Calgary guitarist and blues legend Alan McWayne dies at the age of 75
Guitarist and blues singer Alan McWayne passed away on Wednesday at the age of 75, which is a legendary passing away for the music industry in Alberta.
McIlwaine is known for playing vile portamento guitars, traded with Jimi Hendrix and Taj Mahal, etc., released many collaborations and solo albums, won the 2019 Maple Blues Lifetime Achievement Award, and spent his later years in Calgary driving a school bus between.
According to Holger Petersen, founder of Stony Plain Records, it all started in the mid-1960s at a coffee shop in Greenwich Village, New York City.
“I think this is where her reputation as a musician really began,” Peterson told the media Calgary is an eye-opener Thursday.
“She signed an important record company agreement with Polygram Records and released it internationally… and then signed with Universal, and established an international reputation through her records.”
McIlwaine was born in Nashville in 1945, but exposure to other cultures helped shape her voice, the host Peterson said Saturday Night Blues On CBC radio.
She grew up in Japan from the age of two and lived there while listening to American rhythms and blues on the radio. These dynamic influences will have repercussions through her works.
Throughout her career, McIlwaine has continued to draw inspiration from South Asia, West Africa, and gospel music.
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“[McIlwaine was] Very pioneer of world music or fusion music. She blended a lot of different things,” Peterson said.
“When she started playing and sliding the guitar, she could speak Japanese. This influence affected her performance, especially in her singing.
“The way she sings is to sing with Japanese words and syllables, which makes her unique.”
Power and nobility
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During production and performance, McWayne lived in New York, Montreal, and Toronto before landing in Calgary in 1991.
“Before that, she had participated in various festivals [Alberta]. And, you know, there was a very active and powerful prairie music bar scene, with a lot of blues,” Peterson said.
“And she was actively involved in that scene… As a musical nomad, she just found a great home in Calgary.”
In the last nine years of her life, she drove the school bus, which was a difficult job, and Peterson said she would be happy to do it.
He said that this represents Peterson’s memory of her: her strength, her nobility, her attitude, her acceptance.
“[McIlwaine] Really, an international image artist who didn’t get a lot of work; didn’t get the respect she deserves,” Peterson said.
“It’s mainly a matter of timing, this and that. But she has a good attitude towards life and she appreciates people, friends and musicians who play with her.”
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