December 7, 2016





November 28, 2016

The Cobalt Prize For Contemporary Blues Composition is happening again this year at The Maple Blues Awards.

Here is a link to all the information about the prize and for submitting :

Good Luck !






Colin Cripps and I have been co-nominated for Best Songwriter at this years Maple Blues Awards,

Please register to vote for us, and others at

Thanks Again…


Great Review

June 21, 2016

Here is a great review for Ride the One……/paul-reddicks-primal-roar


May 26, 2016





Album Review #1

April 28, 2016



Not many artists would take the chance in the blues landscape to be exciting, brave and refreshing all on one recording.

Unless your name is Paul Reddick.

Album release is May 20 2016.

John Emms

Full Review @






Stony Plain Records Signs Paul Reddick

Unofficial Canadian Blues Poet Laureate Is Ready to 
Ride the One on Label Debut CD Coming May 20
April 14, 2016
EDMONTON, AB – Stony Plain Records has announced the signing of singer/songwriter/harmonica player Paul Reddick and will release his label debut CD, Ride the One, on May 20. Produced by Colin Cripps (Blue Rodeo) and recorded at Union Sound Company in Toronto, Ride the One showcases 11 all-original songs and includes a backing band that features special guest Steve Marriner of MonkeyJunk on guitar, keyboards and backing vocals. Reddick co-wrote three songs on the most recent highly-acclaimed MonkeyJunk album for Stony Plain, Moon Turn Red.
Ride the One is a musical reference to the hypnotic grooves explored on Paul Reddick’s new release. Deep rhythm, intense singing and harp playing combine with his distinctive blues poetry. As Reddick puts it, “Blues is a beautiful landscape;” and he’s created this special atmospheric video to talk about his vision of the music:
Reddick’s songs on Ride the One have a palpable sense of urgency, passion, energy and grit that transcend any usual categorizations of the blues. Its traditional blues themes of love, death and redemption are bonded by the crucible of rock-edged performances that clearly demonstrate why the idiom birthed the emergence of rock ‘n’ roll and other forms of roots music.
For over 25 years, Paul Reddick has been melding poetry, mystery, darkness and light along with an extensive knowledge of the history and traditions of blues. An unofficial poet laureate of Canadian blues, Mojo Magazine praised his “wayward brilliance” in an earlier review. Reddick’s song, “I’m A Criminal,” was used by Coca-Cola in a TV commercial that aired during the Super Bowl.
“Ensuring the long-term health of blues in Canada has become a passion for Paul Reddick, and the motivation behind his creation of the Cobalt Prize, aimed at celebrating songwriting innovation within the form,” wrote FYI Music News in an interview with the musician.
“The singer/harmonica player has never forgotten he was once in that position when he formed The Sidemen in 1990, a band whose skillful balance of tradition and originality laid the foundation for a new crop of homegrown talent,” added the site.
One of those bands that picked up the torch was MonkeyJunk, who returned the favour of Reddick’s influence on them with member Steve Marriner’s participation on Ride the One, Reddick’s fourth solo album.
According to Reddick, his desire to sponsor the Cobalt Prize was “to encourage people to write blues songs – songs that expand, explore and refresh the blues tradition, to broaden the possibilities, assumptions and expectations and audience for the blues,” said Reddick in the interview. “In a lot of ways, Bob Dylan has always been a master at that, and if there were one song I wish I could have written, it would probably be ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’.”


Soundcloud Updated…

July 13, 2015






Here are some nice articles about the Blues Awards and The Cobalt Prize :


Five things to do this weekend: Jan. 16 to 18


The Globe and Mail


Blues Summit
The legacy of the blues genre is secure, but its future is in question. To that end, a new honour has been minted. The Cobalt Prize, to be presented at the national Maple Blues Awards gala at Koerner Hall on Monday, is a songwriting prize established to refresh blues music beyond the standard 12-bar shuffles. Speaking of refreshing, the Mavis Staples enthusiast Samantha Martin is one of the livelier participants in this weekend’s Blues Summit, an event of conferences and showcases that includes her appearance at Monarch’s Pub at the Chelsea Hotel (Saturday, 10 p.m.). To Jan. 19. Various prices and venues,


MUSIC – The Star

Maple Blues Awards celebrates musicians, and pays attention to the

bottom line.


By:  Visual Arts, Published on Fri Jan 16 2015

Blues music has been called all sorts of things from soulful to misogynist. But a business? A viable business at that?

Some time before, during or after the Maple Blues Awards Monday Jan. 19 at Koerner Hall “Stormy Monday” will be sung, with the lyric’s famous line about “the eagle flies on Friday.” This means payday. Once was that was about all the business a blues star might worry about.

Not any more. The awards, the 18th to be hosted by guitarist and raconteur Danny Marks, is the party-time face of the sober-minded Toronto Blues Society (TBS), which has personnel — how about an “office manager?” — not hitherto associated with the blues. TBS celebrates its 30th anniversary this year mostly by having convinced government bureaucrats — TBS gets some $100,000 in grant money — that blues business also meant good business.

“We started as an entity to protect the music,” says TBS board chair Derek Andrews, part of the founding group along with John Valenteyn and David Barnard who in the mid-’80s together helped make Albert’s Hall the local blues bar destination.

“There’s been a certain amount of ingenuity in what we’ve been able to pull off. But for years the music industry had a condescending view of blues music. But we’ve overcome that. We’ve repositioned the blues brand.

“We’ve had to. An artist is a small business. I don’t think every ballet dancer coming out of dance school knows how to organize a business. Our members — there are around 500, about 80 per cent of them musicians — need to know how to keep their heads up above water. And it’s not always just about playing a gig.”

They shouldn’t look to the music industry’s major players for help, warns Bruce Iglauer, who’s giving the keynote speech Sunday at Blues Summit 7, the biennial blues conference at the Eaton Chelsea hotel leading up to the awards.

“Right now, nobody knows how to make a profit from any genre of music,” says Iglauer, who heads Alligator Records, the Chicago-based blues label in its 44th year. “Record companies don’t know how to even make money from having hits because services like Spotify allow a lot of people music for free.”

New to the Maple Blues Awards this year is the Cobalt Prize, for original blues composition. The $1,000 first prize is donated by local blues songwriting veteran Paul Reddick, who says, “blues needs new blood, and not only among its audiences but also in its repertoire.”

“We had 110 submissions for the prize, which was incredible,” Andrews adds. “We got some straight-up electric Chicago blues. But there were others pushing boundaries.”

Some boundary-pushers can be found among the awards show performers, including Steve Hill, the extraordinary songwriter/guitarist from Montréal.

“We need to step back and see the blues form for what is was,” says Danny Marks. “The 12-bar form was something imposed on the blues, not something you would have heard in Africa. So we need to open-minded about it because these days the blues come from all over the world.”

Alligator Records survived and grew due to the new artists and new music it cultivated, Iglauer maintains.

“I am 67 years old and very aware of the aging of the blues audience,” he adds. “I don’t want this music to become a museum piece. To do that I have to make records that are significant to an audience much younger than I am.”

The 18th annual Maple Blues Awards is at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. Jan. 19 hosted by Danny Marks. Peter Goddard is a freelance writer and form Star music critic. Reach him at .