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The Whiteley Family: Ken, Chris, Ben & Jesse

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The Whiteley Family: Ken, Chris, Ben & Jesse
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The rare opportunity to see Chris and Ken together on stage.

Good things take time. Brothers Chris and Ken Whiteley have spent years becoming well versed in a multitude of musical styles by drawing inspiration from many wells. Whether playing blues, swing, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, jug band or folk, the brothers do it with finesse, respect and intimate knowledge. These qualities have served them very, very well.

Chris and Ken’s list of musical accomplishments thus far reads like a list of dream goals talented musicians would set for their entire careers. Since the sixties, The Whiteley Brothers, together and individually, have been in demand as performers, multi-instrumentalist session players, songwriters and producers. With over 150 recordings between them, eight Juno nominations, Blues Album of the Year Award, multiple Lifetime Achievement Awards, and countless festival appearances, the two have explored their musical creativity to great critical and popular success. Among many others, they’ve worked with John Hammond Jr., Leon Redbone, Blind John Davis, Guy Davis, The Campbell Brothers, and were the first Canadian act invited to perform at the prestigious Chicago Blues Festival. And throughout, the brothers have continued to create their own blues inspired music.

Taking Our Time is nothing but the brothers! Chris and Ken Whiteley composed, wrote, played, sang and produced every note you hear; strings, percussion, keyboards, winds and voices. Read that part again if you must. It is rare to find musicians who can pull something like this off. Each piece is produced lovingly, with respect for the song. What defines many of these new songs is timelessness. These songs hit home or as John Valentyn in the Maple Blues put it, “some of the very best new songs I’ve heard anywhere.” The Whiteley Brothers have provided us with a glimpse of the past, present and future in this very new and very wonderful recording. Rarely, but sometimes, water from a new source enters the well.