A new band of multi-award-winning not-so-new blues players are set to make their musical mark: The Hogtown Allstars will release their debut album Hog Wild on May 6.
Featuring eight new all-original songs and two covers, Hog Wild was recorded throughout 2021 once the group nailed their first challenge: Coordinating everyone’s schedule to hit the studio. It’s the first release for the undeniable supergroup that first started in 2013 as a collaborative, creative outlet for Toronto-based musicians dedicated to the genre.
Built with some of the most experienced players in the global blues music industry, The Hogtown Allstars are headed by Downchild Blues Band alumni Chuck Jackson, Pat Carey, Gary Kendall, Jim Casson and Tyler Yarema, with Maple Blues Band alumni Teddy Leonard and Howard Moore. Individually and with these bands, the members of Hogtown Allstars have won more than 20 Maple Blues Awards, five Juno Awards and numerous international blues and jazz prizes.
Inductees into both the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Blues Museum Hall of Fame in addition to a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maple Blues Awards, Downchild Blues Band are one of the planet’s foremost, most fêted, longest-running blues outfits. Add members of legendary bands Fathead, Powder Blues, The Cameo Blues Band, David Vest & The Willing Victims, The Swingin Blackjacks, Braithwaite & Whiteley, Johnny Rawls, The Robin Banks Blues Band, The Mighty Duck Blues Band and more — and you’ve got a blues supergroup that cannot be underestimated.
Originally conceived in 2013, The Hogtown Allstars started as an opportunity for a collaborative outlet for Toronto musicians who have spent decades dedicated to the blues as an art form that defines their careers.