Pianist, vocalist and composer Michael Kaeshammer is one of Canada’s most dynamic performers.

He has recorded 13 albums as a leader, he’s toured the world, and he’s been nominated for seven Juno Awards. Over the course of a decades-long career, Kaeshammer has developed a style that weaves together classical, jazz, blues, boogie-woogie, stride and pop into a signature sound.

Last year, he released the album Live in Concert, which was recorded at the Charlie White Theatre in his hometown of Sidney, B.C. and initially aired as an hour-long special called Boogie on the Blues Highway on American Public Television.

Kaeshammer had actually planned to record his 11th studio album Lucky Man in the spring of 2020, but those sessions have been set aside throughout the pandemic. As a result, Kaeshammer has spent more time than ever revising his work, writing new material, sifting through notes and preparing for the day when he can finally perform again.

In the meantime, Kaeshammer joined us to talk about how he’s been spending his time lately.