The Powder Blues

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The Powder Blues Band is a Canadian blues/pop/jazz band formed in 1978 in Vancouver. Its first album Uncut went double platinum in Canada. The second album Thirsty Ears was similarly popular.

Their best known songs include: “Boppin’ with the Blues”, “Doin’ It Right”, “Thirsty Ears”, “Hear That Guitar Ring”, and “What’ve I Been Drinkin”.

The band was founded by brothers Tom Lavin (guitar, vocals), Jack Lavin (bass, vocals), and Willie MacCalder (keyboards, vocals). After playing in local clubs for 18 months, the band released their self-financed and self-produced debut album, Uncut, in 1980, followed by a tour of Canada and the US. The band won the Juno Award for “Most Promising Group of the Year” in 1981. Uncut went double platinum in Canada in 1982, selling over 200,000 copies. Their second album, Thirsty Ears, was released in 1981 and was certified platinum in Canada. In 1986, the band won the American W.C. Handy Award for “Foreign Band of the Year”. The band’s greatest hits album First Decade was released in 1990 and was certified gold.

The band is now known as Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues. They were still touring as of winter 2020.

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