Whitehorse gathers no moss, rolling forward with a brand new EP called The Northern South Vol. 1, a project that takes the band deep into the Chess and Checker electric blues of the 1950s. With a pink Jazzmaster and a ‘new’ 1952 Martin guitar, Whitehorse takes a twelve-bar trip through a collection of chart-toppers that built rock n’ roll one sneakin’ cheatin’ no good man at a time.
The first song out of the gate is “My Babe,” a spiritual-turned-secular standard made famous by Little Walter, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s only harmonica player, and written by bass player and hit-maker Willie Dixon. In Whitehorse fashion, Melissa brings the heat on bass while Luke lays jagged edged riffs over the duo’s signature step-by-step build-up, turning the ‘ain’t gonna take it’ tune into a meal.
The Northern South isn’t simply a history lesson. Whitehorse aims to speak the blues in their own language; the project is about mining the grooves and paying homage to songwriters, great melodies and songs that lend themselves to Whitehorse’s distinctive approach and talents.
See Exclaim premiere the blistering “My Babe” below.
Songs from the new EP will be rolled out one at a time with videos filmed in the studio. The Northern South Vol. 1 will be available digitally and on CD in early 2016.
Videos directed by Light Echo Productions at Revolution Recording in Toronto, ON.
TORONTO, ON: Danforth Music Hall, Dec 2
BUFFALO, NY: The Tralf, December 6 w/ Jadea Kelly
NEW YORK, NY: Mercury Lounge, December 8 w/ Jadea Kelly
WILMINGTON, DE: Baby Grant, December 9 w/ Aaron Lee Tasjin
RICHMOND, VA: Capital Ale House, Dec 10 w/ Aaron Lee Tasjin
CHARLOTTE, NC: Evening Muse, Dec 12 w/ Aaron Lee Tasjin
TAMPA, FL: Club Jaeb @ Starz Centre, Dec 14 w/ Aaron Lee Tasjin
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL: Mary Porter Ballroom @ Broward Centre, Dec 15 w/ Aaron Lee Tasjin
ATLANTA, GA: Eddie’s Attic, Dec 17
NASHVILLE, TN: High Watt, Dec 19 w/ Phoebe Bridgers
JORDAN, ON: Niagara Winter Wine Festival, Jan 15
SASKATOON, SK: Broadway Theatre, Jan 21
REGINA, SK: Darke Hall, Jan 22
MEDICINE HAT, AB: Esplanade Main Theatre, Jan 23