Blues tour goes back to basics with duo

Take two of the nation’s best known blues personalities, put ‘em in a big ol’ Lincoln Town Car.

Take two of the nation’s best known blues personalities, put ‘em in a big ol’ Lincoln Town Car.

Put speakers on the roof. Switch ‘em on. Send the boys out on a 30,000-kilometre blues cruise. Shake well. Add ice.

Do all that and you’ll probably end up with Doc MacLean and Big Dave McLean on their National Steel Bad Boy Blues Tour, coming to Nanaimo Friday (Sept. 16) at Headliners.

It’s the sixth annual National Steel blues tour, featuring songs and stories in-the-round, performed on vintage National guitars.

This year the schedule will include workshops at Long and McQuade, with Nanaimo’s set for the same day as the concert, beginning at 5 p.m.

It’s not about fancy buses and slick, new guitars. It’s Doc and Big Dave driving through town to promote the show.

Big Dave McLean has been at the center of Canadian blues for most of his 40-year career and has an extensive list of Juno and Maple Blues award nominations.

Doc MacLean is a blues vagabond writing from the dark side of the blues highway, without managers, agents or record companies.

The concert at Headliners, located next to Mrs. Riches at 165 Fraser St., begins at 8 p.m. Tickets $20; $17/blues society members.

Please call 250-753-2323 for more information.