The Twisters Live at the Bluefeather Festival
Canada's premier Jump Blues Band Juno Award Nominees
Paying dues to the blues tradition, The Twisters swing hard with two inspired vocalists, tightly woven harp & guitar lines, upright bass and a relentless driving rhythm section forging a groove that refuses to be denied.
Each of the members has brought his musical talents and influences to the table, resulting in a potpourri of "Roots Cuisine" guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning palette. From deep in the Mississippi Delta to early Chicago shuffles, from infectious Texas grinders to West Coast jump, funky swamp-soaked Louisiana rhythms, to blues-a-billy swing, The Twisters serve up the goods. Top it all off with strong original compositions and a live show renowned for rockin’ the house and there’s only one thing left… do yourself a favour and see what the storm’s all about when The Twisters blow through your town.
The Twisters, founded in 1994 by harmonica player/vocalist Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl, (originally from San Francisco) have recorded 5 albums, with another one on the way. Signed to the NorthernBlues label in 2006, their debut album for the label is After The Storm. Brandon Isaak, guitarist/vocalist for the band is from Whitehorse, Yukon. He is an exceptional songwriter, and both Brandon and Dave are the principal songwriters as well as vocalists for the Twisters. Most of their material is original.
Their signature sound is guitar and harmonica weaving in and out, and they usually trade lead vocals as well as sing harmonies. Joined on upright bass by Keith Picot, an exceptionally talented slap/swing player and Chip Hart on the drums, The Twisters are known as Canada’s top jump/swing blues band. Their current album on the NorthernBlues label, "Come Out Swingin'" released in 2009 has expanded their rootsy sound and material to include some reggae, R&B, and Gospel, along with swing and blues.
2009 - Come Out Swingin' (NorthernBlues Music)
2006 - After The Storm (NorthernBlues Music)
2004 - Live at Harvest Fest (Full Swing)
2002 - Long Hard Road (Full Swing)
1996 - Fulla Hot Air (Full Swing Records)
“This is what modern Blues is all about. Tight arrangements, great vocal harmonies, and spot on yet understated instrumental performances. All with a firm foothold into the roots and tradition of the Blues. With one exception, a Sonny Boy Williamson tune, the CD is packed with all original tunes that bring freshness and spontaneity to the sometimes over worked playbook of the Blues. A fantastic musical statement.” - Barrelhouse Blues e-news, Boston
"The Twisters are a class act!" - Doug Langille, CJSR FM/Edmonton
“A club owner's delight...lots of swing and jump. (Best goddamn harp in Canada!)" - Ron Simmonds, Blues In The Dark Show, CFRO FM / Vancouver
"...authentic and trim live sound that a swingin' jump blues band should be known for. A band to watch our for, especially if you like the dance floor." - Derek Andrews, The Toronto Blues Society's "Maple Blues Publication"
"The Twisters take the Chicago and swing blues of the fifties, giving them an edge that is completely contemporary. Aside from playing the blues with soul, the quartet also does it with a sense of show!" - James Muretich, The Calgary Herald
"It's a spirited romp...each of the men is so talented that one tune just seems to get better than the one before it." - John Scoles, Blues Scene Quarterly
"One of the finest jumpin' - swing blues bands around today. Strong, original material with good vocals and superb harmonica and guitar. Straight-up harddrivin' backbeat and that classic stand-up bass." - Stormin' Norman, The Sunday Blues, CFOX FM / Vancouver
The Twisters are:
Dave "Hurricane" Hoerl - Harmonica and Vocals
Born and raised in San Francisco, David was originally tutored by Rick Estrin and David Burgin in the art of blues Harmonica. He has since played with the best blues musicians in the U.S. and Canada including, Michael Bloomfield, Albert Collins, Percy Mayfield, Big Mama Thornton, Little Joe Blue, Freddie Roulette, Big Joe Duskin, Pee Wee Crayton, Sonny Rhodes, and Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne. In 1982 David came to Canada where he recorded with The Powder Blues Band, Valdy, Gary Fjellgaard, and numerous jingles and commercials. He plays on three of Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne’s CDs, playing along with Mel Brown, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Russell Jackson and Jeff Healy. As one of the founding members of The Twisters, he has received numerous awards and accolades, including being nominated four times for "Harmonica Player of the Year" by the Toronto Blues Society's “Maple Blues Awards”. As a songwriter he won “Best Canadian Blues Song” in 1997 by the “Real Blues Awards” for "Pure and Simple Blues" off The Twisters first CD, "Fulla Hot Air". According to West Coast Blues Review (1995) and Real Blues Magazine (1996-2000) he is "Canada's Top Harp Blower".
Chip Hart - Drums and Vocals A career musician and drummer, Chip hails from Onaway Michigan, and began his musical career when he enlisted in the Armed Services, touring Europe with the U.S. Navy Band. In 2000, Chip relocated to Nashville, and went from playing with the voice of rock and roll to the voice of country music when he toured with country legend Vern Gosden.
In the spring of 2005, Chip was invited to join Canadian country artist George Canyon as full-time drummer and toured with him for a year and a half, performing live at the Grand Ole Opry, on the CCMA's, ECMA's, Canada AM TV, and numerous tours. This past year has found Chip busy on the road and in the studios, and has culminated in joining Canada’s premier jump-blues band, The Twisters.
Brandon “Yukon Slim” Isaak - Guitar and Vocals
A young red haired guitarist with monster tone and technique, Brandon Isaak, a.k.a. Yukon Slim, was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. He took his earliest inspiration from Buddy Guy and T-Bone Walker and later became more fascinated by the guitar styles of Eddy Taylor and Jimmy Rogers. Brandon moved to Vancouver in 1999 where he hooked up with Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, and later joined The Twisters. He has played with Big Dave McLean, Rusty Zinn, Rockin' Johnny and many others and opened up for Taj Mahal in 2000 for the, “Vancouver International Jazz Festival”, with former band mate Mike Schau. Most recently Brandon opened up for Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials in 2001 at the “New Music West Festival” Brandon played guitar on the 2006 Juno award winning album “Let It Loose” with Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, and appears on 11 albums with many different artists. When he plays, he travels to a different time and space. You can hear it as well as see it. Brandon stays true to the blues tradition and runs the gamut from grinding slow blues to steaming shuffles and hard swing with an intensity and prowess that shows his roots and shows how far he's come throughout the years.
"Brandon Isaak is unquestionably a superstar in the making, playing with tone, imagination, and taste " John Taylor, Canadian Blues
Keith Picot - Bass
Stand-up bassist Keith Picot gives an unforgettable performance every time. A joy to watch, he gives himself totally to the music. Whether singing and leading his own band or supporting the talent of such bands as: The Twisters, Cousin Harley, Joe Dollar and Juno Award winner Kenny"Blues Boss" Wayne, he always gives 110 percent. With a hard-hitting slap style all his own he can drive a beat like the devil, then equally and effortlessly draw out the sweet tones of a saint. You are guaranteed pleasure when watching Keith Picot do what he loves to do.