[From Bentroots.ca] BENTROOTS is a project born out of a Blue Monday Revue at the legendary Chick ‘N Deli in Toronto, where it became the house band hosting weekly guest performers, such as Chuck Jackson of Downchild Blues Band, Al Lerman of Fathead, bluesman Johnny Wright and the soulful Errol Fisher, to name a few. BENTROOTS has evolved into a permanent band of impassioned and pedigreed musicians, whose sole purpose is to play every song as though it was their last, challenging each other to higher heights, and exploring familiar and unknown realms. The result is a mix of swampy bluesy funky jazzy musical magic. Stoked by the chemistry of some of his favourite players and a burning desire to record some of his own original songs (of which there are hundreds), singer/songwriter/guitarist Nicholas Balkou took it to the next level producing the first BENTROOTS cd, Tales Of A Swamp King in 2009 – a collection of N’Awlins flavoured tunes guar-an-teed to put a smile on your face, get your hips a movin’ and toes a tappin’.
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