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Few artists can claim to have made a bigger impact on popular music than Randy Bachman, widely regarded as the “architect of Canadian rock ‘n’ roll.” His renowned songwriting acumen produced “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” “American Woman,” “Let it Ride, “Taking Care of Business,” “Looking Out for #1,” “No Sugar Tonight” and “These Eyes,” tracks that have become pop‐culture touchstones.
One of the Great White North’s favourite musical sons, Bachman co-founded iconic bands The Guess Who and Bachman‐Turner Overdrive, earning over 120 gold and platinum albums/singles around the world as a performer and producer, and amassing more than 40 million in record sales. He’s also no stranger to garnering coveted #1 spots on radio playlists, having done so in over 20 countries.
His accomplishments haven’t gone unrecognized, of course. In addition to his induction into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, Bachman has the distinction of being the only one of his countrymen to be inducted twice into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, most recently alongside his fellow original Bachman‐Turner Overdrive members in 2014. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Bachman’s overwhelming international influence and popularity was acknowledged in 2011 by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), in the form of the Global Impact Award.
Despite all of his success, Bachman was determined to move forward musically, and in order to do so, he had to look backward, and revisit the glorious days of the ‘60s British blues boom. Using the amplified blues‐rock of Cream, Led Zeppelin and The Who as his blueprints, Bachman and a newly formed power trio envisioned his new album, Heavy Blues, as an explosive, raw reinterpretation of that music with a distorted, modern edge.
Heavy Blues came about after Bachman was offered a new record deal. Talking over the turn of events with old friend Neil Young, Bachman was advised: “Don’t make the same old music and call it new. Reinvent yourself, your writing, your sound and get out of the box. You’ll lose some fans, but you’ll gain some new ones – time to be fierce, ferocious and afraid.”
Hungry for a new musical adventure, Bachman hit on the idea of doing a blues album, something he’d once started with longtime collaborator Fred Turner but had never finished.
“I’ve done blues solos and ‘American Woman’ and things like that, different songs, but I’ve never really done a whole blues album,” said Bachman. “So, things just evolved.”