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The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer to release “Live at the King Eddy”

Blues-rock duo extraordinaire The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer have announced the release of their new single “Pretty Please” from their highly anticipated upcoming album Live At The King Eddy (which is set for release January 28, 2022, with an hour-long documentary to accompany the launch).

Recorded on The Rolling Stones mobile studio – Now a marquee component of the Cantos Music Collection at the National Music Centre in Calgary, between 1970 and 1990 the studio was used to record a breathtaking array of classic masterpieces, including four Led Zeppelin albums, three by Deep Purple, two by Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac, The Who (Who’s Next), Bob Marley & the Wailers (Live!), Santana, Dire Straits, Ten Years After, Iron Maiden, and many more, as well as Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street by the Stones themselves. With Live At The King Eddy Shawn and Matt now join that dizzying, legendary company as the first-ever Canadian band to be recorded.

Carefully assembled from the most powerful performances of a three-night residency at Calgary’s historically iconic blues mecca, the King Edward Hotel, between February 15th and 17th, 2019, Live At The King Eddy arrives as the latest instalment of an already storied career that has to date produced six stunning studio releases. Following the independently released, raw folk and country-blues excursions of 2007’s The Blues Can Kill and the following year’s eponymous album, vocalist and harmonicist Shawn Hall – the Harpoonist – and guitarist Matt Rogers – the Axe Murderer – truly hit their stride and found their sound on 2012’s Checkered Past. This self-released record established a contemporary blues identity entirely their own, leading one fan to sanctify the duo as a 21st-century version of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee.

Featuring powerful contributions from Vancouver soul powerhouse Dawn Pemberton, Winnipeg-based musician Andrina Turenne, and keyboardist Geoff Hilhorst (The Deep Dark Woods / The Satellite & the Harpoonist), Live At The King Eddy was mixed by Graham Lessard (Timber Timbre / Kevin Drew / The Barr Brothers) at the National Music Centre.  At this juncture of The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer’s journey, regardless of their enforced absence from the road a live album is a logical release.

Live At The King Eddy closes a 15-year chapter, paving the way for…well, as Shawn ardently hollers on “Get Ready”… who knows what. Whatever may lay ahead for him and Matt musically, it’s certain to deliver good vibes, rock, groove, and soul in abundance.

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  • New Blues artists aren’t easy to find, especially when you live in Aotearoa New Zealand, a geographical region almost totally devoid of the genre. And that’s why discovering an album like Live at the King Eddy by The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer is so exhilarating. Songs like Roll with the Punches, Mama’s in the Backseat, and my personal favourite Father’s Son, exude what the Blues is all about: crafting a response to life’s challenges using the simple building blocks of scorching guitar riffs, bursts of Hammond-like harmonica, and lyrics punctuated with Waitsian growls and snarls. And the live aspect of the album only adds to the atmosphere. Live at the King Eddy hits hard and it doesn’t ease up, because that’s exactly what life does, and that’s exactly why the Blues itself is a thousandtold tale that needs to be told, over and over and over again.

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