Joe’s hosting folk rocker

Mark Crissinger, journeyman guitarist and songwriter, has released his first solo effort, Fear No Journey, under the name The Bluebudzz.

Mark Crissinger, journeyman guitarist and songwriter, has released his first solo effort, Fear No Journey, under the name The Bluebudzz.

A veteran of the Canadian club and festival circuit, Crissinger has played more than 2,000 shows Canada-wide. The CD was recorded in September 2009 with the help of Hamilton producer/engineer Carl Jennings and a solid backing band of Canadian sidemen.

Fear No Journey is a collection of folk-rock songs that describe the life journey of an enduring performer and songwriter.

Crissinger has been playing pubs and clubs, festivals and fairs across Canada since 1983. Known for his exciting and tasteful guitar playing that evokes the spirits of BB King, J.J. Cale, Johnny Winter, Dickey Betts and Eric Clapton, he performs a vast repertoire of classic ’70s folk, rock and blues and has a storied history as one of Canada’s most versatile guitar players.

Between 1989 and 1994, his rock band Sweet Jones earned early success and signed a deal with EMI Music. They were recognized for their songwriting talents and excellent stage show. The band toured extensively throughout Canada and the U.S. and disbanded after two albums. Crissinger then became a regular on the Ontario blues scene jamming with the likes of Burton Cummings, Tony D, The Sidemen, Jack DeKeyzer and Jeff Healey.

In July of 2007, Crissinger said goodbye to his Ontario roots and Caution Jam fans with a sold-out farewell party in Toronto and relocated to Gibsons, B.C. There he worked out new material and played solo acoustic gigs up and down the Pacific Coast.

The Joe’s Garage kitchen opens at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 8 this Saturday.

For reservations and information, call 1-250-702-6456.

— Joe’s Garage

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