David Vest at Midwinter Bluesfest 2018
David Vest headlines Midwinter Bluesfest 2018 at Gasoline Alley at Heritage Park.
They don't make them as real as David Vest anymore. The son of an Alabama sharecropper, the longtime Victoria BC resident is still going strong some 50 plus years since he first stepped on stage with the likes of Big Joe Turner. Long revered as one of the great boogie-woogie piano players, Vest is a five-time winner of Canada's national Maple Blues Award for Piano Player of the Year. He is also a prolific songwriter. He wrote the first songs ever recorded by Tammy Wynette, and his tunes have been covered by artists ranging from Paul deLay to the legendary Downchild Blues Band, whose cover of Vest's "Worried About The World" reached number one on the Roots Music Report blues song chart.
His first Canadian recording, East Meets Vest , was named one of the best blues albums of 2012 by Holger Petersen of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues and earned a Maple nomination for Recording of the Year.
In 2014, newly signed to Cordova Bay Records, he released Roadhouse Revelation , which went to Number One on the Roots Music Report chart for Canada and won a four-star rating from Downbeat .
2016's Devestatin' Rhythm brought another record of the year nomination, and in 2018 Cordova Bay Records released David Vest , which led to a Songwriter of the Year nomination and David's fifth Maple Blues Award for Piano Player of the Year.
Time has done little to diminish David's energy, skill and creative drive. Working solo or with his band, he continues to bring audiences to their feet and to demonstrate why he has been called “one of the greatest living boogie-woogie piano players.”
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