Cox and Hurrie
DOUG COX AND SAM HURRIE
Old Friends Reunite with a new CD
"Two veteran bluesmen who've been friends so long, telepathy is effortless by now--playing in a spot so beautiful and acoustically rich it reinspires them with what Buddhists call Beginner's Mind"
With nearly a century of music making between them, Doug Cox and Sam Hurrie are avatars of pretty well every style of blues/roots/acoustic music that ever made you want to tap your toes or clap your hands and shout for joy. Currently at the height of their powers, these musical “old souls” came by their expertise the old-fashioned way: endlessly honing their skills during a lifetime of playing and performing. And as is often the case, their musical pilgrimage began while they were just in their teens.
Toronto-born Sam was initially obsessed with the pre-WW II blues of Robert Johnson and Son House, and already had his own R&B band in the mid-‘60s. On forays to New York to play and record, Sam, a gifted and intuitive electric guitarist, regularly jammed with Jimi Hendrix and also did a few dates at the Electric Circus where he opened for Muddy Waters and Blood Sweat and Tears.
For his part, Alberta native Doug Cox was also initially drawn to the blues, particularly bottleneck slide guitar. Doug soon discovered the Dobro, and before long earned a national and international reputation as he skillfully fused a wide range of acoustic roots and Americana musical styles. Doug’s surpassing dexterity with so many idioms has seen him play and record with such diverse superstars as Indian slide guitarists Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Salil Bhatt, Tex-Mex kings Los Texmaniacs, British Bluesman Long John Baldry, Austin's sweetheart songwriter BettySoo and Rwandan The Mighty Popo (to name but a few!).
The two musicians first met at a gig on the West Coast’s Powell River in the 1990s and felt an instant connection. “The music we instinctively wanted to play was blues oriented, but came from the perspective of guys who grew up in the world of rock ‘n’ roll,” says Doug. For many years they toured all over Canada and even hopped the pond to tour in Europe. They also had a weekly gig in Comox for seven years, playing at the Edge Pub (which has since burned down). During this time they recorded a few stellar CDs, leaving behind a rich musical legacy and many memories for those lucky enough to have seen them light up pubs, clubs, and coffee houses with their inspired live shows.
Things have come full circle, and Doug and Sam are about to release a new CD called Old Friends as they once more hit the touring circuit with renewed energy and an ever-deeper feeling for the music they both love. There is a real chemistry between the two men, a flowing spirit of collaboration as they perform a mix of originals, some favourite cover tributes penned by departed friends like Guy Clark and Willie P Bennett and classic blues invigorated with fresh ideas and superlative technique. Doug and Sam present timeless music presented in a way that will dazzle and delight.