On the Road to Memphis!

The Smoke Wagon Band has won the honor of representing the Grand River Blues Society as participants in the 2016 International Blues Challenge (IBC).  The Blues Foundation is hosting the 32nd annual International Blues Challenge Jan 26-30 in the Beale St. Historic District, Memphis TN.

The band will be joining Blues musicians from around the globe in the world’s largest gathering of Blues bands.

Check the "Events" tab for the schedule.

Blues Record of the Year?



It's here folks!  The brand new Smoke Wagon Blues Band "Live In Hamilton" LP. Over 70 minutes of live blues! Recorded at Hamilton's famous Stonewalls Music Hall May 4th 2013 by Capacity's AV Geoffry Granka and Bruce Cook. Produced and Mixed by Steve Sherman and Mastered by the legendary Nick Blagona. Don't miss out on grabbing your self a copy of some of the finest live blues this side of the dixie lineClick here! or get it from I tunes right here: Itunes
Wow "Live in Hamilton" has been making a big splash world wide, blues fans calling it one of the best live blues they've heard in years. Make sure to check out our media page for the latest reviews on "Live in Hamilton" and "It Ain't Easy" 

                               The Smoke Wagon Blues Band are proud to be apart of the Frank Roszak Promotion team!
                                                      Winner of the 2014 Blues with a feeling award!


"It Ain't Easy" has been nominated for the Blues Recording of the Year by the HMA. We're truly honoured to be included with such notable artists as Andre Bisson, Guitar Mikey, Harrison Kennedy and Steve Strongman!

The album has also been burning up the radio airplay charts hitting #2 on the Canadian Roots Chart and #13 on the USA "Top 50" Blues Chart.
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What the critics are saying:

5 out of 5:  "... one of my favorites and most often played albums... one of the most requested... contender for my favorite song of the year... Highly Recommended ..." (John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network)

"... killer CD full of great riffs, woeful harmonica cries and masterful instrumentation... BUY  IT "
(Dan Harr, Music News Nashville)

" ...Well paced, fun, poignant and a great addition to anyone’s collection.  Buy  it..." (Blues 411)

4 out of 5:  "...rounded, mature and just the thing to tempt the taste buds of those uptown twelve bar fans of bygone days... That, brothers and sisters, is the way to do it. Live it, smoke it and sing it out loud and proud." (Bluesbunny Music Reviews, Scotland)
"... thing of beauty... blues explosion...  as good as they come." (Brian Koppen, Muzik Reviews)

8 out of 10: "... one good deal... an enjoyable experience."  (Paul Kalis, Blues Rock Review)

"...highly entertaining journey ...  serious candidate for blues song of the year"
(Bluespfaffe, Wasser Prawda Magazin, Germany)

"... blimey, but it's good... a great record from beginning to end, and the ideal soundtrack to your next party." (Zeitgeist,

"...should have been nominated in the Maple Blues Awards. It is definitely one of my favorite canadian albums for 2012...." (Jean-Pierre Petit "L'Hôtel Du Blues", CKUT 90,3 FM Montréal)

remarkable ... Lueck at his finest"  (John Valenteyn, Maple Blues Magazine)

utterly heart-wrenching... It’s all honest and unpretentious... It’s very real, and it’s very good.
(John Taylor, Blinded by Sound)

"... the pace is exciting... Very expressive...rhythmic... atmosphere is excellent... blues classic... captivating..." (Jean Claude Mondo, MusicZine, France)

"...  everything you’d want in a blues record... a blues journey worth taking..." 
(John "The Rock Doctor" Kereiff, Rock Doc Reviews)

"... real entertaining recording... a good CD end to end."  (Bman's Blues Report)

"...high caliber musicians... extremely varied...  absolutely honest and captivating ... Hearing is believing! " 
(Blues Borders,  Folk Bulletin)

"... accomplished what they set out to do... shown the blues world ... strong originals with excellent musicianship!"  (Don & Sheryl Crow's Blues Blog)