With his style reminiscent on the old ZZ Top, our next guest has long been compared to the top guitar players as well as top Blues Rock artists of the world. Co-founder in the `70s of the famous Thundermug band, he now keeps on with an as successful solo career. A Canadian Blues- Rock- Roots guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 hits on national radio chart and who earned more than twenty awards and nominations to all of the followings: The Maple Blue Awards,The Blues Underground Network Awards,The Blind Lemon Blues Awards, The Jack Richardson Music Awards and at The London Music Awards.
A native of Wingham, Ontario, he then grew up in London, Ontario, halfway between Toronto and Detroit, Bill Durst was heavily influenced by the Motown, the R & B, the Toronto Psychedelic Soul, by the British Blues Invasion and by Jimi Hendrix.
Bill Durst’s debuts on the national as well as on the international scene happened while performing with his classic rock band Thundermug which he started in 1969. The band recorded a total of 5 albums with 3 albums at the beginning of the `70s and 2 in the mid `90s. They were all published in Canada, the United States and in Europe where they were highly successful.
Despite very positive public reception of his two first solo albums, in the mid `80s, it’s only at the start of the 2000s, following Thundermug’s dissolution that Bill Durst really decided to go on a solo career. In 2004, Bill Durst announced that he intended to bring together a "small psychedelic blues band". With his partner of the very beginnings, Joe DeAngelis (original singer of Thundermug) they recorded 5 albums: The Wharncliffe Sessions (’05), The Great Willy Mammoth (’09), Live (‘12), Hard And Heavy (’13) and Good Good Lovin’ (15). Those were major successes and were followed by European and North American tours.
Bill also opened for or shared the stage with Rush, Areosmith, BTO, Yardbirds, John Mayall, Savoy Brown, Bobby Rush, Little Feat, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Jeff Healey, Steve Strongman, Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, Jack de Keyser, Ted Nugent, L.A. Guns, David Wilcox, Bob Seger, Slade, Downchild, David Clayton Thomas, Sly And The Family Stone and more.
A Big Heavy Blues Party with Bill Durst, drummer Corey Mitchel and his long time partner, bassist Joe DeAngelis. Bill Durst at the 25th edition of Viree Blues Moosehead, Wednesday, November 29th 2017, around 8h00 p.m. at the famous bar Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage, Old Hull. A reviving music break in the middle of the week! Tickets are already on sale at: www.vireeblues.ca and will be available at the door, always for only 20$. You can also take advantage of our profitable, practical and so pleasant Diner & Show package, at Outaouais’ #1 restaurant according to TripAdvisor, Chez Fatima (www.chezfatima.ca), with it’s excellent and generous morocan cuisine, just one block from Le Petit Chicago, which will also reserve your places at the show, for the price of a regular ticket, by making reservations at 819-771-7568. In the meantime, you can find supplementary information on our guests by visiting: www.billdurst.com . You should also visit our own web site which provides you links to all of our guests sites and lots of other most interesting information at: www.vireeblues.ca . For inquiries, please do get in touch with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org . Be sure to get all the up-to-the-minute information on this show by taking part in the facebook event for this show at: www.facebook.com/events/140277130042236/ and please do join and “like” us on our facebook page at: www.facebook.com/vireeblues .