The lineup for this year’s Salmon Arm Roots and Blues music festival has new additions.
Sue Foley has joined the roster. The Ottawa native and Austin, Texas-resident blues artist is coming armed with tracks from her latest album, The Ice Queen. The title track of that album earned her a nomination for song of the year at the Blues Music Awards and a Koko Taylor Award nomination for traditional blues female artist.
Further sounds of the blues will come from Toronto’s Jack de Keyzer. The Canadian blues veteran earned a Maple Blues Award nomination for guitar player of the year for his work on Checkmate.
De Keyzer will be joined by longtime friend Al Lerman, who will bring his acoustic and electric blues stylings to the Roots and Blues stages this summer.
Rounding out this week’s worth of additions to the lineup is Jenie Thai, born in Thailand and raised by her musician parents in a small community outside Edmonton, Alta.
Thai received a Maple Blues Awards nomination for new artist of the year in 2016, was named female artist of the year in 2014 at the Edmonton Music Awards and was a semi-finalist at the 30th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.
The 2019 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues music festival will take place from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18.
Early-bird passes for the festival are available at the Roots and Blues office, 541 Southwest Third St., Salmon Arm, or online at the festival’s website, rootsandblues.ca.