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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Special Event: Downchild Blues Band @ The Rio ~ Sat. Oct. 17



Downchild Blues Band and The Blues Brothers

'There would be no Blues Brothers if it weren't for Downchild.'— Dan Aykroyd

Aykroyd met Walsh in Toronto in the early '70s and immediately became a fan. Soon afterward, Aykroyd met John Belushi while tending bar at the 505 Club, a now-defunct after-hours night spot that Aykroyd ran for the members of comedy troupe Second City and "anyone else who wanted to drop in."

Belushi came in to recruit for the National Lampoon Radio Hour, and he and Aykroyd chatted over some tunes.

"We were sitting there, listening to the Downchild record Straight Up,"' he said. "And it had the shot glass with a briefcase on (the cover).

"Right there we tried to concoct the idea of doing a blues act. We ended up calling our record Briefcase Full of Blues."

That album, released by Belushi and Aykroyd as the Blues Brothers in 1978, contained two songs written by Walsh — Shot Gun Blues and (I Got Everything I Need) Almost — and Flip, Flop & Fly, which was derived from a Walsh cover.

see link for full story:
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2009/10/09/downchild-walsh.html

Downchild Blues Band with special guest Colin Linden @ the Rio Sat Oct. 17th 9pm tickets on sale now! http://www.ticketweb.ca

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