Yes folks, 'Things Keep Lookin' Up' for Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin’ Daddys with a nomination for a Maple Blues Award for Horn Player and with the release of their new cd. 16 tracks of sassy swing, grit & blues, soulful ballads and spunky instrumentals. The band continues to fuel the dance floor to a sound inspired by the early years of Rock & Roll when horn sections were an integral part of the sound stylized by Jackson’s own song writing and horn arrangements.
The band is comprised of: Shirley Jackson on vocals and tenor saxophone; her son, Jef Wirchenko, on bass (performing, writing, and arranging with the Good Rockin’ Daddys for twenty-five years); long time members Dawn Hatfield (baritone saxophone) and Dave Harrison (trumpet) round out the Good Rockin’ Horn section; and veteran musicians Tom Crilley , Marc Doucet on guitar and Gary Potts drums.
2017 Maple Blues Award - Horn Player of the Year (nominee)
2013 Maple Blues Award – Horn Player of the Year (nominee) 2013 ECMA Blues Recording of the Year (nominee) 2008 Real Blues Magazines top 100 list of Canadian Blues Cds 2008 ECMA Blues Recording of the Year (nominee) 2007 Nova Scotia Music Association - Blues Recording of the Year (nominee) 2003 Maple Blues Award – Horn Player of the Year (recipient, Shirley Jackson) 2003 ECMA Blues Recording of the Year (nominee)
Tour Highlights – 2016 through 2017 have generated a busy season with theatre shows and festivals such as: the Harmony Bazaar Festival, the Atlantic Jazz Festival, the Chester Playhouse Theatre, King’s Theatre, Grace Jollymore Joyce Theatre, Marigold Theatre, as well as regular engagements at local venues.
Past national and international highlights include: the Calgary International Blues Festival (Calgary, AB); the Kitchener Blues, Brews & BBQ (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON); the Maximum Blues Festival (Carleton, QC); the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival (Fredericton, NB); the Tillotson Center (Colebrook, New Hampshire, USA); and a few other adventures performing at an Election Campaign Party in Los Angeles, California, to Poppa Mojo's in Raleigh, North Carolina, and headlining numerous local Blues & Jazz festivals on their home turf in Nova Scotia.
Shirley Jackson continues to lead the Good Rockin’ Daddys into a sound that is reminiscent of the times when honking and screaming saxophones put the swing into dance clubs.