David Vest

Blues, boogie-woogie, roots rock.
Widely regarded as one of the last of the great boogie-woogie piano players, David Vest has been rockin’ and shoutin’ the blues since 1957. A three-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for Piano Player of the Year, he is also a Blues Artist of the Year nominee (2016 Western Canadian Music Awards). His last three albums earned two record of the year nominations and a four-star rating from Downbeat, while his incendiary live performances have made him a favorite on festival stages across Canada.

The son of an Alabama sharecropper, David grew up a few blocks from Tuxedo Junction. He honed his craft onstage with legendary blues artists Big Joe Turner, Jimmy T99 Nelson and Miss Lavelle White, and his highly original lyrics reflect a lifetime of keen observation and authentic experience. In time-honored fashion, he uses the blues form to comment on current conditions in songs like “We’re All Sharecroppers Now.”

From the first few notes of his opening number, people can tell that he’s the real thing, and that everything is really going to be all right.