Blues: electrified swing / boogie / jump / chicago blues
Michael “Shrimp Daddy” Reid is a journeyman harp player and front man who originally hails from Montreal and has rapidly developed into a driving force in vocalizing, interpreting and writing Chicago and West Coast jump and swing blues.
Michael is currently performing with some of the best east coast musicians and has decided to move to Nova Scotia, leaving the GTA after almost 15 years. In 2009 Shrimp knew it was time to record his own material and sought out one of Canada’s finest young multi-award winning bluesmen, Steve Marriner of Monkey Junk fame to produce it. By combining Guitarist Mike Branton with Steve and band mate Matt Sobb from Monkey Junk, Michael knew straight away that he had a winning combo. Shrimp knew that getting Steve on board would allow him to make the finest CD possible while bringing Branton in on it was the clincher to make the sound truly Michael’s own. The result was Shrimp Daddy’s seminal recording, “Messin’ With My System”. Inspired in equal measure by the sounds of Little Walter and William Clarke, “Messin’ With My System” is a must have for any blues aficionado’s library. Shrimp’s powerful baritone voice, rich harp tone and tasty phrasing will carry the listener through tunes filled with both irony and good humour. As for the next gig and where the Daddy’s career will take him next, Michael says, “Anywhere and everywhere it takes me, I ain’t fightin it!”
Michael "Shrimp Daddy" Reid: Vocals / Harmonica
Barry Cook - Vocals / Keys
Aaron Flint Churchill - Drums
The "unknown gunslinigers" Buck Tingley, Garrett Mason, Mark Doucet, Ben Perry
Individual Artists Bio's on the band can be found: HERE
Most recent release
When I first started out, my interest in Blues was more centered on the hard edge electric blues of Chicago. The harmonica driven bands like Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Junior Wells had always been my passion and are prevalent on my previous recordings.
BB King had a much more refined, sophisticated and polished style of Blues. I went to see BB live at Roy Thomson Hall in 2007. I was mesmerized by his voice, his stories and the way he interacted with his audience. I left the Theatre with my eyes opened and on a different path. I immediately picked up some of his older Kent recordings and was blown away by his vocal strength. He had the power to play and sing at such comfortable volume levels, leaving space and room for dynamics. BB King really opened my mind and got me listening to new artists like Bobby Blue Bland, Jr. Parker and Little Milton. On this record, my vocals are out front, on a few of our favorite tracks, done humbly, and respectfully, in our own way. I am very proud to have been accompanied on this endeavor, by some of Canada's finest blues Musicians.
social & web
Shrimp Daddy and The SharpShooters Website
Video: "I'll never trust your love again"
Performed at the 2nd annual Maritimes to Memphis Challenge held by the East Coast Blues Society
Bearly's House of Blues
Festivals: Pembrooke Blues Festival, Music Mountain Blues Festival, Harvest Festival
June 22nd, 2018 9:30pm @ Pembrooke BLues Festival
June 29th, 2018 10:00p @ Bearlys House of Blues, Halifax NS
Full tour SCHEDULE can be found on Shrimp Daddy's website
Shrimp Daddy’s seminal recording, “Messin’ With My System”. Inspired in equal measure by the sounds of Little Walter and William Clarke, “Messin’ With My System” is a must have for any blues aficionado’s library.
Shrimp’s powerful baritone voice, rich harp tone and tasty phrasing will carry the listener through tunes filled with both irony and good humour. They call him “Shrimp Daddy” and he plays the “Blues”. His deep gravelly vocals, accompanied by the mesmerizing sound of his harmonica, supported by his hard playing band “The Sharpshooters” whisks you to the juke joints of Mississippi, the hard edge blues clubs of Chicago, as well as jumpin’ and swingin’ west coast style. The music of Little Walters, Willie Dixon, Howlin Wolf & Muddy Waters augmented with the unforgettable sound of William Clarke are a few of his many inspirations.