Bill Durst | Bill Durst Live

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Led Zeppelin Muddy Waters ZZ Top

More Artists From
CANADA - other

Other Genres You Will Love
Blues: Blues-Rock Rock: British Blues Moods: Featuring Guitar
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

Bill Durst Live

by Bill Durst

Award winning blues rocker, killer guitar chops, master songwriter, distinctive voice, heart of a showman, original Southern/Texas blues rock meets Muddy British Blues equals Maximum Live Uplift!
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Continue Shopping
available for download only
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. Love Have Mercy (Live)
3:35 $0.99
2. Little Red Rooster (Live)
7:13 $0.99
3. I Want to Be Loved (Live)
3:32 $0.99
4. Cafe On the Gaspe (Live)
3:03 $0.99
5. Statesboro Blues (Live)
6:34 $0.99
6. Cry Like a River (Live)
4:36 $0.99
7. Hole in My Soul (Live)
4:04 $0.99
8. Porcelain Bus (Live)
4:07 $0.99
9. Wandering Blues (Live)
5:17 $0.99
10. Radio: Soul Survivor (Live)
3:24 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Bill Durst - Bill Durst Live

1. Love Have Mercy 3:35 (Durst, DeAngelis)
2. Little Red Rooster 7:26 (Dixon)
3. I Want To Be Loved 3:32 (Dixon)
4. Cafe On The Gaspe 3:03 (Durst, DeAngelis)
5. Statesboro Blues 6:33 (McTell)
6. Cry Like A River 4:36 (Durst, DeAngelis)
7. Hole In My Soul 4:04 (Durst, DeAngelis)
8. Porcelain Bus 4:07 (Durst, DeAngelis)
9. Wandering Blues 4:17 (Durst, DeAngelis)
10. Radio: Soul Survivor 3:24 (Durst, DeAngelis)
All Songs Written By Bill Durst and Joe DeAngelis
Copyright 2012 SOCAN

Bill Durst * Guitar and Lead Vocals
Corey Thompson * Drums
Paul Loeffelholz * Bass and Back Vocals

Produced By Darren Morrison
Mix Engineer: Darren Morrison
Mixed By Darren Morrison with Bill Durst
Recording Engineer: Oneil Grant
Mastering: Stephen Marsh for Marsh Mastering, Hollywood, Ca
Recorded at The Music Hall, London, Ontario, Can. Dec. 4, 2010
Graphics and Design By Brandon Steven
Photographs by Sara Lisk and Tommy Alcatraz
Durstwerks Copyright 2012

"Dedicated to my Aunt Dot who knows the secret of youth and who was there and who danced the whole night long"

To My Fans - Thank You. If you have recently discovered me - Welcome!
Visit me on My Website and Facebook page

Thanks to Joe DeAngelis, Susan Moses, Darren Morrison, Oneil Grant, Kap Palmer, E. Glossop, and D. and B. Birkmann, Stew Laing, Ray Falconer, Peter Whitelaw, Greg Simpson, Brandon Steven, Trudy Wood, Corey Thompson, Paul Loeffelholz, Heartwood Place. * Please support Heartwood Place Canada

Bill Durst Awards

Awarded – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2014
Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2014
Nominated – Electric Act of the Year, Maple Blue Awards 2014
Awarded - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2013
FanVoted -“Bill Durst Live” Cd voted #5, Top Can. Blues CDs, Blind Lemon Blues 2013
Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2013
Awarded – Best Canadian Live Blues CD “Bill Durst Live” 2013, Blues Underground
Awarded - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2012
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2012
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2011
FanVoted – “The Great Willy Mammoth” CD into the Top 20 Canadian Blues CDs 2011
Blind Lemon Blues
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2010
Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2010
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2009
Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2009
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2008
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Awards 2008
Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2007
Inducted – Jack Richardson Hall of Fame, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2006
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2006

Blues Blast Review Of Bill Durst Live

Bill Durst – Live

10 tracks / 45:21
Under their national MAPL system, Canadian radio stations must allot up to 40% of their airtime for Canadian artists, and this program helps grow local bands in a market that might otherwise be saturated by their brothers from the other side of the border. Some of these artists become big enough that their popularity extends further south, but often times it ends up that these acts get a loyal Canadian following so they enjoy good careers without us Americans ever hearing anything about them. Bill Durst is part of the latter group.
Bill Durst has been around the block a few times, having been active in the music scene for the past four decades, both as a solo artist and with the band, Thundermug. Since 1972, he has cut ten albums and had seven hits on the Canadian charts. Somewhere in there he played with Tres Hombres, a ZZ Top tribute band, which is how he ended up with that fantastic beard!
Live is Bill Durst’s latest effort, with ten tracks that were recorded at The Music Hall in London, Ontario back in late 2010. Seven of these songs are originals that were written by Bill and Joe DeAngelis, his buddy from Thundermug, and there are also three neat cover tunes. Bill takes on the guitar and vocal chores, and he is joined by Corey Thompson on drums and Paul Loeffelholz on bass and backing vocals. This is one tight power trio!
“Love Have Mercy” is the first track up, and we find out that the beard is not the only thing that Durst got from his stint in Tres Hombres – he came out of that band as a consummate blues rocker, with killer guitar chops, a distinctive voice and the heart of a showman. There is a definite ZZ Top influence in his music, albeit with an edgier sound and a much funkier bass presence.
After this sizzling opener, the band settles into two covers written in 1960 by Willie Dixon. The first is “Little Red Rooster,” which was originally recorded by Howlin’ Wolf, and then “I Want to Be Loved,” which was popularized by Muddy Waters. In case it ever comes up in a trivia contest, the Rolling Stones covered both of these songs too. Anyway, Bill’s versions of these songs have a different vibe than the originals, as they have been converted to his style of Southern/Texas blues rock. These are Bill Durst songs now through and through, and Loeffelholz’s walking bass lines (punctuated by slaps and pops) are nothing like you would find in the originals.
The other cover is ambitious, as it is hard to top the version of Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues” that the Allman Brothers included on their 1971 juggernaut, At Filmore East. Bill and his band rose to the challenge, and they knocked this one out of the park. Once again they reinvented this song in their own style, and this fast-faced roadhouse blues lends itself well to Durst’s guitar skills, which are prodigious. I am not going risk the wrath of the Allman’s fans by directly comparing the two versions, but I will let this one rest by saying that it would be very hard to do better than what these guys did with this classic.
Besides his guitar chops, Bill Durst has his singing down too. On first impression, he seems to have the typical growly bluesman voice, but after listening for a while I was taken by his vocal range, as well as all of the extra nuances he adds in. He can take a grunt, hoot or holler, and interject it so that it really affects the mood of the song. I am sure that you have heard singers try to do this before and fail, because it comes off as phony or contrived, but Durst can do it with such a natural feel that it really adds to the music. You can hear this with his woo hoo’s on the Creole-influenced “Café’ on the Gaspe” or his ability to mimic his guitar with the vocals on “Wandering Blues” (my favorite track on Live).
Bill is a master songwriter too, and his original tracks are certainly well-crafted, but what is more noticeable is how he lets his sense of humor take over every now and then. It can be semi-subtle, like reworking a children’s song into a drinking anthem with “Porcelain Bus,” or more overt, such as the “Hole in My Soul” self-improvement plan: “…I’m gonna give up my cocaine and buy me a bag of pot.” You have to love this stuff!
Live performance CDs can be a dicey at times, but this disc avoids the usual pitfalls. The instruments and vocals are well-recorded with good mixing, and the transitions from track to track are seamless. Also, as all three performers are veterans there is not a miscue or clunker to be found. This is particularly impressive when you consider that these guys did not know they were going to use the recordings from this show to cut a live album.
This CD was a fine introduction for me to Bill Durst’s music, and I am going to have to track down some of his other material so I can hear what else he has done. Live is a great snapshot of what he and his band are capable of, and their live show must also really be something to see. Give it a listen, or better yet, go to his website to see if he is playing in your area anytime soon! .
Reviewer Rex Bartholomew is a Los Angeles-based writer and musician; his blog can be found at

Blues Underground Network - Review of Bill Durst Live CD

I received Bill Durst's newest album "Live", a few weeks back and I must say that I really can't get enough of this great Blues Rockin' masterpiece. It is absolutely great from beginning to end and certainly one of the most entertaining Live albums I have listened to, so far, in 2012, and believe it or not, the album was recording without even Bill Durst or the band being aware of that fact tell the next day. So basically what you hear, on "Live", is Bill playing the way he always plays live, and that is simply like a big old pile of steaming Guitar awesomeness.

Bill Durst has long been considered one of the best guitar players, singers, and even entertainers, in the world, with over 100 songs to his credit and extensive touring throughout the planet. Recently he received the coveted London Music Award for Best R&B/Blues Artist of the Year. His previous release, The Great Willy Mammoth, was declared one of Canada's Best Blues Albums for 2011 by Blind Lemon News, something you will have no problem understanding why, after you start listening to "Live".

Bill Durst achieved early career success with his band, Thundermug, whom released their debut album THUNDERMUG STRIKES in 1972 of which their song "Africa" proved to be a huge success and quickly propelled them to headliner status. In the mid 80's, Bill Durst branched off a bit with a side gig which was referred to as “the biggest bar band in Canada”, named Tres Hombres, a ZZ Top clone band. Looking at the cover photo on his album "Live", you will notice that Bill Durst has quite a beard; well now you know when he started growing it.

"Live" consists of 10 Tracks of what has been called "a candid and unpretentious view into the hearts of the musicians", which with Bill Durst (Guitar/Lead Vocals), also included Corey Thompson on Drums, and Paul Loeffelholz on Bass and Backing Vocals. 7 of the Tracks are originals that were co-written by Bill Durst and high school friend and Thundermug compatriot, Joe DeAngelis. For the covers on "Live", they played 3 great ones, Willie Dixon's "Little Red Rooster" & "I Want To Be Loved" and Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues". Those were 3 songs that they absolutely nailed with their live performance.

As for favorites on "Live', ain't going to do, as this album has favorite paint balled all over each and every song as Bill and the band offer up the truest of Blues Rock gems, from start to finish.

I really had not heard of Bill Durst until now, and boy oh boy what a great intro "Live" was, to this amazing artist. Can't wait to explore some of his previous work and super looking forward to more from Bill and company in the hopefully near future.

“Those of you whom love their Blues Rock in a fashion similar to good old ZZ Top, will absolutely love, "Live".

For Blues Rock or Rockin Blues, "Live" enthusiastically gets my highest rating of 5*****.

Highly Recommended and Really Thoroughly Enjoyed.
Review by John Vermilyea for Blues Underground Network

Rootstime, Belgium, Review of Bill Durst Live (Translation)

At the end of the year it rains still excellent to superb releases. This "Live" Bill Durst is certainly increasing. The Blues genre this album is definitely among the best albums of the year. Moreover, we are inclined to an absolute must-have to put forward for lovers of this style it. The remarkable thing about this album is that it was actually recorded without the knowledge of the band that a release would come. What you hear is therefore a degree of spontaneity that steams and captivates from start to finish.

The Canadian Bill Durst has since four decades, more than a hundred songs to his credit standing, both solo and with his band Thundermug, resulting in a dozen albums. In between, he also played with Tres Hombres, a ZZ Top Tribute Band. On the cover of the "Live" way, you still see a heavy nod to the band. His previous release, "The Great Willy Mammoth" was named one of the best Canadian albums Blue and do after listening to this live album this is no surprise to wekken.Tien numbers, seven written by Durst and his friend Joe De Angelis, we get listen. The recordings date from 2010 and were recorded at The Music Hall in London, Ontario. The power trio consists of both fronting the guitars and vocals accounts for from Paul Loeffelholz on bass and Corey Thompson on drums.

Aftrapper service is great "Love Have Mercy". In this fantastic opener you can get some ZZ Top influences discern but if it results in such catchy songs meestampbare there is obviously nothing wrong with that. Durst is a superb guitarist who goes on the rampage inventive funky bass lines. Can you imagine a better start to a difficult concert than this song. The covers that follow his "Little Red Rooster" and "I Want To Be Loved". Both songs are written by Willie Dixon but enjoying probably better known by the respective versions of Howlin 'Wolf, later, closer to home also fantastic retreaded by Arno, and Muddy Waters. It is already almost platgecoverde songs but the great merit of Durst is that he has a more personal touch than to data. We rebounded spontaneously from our seat at the end of this duo. And actually we should also mention. Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues" in there in a series And although the original song forever and always in our list of favorite songs will be available the version we get to hear here rely on our absolute approval and admiration. Could
Durst is next to a fantastic guitarist is also a gifted entertainer. The way he was singing in the soul of the songs knows how to live is impressive. Then again, growling, almost crying, screaming, or subdued, the man can do it all. And if we do not have enough upward took the censer, we do also wish the man's qualities as a songwriter to put in the spotlight. It would be crazy to imagine what his songs effortlessly stay afloat among the three classics for the simple reason that he has that personal touch given. But apart from that, it is particularly enjoy, at times, subcutaneous humor in the lyrics and the fantastic sound that consistently dominates this album. Rocking, stomping, slowend ... all styles of the genre all pass by at the same high level.

I can not and do not want to highlights from the plate tightening in this review. The album has become a high workpiece. But a favorite song here at the house and a guarantee for the repeat button is the formidable "Cry Like A River". An absolute must for lovers of this genre, and for me a reason for the man's earlier work to study.


Bill Durst is a Canadian Blues- Rock- Roots guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who
has written and recorded over 115 songs on 11 albums including 7 charted radio hits.
Bill has opened for or shared the stage with Areosmith, Rush, BTO, Yardbirds, John Mayall, Savoy Brown, Bobby Rush, Little Feat, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter Group, Rick Derringer, Jeff Healey, Steve Strongman, Ted Nugent, Jack De Keyser, Monkey Junk, David Wilcox, Bob Seger, Downchild, Sly And The Family Stone, Slade, L.A. Guns, David Clayton Thomas and many more. Mr. Durst has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.
As a kid growing up in Wingham and then London, Ontario (which is halfway between Toronto and Detroit), Bill was heavily influenced by Motown R&B and Toronto’s Psychedelic Soul music as well as the British Blues Invasion and Jimi Hendrix. Durst's entrance onto the national/international stage was with his classic rock band Thundermug formed from London R&B bands in 1969. By the summer of 1972 they had a number one hit and a fan following in Eastern Canada. The band went on to record a total of 5 albums, (3 albums in the early/mid 1970s and two CDs in the mid 1990s). Bill put out his first two solo releases in the mid eighties but it wasn't until the early 2000s that Bill got some real career momentum.
In 2003 Durst proclaimed his intention to start up a “little, fuzzy, psychedelic blues band”
and since then Bill and his co-writer Joe DeAngelis have produced 4 full length CDs,
Bill became a member of The Jack Richardson Hall Of Fame 2006, “The Great Willy Mammoth” CD was fan-voted one of Blind Lemon’s Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums 2011, Bill was fan-voted London Music Awards Blues/R&B Artist Of The Year 2012, Bill Durst “Live” CD became Blues Underground Network’s Best Canadian Live Blues Album 2013, Bill Durst “Live” CD was fan-voted #5 on the Blind Lemon Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums 2013, Bill was fan-voted London Music Awards Blues/R&B Artist Of The Year 2013 and Bill was nominated by the national Maple Blues Awards for Electric Act Of The Year 2014. Bill received the Blues / R&B Artist of the Year from the Jack Richardson Music Awards 2014.
“Bill Durst is…a consummate blues rocker, with killer guitar chops, a distinctive voice and the heart of a showman...a master songwriter…Bill’s style of Southern/Texas blues rock lends itself well to Durst’s guitar skills, which are prodigious.”
- Rex Bartholomew, Los Angeles for Blues Blast Magazine, November 2013
“a fantastic guitarist, Durst is also a gifted entertainer…he was singing in the soul of the songs…growling, almost crying, screaming, or subdued, the man can do it all.”
- Luc Meert, Belgium for, December 2013



to write a review