Ace Canadian Blues-Rockers MonkeyJunk Celebrate 10 Years With Thrilling #MJ10 Tour
The trio, whose career-best fifth album Time To Roll recently netted their second Juno Award, prepares to travel from east to west this spring and summer, visiting key venues and festivals in between…
By almost any ordinary metric, like a marriage or a job, 10 years is a respectable milestone. For a hard-touring and recording band, however, a decade is a sweat-soaked, anecdote-amassing feat. Appropriately, the corresponding anniversary gift is way better something made of tin.
Ottawa’s ace swamp roots-rockers MonkeyJunk — fêting 10 triumphant years together in 2018 — are preparing to lift lids from Saskatoon to Sault Ste Marie, Thunder Bay to Nanaimo, as they hit the highway supporting their scorching, career-best Time To Roll album. Audiences will be dazzled.
Winner of 2018’s Blues Album of the Year Juno Award (their second overall), the latest and fifth release from singer/guitarist and harp player Steve Marriner, drummer Matt Sobb, and guitarist Tony D is precisely the kind of corker you’d expect from a trio of musical veterans who, between them, have boosted luminaries from Fabulous Thunderbird Kim Wilson to Buddy Guy, the late Jeff Healey to the lamented Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Bluesmen don’t come more accomplished than the dudes in MonkeyJunk. But don’t take our word for it. Check out one of the band’s thrilling live gigs this spring and summer as part of #MJ10 Tour.
Tony D, says, “Tempus fugit, as they say when you’re having fun. Has it really been 10 years? It still feels like the 1st time when ever we hit the stage. What I dig about our sound is how it has evolved from our love of the blues, which brought us together in the 1st place, 10 years ago.
That’s one of the unique things about MJ, where we’re respecting the traditions of all roots music and giving it a modern approach.”
MonkeyJunk’s 10th Anniversary #MJ10 Tour launches May 3 at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, wrapping July 28 at Ribfest in Perth, ON. The tour features 31 shows in 25 cities, including a coveted three-night stand at RBC Ottawa Bluesfest opposite Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Bryan Adams, and Sturgill Simpson. More dates are TBC.
“We are so proud of MonkeyJunk’s history of creating (mostly) original music,” Sobb says. “We’ve made five albums in 10 years and it has been a unique honour and pleasure that they are all released on Stony Plain/Warner Canada. What a great ride it has been!”
Adds Marriner, “MonkeyJunk is very proud to be part of the Canadian blues community. It is rich and deep and sprawls from east to west. There are incredible singers and musicians in every corner of this country who have their own style and identity and who write compelling, relevant music. We look forward to catching up with them all on our upcoming #MJ10 tour.”