“Two veteran blues men who've been friends so long, telepathy is effortless by now -- playing in a spot so beautiful and acoustically rich it re-inspires them with what Buddhists call Beginner's Mind.” Spider Robinson
With nearly a century of music making between them, Doug Cox and Sam Hurrie are avatars of pretty well every style of blues/roots/acoustic music that ever made you want to tap your toes or clap your hands and shout for joy. Currently at the height of their powers, these musical “old souls” came by their expertise the old-fashioned way: endlessly honing their skills during a lifetime of playing and performing. And as is often the case, their musical pilgrimage began while they were just in their teens.
Toronto-born Sam was initially obsessed with the pre-WW II blues of Robert Johnson and Son House, and already had his own R&B band in the mid-‘60s. On forays to New York to play and record, Sam, a gifted and intuitive electric guitarist, regularly jammed with Jimi Hendrix and also did a few dates at the Electric Circus where he opened for Muddy Waters and Blood Sweat and Tears.
For his part, Alberta native Doug Cox was also initially drawn to the blues, particularly bottleneck slide guitar. Doug soon discovered the Dobro, and before long earned a national and international reputation as he skillfully fused a wide range of acoustic roots and Americana musical styles. Doug’s surpassing dexterity with so many idioms has seen him play and record with such diverse superstars as Indian slide guitarists Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Salil Bhatt, Tex-Mex kings Los Texmaniacs, British Bluesman Long John Baldry, Austin's sweetheart songwriter BettySoo and Rwandan The Mighty Popo (to name but a few!).
The two musicians first met at a gig on the West Coast’s Powell River in the 1990s and felt an instant connection. “The music we instinctively wanted to play was blues oriented, but came from the perspective of guys who grew up in the world of rock ‘n’ roll."