Hudson and Lance Anderson (Shakura S’Aida, Anderson/Sloski) on piano and organ. Al Cross (Jimmy Bowskill, Jerome Godboo), Mike Sloski (Cameo Blues Band, Anderson/Sloski) and Charlie Cooley (Long John Baldry, Ronnie Hawkins) on drums. Tom Griffiths (Colin Linden, Willie P. Bennett), Garth Vogan (Midnight Walk, Chuck Jackson) and Alec Fraser (Jeff Healey, David Wilcox) on bass and John Mays (Fathead) on background vocals. Recording and mixing was done by ace engineer, Jeremy Darby (Lou Reed, Eric Clapton) at The Canterbury Music Company.
Tracklist: Listen To Samples Here
2. Wearin' Out My Heart
7. Doin' All Right
8. I Don't Need No
About Terry Blersh
Toronto, Canada native Terry Blersh began singing and playing guitar at a young age. Terry’s first influences were early rock ‘n roll, Elvis, Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Band, Stax, Motown, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and local guitar legends, Dominic Troiano and Freddy Keeler. It wasn’t long before he became aware of the music and artists that had influenced his heroes. That led to a musical journey back to where it all came from, blues and jazz, and the music of Albert King, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles and Nat King Cole. In the Canadian tradition, Terry played around Toronto and The Great White North in various bands. Of note was blues/funk band Wooden Teeth with blues great Michael Pickett and guitarist extraordinaire, John Tilden.
In 1982, Terry stepped out on his own with The Terry Blersh Band, playing a mix of original material and rhythm & blues standards. Terry enjoyed success on the Toronto club scene, and as the 90’s rolled around, found his guitar skills very much in demand as he began to record and perform with a long list of artists (see below). He continued to work with his own band, back up others, and composed and produced music for theatre and television, all the while concentrating on his song writing and working towards the goal of recording a CD of his own.
With the 2008 release of his new self-titled debut CD, Terry Blersh is back in the spotlight and making some noise! Check it out!
Terry has performed and/or recorded with many of Canada’s top blues/roots artists and producers including Garth Hudson, Richard Bell, The Cameo Blues Band, Danny Brooks, Rita Chiarelli, Michael Pickett, Dean McTaggert, Michael Fonfara, The Gary Kendall Band, Chuck Jackson, The Johnny Max Band, Lance Anderson, Kathryn Popham, George
Oliver, Steven Ambrose, Danny B, Robbie Rox, Robbie Lane & The Disciples, and many more.