Vancouver based guitarist, singer and songwriter Jason Buie has been performing
live since the age of sixteen. He has honed his skills over the last fourteen years
playing throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and, most recently, Japan. Along the way he
has opened for such artists as blues legend Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, former Rolling
Stone Mick Taylor and The Jeff Healey Band.
With the Release of his critically acclaimed CD“Urban Blues” (2002) his profile
continues to grow. Jason was born and raised in Victoria, BC.
As an adolescent he explored the roots of American Blues along with other forms
of music that spawned from it. Growing up in an artistic home, Jason had the freedom
to explore his passion and talent. He would empty his pockets regularly to purchase
blues recordings. He idolized such pioneers as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, The Three
Kings: Freddie, Albert, and B.B., Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins,
Jimi Hendrix and others. His love for the blues really blossomed when he witnessed
Albert Collins in concert at fifteen years old.
“I worked at the local grocery store and I borrowed one the older guy’s id. to get
into the show. Albert was amazing; there will never be anyone like him.” From that
point on Buie was hooked. After high school he spent a year studying music at a
college in Nanaimo. The formal education process didn’t mesh with his attitude.
A trip to New Orleans opened his eyes to the real thing. He gigged in Victoria regularly
but 1992 the local scene was drying up, prompting a move to Vancouver. He spent
five years on the road playing guitar in different bands until, in 1998, Jason left
the freelance scene and committed himself to do his own thing.Jason has taken his
influences and sculpted them into a style of his own. His music remains a well-seasoned
gumbo of blues, funk, rock and soul with influences that originate in the Southern
States and inner cities of America.
Jason’s from-the-heart vocals and fiery guitar work combined with a charismatic
stage presence have caused listeners and critics to take notice. Jason places great
importance on growing as a musician and as a person, and on communicating emotion
through his songs. “I want to stay true to myself and not blend in with the current
trends. It’s about sharing what I love and what moves me with my audience.”
This passion and honesty always comes through in his live shows.The year 2000 saw
the release of Jason’s debut CD“Urban Blues”. The recording reflects Jason’s love
of various blues styles from uptown horn arrangements, funk, Texas shuffles. And
traditional blues. The CD features some of Vancouver's finest musicians including
Al Webster (Long John Baldry, Colin James, Amanda Marshall) on drums, Norm Fisher
(Colin James) on Fender upright bass, and Dave Webb on piano. Three tracks feature
Steve Hilliam and Derry Byrne (Little Big Band Horns) on tenor sax and trumpet.
Stormin' Norman from Vancouver’s Rock 101 Sunday Blues show also lays harmonica
down on one track.
“Urban Blues” is on regular rotation on the affiliated satellite network. Two of
Jason’s songs have also been featured on Vancouver’s crime drama TV show “Cold Squad”.
“Urban Blues” has received excellent reviews and the disc offers a diverse blend
guaranteed to satisfy.
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