I've been blessed growing up with huge role models in the music scene, including Big Dave McLean, Brent Parkin, The Jakebrakes, The Perpetrators and many more. Also having grown up listening to albums from Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy to guys like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ronnie Earl have inspired me to keep my music rooted in the form that these pioneers created. While trying to be creative and expressive I try to also be traditional and true to my roots. I think Stevie Ray Vaughan sums it up best when he said, "These great bluesmen, they've been like my teachers, but... I'm not trying to rip anyone off. It's more like letting them know I really did listen... and when it comes out sounding like them but like me, that's okay."
A number of years ago I had a scary diagnosis when I was experiencing pain in my wrist. I apparently had something called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Tendinitis) and I was unsure about my future as a guitarist. Thankfully I was able to rehab my wrist and after months of no playing I came back with new ambition, dedication and love for music. My first album, Anvil & Steel, was a blast and I have to say that I couldn't have achieved such a great album without the help from two local professionals, Bernie Thiessen and Ken McMahon. Those guys have been playing for longer than I've been alive and it comes through in the powerful rhythm section. My favorite songs on this album (aside from the 3 I wrote) would have to be Turning My Life Around and What A Friend We Have In Jesus. The latter is an acoustic instrumental that I'd worked on for over a year and it finally came together in a beautiful arrangement.
I'm so appreciative of the support I've felt from established musicians in Winnipeg and the countless opportunities I've had to play with these guys (Big Dave McLean, Tim Butler, Kent McCrae, Kevin Bell, Bernie Thiessen, Ryan Menard, Ken McMahon, Gord Kidder, Dan Thiessen and Joanne Miller) at various jam sessions. They are a talented bunch that stand out all across western Canada. If you enjoy my music then you should definitely check out Brent Parkin's and Big Dave McLean's albums as they are top notch blues albums that I draw inspiration from.
"Musicians faithful to Winnipeg's music scene, including Big Dave McLean, Tim Butler and Brent Parkin, have been waiting for a son, a young man who understands the intellect of their music and who perseveres with dedication and sincerity in creating new sounds. This son is Brock Reimer. I congratulate him in introducing Winnipeg to a new generation of musical prodigy."