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“The name MONKEYJUNK comes from Son House, who once said ‘I’m talking about the blues, I ain’t talking ’bout no monkeyjunk.’ But I am going to talk about MonkeyJunk – they are brilliant and have produced one of the best albums I have heard in a long time… And as Son House would have said if he had seen these boys: ‘I’m talking ’bout the blues, I’m talking about MonkeyJunk!'” – Bob Boncey, BLUES MATTERS (UK)
For over eight years, the name MONKEYJUNK has been synonymous with the emergence of a new kind of blues on the Canadian and international scenes. Continually pushing boundaries and blurring genre lines, the Ottawa-based trio has added an edge to their music by incorporating swampy blues and rock with thoughtful and intelligent lyrics. Their fifth Stony Plain Records release, Time To Roll incorporates elements of all four of their previous recordings with added maturity in songwriting and instrumentation, cementing MONKEYJUNK’S originality and sound as its own.
These Canadian ambassadors of blues/rock are constantly working to up their game in terms of songwriting and musicianship, with the results evident on Time To Roll. MONKEYJUNK has delivered 10 top-notch tracks that are consistent with the quality and passionate delivery they are known for.
Heading back to their blues roots and drawing on inspiration the runs from John Lee Hooker and Lightnin’ Hopkins to J.J. Grey & Mofo and The Meters, Time To Roll is heavy on groovy riffs, solid backbeat and topped with Marriner’s soulful and fervent vocals.
Steve Marriner, the trio’s vocalist, baritone guitarist, harmonica and organ player, was well known as the ‘go-to’ guy as a producer, sideman and session player. He’s also toured the world performing alongside Harry Manx. Steve is also the consummate musical networker and stage guest having been invited to join many artists in concert such as Randy Bachman, Colin James and Big Sugar. At the age of 19, lead guitarist Tony D performed for three nights in Buddy Guy’s band. In 1982, he opened for Stevie Ray Vaughn. These events helped propel him into a long-standing career with his own popular project, The Tony D Band. He has also toured with some of Canada’s greatest musicians, including the late Dutch Mason.
Before MONKEYJUNK, drummer and percussionist Matt Sobb was a very busy session drummer around Ottawa and has backed up several regional, national and international artists live on stage, touring and in studio over the last 25 years such as Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Jeff Healey and Tom Wilson (Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond), among many others.
MONKEYJUNK has won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award, and have been nominated twice for a JUNO Award, winning the award for Blues Album of the Year in 2012.