Campbell ‘best-kept blues secret’

Blues fans are in for a treat when Ron Campbell and the bLUES bUSTERS hit Joe's Garage on July 29.

Blues fans are in for a treat when Ron Campbell and the bLUES bUSTERS hit Joe’s Garage on July 29.

A talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Ron has been playing professionally for over 40 years, and has opened for, or shared the stage with a multitude of great talent including April Wine, Gary Fjellgaard, Buckwheat Zydeco, Shane Yellowbird, Pat Steward (Bryan Adams, the Odds), Steve Briggs (Bebop Cowboys), Roy Forbes (UHF, Bim) and Dave Woodward (Powder Blues).

Ron was also selected by Mae Moore as a songwriter delegate to the BC festival of the Arts in the recent past.

Of local note, Campbell still plays Sam Hurrie’s original dobro guitar, and performs regularly with Sam. Many will remember Sam as the host of the popular blues jams at the Waverley hotel.

“Sam and I go way back” says Ron. “It was he who originally turned me on to the Delta blues, which I’ve been playing ever since.”

Ron keeps a busy schedule writing, recording, producing, teaching guitar, as well as playing over 100 gigs a year with three working bands:

• Sam Hurrie Trio (drums, vocals);

• Por El Amor de Zorro (keyboards, vocals);

• bLUES bUSTERS (lead guitar, vocals, songwriter).

Campbell has released four full-length indie CDs, and his songwriting and guitar playing have received great reviews and accolades from across Canada and the U.S.

Don’t miss what Chris Mathews of Network Pacific records calls “Canada’s best-kept blues secret … powerhouse blues delivered with style and attitude.”

Tickets at Bop City Records. Kitchen opens at 6:30; show starts at 8:30.

— Ron Campbell