Son of Dave isn’t you’re average blues musician. He’s an international cult Bluesman on a mission to save your musical soul from atrophy. It would be an easy game, sticking to cliché’s and playing a circuit of guitar-solo lovin’, middle-aged divorcees. No disrespect to the working man’s blues circuit, but this one-man harmonica & beat-box genius beats his own path, turning rhythm and blues upside down and gathering a huge international army of devoted fans from all walks of life.
Besides the outstanding live show and recordings, he’s known for his columns in music magazines (a book was made of them), his banter with an audience and 45rpm radio show on Soho Radio, London. His albums are treasures, and his songs have been used as soundtrack to Breaking Bad, a Robin Williams film, huge brand campaigns and in upcoming first episode of The Preacher on AMC.
Son of Dave – born Benjamin Darvill – is half a century old now, and started out in the blues + biker bars of Canadian mid-western city Winnipeg. Resembling an arctic Chicago and infamous for its artists such as film director Guy Madden and Neil Young, Winnipeg was also home to Grammy nominated Crash Test Dummies, in which Son of Dave was a member as a young man. But keeping his roots in R&B, S.o.D has since released seven albums of his own, and performed over a thousand concerts on five continents.
It takes some kind of genius with just harmonica, beatbox, percussion and a loopstation to get on Later With Jools Holland (U.K.) and Taratata (France) as well as being invited to support artists as diverse as Iggy and The Stooges, Grace Jones, Heavy Trash, UB40, Supergrass and the Yardbirds.