Bywater Call

Toronto-based, 2020 Maple Blues Awards nominees for Best New Artist, Bywater Call released their debut album in November, 2019 in Canada, USA, Europe and Australia. The album received rave reviews across all territories and placed #1 on the Roots Music Report Canada Top 50 for 11 straight weeks. It was featured as album of the month on the International Blues Broadcasters Awards chart, gained repeated top 5 placement on the International/US Rock Blues, and top 20 placement on the International/US Blues RMR charts. They have been featured on Stingray, Earshot and the top 30 USA Blues on NACC charts, just to name a few.

Born out of a love for southern soul, blues and roots music and a passion to create a powerful and moving experience for listeners, Bywater Call was formed by singer Meghan Parnell and guitar player Dave Barnes in 2017. The 7-piece outfit is completed by Bruce McCarthy on drums, Mike Meusel on bass, Alan Zemaitis on keys, Stephen Dyte on trumpet and Julian Nalli on tenor sax. In the short time since its inception, and prior to the recording and release of their debut album, the band made waves in the Toronto Blues scene and the festival circuit, playing main stages at festivals such as Tremblant International Blues, Donnacona Blues, TD Toronto Jazz, Toronto Beaches Jazz and the Orangeville Blues, to name a few - a true testament to the band’s strong, stirring and inspiring live performance. In 2020 Bywater Call completed their first tour across Europe, playing 39 cities in 45 days to packed houses and amazing responses.

With elements of jam band, traditional blues, soul and rock and roll; touches of New Orleans, Alabama and small town Ontario; influences from The Band, Duane Allman, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Black Crowes and the Tedeschi Trucks Band; solid musicianship based in jazz, and with gritty, raw and emotional vocals, Bywater Call seeks to strike to the core of all who listen.

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