The Muddy York Blues Machine is a “new blues” band based in Toronto, Canada. With diverse musical backgrounds and influences, the Machine's music is emotionally powerful and their performance is electrifying, with each member bringing their own unique musical experience into the mix and laying it all out with sincerity and passion. From the muddy streets of old Toronto to the sky-scraping metropolis it has become, long live the blues!
The Muddy York Blues Machine’s self-titled debut EP, released November 5, 2022, delivers a collective of original and well-crafted covers rooted in the blues, but uniquely showcasing a little of each of its members’ musical life journey. With hints of jazz, funk, rock, and country, this EP is sure to please the traditional as much as the eclectic ear.
The Muddy York Blues Machine has had the pleasure of performing in some of the best blues and jazz venues in Toronto such as Hugh’s Room, The Black Swan, Relish, Blues Sunday at the Linsmore, The Dakota Tavern, and The Emmet Ray. Having started their musical journey right at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, their live performances had to take a bit of a break, but they came back in 2023 with a lot of pent up energy ready to be released and performed some great live shows around Ontario (see 2023 Highlights).
The Muddy York Blues Machine are: Veronica McNamee - lead vocals, Kirk Reed - guitar/lead vocals, backup vocals, Kevin Ellis - bass/backup vocals, Kevin Costa - drums/percussion, Douglas Nowlan - keys.