South Thunderbird

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The hottest band in Native American blues music is Winnipeg based quartet South Thunderbird. South Thunderbird's debut album entitled Tough Go is a rockin' blues-funk cd that ties blues influences with the band's aboriginal roots. It's frontloaded with clever guitar riffs in the essence of BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy. Outstanding vocal performances, rich bass and beautiful percussion. Lead Singer and guitarist Isaac Mandamin was born and raised on the Whitedog Ojibway Reserve (Wabseemoong First Nations 100km North of Kenora ON). Isaac was blown away when he first heard Stevie Ray Vaughan's music and that's when he knew he wanted to play the blues. He started to buy and research the genre of blues and has been influenced by lots of old and new artist of the music Some of Isaac's influences are BB, Albert, Freddy King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie, Jimmie Vaughan and Colin James. Isaac moved to Waterloo/Kitchener ON in 1997 and put together his first band called Shades Of Blooze, they played in local bars in Waterloo/Kitchener and went on road trips to Brandford, Oakville, Toronto, (Silver Dollar, Black Swan, Chick 'N' Deli). Isaac started a new band called South Thunderbird, which is also Isaac's spiritual name (Aboriginal name) and moved to Toronto ON to get more experience in playing the blues. Isaac moved back to Winnipeg Manitoba to be close to his family and to have a new start with his music. South Thunderbird had critical acclaim with their debut album "Tough Go" which was released January 2005. South Thunderbird is Isaac Mandamin (vocals, guitar), Luc Venderdonckt (drums), Kris Soderman (guitar), Steve Klotz (bass). "Tough Go" kicks off the album and right away you're indulged by catchy guitar riffs accompanied by Isaac Mandamin's stimulating vocals. Contemporary blues veteran Robert Cray comes to mind when listening to Isaac's voice. The pace of the cd could be easily used as a live set list. "Good To Me" has an extended guitar solo which can be delightfully summed up to having a good time. It's drinking music and all about the blues. And if you prefer not to indulge, just get up and dance to feel it's love. The darker side of the blues are explored on Tough Go and it's called "Chase". Another stellar guitar solo and enchanting lyrics It's what you're looking for. South Thunderbird incorporates sophisticated pedals into their guitar playing. This isn't your grandfather's blues. It's uptempo all the way with Mandamin and Soderman hitting all the right chords with the striking resemblance to a rock concert.