Carson Downey Band
For the past several years, Halifax blues rock power-trio The Carson Downey Band, has been Atlantic Canada's best kept secret. However in the last few months, the band has seen its career take off in a big way. Formed in late 1995, Carson, along with brother Murray Downey on drums and bassist Marlowe Smith, have begun to make quite a name for themselves throughout the country.
Not only have they received rave reviews for their debut album, aptly titled All the Way, but have also been filling up their trophy case as well. Earlier this year Carson won the "Fender Guitarist of the Year Award" at the East Coast Music Awards in Sydney, Nova Scotia, as well this summer winning the "Dutch Mason Award," for his exceptional contributions to the preservation of Maritime blues music. And if that's not enough, the band also won a pair of "African Nova Scotian Music Awards" and two nominations for next year's East Coast Music Awards, including "Blues Artist/Group of the Year" and "New Artist/Group."
Carson is a generous man who will give everything he has while on stage. He’s also done some fantastic things off stage. He’s been across the ocean to Afghanistan to play for the troops and across the bridge to donate his time and talents to local fundraisers. He will “wow” people at both events, not just because of the way he attacks his well worn Strat, but because he will treat each event with a ton of respect and take time to talk to people in the crowd before and after the show and “give them” an audience! He will listen to their stories and relate to them and then he will say “Thank You” for letting him play! He thanks you for letting him kick the blues in the ass, throwing them to the floor, and stomping on them! Then later, he might drive over them in Brady’s ’66 Impala on the way to the next gig! There will be no time for crying about the Blues, instead Carson may ask you bare witness to the healing powers of the electric guitar, and your slack jaw will gladly nod and smile as cases of “toe tapping ” break out all around you. It will be a fun ride that you hope never ends.