Multiple award-winning musician Dave “Hurricane” Hoerl is a force to be reckoned with on the North American blues scene. One of Canada’s foremost harmonica players his mastery of the harmonica - both standard and chromatic - as well as his soulful vocals, and charismatic, memorable performances make him stand out on any stage.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Hoerl has made Vancouver his home since 1982 and for over three decades has been performing at clubs and festivals around the world, most notably as the founding member of Vancouver’s legendary jump blues band The Twisters. Un-Twisted is Hoerl’s first recording under his own name and features members of his band, Hurricane and the Hooligans, comprised of some of Vancouver’s best blues musicians.
Un-Twisted features 11 standout tracks including “Soul Mate”, a shout-out to Hoerl’s wife, “Snake Charmer”, a fun track with plenty of double-entendre, “Don’t Think It Can’t Happen To You”, a reminder that nobody is immune to tragedy and bad fortune, and “Grand Old Game”, possibly one of the only modern blues songs written about one of North America’s favourite sports - baseball.
Un-Twisted is a brilliant showcase for Hoerl’s soulful singing, perfect playing and stimulating songwriting, serving up one vivid slice of life after another.
Harmonica/vocals – Dave Hoerl
Guitars – Double D ( Dave Dykhuizen) –Lead, rhythm, slide, lap steel, tenor on all tracks except Track 1 (Soul Mate)* and Track 4 (Snake Charmer)*
James “Buddy” Rogers –Lead and rhythm on track 1 (Soul Mate)*
Brandon Isaak – Guitar on Track 4 (Snake Charmer)* and rhythm on Track 1 (Soul Mate)*
Drums – Chip Hart on all tracks
Fender bass - Roger Brant -on all tracks, except for (1) and (4)
Keith Picot – Upright bass on Track 1 (Soul Mate)* and Track 4 (Snake Charmer)*
Piano and Hammond Organ –Dave “Cob” Webb
Soprano and Tenor Sax – Johnny Ferreira
Recorded at Blue Wave Studios, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Engineered, mastered and co-produced by Ken Burke and his Burkeville Productions, with much help in the recording and engineering department by Cory Owens.
*Bed tracks for Soul Mate and Snake Charmer recorded at Blue Star Studios in Whitehorse, Yukon. Special thanks to Chris and Brandon Isaak, engineers
Thanks so much to all the excellent musicians who played so well on these sessions.
Very special thanks to Tom Lavin for his generosity in providing access to his most excellent Blue Wave Studios and to James “Buddy” Rogers for facilitating Pacific Audio Visual Institute students to help with my project. (Not to mention his great guitar playing).
Produced by: Dave Hoerl & Ken Burke
(All songs written by Dave Hoerl and co-writers except: I’d Rather Be Blind, Crippled & Crazy and I Left My Heart in San Francisco)
Cover Art -Brandon Isaak
Graphic Design -James Badger
Photography -Andrew Smith